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From NPR:

House Cancels Thursday Session After Police Warn Of Possible Attack On Congress

March 3, 2021 12:27 PM ET
MARK KATKOV SCOTT NEUMAN

From NBC News:

March 4 Capitol attack rumors highlight dangers of far-right extremism’s military ties

The growth of right-wing groups and their ability to infiltrate the U.S. military is unquestionably a significant threat.

Un-ques-tion-a-bly. And if you question its unquestionability, well, that just shows you are one of the infiltrators.

March 4, 2021, 1:34 AM PST
By Jeff McCausland, retired Army colonel and former member of the National Security Council

From the Washington Post:

Why March 4 matters to QAnon extremists, leading to fears of another Capitol attack
The real history behind the latest threatening prediction by QAnon followers

By Gillian Brockell
March 4, 2021 at 11:12 a.m. PST

From the New York Times:

Capitol Police Warn of Threat on Thursday, and House Cancels the Day’s Session

The agency, responding to what the force called “a possible plot to breach the Capitol,” again sounded the alarm that pro-Trump conspirators may be planning an attack.

By Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Matthew Rosenberg
March 3, 2021

 
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  1. George Lucas clumsily and with a certain lack of skill warned us about this bullshit.

    • LOL: SimpleSong
    • Replies: @Altai
    @El Dato

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgxZr6LLS34

    For 4 years people were posting this along side Trump speeches... They didn't get the joke.

    Replies: @anon, @Richard B, @SaneClownPosse

    , @Chrisnonymous
    @El Dato

    More eloquently, Lord Sumption warns us of the same. He is speaking here about COVID lockdowns, but his larger point about fear and freedom applies to March 4 too...

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5lXAA7ZOROc

  2. C’mon, Steve, don’t be cynical, the attack was obviously a real and present danger, but once the attackers were reminded that the Capitol was protected with 5000 troops, which is easily forgotten, they decided instead to re-enact one of the Civil War battles.

    • LOL: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @Henry's Cat

    The troops are only protecting the parking garages in which they live.

    Replies: @Cloudbuster

  3. hey you guys … if we’re worried about far-right extremists with ties to the police and military then maybe … maybe … we could stop pulling down our pants and ^@%!%#&@ directly into the faces of the national guardsmen you absurdly require to guard the insulting and un-American razor wire topped fence. Maybe.

  4. I read that there are Muslims among the hoard of refugees in the caravans coming to The U.S. Fox News reporter Sara Carter said that some refugees in the caravan only speak Arabic and do not understand Spanish. That seems to be a much bigger threat than QAnon, if any of these Arabic speaking refugees on the Mexico/U.S border commit a Jihadist attack on U.S soil under Democrat Joe Biden’s catch and release to the general U.S population policy!

    • Agree: Seneca44
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Luzzatto

    "Horde", dammit! That is, unless you've got them hoarded in your basement, Mr. Luzzano.

    Sorry, that one just gets to me, and I'm not usually a homo... ... nym Nazi.

    , @S. Anonyia
    @Luzzatto

    This is a very Boomerish post.

    Sudden influx of destitute people at borders is bad regardless of whether "jihadists" are among them.

    Anyway, for the past 3-4 years neoliberals and their hysterics have proven a much bigger threat to ordinary Americans than jihadists. Jihadism seems to have declined since the U.S stopped funneling money towards all of the factions involved in the Arab Spring.

    Might be a different story in say, France, though.

    Replies: @Luzzatto, @Bill Jones

    , @AndrewR
    @Luzzatto

    Lol this sounds like a Fox News post

  5. What happened?

    Nothing. Except more self-confirming leftist kabuki.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Almost Missouri

    While not interested enough to delve far into the subject, I did see a video of celebrants enjoying themselves, laughing, milling about, taking selfies, etc. Did you know that people like that are a fundamental threat to our way of life? The MSM showed photos of a guy with Viking horns, or maybe it was just a hat.

    The fact is (as the MSM are careful to remind us, over and over) the vast majority of the partiers/protestors were of light complexion, and the FBI has already warned us officially that such people are the "top threat" facing Americans today.

    , @AndrewR
    @Almost Missouri

    Amazing how a single boomer shitposting on Faceberg and/or a single troll on 4chan can get the entire US Congress shut down

    , @Citizen of a Silly Country
    @Almost Missouri

    No, this is worse. Most of these drama queens believe the script is real, which means they'll enact actual laws and direct law enforcement to go after real Whites.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Almost Missouri

    Almost, not quite. They cancel their sessions and get a long weekend. Works every time.

    , @Clyde
    @Almost Missouri


    Nothing. Except more self-confirming leftist kabuki.
     
    How true! We will be inundated for the next few (4) years by this charade. This show, all this put on for the sheeple who are on the fence. Illiterate leftists brainwashing the non-denominational illiterates. Per usual these days--God help us.
    , @SunBakedSuburb
    @Almost Missouri

    "leftist kabuki"

    left-right kabuki. The same group of toad people fund both sides.

  6. This whole Q-Anon fearmongering is fascinating to me. I’ve never met one of these people, I never see any posts by them on social media and a cursory glance shows them confined to Facebook consisting of hard-core partisan former “rename everything after Ronald Regan” Republicans generally ages 55 and up. As we saw with the little old lady who made up around 2% on her own of the Capitol Hill pitch invasion as well as the numerous fatal casualties the crack assault brigade took from stress-induced heart attacks.

    Hardly the core of any violent movement.

    The actual core of angry young white men in the US fulminating discontent don’t seem to have much of anything to do with Q-Anon. It’s just a straw man of weird out of touch conspiracy theories which are ingested to make the other side feel good about themselves. Meanwhile, in Portland…

    And, of course, those kinds of people weren’t what the 2016 election was about, they’d have voted for an inanimate carbon rod to be president if he had an R next to his name. It is all the disenfranchised white working class voters in states that were formerly Democrat fortresses, they were the ones who elected Donald Trump and who voted for Barack Obama twice and for the same reasons…

    • Agree: Prester John
    • Replies: @Henry's Cat
    @Altai


    This whole Q-Anon fearmongering is fascinating to me. I’ve never met one of these people,
     
    Part RPG, part psyop, total BS.

    Replies: @Redman

    , @JohnPlywood
    @Altai

    QAnon skews female and transsexual. Like most #MeToo movements.

    , @El Dato
    @Altai

    To keep the "protests" down, these guys seem to have the right stuff. They are now getting canceled. That will probably help.

    YouTube bans several channels of Myanmar media citing ‘community guidelines’ – media


    Five YouTube channels of Myanmar’s government and military-run TV networks have been suspended, the US tech giant told Reuters. The move comes amid non-stop deadly protests that have gripped the country following a military coup.

    According to Reuters, the banned channels include MRTV, (Myanmar Radio and Television) as well as the military-owned Myawaddy Media, MWD Variety, and MWD Myanmar. “We have terminated a number of channels and removed several videos from YouTube in accordance with our community guidelines and applicable laws,” a spokesperson for the platform told the news agency.

     

    Also:

    Comic strips getting cancelled because they hurt transgenders and may also be "anti-Biden". (Are you now, are have you ever been, anti-Biden?)

    USA Today owner drops comic strip ‘Mallard Fillmore’ for ‘not meeting standards’ after jabs at trans female athletes

    Finally you won't get hired if you are Trumpist:

    Academic intolerance on the rise, study finds, highlighting growth of wokeness in younger scholars

    In the US, UK and Canada, some 40 percent of academics told the researchers they would not hire a Trump supporter, and one out of three in Britain would refuse a position to a Brexit supporter. But there’s one scarlet letter that will get a person ostracized even further in academia, they found: being considered a gender-critical feminist, i.e. holding a biological-based view of sex.

    Just 28 percent of American and Canadian academics told CSPI they would be OK with going to lunch with someone who believed trans women should not have access to women’s shelters – though the survey did not specify the anatomical characteristics of the trans woman, a factor that would typically have a significant bearing on how gender-criminal [should be "critical", right?] feminists answer that question.
     
    , @Lurker
    @Altai

    Agree. I've never seen a post or comment online by any self-avowed Q-Anon type. I've never met anyone who gave it credence. In fact I've no idea what the Q-Anon take is on anything other by inference from the sneers of people on the 'right' and the 'left'. And since the 'left' will be indulging in straw manning even that is suspect.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    , @Forbes
    @Altai

    I've no specific knowledge, but QAnon has all the signs of a massive troll job on the MSM--just like the OK-sign spoof that purportedly stands for WP, as in white power.

    The 4chan/8chan crowd keeps running these ideas up the flag pole, and media regularly bites.

    No longer having Orange Man Bad to kick around, media needs to keep the propaganda porn fires burning brightly with material for their outrage and sensation machine in order to keep eyeballs glued to their screens.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    , @JimB
    @Altai


    It’s just a straw man of weird out-of-touch conspiracy theories which are ingested to make the other side feel good about themselves.
     
    Don't be so quick to dismiss PizzaGate, which is an evidential pillar of QAnon. Most Democrats are sexual deviants, and precedents exist for congressional sex-trafficking services.

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-john-mccain-jeffrey-epstein-and-pizzagate/
  7. Looks like we’ll need a new vaccine for this every couple of months.

    • Agree: Polemos
  8. The growth of right-wing groups and their ability to infiltrate the U.S. military is unquestionably a significant threat.

    So, keeping all those troops in DC is keeping one’s enemy even closer?

  9. @Altai
    This whole Q-Anon fearmongering is fascinating to me. I've never met one of these people, I never see any posts by them on social media and a cursory glance shows them confined to Facebook consisting of hard-core partisan former "rename everything after Ronald Regan" Republicans generally ages 55 and up. As we saw with the little old lady who made up around 2% on her own of the Capitol Hill pitch invasion as well as the numerous fatal casualties the crack assault brigade took from stress-induced heart attacks.

    Hardly the core of any violent movement.

    The actual core of angry young white men in the US fulminating discontent don't seem to have much of anything to do with Q-Anon. It's just a straw man of weird out of touch conspiracy theories which are ingested to make the other side feel good about themselves. Meanwhile, in Portland...

    https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1365961194339782656

    And, of course, those kinds of people weren't what the 2016 election was about, they'd have voted for an inanimate carbon rod to be president if he had an R next to his name. It is all the disenfranchised white working class voters in states that were formerly Democrat fortresses, they were the ones who elected Donald Trump and who voted for Barack Obama twice and for the same reasons...

    Replies: @Henry's Cat, @JohnPlywood, @El Dato, @Lurker, @Forbes, @JimB

    This whole Q-Anon fearmongering is fascinating to me. I’ve never met one of these people,

    Part RPG, part psyop, total BS.

    • Replies: @Redman
    @Henry's Cat

    Black psyop. Definitely.

  10. OT – the Guardian ranks the recordings of the Notorious BIG.

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/mar/05/the-notorious-big-his-20-greatest-tracks-ranked

    And even the Guardianistas have their limits.

    “Why are people coming over here and hating? If this is not your stuff just move on and go and listen to Bohemian rhapsody”

    “Probably something to do with cognitive dissonance – the rest of the site is devoted to making readers lentil-eating wokesters who would rather walk over hot coals than use the wrong pronoun, and then there’s an article lauding some bloke who’s whole schtick seems to be bragging about wealth, telling people to fuck off and being vile to women.”

  11. Used to be the Washington press corps would be skeptically chortling and tossing their peanut shells at the Capitol Police for ginning up such an outrageous non-event.

    Now they question their commitment to defend the sacred halls of democracy or some such shit.

    All I can add is this would be a great moment for Matt Yglesias to relive his Encounter With The Marginalized. These people need 200 cc’s of Charlie Hebdo, stat!

    • Replies: @Ragno
    @Ragno

    Again I'm in Moderator jail?

    Amazing. By the time my comments get the all-clear the story's a week old. Is "slow-motion censorship" a thing?

  12. @Almost Missouri
    What happened?

    Nothing. Except more self-confirming leftist kabuki.

    Replies: @Polistra, @AndrewR, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @Buffalo Joe, @Clyde, @SunBakedSuburb

    While not interested enough to delve far into the subject, I did see a video of celebrants enjoying themselves, laughing, milling about, taking selfies, etc. Did you know that people like that are a fundamental threat to our way of life? The MSM showed photos of a guy with Viking horns, or maybe it was just a hat.

    The fact is (as the MSM are careful to remind us, over and over) the vast majority of the partiers/protestors were of light complexion, and the FBI has already warned us officially that such people are the “top threat” facing Americans today.

  13. The efforts to milk this Capitol cow look less and less enthusiastic. They will eventually peter out.

    • Disagree: ic1000
    • Replies: @ic1000
    @Dieter Kief

    > milking the Capitol cow

    A better metaphor is "Blazing Saddles: the Capitol Siege Reboot!" Except the producers of this series have a much dryer sense of humor than Mel Brooks. In fact, one of the running gags is that most of the actors, uh, journalists, don't seem to recognize that this is a Blackadder-style comedy rather than a thriller.

    For instance, Lester Holt's first-string reporter delivers his lines about imminent threats and intelligence agency assessments and supremacist assaults in deep, stentorian tones. William L. Shirer with the embers of the Reichstag, uh, Capitol Dome smoldering in the background. As he is orating, NBC News' showrunner cuts to a pan of the fortifications protecting the Second Branch. Twelve-foot-tall reinforced chainlink fences topped with razor wire, lines of truck-stopping concrete blocks, grim-faced soldiers patrolling with safety-off M16s.

    Don't worry folks, the Deep State has your back! Our Congress will repel the scheduled attack of behorned Cro-Magnons, Vikings, and unarmed Air Force vets! They won't even reach No Man's Land!

    As Lester says every night, we are Inspiring America.

    The deadpan delivery is what makes the whole thing work.

    Replies: @Elmer T. Jones, @Gary in Gramercy, @Ganderson, @Forbes

    , @Alt Right Moderate
    @Dieter Kief

    Early on, the liberal MSM was really milking this story because they could see it was causing a lot of internal friction on the right. Not just between the pro-Trumpers and anti-Trumpers, but between the hard core pro Trumpers and the moderates like Pence and Graham. However, now the internal friction on the right is subsiding, and Trump's image is improving, their interest in the story is starting to wane.

    Also, the Shaman guy has been given MSM air time, which means he's no longer being considered an evil far righter, but just a hot-headed Trump supporter who did something stupid.

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @Dieter Kief


    The efforts to milk this Capitol cow look less and less enthusiastic. They will eventually peter out.
     
    IDK, instead of petering out, they might eventually blow up in their faces. Glenn Greenwald, no right-wing conspiracy theorist, has been calling out the "deadly insurrection" narrative as basically a deep state psy-op.

    Perhaps the most significant blow to the maximalist insurrection/coup narrative took place inside the Senate on Thursday. Ever since January 6, those who were not referring to the riot as a “coup attempt” — as though the hundreds of protesters intended to overthrow the most powerful and militarized government in history — were required to refer to it instead as an “armed insurrection.”

    This formulation was crucial not only for maximizing fear levels about the Democrats’ adversaries but also, as I’ve documented previously, because declaring an “armed insurrection” empowers the state with virtually unlimited powers to act against the citizenry. Over and over, leading Democrats and their media allies repeated this phrase like some hypnotic mantra: https://youtu.be/kF3-MyT6b6E

    But this was completely false. As I detailed several weeks ago, so many of the most harrowing and widespread media claims about the January 6 riot proved to be total fabrications. A pro-Trump mob did not bash Office Brian Sicknick’s skull in with a fire extinguisher. No protester brought zip-ties with them as some premeditated plot to kidnap members of Congress (two rioters found them on a table inside). There’s no evidence anyone intended to assassinate Mike Pence, Mitt Romney or anyone else.

    Yet the maximalist narrative of an attempted coup or armed insurrection is so crucial to Democrats — regardless of whether it is true — that pointing out these facts deeply infuriates them. A television clip of mine from last week went viral among furious liberals calling me a fascism supporter even though it did nothing but point out the indisputable facts that other than Brian Sicknick, whose cause of death remains unknown, the only people who died at the Capitol riot were Trump supporters, and that there are no known cases of the rioters deliberately killing anyone.

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/as-the-insurrection-narrative-crumbles
     

    Replies: @El Dato

    , @J.Ross
    @Dieter Kief

    just like the lockdown petered out

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

  14. @Altai
    This whole Q-Anon fearmongering is fascinating to me. I've never met one of these people, I never see any posts by them on social media and a cursory glance shows them confined to Facebook consisting of hard-core partisan former "rename everything after Ronald Regan" Republicans generally ages 55 and up. As we saw with the little old lady who made up around 2% on her own of the Capitol Hill pitch invasion as well as the numerous fatal casualties the crack assault brigade took from stress-induced heart attacks.

    Hardly the core of any violent movement.

    The actual core of angry young white men in the US fulminating discontent don't seem to have much of anything to do with Q-Anon. It's just a straw man of weird out of touch conspiracy theories which are ingested to make the other side feel good about themselves. Meanwhile, in Portland...

    https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1365961194339782656

    And, of course, those kinds of people weren't what the 2016 election was about, they'd have voted for an inanimate carbon rod to be president if he had an R next to his name. It is all the disenfranchised white working class voters in states that were formerly Democrat fortresses, they were the ones who elected Donald Trump and who voted for Barack Obama twice and for the same reasons...

    Replies: @Henry's Cat, @JohnPlywood, @El Dato, @Lurker, @Forbes, @JimB

    QAnon skews female and transsexual. Like most #MeToo movements.

  15. @Almost Missouri
    What happened?

    Nothing. Except more self-confirming leftist kabuki.

    Replies: @Polistra, @AndrewR, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @Buffalo Joe, @Clyde, @SunBakedSuburb

    Amazing how a single boomer shitposting on Faceberg and/or a single troll on 4chan can get the entire US Congress shut down

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  16. Anonymous[266] • Disclaimer says:

  17. “So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4?”

    Who cares? So long as it keeps Congress out of session, I say, the more the better. In fact, I heard one guy at work say something about he really, really, doesn’t like that Nancy Pelosi, so I think we should be on the safe side and cancel this session … and, of course, nuke the Congress from orbit… just to be sure.

    • Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I am surprised Youtube hasn't taken this down yet:

    https://youtu.be/6KNJcOZXmMU

    , @SimpleSong
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Yeah, I guess on the bright side Congress won't be doing anything for a while.

    I'm starting to think the Dems didn't really want the house, senate, and presidency. It's much easier to screech about Pres. Orangehitler than to actually try and govern. Now they have no excuse for not enacting the policies (minimum wage hike, student loan forgiveness) that are popular but they didn't actually want to implement. They're being exposed as being the party of the rich, just as much as the Republicans, just a different set of rich people.

    Of course this is a systemic problem with Democracy in general--you have a good issue that you can run on, if you fix it...then what do you run on? The incentive is to not fix problems and not get anything done, but make it look like you are thiiiiisssssss close.

    Replies: @anon

    , @S. Anonyia
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I think they really dipped out so they did not have to listen to the 628 page COVID relief bill get read aloud...

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    , @Ragno
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Much more interested in what happened at the Capitol on Jan 6th.

    I never call in to conservative talk-radio but the other day I broke my own rule....twice. The first time was after I'd had my fill of listening to my local talk-tard chiding the audience for "voting for Biden". A lot of them take this tack lately and I believe it's a cheap and easy way to send the signal up the chain of command of "see, boss? You won't hear me whispering a word about 'stolen election'!" - because no matter how loudly they denounce this as Fake News:


    A talk radio company that employs some of the nation’s most popular conservative radio hosts has issued a memo barring talent from spreading conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election.

    “We need to help induce national calm NOW,” wrote an executive with Cumulus Media in a Wednesday directive, the same day as the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, according to The Washington Post.

    Brian Philips, the company’s executive vice president, went on to say Cumulus and its program syndication branch, Westwood One, “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths’. ”

    “If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately,” he added.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/media/533616-talk-radio-company-orders-hosts-to-stop-suggesting-election-was-stolen-from
     

    they are nevertheless proceeding as though it were very much Real News; thus, when I explained to the screener that I was calling to object to the host's you idiots voted for this guy line of disinfo, adding "nobody voted for Biden, and you guys more than anybody else should know that".....well let's just say I was greeted with the audio equivalent of the temperature drop inside a meat locker. "We've moved on to a different topic," I was brusquely informed, before being introduced to the screener's second cousin, Click.

    A few hours later still another supposedly-hard-right radio host, who curiously picked up the habit of always prefacing the words "Jan 6th riot" with the descriptive term deadly - as in "the deadly riot on Jan 6th" - prompted me to call, admittedly in a white-hot rage. Approximately 48 dials later, I got through, and this time the conversation went like this:

    screener: What do you want to talk to Mark about?

    me: I want to draw the obvious analogy that no one is bothering to point out, for whatever reason....

    screener: Which is?

    me: That the Jan 6th protest can now be referred to as the Democratic Party's Reichstag Fire, and -

    screener: (suddenly upset) Hey! Hey, hey.....you're going down a very slippery slope with that kind of irresponsible talk-

    me: Doesn't the First Amendment include a lot worse than "irresponsible talk"?

    screener: No, not on this show. You want to say that kind of crap, start your own radio show.

    - and once again, for the second time that day, I was left conversing with Click.

    But I learned something that day. If you wish to use the word "Nazi" in a sentence in Joe Biden's America, say it with a brick through the window of a retail business. Otherwise you forfeit your Constitutional right to free speech.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Luzzatto

  18. @Achmed E. Newman

    "So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4?"
     
    Who cares? So long as it keeps Congress out of session, I say, the more the better. In fact, I heard one guy at work say something about he really, really, doesn't like that Nancy Pelosi, so I think we should be on the safe side and cancel this session ... and, of course, nuke the Congress from orbit... just to be sure.

    Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin, @SimpleSong, @S. Anonyia, @Ragno

    I am surprised Youtube hasn’t taken this down yet:

  19. Only two possibilities here:

    1. Either they actually believe this preposterous rubbish, in which case they are hysterical, truly insane, lunatics, making them unfit for Public Office.

    Or,

    2. They know perfectly well that every word they speak is a false and perjured lie, in which case they are categorically engaged in Sedition, which makes them unfit for Public Office.

    Either way, they have invalidated any further action on their part as completely lawless.

    • Troll: Corvinus
  20. This is an example of the godlike powers of QAnon in fomenting an invisible insurrection. Where does this anonymous Q come from? Have you noticed that he only became active once “Star Trek: The Next Generation” went off the air? Has this man been seen near the Capitol?:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_(Star_Trek)

    With his Star Trek gig having come to an end, the actor

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_de_Lancie

    needed a bigger stage for his megalomaniacal fantasies. And by maintaining anonymity, he achieves plausible deniability.

    • Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

    Of course, the tragic death of his daughter by heroin overdose sent him over the edge, leading him to lose his air traffic controller job after causing a mid-air collision that killed over a hundred. Who know what he is capable of next?

  21. Women run the government now and there will be a steady diet of this. For when an organization becomes feminized, focus shifts from the efficient production of goods and services to the creation of rules for the comfort and security of women. Ossification and organizational collapse are inevitable.

  22. So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4?

    There was rumor that Emmett Till was going to be lynched.

    • LOL: AndrewR
    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    @James Speaks

    "There was rumor that Emmett Till was going to be lynched."

    I hadn't realized that March was Sweeps Month at the NYT and WaPo.

  23. Looking for an excuse to kick out the remaining patriotic members of our armed forces. To be replaced by gang members with guns, kind of like the “technicals” in various West African nations that drive around in jeeps with machine guns mounted in back, shooting up everything and everyone that they encounter. Then the pols will feel safe. Or something…

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Hannah Katz


    Looking for an excuse to kick out the remaining patriotic members of our armed forces. To be replaced by gang members with guns, kind of like the “technicals” in various West African nations that drive around in jeeps with machine guns mounted in back, shooting up everything and everyone that they encounter. Then the pols will feel safe. Or something…
     
    So that's why Toyota recently opened another truck factory in America! Very smart those Japanese.
  24. One would think that Steve, having previously lived in Chicago, would understand snow storm logic. If mayors over responds to preparing for and responding to a snow storm, they just get criticized. If mayors under responds to preparing for and responding to a snow storm, they get voted out of office. After the management of the Capital Police lost their jobs due to the January 6 siege, there is no way that Congress and the Capital Police were going to under respond.

    • Replies: @sayless
    @guest007

    Well Q followers are laughing about it.

    Minority report: "All we have to do to shut down Congress is, do nothing. What power we have!"

    That's a joke, by the way.

    , @Paleo Liberal
    @guest007

    Probably the most intelligent response of the day.

    Replies: @Redman, @Chrisnonymous

    , @guest007
    @guest007

    When pondering why some particular action was taken by some part of the government, the easiest answer is because elected politicians and their staff are demanding that something be done. Thus, the worker bees further down the wiring diagram will do something for no other reason than to shut the boss up.

  25. If there are any deplorables in the National Guard, please keep a diary of the Washington DC farce and share, share, share.

    Bad food, lack of privacy, poor organization, sexual frustration, boredom, lack of purpose, nothing to do on time off, separation from family and employment, inclement weather, no trust going up or down the chain of command, and an expensive urban camping trip which everyone knows is accomplishing nothing.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @beavertales

    It's amazing that one boomeresque troll on 4chan or Facebook can shut down the US Congress and cause hundreds of millions of dollars in security theater. Fortunately, Gretchen Whitmer has promised to bring the MING home next week

    , @Joseph Doaks
    @beavertales

    "If there are any deplorables in the National Guard, please keep a diary of the Washington DC farce and share, share, share."

    This is a wonderful idea. The left would have done it already if the parties in this fiasco were reversed.

    It must be from an anonymous source, of course. Get a secure e-mail account (Startpage.com) and offer your occupation diary to Revolver News and/or The National Pulse.

  26. @Dieter Kief
    The efforts to milk this Capitol cow look less and less enthusiastic. They will eventually peter out.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Alt Right Moderate, @Hypnotoad666, @J.Ross

    > milking the Capitol cow

    A better metaphor is “Blazing Saddles: the Capitol Siege Reboot!” Except the producers of this series have a much dryer sense of humor than Mel Brooks. In fact, one of the running gags is that most of the actors, uh, journalists, don’t seem to recognize that this is a Blackadder-style comedy rather than a thriller.

    For instance, Lester Holt’s first-string reporter delivers his lines about imminent threats and intelligence agency assessments and supremacist assaults in deep, stentorian tones. William L. Shirer with the embers of the Reichstag, uh, Capitol Dome smoldering in the background. As he is orating, NBC News’ showrunner cuts to a pan of the fortifications protecting the Second Branch. Twelve-foot-tall reinforced chainlink fences topped with razor wire, lines of truck-stopping concrete blocks, grim-faced soldiers patrolling with safety-off M16s.

    Don’t worry folks, the Deep State has your back! Our Congress will repel the scheduled attack of behorned Cro-Magnons, Vikings, and unarmed Air Force vets! They won’t even reach No Man’s Land!

    As Lester says every night, we are Inspiring America.

    The deadpan delivery is what makes the whole thing work.

    • LOL: kaganovitch
    • Replies: @Elmer T. Jones
    @ic1000

    One can construct funny current event haikus with the standard first-line "This is Lester Holt".

    , @Gary in Gramercy
    @ic1000

    "Blazing Saddles: The Capital Hill Reboot"?
    --------------------------------------------------
    "Normally, I wouldn't give a damn, but this is an election year, and we've got to protect our phony-baloney jobs!"

    Replies: @Fred C Dobbs, @Richard B

    , @Ganderson
    @ic1000

    So ic- in your scenario is Slow Joe Baldrick or General/Lord Melchett? I can imagine him saying “I have a cunning plan.”

    Kam as Darling/Percy?

    Who would be Lt George /The Prince Regent?

    Actually wouldn’t Cuomo be a good General Melchett?

    And who’s Blackadder?

    Discuss

    , @Forbes
    @ic1000

    Thanks ic. This example is precisely why my older brother claims the evening news programming is the best comedy on teevee. I don't watch it...

  27. @Altai
    This whole Q-Anon fearmongering is fascinating to me. I've never met one of these people, I never see any posts by them on social media and a cursory glance shows them confined to Facebook consisting of hard-core partisan former "rename everything after Ronald Regan" Republicans generally ages 55 and up. As we saw with the little old lady who made up around 2% on her own of the Capitol Hill pitch invasion as well as the numerous fatal casualties the crack assault brigade took from stress-induced heart attacks.

    Hardly the core of any violent movement.

    The actual core of angry young white men in the US fulminating discontent don't seem to have much of anything to do with Q-Anon. It's just a straw man of weird out of touch conspiracy theories which are ingested to make the other side feel good about themselves. Meanwhile, in Portland...

    https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1365961194339782656

    And, of course, those kinds of people weren't what the 2016 election was about, they'd have voted for an inanimate carbon rod to be president if he had an R next to his name. It is all the disenfranchised white working class voters in states that were formerly Democrat fortresses, they were the ones who elected Donald Trump and who voted for Barack Obama twice and for the same reasons...

    Replies: @Henry's Cat, @JohnPlywood, @El Dato, @Lurker, @Forbes, @JimB

    To keep the “protests” down, these guys seem to have the right stuff. They are now getting canceled. That will probably help.

    YouTube bans several channels of Myanmar media citing ‘community guidelines’ – media

    Five YouTube channels of Myanmar’s government and military-run TV networks have been suspended, the US tech giant told Reuters. The move comes amid non-stop deadly protests that have gripped the country following a military coup.

    According to Reuters, the banned channels include MRTV, (Myanmar Radio and Television) as well as the military-owned Myawaddy Media, MWD Variety, and MWD Myanmar. “We have terminated a number of channels and removed several videos from YouTube in accordance with our community guidelines and applicable laws,” a spokesperson for the platform told the news agency.

    Also:

    Comic strips getting cancelled because they hurt transgenders and may also be “anti-Biden”. (Are you now, are have you ever been, anti-Biden?)

    USA Today owner drops comic strip ‘Mallard Fillmore’ for ‘not meeting standards’ after jabs at trans female athletes

    Finally you won’t get hired if you are Trumpist:

    Academic intolerance on the rise, study finds, highlighting growth of wokeness in younger scholars

    In the US, UK and Canada, some 40 percent of academics told the researchers they would not hire a Trump supporter, and one out of three in Britain would refuse a position to a Brexit supporter. But there’s one scarlet letter that will get a person ostracized even further in academia, they found: being considered a gender-critical feminist, i.e. holding a biological-based view of sex.

    Just 28 percent of American and Canadian academics told CSPI they would be OK with going to lunch with someone who believed trans women should not have access to women’s shelters – though the survey did not specify the anatomical characteristics of the trans woman, a factor that would typically have a significant bearing on how gender-criminal [should be “critical”, right?] feminists answer that question.

  28. So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4?

    Deep state psyop to justify keeping the troops in the streets.

    They are going to want the troops to be in place for when they pass the national gun control law on a razor-thin party-line margin after they eliminate the filibuster…

    • Replies: @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    @Dr. X

    "They are going to want the troops to be in place for when they pass the national gun control law on a razor-thin party-line margin after they eliminate the filibuster…"

    You phunny. After a year of forced diapering and after destroying thousands of businesses over a mild seasonal flu without a single shot fired, the Democratic Party proved the 2A is toothless and American men are ballless.

    Replies: @Muggles, @Dr. X

  29. Somewhat related, a reliable correspondent informs that Australian authorities have publicly claimed to have taken steps to secure the supply of coronavirus vaccines from anti-vaxxers. Apparently they think anti-vaxxers don’t merely want to avoid the vaccine for themselves and their children, but actively want to prevent others from taking it, to the point of vandalism and terrorism.

    When did everyone in charge become so ridiculous?

    • Replies: @sayless
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    "When did everyone in charge become so ridiculous?"

    --I first noticed that social/public/national unreason had gone over the top when gay marriage became legal across the country, and the deplorables were rather calm and docile about it. About that, and the baking/photography/hospitality/florist career-destroying controversy.

    People didn't erupt.

    Obama didn't get the reaction he wanted, so he ratcheted it up with demands for transsexual men to be allowed in women's bathrooms.

    It was just a strategy.

    When Indiana and North Carolina balked at that, the economic punishments and threats rained down on them. Which they could not afford, especially not Indiana, which is a poor state: Agricultural, and the manufacturing went to Mexico twenty years ago.

    SBA loans are not equally, under the law, available to everyone who needs one and could make good use of it.

    And ask Chuck Schumer what a worthless state it is, his curl of the lip and tone of voice will tell you everything: No one of any importance lives there.

    The Ridiculousness Factor had been accelerating long before that, but that was when I realized that the republic was publicly, across the board, going off the rails.

    , @SunBakedSuburb
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    "Australian authorities"

    I'll listen to Australian authorities after they solve the Funnel Web Problem.

    Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    , @Sick 'n Tired
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    Think of the type of kids who used to run for student government/class president when you were in middle & high school. This is the grown up version of that, with the same uncool idiots running for office so the can feel less powerless.

    Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

  30. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:

    The March 4th QAnon gathering… the [FBI-organized] Peter Brady party…

    “Sorry, Pete FBI, I gotta go to my grandmother’s.”

    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Peter%20Brady%20Party

  31. @ic1000
    @Dieter Kief

    > milking the Capitol cow

    A better metaphor is "Blazing Saddles: the Capitol Siege Reboot!" Except the producers of this series have a much dryer sense of humor than Mel Brooks. In fact, one of the running gags is that most of the actors, uh, journalists, don't seem to recognize that this is a Blackadder-style comedy rather than a thriller.

    For instance, Lester Holt's first-string reporter delivers his lines about imminent threats and intelligence agency assessments and supremacist assaults in deep, stentorian tones. William L. Shirer with the embers of the Reichstag, uh, Capitol Dome smoldering in the background. As he is orating, NBC News' showrunner cuts to a pan of the fortifications protecting the Second Branch. Twelve-foot-tall reinforced chainlink fences topped with razor wire, lines of truck-stopping concrete blocks, grim-faced soldiers patrolling with safety-off M16s.

    Don't worry folks, the Deep State has your back! Our Congress will repel the scheduled attack of behorned Cro-Magnons, Vikings, and unarmed Air Force vets! They won't even reach No Man's Land!

    As Lester says every night, we are Inspiring America.

    The deadpan delivery is what makes the whole thing work.

    Replies: @Elmer T. Jones, @Gary in Gramercy, @Ganderson, @Forbes

    One can construct funny current event haikus with the standard first-line “This is Lester Holt”.

  32. Anyone following Crowder’s Nevada Voter Fraud expose? Same as all this Capitol bullshit. Keep calling them on their bs and eventually the poor saps that they put out there to try to answer questions or cover for the falsities are tied up in verbal knots.

    7 dead from the Insurrection. Call them on their bs, and now it is down to one person killed during the riot. Very few are using insurrection anymore. How many weapons were confiscated at the “riot”? LE person: well, none. How many names has Ashli Babbitt used? My sources say 4. Was she really shot? Don’t know, just like binLaden she was “cremated”. Officer is bludgeoned to death with fire extinguisher. Sicknick’s Mother: he died a day later, we want to know how he died. The FBI won’t tell us.

    Fuck Pelosi. She is running this shitshow.

    • Agree: goldgettin
  33. What happened? I suspect a massive trolling effort from the interwebs.

    • Agree: Forbes
  34. @Almost Missouri
    What happened?

    Nothing. Except more self-confirming leftist kabuki.

    Replies: @Polistra, @AndrewR, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @Buffalo Joe, @Clyde, @SunBakedSuburb

    No, this is worse. Most of these drama queens believe the script is real, which means they’ll enact actual laws and direct law enforcement to go after real Whites.

    • Agree: Polistra
  35. I wish that the invisible white supremecist empire was as powerful and omnipresent as our enemies wish it was.

  36. General George McClellan finally won the presidency.

  37. Can we have a threat every day of the year so they won’t be able to convene to do harm? An elderly neighbor of a very long time ago always said Congress should repeal everything they have passed for a hundred years (it would be 160 now), and agree not meet for the next 100 years.

  38. @Almost Missouri
    What happened?

    Nothing. Except more self-confirming leftist kabuki.

    Replies: @Polistra, @AndrewR, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @Buffalo Joe, @Clyde, @SunBakedSuburb

    Almost, not quite. They cancel their sessions and get a long weekend. Works every time.

  39. Just remember, conspiracy theories are inherently fake and dangerous, and that’s why it is so crucial to spread the word about the multitude of secret plots by these people. That’s just common sense.

    • Agree: Mike Tre
    • LOL: S. Anonyia
    • Replies: @Forbes
    @Hypnotoad666

    Well, can you blame them? "Fake but accurate" didn't work. So now they try out "fake and dangerous" to see if that fools the rubes...

  40. @ic1000
    @Dieter Kief

    > milking the Capitol cow

    A better metaphor is "Blazing Saddles: the Capitol Siege Reboot!" Except the producers of this series have a much dryer sense of humor than Mel Brooks. In fact, one of the running gags is that most of the actors, uh, journalists, don't seem to recognize that this is a Blackadder-style comedy rather than a thriller.

    For instance, Lester Holt's first-string reporter delivers his lines about imminent threats and intelligence agency assessments and supremacist assaults in deep, stentorian tones. William L. Shirer with the embers of the Reichstag, uh, Capitol Dome smoldering in the background. As he is orating, NBC News' showrunner cuts to a pan of the fortifications protecting the Second Branch. Twelve-foot-tall reinforced chainlink fences topped with razor wire, lines of truck-stopping concrete blocks, grim-faced soldiers patrolling with safety-off M16s.

    Don't worry folks, the Deep State has your back! Our Congress will repel the scheduled attack of behorned Cro-Magnons, Vikings, and unarmed Air Force vets! They won't even reach No Man's Land!

    As Lester says every night, we are Inspiring America.

    The deadpan delivery is what makes the whole thing work.

    Replies: @Elmer T. Jones, @Gary in Gramercy, @Ganderson, @Forbes

    “Blazing Saddles: The Capital Hill Reboot”?
    ————————————————–
    “Normally, I wouldn’t give a damn, but this is an election year, and we’ve got to protect our phony-baloney jobs!”

    • Replies: @Fred C Dobbs
    @Gary in Gramercy

    ".....Give the Governor an Harrumph!....."

    Replies: @Ganderson

    , @Richard B
    @Gary in Gramercy

    I posted the "I didn't get a harumph outta that guy!" part of that same scene a couple of days ago.

    The idea being that we have to believe their lies by assenting in unison with a harrumph, or else, while the country circles the drain. And all of this just so they can protect their BS jobs.

    This is why I often comment about The Pyrrhic Victory of The Hostile Elite, which is what I think we're really witnessing.

    In any event, I'm sure a lot of people who know that movie have thought about that scene while watching current events unfold. Just seems to fit. Except, of course, Blazing Saddle was supposed to be a comedy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt3GBlVjUd0

  41. The crazy part is how many people actually believed there was some kind of threat.

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    @peterike


    The crazy part is how many people actually believed there was some kind of threat.

     

    I've seen numerous Wokesters comparing January 6 to 9/11. They're using the date as shorthand for it in just the same way, and also equating the impact these events made, e.g. needing to provide 'counseling' to traumatized children, find 'new ways of speaking about' this unprecedented assault on sacred democracy, etc.

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @Luzzatto

  42. Defund the Capitol police; and the DC public schools.

    Either would only require a simple majority vote in congress.

  43. @Almost Missouri
    What happened?

    Nothing. Except more self-confirming leftist kabuki.

    Replies: @Polistra, @AndrewR, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @Buffalo Joe, @Clyde, @SunBakedSuburb

    Nothing. Except more self-confirming leftist kabuki.

    How true! We will be inundated for the next few (4) years by this charade. This show, all this put on for the sheeple who are on the fence. Illiterate leftists brainwashing the non-denominational illiterates. Per usual these days–God help us.

    • Agree: Paul Jolliffe
  44. So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4?

    Nothing exciting. Just a continuation of the same coup against the American people that’s been happening for decades.

    • Agree: Robert Dolan, AnotherDad
  45. This was no different from the media clutching their pearls over a potential incel shooter at screenings of the Joker movie that came out in 2019. They manufactured a controversy and caused mass hysteria to the point that New York actually posted cops at movie theaters. There was never any threat, there were no plans, just another media hoax to scare people and justify more repressive measures.

  46. Mainstream media reported National Guard are being treated like crap so they had to make up an excuse for why they are there.

  47. Next it’ll be April 15th (tax day), then April 19th (Lexington and Concord, Waco, Oklahoma City), then April 20th (Hitler’s birthday), then the 4th of July…

    Frankly… I approve. Let them keep the Capitol and the rest of DC behind razor wire and troops forever. DC today looks visibly less open than Moscow’s Red Square or Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Let it continue to be so as an unmistakable visual sign to the country and the world how hollow their fake and gay “Our Democracy” is and what it thinks of its own supposed citizens.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @Thomas

    I feel miffed. There was no mention of actions to be taken against Washington on my birthday, June 17th.
    Can we at least agree to fart in their general direction?

    , @Stan Adams
    @Thomas

    Throughout American history, many momentous and calamitous events have occurred in mid-April.

    The Civil War began on April 12. Lincoln was assassinated on April 15. The Titanic sank on April 15. FDR died on April 12. The Bay of Pigs invasion began on April 17. The Apollo 13 near-disaster took place on April 13.

    In more recent years, we have seen these events:

    April 15 - Boston Marathon bombing (2013)
    April 16 - Virginia Tech massacre (2007)
    April 20 - Columbine (1999), Deepwater Horizon (2010)

    If you include the entire month of April, you can add the MLK assassination (April 4) and the U.S. entry into World War I (April 6) to the list.

    Beware the Ides of April.

    Replies: @Thomas, @Ripple Earthdevil

  48. @Achmed E. Newman

    "So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4?"
     
    Who cares? So long as it keeps Congress out of session, I say, the more the better. In fact, I heard one guy at work say something about he really, really, doesn't like that Nancy Pelosi, so I think we should be on the safe side and cancel this session ... and, of course, nuke the Congress from orbit... just to be sure.

    Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin, @SimpleSong, @S. Anonyia, @Ragno

    Yeah, I guess on the bright side Congress won’t be doing anything for a while.

    I’m starting to think the Dems didn’t really want the house, senate, and presidency. It’s much easier to screech about Pres. Orangehitler than to actually try and govern. Now they have no excuse for not enacting the policies (minimum wage hike, student loan forgiveness) that are popular but they didn’t actually want to implement. They’re being exposed as being the party of the rich, just as much as the Republicans, just a different set of rich people.

    Of course this is a systemic problem with Democracy in general–you have a good issue that you can run on, if you fix it…then what do you run on? The incentive is to not fix problems and not get anything done, but make it look like you are thiiiiisssssss close.

    • Agree: Buffalo Joe
    • Replies: @anon
    @SimpleSong

    Yeah, I guess on the bright side Congress won’t be doing anything for a while.
    I’m starting to think the Dems didn’t really want the house, senate, and presidency.

    The House passed HR-1 to defend Democracy. It pairs well with the permanent razorwire in Capitol City.

    May the odds be ever in your favor!

  49. You keep pretending that QAnon is not a threat but in fact these dangerous insurrectionists showed up in Washington today intending to overthrow our government. Had not the Capitol been protected by 11,000 National Guard troops and the Congress in hiding, they might well have succeeded. You are treating this as if it’s all a big joke and something ginned up by Democrats to excite their base and take away more of our civil liberties, but people, this is REAL. Look at the dangerous mob in the photo below. That woman probably has bear spray in her purse which she is intending to use to murder Federal agents.

    • Agree: ic1000, wren
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    @Jack D

    Stealing your post and image. Classic...

    , @Ron Mexico
    @Jack D

    "Look at the dangerous mob", yes, that would make a great meme!

    I am sure the short guy was planning on helping Ted Cruz rape and murder AOC. Darn barbed-wire fence...

    , @International Jew
    @Jack D

    Where is that picture taken?

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Corvinus
    @Jack D

    You meant to have these images, Jack D.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/06/trump-supporters-rally-in-washington-to-protest-election-results.html

    https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-electoral-college-elections-de812995a8c7cbea5c1de56a3d1aa007

    Replies: @Jack D

  50. anon[375] • Disclaimer says:
    @SimpleSong
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Yeah, I guess on the bright side Congress won't be doing anything for a while.

    I'm starting to think the Dems didn't really want the house, senate, and presidency. It's much easier to screech about Pres. Orangehitler than to actually try and govern. Now they have no excuse for not enacting the policies (minimum wage hike, student loan forgiveness) that are popular but they didn't actually want to implement. They're being exposed as being the party of the rich, just as much as the Republicans, just a different set of rich people.

    Of course this is a systemic problem with Democracy in general--you have a good issue that you can run on, if you fix it...then what do you run on? The incentive is to not fix problems and not get anything done, but make it look like you are thiiiiisssssss close.

    Replies: @anon

    Yeah, I guess on the bright side Congress won’t be doing anything for a while.
    I’m starting to think the Dems didn’t really want the house, senate, and presidency.

    The House passed HR-1 to defend Democracy. It pairs well with the permanent razorwire in Capitol City.

    May the odds be ever in your favor!

  51. Also redolent for this post, something from early July of last year.

    The poster of the clip is some blue tick Marketing Director at Comcast Sport whose twitter banner image is him giving a speech at NATO HQ. His profile picture shows him with his Emmy.

    But isn’t it standard NATO operating procedure to arm ethnic minorities in countries they want to destabilise or regime change?

    Leaving aside how serious guys who feel the need to call themselves the ‘Not Fucking Around Coalition’ are (My guess is not very), it’s striking that a man whose entire existence is about public image, who is the marketing director of a major establishment outfit would feel comfortable posting that commentary, cheering on an ethnic militia and saying he was on their side as if they were.

    Here is an avowed ethnic militia marching through public streets in a display of force and respectable upper middle class people, respectable upper middle class people who are extra sensitive to their public image (Like this guy who is the Marketing Director at Comcast Sport) are publicly cheering them on. This man has probably never said anything that wasn’t safe and popular to say among the upper middle classes.

    • Thanks: AndrewR
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Altai

    As the power of the central state disintegrates, it's quite common for people to protect themselves with militias. In such a situation, militias are not per se bad. Whether an armed militia is good or bad to you totally depends on whether they are on "your side" or not. Your side consists of your own political or ethnic group but you might also have allies from other groups. These may be alliances of convenience - once you defeat the other side, such militias often turn to squabbling among themselves but for so long as the war is not won they are your friends.

    The other side's militia are evil terrorists and war criminals. Your side's militia is made up of brave freedom fighters. Naturally, in the territories that your side controls, in the press and public pronouncements, people are going to offer fulsome praise of the allied militia and vilify the militias belonging to the other side. This is all completely normal - if you went to Syria or Libya or Ukraine it would be like that in all of those places. If this guy was the Marketing Director of the cable company in Damascus, he would be hailing the pro-Assad militias and heaping disgust on the anti-Assad militias. If he tried to do the opposite at the very least he would be out of a job and quite likely worse.

    The only thing that is strange is that it is now happening in the US. We don't think of ourselves as a failed state and of the press and the capital being in the hands of enemy partisans but that's where we are now. Once you understand that, everything else makes complete sense.

    Replies: @Altai

    , @Ron Mexico
    @Altai

    I thought the Klan was founded in Pulaski, TN???

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @El Dato

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Altai


    respectable upper middle class people who are extra sensitive to their public image
     
    Also the same useless strivers doing enormous amounts of damage to the United States and the world.
    , @Luzzatto
    @Altai

    A bunch of Anti-2nd Amendment White elitist Democrats all of a sudden love big scary looking firearms when it's Black identitarian groups marching with them on the streets.

    Democrats are NEVER consistent and principled in their political ideology!

    , @Observator
    @Altai

    Stone Mountain is where the revived Klan held its annual rallies. The United States Mint struck over a million Stone Mountain commemorative Half Dollars in 1925. With Stonewall Jackson and Lee on one side, the coins were produced to help raise funds for the Confederate monument being carved in its side. The Grand Army of the Republic, the U.S. Civil War veterans' organization, lobbied extensively in 1923 and 1924 to prevent the issuance of coins that honored their former foes.

  52. @Gary in Gramercy
    @ic1000

    "Blazing Saddles: The Capital Hill Reboot"?
    --------------------------------------------------
    "Normally, I wouldn't give a damn, but this is an election year, and we've got to protect our phony-baloney jobs!"

    Replies: @Fred C Dobbs, @Richard B

    “…..Give the Governor an Harrumph!…..”

    • Replies: @Ganderson
    @Fred C Dobbs

    Damn! You beat me to it!

  53. The growth of right-wing groups and their ability to infiltrate the U.S. military is unquestionably a significant threat.

    “Unquestionably” – as in “don’t question this.”

    Remember when liberals used to have bumper-stickers on their cars that read “Question Authority”. Notice how you don’t see those anymore? Much like the old saying “It’s a free country” which, likewise, you don’t hear anymore.

    They’re still claiming that there were “white supremecists” at the Capitol rally. Leave aside the fact that it’s a BS term that nobody uses to describe themselves. Any real “white supremecists” (i.e. white nationalists) gave up on Trump within about the first year of his administration. They wouldn’t be caught dead waving a Trump flag* let alone would they risk arrest to keep him in office. The idiots in newsrooms wouldn’t know that because they don’t know anything. The spooks in their alphabet-agency cubicles might know that but they don’t care – they’re constructing a narrative to justify the Great Clampdown.

    *If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the “Trump Flag”. Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader? It’s embarrassing. I’ve never liked personality cults, but the idea of a personality cult built around a personality as unappealing as that of Donald Trump is simply ridiculous.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Mr. Anon

    Remember when liberals used to have bumper-stickers on their cars that read “Question Authority”.

    Yeah, that's back when dissent was the highest form of patriotism as well.

    , @AnotherDad
    @Mr. Anon


    *If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the “Trump Flag”. Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader? It’s embarrassing. I’ve never liked personality cults, but the idea of a personality cult built around a personality as unappealing as that of Donald Trump is simply ridiculous.
     
    Well said Mr. Anon.

    One of the jokes i picked up early was the commies having these giant pictures Marx, Lenin, Stalin or Mao. Commie royalty.

    Never understood this nonsense with actors (a profession less worth of respect!) or musicians or sports figures. Embarrassing.

    People with basic republican self-respect don't worship other people or slobber all over them.

    Replies: @AndrewR

    , @Servant of Gla'aki
    @Mr. Anon


    If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the “Trump Flag”. Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader?
     
    I'm pretty sure the answer to your question would be "After every nominee from each of the two major parties from the previous six Presidential elections prior to 2016, turned out to be some oligarch servitor who was trying to ruin their lives."

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    , @Adam Smith
    @Mr. Anon

    https://i.postimg.cc/PxpPCpnM/goldentrump.png

    Thou shalt make thee no molten gods...

    , @Paul Mendez
    @Mr. Anon


    Leave aside the fact that it’s a BS term that nobody uses to describe themselves
     
    .

    Technically, to be a White Supremacist one must also be a Creationist. 200 years ago, those who justified slavery pointed to the Bible, where it says God created Man “in his own image” and gave man dominion over all the plants and animals.

    I doubt that you’ll find anybody today who wants to own negroes.
    , @Rob
    @Mr. Anon

    I agree. Trump is a vile human being and total failure from a American POV. There is what, like 40-odd percent of Americans, the white middle and working class, along with a ton of reasonable people in the professional-managerial class who realize minority white America will suck big time. They have not had any political representation since, what, 1965 or so?

    Candidate Trump was literally the only person, there are no patriots in the House, in the Senate, as Presidential candidates, as mayors of large or small cities, on city councils... if you want immigration stopped, the illegals sent home, citizenship stripped from the anchor babies, encouragement of domestic manufacturing... Candidate Trump was the only one who represented your interests.

    Turns out he was lying because he wanted to be President. Probably because presidents are famous and in the news a lot. He can’t tell the difference between positive and negative attention. Blah blah... Trump has multiple personality disorders. I’d put money on him not being a strong reader... according to one of his handlers, he lives in an adderall-benzo haze.

    Point being, let’s say you support America remaining American in 2016, but you don’t like Trump, who do you support instead? There were no other possibilities. There are no other possibilities today, after Candidate Trump proved Americans plus Republicans could win the Senate and Presidency. Republicans got a huge tax cut (one of the thousand cuts that will kill America) and deregulation, but American got basically nothing, temporary discouragement of the Hispanic invasion.

    I think most Trump supporters would drop him in a minute if literally anyone else supported a pro-American agenda.

  54. @El Dato
    George Lucas clumsily and with a certain lack of skill warned us about this bullshit.

    Replies: @Altai, @Chrisnonymous

    For 4 years people were posting this along side Trump speeches… They didn’t get the joke.

    • Agree: Richard B
    • Replies: @anon
    @Altai

    Build Back Better! The Emperor has spoken!

    , @Richard B
    @Altai


    For 4 years people were posting this along side Trump speeches… They didn’t get the joke.
     
    Exactly!

    On the other hand, of course they didn't get the joke. They've got no sense of humor. Just as they have no self-awareness or sense of irony.

    They might have been good at infiltration, subversion, radical ingratitude, insane hatred, betrayal, destruction and death, but they're no good at social management.

    Though anyone would know this by looking at the cities they run and have run for the last 50+ years (D.C. itself being an obvious example), we're about to find out on a grand scale just how true this is.

    That's why what we're really witnessing is The Pyrrhic Victory of The Hostile Elite.

    , @SaneClownPosse
    @Altai

    Was the female lead channeling Minnie Mouse?


  55. Meanwhile, Mr. Buffalo Horns is still in jail awaiting his show trial…

    “My actions on Jan. 6. How would I describe them? Well, I sang a song, I also stopped people from stealing and vandalizing that sacred space. I actually stopped somebody from stealing muffins out of the break room.”

    When asked if he understood that his actions were a “Domestic Terror Attack on Our Democracy” Chansley clapped back, “No, they were not. That is inaccurate. That is inaccurate entirely.”

    Chansley said his actions, including the singing and muffin protection as well as saying a prayer, were part of “shamanism.”

    He was arrested less than a week after the deadly riot and is being charged with disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering a sacred space without proper authority. He is facing up to 20 years behind bars.

    Prosecutors have argued he should remain in jail until his show trial.
    Mr. Buffalo Horns is a danger to society!

    • Replies: @Pericles
    @Adam Smith

    The QAnon shaman is a 1000x more genuine product of the people than the Antifa, activists, the collected shysters, deep state and tenured faculty-shmaculty of the US taken together.

    Replies: @Adam Smith

  56. @ic1000
    @Dieter Kief

    > milking the Capitol cow

    A better metaphor is "Blazing Saddles: the Capitol Siege Reboot!" Except the producers of this series have a much dryer sense of humor than Mel Brooks. In fact, one of the running gags is that most of the actors, uh, journalists, don't seem to recognize that this is a Blackadder-style comedy rather than a thriller.

    For instance, Lester Holt's first-string reporter delivers his lines about imminent threats and intelligence agency assessments and supremacist assaults in deep, stentorian tones. William L. Shirer with the embers of the Reichstag, uh, Capitol Dome smoldering in the background. As he is orating, NBC News' showrunner cuts to a pan of the fortifications protecting the Second Branch. Twelve-foot-tall reinforced chainlink fences topped with razor wire, lines of truck-stopping concrete blocks, grim-faced soldiers patrolling with safety-off M16s.

    Don't worry folks, the Deep State has your back! Our Congress will repel the scheduled attack of behorned Cro-Magnons, Vikings, and unarmed Air Force vets! They won't even reach No Man's Land!

    As Lester says every night, we are Inspiring America.

    The deadpan delivery is what makes the whole thing work.

    Replies: @Elmer T. Jones, @Gary in Gramercy, @Ganderson, @Forbes

    So ic- in your scenario is Slow Joe Baldrick or General/Lord Melchett? I can imagine him saying “I have a cunning plan.”

    Kam as Darling/Percy?

    Who would be Lt George /The Prince Regent?

    Actually wouldn’t Cuomo be a good General Melchett?

    And who’s Blackadder?

    Discuss

  57. You mean that fake news story was fake? I’m shocked.

    Doesn’t matter. Nancy and the democrats got what they wanted: the MSM did its job and Trump supporters got slandered some more.

  58. • Replies: @El Dato
    @Just another serf

    Yeah. Looks like Pelosi has appointed someone from the Not Fucking Around Coal-ition to manage this

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/russel-honore-pelosi-pick-to-lead-review-of-capitol-security-ripped-as-extreme-partisan-by-republicans



    "I mean some of the statements that the General has made are just downright crazy," Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., told Carlson on Wednesday. "It's just unbelievable, and it shows that Nancy Pelosi isn't interested in getting any facts. She is interested in power and in amassing power and an excuse to keep holding power, including those thousands of troops who are still at the Capitol who are still there treating it like an armed camp."
     
    One gets what one appoints for

    Pelosi-appointed general recommends establishing permanent QUICK-REACTION TROOPS in DC to protect government from the governed

    The difference to the Leibstandarte SS is basically that it's not an organ of the Democratic Party. Yet.


    Republicans blasted Pelosi in January for choosing Honore to lead the security review, saying he is too partisan. The retired general has a history of making controversial comments, such as calling Trump an “SOB” who “doesn’t care about people of color” and blasting federal officers sent to quell riots in Portland as an “uncontrolled mob” that wore military-like uniforms “as a function of intimidation.” [why wasn't he fired immediately?]

    Honore also said falsely that a USCP officer was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher during the Capitol riot, and he called Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) “a little piece of s**t” who should be “run out of DC” for his “white privilege” and making allegations of election fraud against President Joe Biden.

    Honore is best known for leading the National Guard response in New Orleans after the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. His troops were allegedly involved in confiscating guns from residents after New Orleans Police Chief Eddie Compass III declared that only law enforcement officers would be allowed to have firearms amid the violent, post-storm chaos in the city.
     
  59. OT – another data point in support of Steve’s WWT thesis:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/south-korea-s-first-transgender-soldier-dies-spurring-calls-change-n1259570

    “A woman who said she had been Byun’s friend since they attended a military high school together seven years ago, told Reuters that Feb. 28 would have been Byun’s last day in the military if she had been allowed to stay in service.

    “She was destined to be a soldier. A military nerd, she was so knowledgeable about all things military, not just Korean troops but those in other countries, and worked so hard to restart her service,”

    He was a real girly-girl doing all those girly-girl things – you know – like attending military high-school and being a “military nerd”.

  60. OT again, Guardian again

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/05/election-misinformation-trump-rightwing-super-spreader-study

    “A few rightwing ‘super-spreaders’ fueled bulk of election falsehoods, study says”

    “Studies show” is to the US and UK what “the people demanded with one voice” was to late-30s Soviet Union.

  61. @Altai
    @El Dato

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgxZr6LLS34

    For 4 years people were posting this along side Trump speeches... They didn't get the joke.

    Replies: @anon, @Richard B, @SaneClownPosse

    Build Back Better! The Emperor has spoken!

  62. @Luzzatto
    I read that there are Muslims among the hoard of refugees in the caravans coming to The U.S. Fox News reporter Sara Carter said that some refugees in the caravan only speak Arabic and do not understand Spanish. That seems to be a much bigger threat than QAnon, if any of these Arabic speaking refugees on the Mexico/U.S border commit a Jihadist attack on U.S soil under Democrat Joe Biden's catch and release to the general U.S population policy!

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @S. Anonyia, @AndrewR

    “Horde”, dammit! That is, unless you’ve got them hoarded in your basement, Mr. Luzzano.

    Sorry, that one just gets to me, and I’m not usually a homo…

    [MORE]
    … nym Nazi.

  63. @Altai
    This whole Q-Anon fearmongering is fascinating to me. I've never met one of these people, I never see any posts by them on social media and a cursory glance shows them confined to Facebook consisting of hard-core partisan former "rename everything after Ronald Regan" Republicans generally ages 55 and up. As we saw with the little old lady who made up around 2% on her own of the Capitol Hill pitch invasion as well as the numerous fatal casualties the crack assault brigade took from stress-induced heart attacks.

    Hardly the core of any violent movement.

    The actual core of angry young white men in the US fulminating discontent don't seem to have much of anything to do with Q-Anon. It's just a straw man of weird out of touch conspiracy theories which are ingested to make the other side feel good about themselves. Meanwhile, in Portland...

    https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1365961194339782656

    And, of course, those kinds of people weren't what the 2016 election was about, they'd have voted for an inanimate carbon rod to be president if he had an R next to his name. It is all the disenfranchised white working class voters in states that were formerly Democrat fortresses, they were the ones who elected Donald Trump and who voted for Barack Obama twice and for the same reasons...

    Replies: @Henry's Cat, @JohnPlywood, @El Dato, @Lurker, @Forbes, @JimB

    Agree. I’ve never seen a post or comment online by any self-avowed Q-Anon type. I’ve never met anyone who gave it credence. In fact I’ve no idea what the Q-Anon take is on anything other by inference from the sneers of people on the ‘right’ and the ‘left’. And since the ‘left’ will be indulging in straw manning even that is suspect.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @Lurker

    I heard about QAnon when I used to read VoxDay years ago. I never heard it referenced on any of the other alt-right sites I visit nor by any of my line-minded friends. When a reporter asked Trump about QAnon and he said he was unfamiliar with him, I believe he was speaking truthfully.

    Starting late last summer, I started hearing a lot about it from acquaintances on the left. Their narrative feeds were chock full of info about the crazy stuff rightwing QAnon supporters believe. They found it really alarming.

    Meanwhile, despite all the trouble for which QAnon is being held responsible, we are not told who QAnon is. Presumably, it is a person or persons who have not been identified. Isn't that strange? Have any so-called journalists pressed for an identification of this evil mastermind and his coconspirators? No, they don't seem the least bit interested. Can anyone imagine that our intelligence agencies can't figure out who QAnon is/are? Wouldn't that be a fairly simple thing for them to do?

    The most likely answer is that the QAnon phenomenon was a creation of our intelligence services in yet another attempt to discredit Trump supporters and give the Deep State a justification for shutting down political opposition. I'm willing to admit that QAnon might have been unaffiliated with our government at first, but if so, I suspect it was soon taken over and steered by the Deep State as part of the Color Revolution we are now undergoing.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Anonymous

  64. It’s not QAnon that’s a threat to “Our Democracy.” It’s the Boogaloo Bois!

    Imagine an army of armed break dancers in Hawaiian shirts storming the Capitol!

  65. By Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Matthew Rosenberg

    I’m sure these two have the best interests of heritage America in mind.

  66. ‘…Unquestionably…’

    This proto-Stalinist inanity from the venerable NBC, no less.

    How we have fallen.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @Colin Wright

    "How we have fallen."

    It began with the anthropomorphization of dogs.

  67. @Jack D
    You keep pretending that QAnon is not a threat but in fact these dangerous insurrectionists showed up in Washington today intending to overthrow our government. Had not the Capitol been protected by 11,000 National Guard troops and the Congress in hiding, they might well have succeeded. You are treating this as if it's all a big joke and something ginned up by Democrats to excite their base and take away more of our civil liberties, but people, this is REAL. Look at the dangerous mob in the photo below. That woman probably has bear spray in her purse which she is intending to use to murder Federal agents.

    https://i.redd.it/v4l5h7fv64l61.jpg

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @Ron Mexico, @International Jew, @Corvinus

    Stealing your post and image. Classic…

  68. @Ragno
    Used to be the Washington press corps would be skeptically chortling and tossing their peanut shells at the Capitol Police for ginning up such an outrageous non-event.

    Now they question their commitment to defend the sacred halls of democracy or some such shit.

    All I can add is this would be a great moment for Matt Yglesias to relive his Encounter With The Marginalized. These people need 200 cc's of Charlie Hebdo, stat!

    Replies: @Ragno

    Again I’m in Moderator jail?

    Amazing. By the time my comments get the all-clear the story’s a week old. Is “slow-motion censorship” a thing?

  69. @Altai
    Also redolent for this post, something from early July of last year.

    https://twitter.com/ryan_a_bell/status/1279568958354526209

    The poster of the clip is some blue tick Marketing Director at Comcast Sport whose twitter banner image is him giving a speech at NATO HQ. His profile picture shows him with his Emmy.

    But isn’t it standard NATO operating procedure to arm ethnic minorities in countries they want to destabilise or regime change?

    Leaving aside how serious guys who feel the need to call themselves the ‘Not Fucking Around Coalition’ are (My guess is not very), it’s striking that a man whose entire existence is about public image, who is the marketing director of a major establishment outfit would feel comfortable posting that commentary, cheering on an ethnic militia and saying he was on their side as if they were.

    Here is an avowed ethnic militia marching through public streets in a display of force and respectable upper middle class people, respectable upper middle class people who are extra sensitive to their public image (Like this guy who is the Marketing Director at Comcast Sport) are publicly cheering them on. This man has probably never said anything that wasn't safe and popular to say among the upper middle classes.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Ron Mexico, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Luzzatto, @Observator

    As the power of the central state disintegrates, it’s quite common for people to protect themselves with militias. In such a situation, militias are not per se bad. Whether an armed militia is good or bad to you totally depends on whether they are on “your side” or not. Your side consists of your own political or ethnic group but you might also have allies from other groups. These may be alliances of convenience – once you defeat the other side, such militias often turn to squabbling among themselves but for so long as the war is not won they are your friends.

    The other side’s militia are evil terrorists and war criminals. Your side’s militia is made up of brave freedom fighters. Naturally, in the territories that your side controls, in the press and public pronouncements, people are going to offer fulsome praise of the allied militia and vilify the militias belonging to the other side. This is all completely normal – if you went to Syria or Libya or Ukraine it would be like that in all of those places. If this guy was the Marketing Director of the cable company in Damascus, he would be hailing the pro-Assad militias and heaping disgust on the anti-Assad militias. If he tried to do the opposite at the very least he would be out of a job and quite likely worse.

    The only thing that is strange is that it is now happening in the US. We don’t think of ourselves as a failed state and of the press and the capital being in the hands of enemy partisans but that’s where we are now. Once you understand that, everything else makes complete sense.

    • Replies: @Altai
    @Jack D

    What has stopped it happening in the US is that it is young and it's incorporation of different peoples was through immigration and slavery. Thus there is no defined black homeland that has a super-majority and an ancient history of their presence that was colonised or conquered by the USA. America can't Balkanise because there are no decent borders for it to happen over or that people imagine or dream about it happening over. Certainly not enough people.

    The Black Panthers of the 60s modelled themselves on nationalist terrorist groups but unlike those groups, couldn't define a victory for black nationalism in the US, they couldn't define any demands because Black America couldn't get independence since there was no black homeland to liberate. So they just killed police (Who were rhetorically recontextualised as being an occupying force in black neighbourhoods) and robbed banks and what true terrorism they engaged in was designed to free the guys who got caught robbing banks. An endless cycle of pointless violence.

    Under any other circumstances African-Americans would have gotten independence in the 1960s, otherwise black nationalism in the US is just a movement that can find no satisfaction and just acts like a worm turning in an apple, just the politics of resentment.

    Even today, BLM has the same energy as a nationalist movement for independence. But it can find no real demands other than just repeating the mantra 'Black Lives Matter', hoping somebody in authority will understand what it demands and satisfy them.

    Replies: @Gordo, @Hibernian

  70. @Jack D
    You keep pretending that QAnon is not a threat but in fact these dangerous insurrectionists showed up in Washington today intending to overthrow our government. Had not the Capitol been protected by 11,000 National Guard troops and the Congress in hiding, they might well have succeeded. You are treating this as if it's all a big joke and something ginned up by Democrats to excite their base and take away more of our civil liberties, but people, this is REAL. Look at the dangerous mob in the photo below. That woman probably has bear spray in her purse which she is intending to use to murder Federal agents.

    https://i.redd.it/v4l5h7fv64l61.jpg

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @Ron Mexico, @International Jew, @Corvinus

    “Look at the dangerous mob”, yes, that would make a great meme!

    I am sure the short guy was planning on helping Ted Cruz rape and murder AOC. Darn barbed-wire fence…

  71. @Altai
    Also redolent for this post, something from early July of last year.

    https://twitter.com/ryan_a_bell/status/1279568958354526209

    The poster of the clip is some blue tick Marketing Director at Comcast Sport whose twitter banner image is him giving a speech at NATO HQ. His profile picture shows him with his Emmy.

    But isn’t it standard NATO operating procedure to arm ethnic minorities in countries they want to destabilise or regime change?

    Leaving aside how serious guys who feel the need to call themselves the ‘Not Fucking Around Coalition’ are (My guess is not very), it’s striking that a man whose entire existence is about public image, who is the marketing director of a major establishment outfit would feel comfortable posting that commentary, cheering on an ethnic militia and saying he was on their side as if they were.

    Here is an avowed ethnic militia marching through public streets in a display of force and respectable upper middle class people, respectable upper middle class people who are extra sensitive to their public image (Like this guy who is the Marketing Director at Comcast Sport) are publicly cheering them on. This man has probably never said anything that wasn't safe and popular to say among the upper middle classes.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Ron Mexico, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Luzzatto, @Observator

    I thought the Klan was founded in Pulaski, TN???

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    @Ron Mexico

    'I thought the Klan was founded in Pulaski, TN???'

    Casual displays of gross and obvious ignorance have become the norm among the establishment.

    See Faulkner being the author of 'Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,' Lincoln fighting the Civil War to free the slaves, 'systemic racism' infecting policing in America, etc.

    Replies: @anon

    , @El Dato
    @Ron Mexico

    But marching all over Stone Mountain, whether right OR wrong, WILL show them!!

    Replies: @Luzzatto

  72. @Luzzatto
    I read that there are Muslims among the hoard of refugees in the caravans coming to The U.S. Fox News reporter Sara Carter said that some refugees in the caravan only speak Arabic and do not understand Spanish. That seems to be a much bigger threat than QAnon, if any of these Arabic speaking refugees on the Mexico/U.S border commit a Jihadist attack on U.S soil under Democrat Joe Biden's catch and release to the general U.S population policy!

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @S. Anonyia, @AndrewR

    This is a very Boomerish post.

    Sudden influx of destitute people at borders is bad regardless of whether “jihadists” are among them.

    Anyway, for the past 3-4 years neoliberals and their hysterics have proven a much bigger threat to ordinary Americans than jihadists. Jihadism seems to have declined since the U.S stopped funneling money towards all of the factions involved in the Arab Spring.

    Might be a different story in say, France, though.

    • Agree: AndrewR, Cato
    • Replies: @Luzzatto
    @S. Anonyia

    And your post is extremely blue pilled for believing there will never be another Jihadist terrorist attack on U.S soil again. A Jihadist attack on U.S soil in the future is as guaranteed as death and taxes!

    Replies: @S. Anonyia

    , @Bill Jones
    @S. Anonyia

    Mexicans kill far more Americans than Arabs do.
    Funny dat.

  73. @Achmed E. Newman

    "So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4?"
     
    Who cares? So long as it keeps Congress out of session, I say, the more the better. In fact, I heard one guy at work say something about he really, really, doesn't like that Nancy Pelosi, so I think we should be on the safe side and cancel this session ... and, of course, nuke the Congress from orbit... just to be sure.

    Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin, @SimpleSong, @S. Anonyia, @Ragno

    I think they really dipped out so they did not have to listen to the 628 page COVID relief bill get read aloud…

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @S. Anonyia

    I feel their pain ...

  74. @Jack D
    @Altai

    As the power of the central state disintegrates, it's quite common for people to protect themselves with militias. In such a situation, militias are not per se bad. Whether an armed militia is good or bad to you totally depends on whether they are on "your side" or not. Your side consists of your own political or ethnic group but you might also have allies from other groups. These may be alliances of convenience - once you defeat the other side, such militias often turn to squabbling among themselves but for so long as the war is not won they are your friends.

    The other side's militia are evil terrorists and war criminals. Your side's militia is made up of brave freedom fighters. Naturally, in the territories that your side controls, in the press and public pronouncements, people are going to offer fulsome praise of the allied militia and vilify the militias belonging to the other side. This is all completely normal - if you went to Syria or Libya or Ukraine it would be like that in all of those places. If this guy was the Marketing Director of the cable company in Damascus, he would be hailing the pro-Assad militias and heaping disgust on the anti-Assad militias. If he tried to do the opposite at the very least he would be out of a job and quite likely worse.

    The only thing that is strange is that it is now happening in the US. We don't think of ourselves as a failed state and of the press and the capital being in the hands of enemy partisans but that's where we are now. Once you understand that, everything else makes complete sense.

    Replies: @Altai

    What has stopped it happening in the US is that it is young and it’s incorporation of different peoples was through immigration and slavery. Thus there is no defined black homeland that has a super-majority and an ancient history of their presence that was colonised or conquered by the USA. America can’t Balkanise because there are no decent borders for it to happen over or that people imagine or dream about it happening over. Certainly not enough people.

    The Black Panthers of the 60s modelled themselves on nationalist terrorist groups but unlike those groups, couldn’t define a victory for black nationalism in the US, they couldn’t define any demands because Black America couldn’t get independence since there was no black homeland to liberate. So they just killed police (Who were rhetorically recontextualised as being an occupying force in black neighbourhoods) and robbed banks and what true terrorism they engaged in was designed to free the guys who got caught robbing banks. An endless cycle of pointless violence.

    Under any other circumstances African-Americans would have gotten independence in the 1960s, otherwise black nationalism in the US is just a movement that can find no satisfaction and just acts like a worm turning in an apple, just the politics of resentment.

    Even today, BLM has the same energy as a nationalist movement for independence. But it can find no real demands other than just repeating the mantra ‘Black Lives Matter’, hoping somebody in authority will understand what it demands and satisfy them.

    • Agree: Forbes
    • Thanks: Old Prude
    • Replies: @Gordo
    @Altai


    America can’t Balkanise because there are no decent borders for it to happen over or that people imagine or dream about it happening over. Certainly not enough people.
     
    It's amazing how quickly the front could appear. Try hard to be on the right side of it.
    , @Hibernian
    @Altai

    In the '60s there were demands from radicals that a Black homeland be carved out from Mississippi, Alabama, etc.

    Replies: @Alfa158, @Altai

  75. @Altai
    This whole Q-Anon fearmongering is fascinating to me. I've never met one of these people, I never see any posts by them on social media and a cursory glance shows them confined to Facebook consisting of hard-core partisan former "rename everything after Ronald Regan" Republicans generally ages 55 and up. As we saw with the little old lady who made up around 2% on her own of the Capitol Hill pitch invasion as well as the numerous fatal casualties the crack assault brigade took from stress-induced heart attacks.

    Hardly the core of any violent movement.

    The actual core of angry young white men in the US fulminating discontent don't seem to have much of anything to do with Q-Anon. It's just a straw man of weird out of touch conspiracy theories which are ingested to make the other side feel good about themselves. Meanwhile, in Portland...

    https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1365961194339782656

    And, of course, those kinds of people weren't what the 2016 election was about, they'd have voted for an inanimate carbon rod to be president if he had an R next to his name. It is all the disenfranchised white working class voters in states that were formerly Democrat fortresses, they were the ones who elected Donald Trump and who voted for Barack Obama twice and for the same reasons...

    Replies: @Henry's Cat, @JohnPlywood, @El Dato, @Lurker, @Forbes, @JimB

    I’ve no specific knowledge, but QAnon has all the signs of a massive troll job on the MSM–just like the OK-sign spoof that purportedly stands for WP, as in white power.

    The 4chan/8chan crowd keeps running these ideas up the flag pole, and media regularly bites.

    No longer having Orange Man Bad to kick around, media needs to keep the propaganda porn fires burning brightly with material for their outrage and sensation machine in order to keep eyeballs glued to their screens.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Forbes


    QAnon has all the signs of a massive troll job on the MSM
     
    Uh, the real problem is that QAnon lulled to sleep many people that would have otherwise been out organizing resistance to the Marxist shenanigans going on.
  76. @Altai
    @El Dato

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgxZr6LLS34

    For 4 years people were posting this along side Trump speeches... They didn't get the joke.

    Replies: @anon, @Richard B, @SaneClownPosse

    For 4 years people were posting this along side Trump speeches… They didn’t get the joke.

    Exactly!

    On the other hand, of course they didn’t get the joke. They’ve got no sense of humor. Just as they have no self-awareness or sense of irony.

    They might have been good at infiltration, subversion, radical ingratitude, insane hatred, betrayal, destruction and death, but they’re no good at social management.

    Though anyone would know this by looking at the cities they run and have run for the last 50+ years (D.C. itself being an obvious example), we’re about to find out on a grand scale just how true this is.

    That’s why what we’re really witnessing is The Pyrrhic Victory of The Hostile Elite.

  77. @ic1000
    @Dieter Kief

    > milking the Capitol cow

    A better metaphor is "Blazing Saddles: the Capitol Siege Reboot!" Except the producers of this series have a much dryer sense of humor than Mel Brooks. In fact, one of the running gags is that most of the actors, uh, journalists, don't seem to recognize that this is a Blackadder-style comedy rather than a thriller.

    For instance, Lester Holt's first-string reporter delivers his lines about imminent threats and intelligence agency assessments and supremacist assaults in deep, stentorian tones. William L. Shirer with the embers of the Reichstag, uh, Capitol Dome smoldering in the background. As he is orating, NBC News' showrunner cuts to a pan of the fortifications protecting the Second Branch. Twelve-foot-tall reinforced chainlink fences topped with razor wire, lines of truck-stopping concrete blocks, grim-faced soldiers patrolling with safety-off M16s.

    Don't worry folks, the Deep State has your back! Our Congress will repel the scheduled attack of behorned Cro-Magnons, Vikings, and unarmed Air Force vets! They won't even reach No Man's Land!

    As Lester says every night, we are Inspiring America.

    The deadpan delivery is what makes the whole thing work.

    Replies: @Elmer T. Jones, @Gary in Gramercy, @Ganderson, @Forbes

    Thanks ic. This example is precisely why my older brother claims the evening news programming is the best comedy on teevee. I don’t watch it…

  78. @Henry's Cat
    C'mon, Steve, don't be cynical, the attack was obviously a real and present danger, but once the attackers were reminded that the Capitol was protected with 5000 troops, which is easily forgotten, they decided instead to re-enact one of the Civil War battles.

    Replies: @Bill Jones

    The troops are only protecting the parking garages in which they live.

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
    @Bill Jones

    Seriously, if I was one of them, if forced to act, I'd make sure to miss, then trip and fall down, claim a back injury and be out of there. Maybe get a John Kerry Memorial Purple Heart out of the deal.

    I'm pretty sure a lot of the police "injuries" during the mostly peaceful capitol protest derived from a similar strategy.

  79. @Hypnotoad666
    Just remember, conspiracy theories are inherently fake and dangerous, and that's why it is so crucial to spread the word about the multitude of secret plots by these people. That's just common sense.

    Replies: @Forbes

    Well, can you blame them? “Fake but accurate” didn’t work. So now they try out “fake and dangerous” to see if that fools the rubes…

  80. @Lurker
    @Altai

    Agree. I've never seen a post or comment online by any self-avowed Q-Anon type. I've never met anyone who gave it credence. In fact I've no idea what the Q-Anon take is on anything other by inference from the sneers of people on the 'right' and the 'left'. And since the 'left' will be indulging in straw manning even that is suspect.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    I heard about QAnon when I used to read VoxDay years ago. I never heard it referenced on any of the other alt-right sites I visit nor by any of my line-minded friends. When a reporter asked Trump about QAnon and he said he was unfamiliar with him, I believe he was speaking truthfully.

    Starting late last summer, I started hearing a lot about it from acquaintances on the left. Their narrative feeds were chock full of info about the crazy stuff rightwing QAnon supporters believe. They found it really alarming.

    Meanwhile, despite all the trouble for which QAnon is being held responsible, we are not told who QAnon is. Presumably, it is a person or persons who have not been identified. Isn’t that strange? Have any so-called journalists pressed for an identification of this evil mastermind and his coconspirators? No, they don’t seem the least bit interested. Can anyone imagine that our intelligence agencies can’t figure out who QAnon is/are? Wouldn’t that be a fairly simple thing for them to do?

    The most likely answer is that the QAnon phenomenon was a creation of our intelligence services in yet another attempt to discredit Trump supporters and give the Deep State a justification for shutting down political opposition. I’m willing to admit that QAnon might have been unaffiliated with our government at first, but if so, I suspect it was soon taken over and steered by the Deep State as part of the Color Revolution we are now undergoing.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Harry Baldwin

    Basically, Qanoniel Goldstein.

    , @Anonymous
    @Harry Baldwin

    "I heard about QAnon when I used to read VoxDay years ago."
    That is a good starting point for discussion, but I'm really replying to the whole post.

    Vox Day is a very smart guy who trusts his ability to think for himself. Sometimes I think he is on the mark in ways that very few are, which is why I have at least scanned his posts every few days for the past few years. Sometimes I think he is horribly wrong. But he is very smart and has confidence in his thinking.

    He clearly thinks that "QAnon" should be taken seriously and has not seemingly wavered in this, even while raising questions.

    Let's look at two basic facts (even if the facticity of each might not be evident to the same degree):

    First, "QAnon" has, to an astounding degree, raised awareness of both the existence and the evil of "the deep state". Put aside the "fake news" telling of this... "HRC was holding child sex slaves in the basement of a pizzeria that had no basement...". While "pizzagate" IS to some degree real (check the jimmycomet instagram full set and ask why that guy was one of the "50 most influential Washingtonians"), the fake news uses such lurid stuff to distract from growing awarenesss of the perfidious conniving of the bankster class... those who have wealth not due to "unbridled" capitalism or even "crony" capitalism, but via shameless rent-seeking criminality. The banksters are at the core of the "deep state", and since they now effectively control the fake news media, they were able to counter the "occupy wall street" movement (a response to the 2008 financial crisis... and the obvious corruption of the "too big to fail" phenomenon) by CONCOCTING the "racial reckoning". I think Steve has even posted on this. Use google trends.

    The upshot is that the "QAnon" would be an "own goal" for the Deep State. TENS OF MILLIONS now regard the "Biden administration" as UTTERLY ILLEGITIMATE. Speaking for myself, I thought Dubya was the worst president ever, and then I thought BO was the worst president ever. But Biden is a JOKE at best. And tens of millions agree.

    Seriously, did the deep state use the "black hat" "QAnon" op to get what they got? Biden and Kamala?! Compare with Stalin and Mao!

    The prime counterargument is that "Q" was used to "neuter" patriots. But LOOK at how "they" have played the "Capitol insurrection"... people "guilty" of trespassing and taking selfes are being treated as akin to al-Qaeda. Any "hot" opposition to the globalist totalitarians would have been treated MUCH WORSE. However much that whole event may infuriate me at times, I take this as the "ultimate meaning"... we can see the utter perfidy of the powers that be. Can we at all discount the possibilty that in the event of a (so-called) "racist" insurrection, an international force including even the PRC might have been called to US soil?

    So that is point #1... "QAnon" has been extraordinaraly successful in raising awareness of and opposition to the "deep state".

    Point #2, which the "fake news" hardly ever addresses, is that OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE points to the fact that the Q op was aligned with the Trump adminstration. There are literally hundreds of "data points" by now. But anyone interested really needs to research this on their own. My personal favorite is the "Scott Free" qproof. Very subtle and sweet, if you get it. But there are many, of many different sorts. Why didn't Trump SIMPLY DISAVOW the whole thing?

    Where do things stand right now? Good question. Life can be a bitch.
    But is there any serious doubt that the Biden/Harris administration is regarded as the most pathetic ever? YES, they seem to be imposing HORRIBLE and DISASTROUS laws and quasi-laws. But are they not the MOST ILLEGITIMATE executive branch ever?

  81. @Gary in Gramercy
    @ic1000

    "Blazing Saddles: The Capital Hill Reboot"?
    --------------------------------------------------
    "Normally, I wouldn't give a damn, but this is an election year, and we've got to protect our phony-baloney jobs!"

    Replies: @Fred C Dobbs, @Richard B

    I posted the “I didn’t get a harumph outta that guy!” part of that same scene a couple of days ago.

    The idea being that we have to believe their lies by assenting in unison with a harrumph, or else, while the country circles the drain. And all of this just so they can protect their BS jobs.

    This is why I often comment about The Pyrrhic Victory of The Hostile Elite, which is what I think we’re really witnessing.

    In any event, I’m sure a lot of people who know that movie have thought about that scene while watching current events unfold. Just seems to fit. Except, of course, Blazing Saddle was supposed to be a comedy.

  82. Nothing happened on March 4 and nothing will continue to happen.

    Meanwhile, we are seeing a pattern emerge in Los Angeles (and likely elsewhere):

    Groups of two or more armed black men stage take-over robberies aimed at wealthy people, using extreme violence, willingness to shoot, and quick getaways.

    Obviously, this is highly organized. Like the SUV looting of luxury stores in Fifth Avenue in NYC and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. We can likely expect quite a bit more of it. Cops will have to back off questioning inside people, because of accusations of racism. With the Biden Police Reform bill set to pass, there will be strict racial quotas limiting police stops, interviews, and arrests of black people.

    Very, very rapidly our society will have the ultra wealthy and powerful protected by the Federal Goon Squad and everyone else at the mercy of the Purge, Reality edition. Anyone with anything will be beaten and robbed with impunity because it will be legal. That’s the dream. After the uber wealthy all have Feds as their daily bodyguards (Lady Gaga reportedly now has an FBI detail assigned to they) the organized gangs facing no police opposition will move into the suburbs and even rural areas. This is by design. Don’t think for a moment that this has not been lovingly planned for half a century.

    • Replies: @wren
    @Whiskey

    "As thieves get more and more brazen they do more and more brazenly things. I'm not making that up."

    No description of the thieves, other than they came out of a white luxury car.

    https://youtu.be/5RpIHYZ2JNA

    Replies: @wren, @El Dato

    , @SunBakedSuburb
    @Whiskey

    "Obviously, this is highly organized."

    Phase IV (1974) is the best science fiction film on Earth. In it, two scientists discover a startlingly rapid evolution amongst ants: all species of said critters develop the same hive mind, uniting them in the goal of kicking whitey's ass. The same thing is happening with blacks.

    , @Luzzatto
    @Whiskey

    Do you believe the 2 Black thugs who shot Lady Gaga's friend and stole her dogs will eventually be arrested? Or will they get a racial equity pass from Democrat Joe Biden's FBI?

  83. @Altai
    @Jack D

    What has stopped it happening in the US is that it is young and it's incorporation of different peoples was through immigration and slavery. Thus there is no defined black homeland that has a super-majority and an ancient history of their presence that was colonised or conquered by the USA. America can't Balkanise because there are no decent borders for it to happen over or that people imagine or dream about it happening over. Certainly not enough people.

    The Black Panthers of the 60s modelled themselves on nationalist terrorist groups but unlike those groups, couldn't define a victory for black nationalism in the US, they couldn't define any demands because Black America couldn't get independence since there was no black homeland to liberate. So they just killed police (Who were rhetorically recontextualised as being an occupying force in black neighbourhoods) and robbed banks and what true terrorism they engaged in was designed to free the guys who got caught robbing banks. An endless cycle of pointless violence.

    Under any other circumstances African-Americans would have gotten independence in the 1960s, otherwise black nationalism in the US is just a movement that can find no satisfaction and just acts like a worm turning in an apple, just the politics of resentment.

    Even today, BLM has the same energy as a nationalist movement for independence. But it can find no real demands other than just repeating the mantra 'Black Lives Matter', hoping somebody in authority will understand what it demands and satisfy them.

    Replies: @Gordo, @Hibernian

    America can’t Balkanise because there are no decent borders for it to happen over or that people imagine or dream about it happening over. Certainly not enough people.

    It’s amazing how quickly the front could appear. Try hard to be on the right side of it.

  84. Boomer/Qoomer Trumpkins posting on zuckbook about trying to interrupt the function of the welfare state on their behalf. Truly retarded.

    The cowardice of the congress and the president for not putting the Jan 6 protestors in gitmo will be remembered in the chinese-written histories.

  85. anon[299] • Disclaimer says:

    Qanon was a psy-op designed to get regular Americans to do nothing during the color revolution that was successfully ran on them. They were told over and over that the military would step in and fix the rigged election and have a new election, ran by the military.

    If groups of regular Americans took to the streets and started shooting rioters during the Floyd riots, they would have ended too soon and not scared America enough to accept obvious electoral fraud 6 months later. Americans had to be convinced that a Trump victory = more riots.

    If you are a young professional who has skills in demand in other countries, you really ought to consider getting out of America. They will rig the presidential election process from here on out. 2 establishment candidates are all you will see.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @anon


    Qanon was a psy-op designed to get regular Americans to do nothing during the color revolution that was successfully ran on them. They were told over and over that the military would step in and fix the rigged election and have a new election, ran by the military.
     
    I'm general skeptical of just so conspiracy theories but i don't think this one is outside of the line of plausibility. The whole QAnon thing--which i never bothered to drill into--was just a giant diversion, distraction, a waste of space.

    The important conspiracy is right in front of our face, every day:

    Flood those deplorable peasants racist, pickup driving, flyover country, white gentiles with enough "diverse" foreigners so that they no longer get to govern themselves in a republic, no longer have an actual nation, but instead America is merely an elite controlled marketplace.
  86. Qanon was just people on 4chan screwing around. I assume the March 4 was some date they arbitrarily selected to see if they could get a rise out of people, and they did.

  87. All of this invented QAnon ‘conspiracy’ being peddled by the usual morons reminds me of Junior High “rumors” that would spread via small crumpled notes laying around.

    Along the lines of “everyone who is queer will wear blue on Thursday.”

    Ha! Yet most avoided blue on Thursday.

    These Dem agitprop types relying on fake news will invent it out of whole cloth if necessary. Their next step will be to authorize special medals and bonuses for “heroism” for anyone on the government payroll who was anywhere near the Capitol during the “riot”, a/k/a peaceful protest. Of course cops will not be eligible.

    The Swalwell/Pelosi Medal of Enormous Courage Under Fire.

    The Chinese are shipping them to DC as you read this. Soon the entire House Dem leadership will be strutting around with more dazzling medals on their chests than the May Day Soviet Politburo.

    • LOL: wren
    • Replies: @wren
    @Muggles

    Wait, you weren't joking.

    https://www.twitter.com/dave_brown24/status/1367819126224347136

    Replies: @Muggles

  88. @Harry Baldwin
    @Lurker

    I heard about QAnon when I used to read VoxDay years ago. I never heard it referenced on any of the other alt-right sites I visit nor by any of my line-minded friends. When a reporter asked Trump about QAnon and he said he was unfamiliar with him, I believe he was speaking truthfully.

    Starting late last summer, I started hearing a lot about it from acquaintances on the left. Their narrative feeds were chock full of info about the crazy stuff rightwing QAnon supporters believe. They found it really alarming.

    Meanwhile, despite all the trouble for which QAnon is being held responsible, we are not told who QAnon is. Presumably, it is a person or persons who have not been identified. Isn't that strange? Have any so-called journalists pressed for an identification of this evil mastermind and his coconspirators? No, they don't seem the least bit interested. Can anyone imagine that our intelligence agencies can't figure out who QAnon is/are? Wouldn't that be a fairly simple thing for them to do?

    The most likely answer is that the QAnon phenomenon was a creation of our intelligence services in yet another attempt to discredit Trump supporters and give the Deep State a justification for shutting down political opposition. I'm willing to admit that QAnon might have been unaffiliated with our government at first, but if so, I suspect it was soon taken over and steered by the Deep State as part of the Color Revolution we are now undergoing.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Anonymous

    Basically, Qanoniel Goldstein.

    • Agree: Trinity
  89. OT:

    Really bizarre stuff right out of a William Gibson novel:

    How a 10-second video clip sold for $6.6 million

    6.6 million for a video clip of a decaying Trump husk tagged with insults because “blockchain can identify it as unique”.

    The video by digital artist Beeple, whose real name is Mike Winkelmann, was authenticated by blockchain, which serves as a digital signature to certify who owns it and that it is the original work.

    Why not just print the SHA-256 sum in the New York times?

    It’s a new type of digital asset – known as a non-fungible token (NFT) – that has exploded in popularity during the pandemic as enthusiasts and investors scramble to spend enormous sums of money on items that only exist online.

    I don’t get it.

  90. Their Reichstag fire keeps burning and burning.

    • Agree: Muggles
  91. Well, this happened on March 4:

    March 3 was the day that Luke Wilson discovered he was in idiocracy.

    Yup, we’re there.

    At least Camacho was in charge and looking for good advisors.

    Joe Biden seems to be caught on camera every day asking what he is supposed to do next.

    Yesterday he asked if anyone had any questions, which was apparently the cue to cut his mic and camera feed.

  92. I have it on good authority that White Supremacist are planning on breaching the Capitol Hill barrier any day now by firing a wooden badger filled with with horn hatted Vikings from a trebuchet.

    The National Guard must stay!!

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Farenheit

    That looked a lot more like a Comanche head dress than a Viking helmet to me.

  93. I keep asking Siri “Where can I rent a panel van filled with ammonia nitrate in the DC area?” Maybe they are picking up that chatter.

    • LOL: JMcG
  94. @Adam Smith
    https://www.aljazeera.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2020-11-06T000000Z_1098547518_RC2DXJ92DK1F_RTRMADP_3_USA-ELECTION-REACTION.jpg

    Meanwhile, Mr. Buffalo Horns is still in jail awaiting his show trial...

    “My actions on Jan. 6. How would I describe them? Well, I sang a song, I also stopped people from stealing and vandalizing that sacred space. I actually stopped somebody from stealing muffins out of the break room."

    When asked if he understood that his actions were a “Domestic Terror Attack on Our Democracy” Chansley clapped back, “No, they were not. That is inaccurate. That is inaccurate entirely.”

    Chansley said his actions, including the singing and muffin protection as well as saying a prayer, were part of “shamanism.”

    He was arrested less than a week after the deadly riot and is being charged with disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and knowingly entering a sacred space without proper authority. He is facing up to 20 years behind bars.

    Prosecutors have argued he should remain in jail until his show trial.
    Mr. Buffalo Horns is a danger to society!

    Replies: @Pericles

    The QAnon shaman is a 1000x more genuine product of the people than the Antifa, activists, the collected shysters, deep state and tenured faculty-shmaculty of the US taken together.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks, Adam Smith
    • Replies: @Adam Smith
    @Pericles

    They should release the kid, never should have arrested him.
    He's already suffered enough.

  95. @anon
    Qanon was a psy-op designed to get regular Americans to do nothing during the color revolution that was successfully ran on them. They were told over and over that the military would step in and fix the rigged election and have a new election, ran by the military.

    If groups of regular Americans took to the streets and started shooting rioters during the Floyd riots, they would have ended too soon and not scared America enough to accept obvious electoral fraud 6 months later. Americans had to be convinced that a Trump victory = more riots.

    If you are a young professional who has skills in demand in other countries, you really ought to consider getting out of America. They will rig the presidential election process from here on out. 2 establishment candidates are all you will see.

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    Qanon was a psy-op designed to get regular Americans to do nothing during the color revolution that was successfully ran on them. They were told over and over that the military would step in and fix the rigged election and have a new election, ran by the military.

    I’m general skeptical of just so conspiracy theories but i don’t think this one is outside of the line of plausibility. The whole QAnon thing–which i never bothered to drill into–was just a giant diversion, distraction, a waste of space.

    The important conspiracy is right in front of our face, every day:

    Flood those deplorable peasants racist, pickup driving, flyover country, white gentiles with enough “diverse” foreigners so that they no longer get to govern themselves in a republic, no longer have an actual nation, but instead America is merely an elite controlled marketplace.

  96. @Whiskey
    Nothing happened on March 4 and nothing will continue to happen.

    Meanwhile, we are seeing a pattern emerge in Los Angeles (and likely elsewhere):

    Groups of two or more armed black men stage take-over robberies aimed at wealthy people, using extreme violence, willingness to shoot, and quick getaways.

    Obviously, this is highly organized. Like the SUV looting of luxury stores in Fifth Avenue in NYC and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. We can likely expect quite a bit more of it. Cops will have to back off questioning inside people, because of accusations of racism. With the Biden Police Reform bill set to pass, there will be strict racial quotas limiting police stops, interviews, and arrests of black people.

    Very, very rapidly our society will have the ultra wealthy and powerful protected by the Federal Goon Squad and everyone else at the mercy of the Purge, Reality edition. Anyone with anything will be beaten and robbed with impunity because it will be legal. That's the dream. After the uber wealthy all have Feds as their daily bodyguards (Lady Gaga reportedly now has an FBI detail assigned to they) the organized gangs facing no police opposition will move into the suburbs and even rural areas. This is by design. Don't think for a moment that this has not been lovingly planned for half a century.

    Replies: @wren, @SunBakedSuburb, @Luzzatto

    “As thieves get more and more brazen they do more and more brazenly things. I’m not making that up.”

    No description of the thieves, other than they came out of a white luxury car.

    • Replies: @wren
    @wren

    Odd editing by KPIX. Almost exactly as the announcer say "A white luxury sedan with four men inside pulled up" the video cuts to an image of security cameras, and as soon as the reporter finishes that phrase, the video goes back to interviewing the reporter/victim.

    , @El Dato
    @wren

    Special Agent Dale Cooper is onto those White Supremacists

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0YWYbrz0jI

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

  97. @guest007
    One would think that Steve, having previously lived in Chicago, would understand snow storm logic. If mayors over responds to preparing for and responding to a snow storm, they just get criticized. If mayors under responds to preparing for and responding to a snow storm, they get voted out of office. After the management of the Capital Police lost their jobs due to the January 6 siege, there is no way that Congress and the Capital Police were going to under respond.

    Replies: @sayless, @Paleo Liberal, @guest007

    Well Q followers are laughing about it.

    Minority report: “All we have to do to shut down Congress is, do nothing. What power we have!”

    That’s a joke, by the way.

  98. @Almost Missouri
    What happened?

    Nothing. Except more self-confirming leftist kabuki.

    Replies: @Polistra, @AndrewR, @Citizen of a Silly Country, @Buffalo Joe, @Clyde, @SunBakedSuburb

    “leftist kabuki”

    left-right kabuki. The same group of toad people fund both sides.

  99. @Altai
    @Jack D

    What has stopped it happening in the US is that it is young and it's incorporation of different peoples was through immigration and slavery. Thus there is no defined black homeland that has a super-majority and an ancient history of their presence that was colonised or conquered by the USA. America can't Balkanise because there are no decent borders for it to happen over or that people imagine or dream about it happening over. Certainly not enough people.

    The Black Panthers of the 60s modelled themselves on nationalist terrorist groups but unlike those groups, couldn't define a victory for black nationalism in the US, they couldn't define any demands because Black America couldn't get independence since there was no black homeland to liberate. So they just killed police (Who were rhetorically recontextualised as being an occupying force in black neighbourhoods) and robbed banks and what true terrorism they engaged in was designed to free the guys who got caught robbing banks. An endless cycle of pointless violence.

    Under any other circumstances African-Americans would have gotten independence in the 1960s, otherwise black nationalism in the US is just a movement that can find no satisfaction and just acts like a worm turning in an apple, just the politics of resentment.

    Even today, BLM has the same energy as a nationalist movement for independence. But it can find no real demands other than just repeating the mantra 'Black Lives Matter', hoping somebody in authority will understand what it demands and satisfy them.

    Replies: @Gordo, @Hibernian

    In the ’60s there were demands from radicals that a Black homeland be carved out from Mississippi, Alabama, etc.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
    @Hibernian

    That desire is long gone. At some subconscious level even they realize that it wouldn’t be like the 1950’s Amos ‘n Andy TV show where it looked exactly like 1950’s America except that everyone in the show was Black. Independence would only be acceptable under the conditions that all Black people would be free to live in the rest of America any time they wanted to, and that Blackamerica would receive in perpetuity as much subsidies as would be needed to maintain themselves in the manner to which they want to be accustomed.

    , @Altai
    @Hibernian

    But nobody listened to them. Or believed in it.

  100. @Thomas
    Next it'll be April 15th (tax day), then April 19th (Lexington and Concord, Waco, Oklahoma City), then April 20th (Hitler's birthday), then the 4th of July...

    Frankly... I approve. Let them keep the Capitol and the rest of DC behind razor wire and troops forever. DC today looks visibly less open than Moscow's Red Square or Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Let it continue to be so as an unmistakable visual sign to the country and the world how hollow their fake and gay "Our Democracy" is and what it thinks of its own supposed citizens.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Stan Adams

    I feel miffed. There was no mention of actions to be taken against Washington on my birthday, June 17th.
    Can we at least agree to fart in their general direction?

  101. @Mr. Anon

    The growth of right-wing groups and their ability to infiltrate the U.S. military is unquestionably a significant threat.
     
    "Unquestionably" - as in "don't question this."

    Remember when liberals used to have bumper-stickers on their cars that read "Question Authority". Notice how you don't see those anymore? Much like the old saying "It's a free country" which, likewise, you don't hear anymore.

    They're still claiming that there were "white supremecists" at the Capitol rally. Leave aside the fact that it's a BS term that nobody uses to describe themselves. Any real "white supremecists" (i.e. white nationalists) gave up on Trump within about the first year of his administration. They wouldn't be caught dead waving a Trump flag* let alone would they risk arrest to keep him in office. The idiots in newsrooms wouldn't know that because they don't know anything. The spooks in their alphabet-agency cubicles might know that but they don't care - they're constructing a narrative to justify the Great Clampdown.

    *If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the "Trump Flag". Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader? It's embarrassing. I've never liked personality cults, but the idea of a personality cult built around a personality as unappealing as that of Donald Trump is simply ridiculous.

    Replies: @anon, @AnotherDad, @Servant of Gla'aki, @Adam Smith, @Paul Mendez, @Rob

    Remember when liberals used to have bumper-stickers on their cars that read “Question Authority”.

    Yeah, that’s back when dissent was the highest form of patriotism as well.

  102. @wren
    @Whiskey

    "As thieves get more and more brazen they do more and more brazenly things. I'm not making that up."

    No description of the thieves, other than they came out of a white luxury car.

    https://youtu.be/5RpIHYZ2JNA

    Replies: @wren, @El Dato

    Odd editing by KPIX. Almost exactly as the announcer say “A white luxury sedan with four men inside pulled up” the video cuts to an image of security cameras, and as soon as the reporter finishes that phrase, the video goes back to interviewing the reporter/victim.

  103. @Whiskey
    Nothing happened on March 4 and nothing will continue to happen.

    Meanwhile, we are seeing a pattern emerge in Los Angeles (and likely elsewhere):

    Groups of two or more armed black men stage take-over robberies aimed at wealthy people, using extreme violence, willingness to shoot, and quick getaways.

    Obviously, this is highly organized. Like the SUV looting of luxury stores in Fifth Avenue in NYC and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. We can likely expect quite a bit more of it. Cops will have to back off questioning inside people, because of accusations of racism. With the Biden Police Reform bill set to pass, there will be strict racial quotas limiting police stops, interviews, and arrests of black people.

    Very, very rapidly our society will have the ultra wealthy and powerful protected by the Federal Goon Squad and everyone else at the mercy of the Purge, Reality edition. Anyone with anything will be beaten and robbed with impunity because it will be legal. That's the dream. After the uber wealthy all have Feds as their daily bodyguards (Lady Gaga reportedly now has an FBI detail assigned to they) the organized gangs facing no police opposition will move into the suburbs and even rural areas. This is by design. Don't think for a moment that this has not been lovingly planned for half a century.

    Replies: @wren, @SunBakedSuburb, @Luzzatto

    “Obviously, this is highly organized.”

    Phase IV (1974) is the best science fiction film on Earth. In it, two scientists discover a startlingly rapid evolution amongst ants: all species of said critters develop the same hive mind, uniting them in the goal of kicking whitey’s ass. The same thing is happening with blacks.

  104. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    This is an example of the godlike powers of QAnon in fomenting an invisible insurrection. Where does this anonymous Q come from? Have you noticed that he only became active once "Star Trek: The Next Generation" went off the air? Has this man been seen near the Capitol?:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_(Star_Trek)

    With his Star Trek gig having come to an end, the actor

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_de_Lancie

    needed a bigger stage for his megalomaniacal fantasies. And by maintaining anonymity, he achieves plausible deniability.

    Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy

    Of course, the tragic death of his daughter by heroin overdose sent him over the edge, leading him to lose his air traffic controller job after causing a mid-air collision that killed over a hundred. Who know what he is capable of next?

  105. @Ron Mexico
    @Altai

    I thought the Klan was founded in Pulaski, TN???

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @El Dato

    ‘I thought the Klan was founded in Pulaski, TN???’

    Casual displays of gross and obvious ignorance have become the norm among the establishment.

    See Faulkner being the author of ‘Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,’ Lincoln fighting the Civil War to free the slaves, ‘systemic racism’ infecting policing in America, etc.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Colin Wright

    Lincoln fighting the Civil War to free the slaves,

    C'mon, man! It was a black guy, Martin Luther King, who freed the slaves in 1965! Don't we teach that in schools anymore?

  106. @Colin Wright
    '...Unquestionably...'

    This proto-Stalinist inanity from the venerable NBC, no less.

    How we have fallen.

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    “How we have fallen.”

    It began with the anthropomorphization of dogs.

  107. @S. Anonyia
    @Luzzatto

    This is a very Boomerish post.

    Sudden influx of destitute people at borders is bad regardless of whether "jihadists" are among them.

    Anyway, for the past 3-4 years neoliberals and their hysterics have proven a much bigger threat to ordinary Americans than jihadists. Jihadism seems to have declined since the U.S stopped funneling money towards all of the factions involved in the Arab Spring.

    Might be a different story in say, France, though.

    Replies: @Luzzatto, @Bill Jones

    And your post is extremely blue pilled for believing there will never be another Jihadist terrorist attack on U.S soil again. A Jihadist attack on U.S soil in the future is as guaranteed as death and taxes!

    • Replies: @S. Anonyia
    @Luzzatto

    Shouldn’t we be more concerned about the number of carjackings and murders rising across the country? Or people getting fired over micro-aggressions? The fact that struggle sessions are basically mainstream?

  108. @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    Somewhat related, a reliable correspondent informs that Australian authorities have publicly claimed to have taken steps to secure the supply of coronavirus vaccines from anti-vaxxers. Apparently they think anti-vaxxers don't merely want to avoid the vaccine for themselves and their children, but actively want to prevent others from taking it, to the point of vandalism and terrorism.

    When did everyone in charge become so ridiculous?

    Replies: @sayless, @SunBakedSuburb, @Sick 'n Tired

    “When did everyone in charge become so ridiculous?”

    –I first noticed that social/public/national unreason had gone over the top when gay marriage became legal across the country, and the deplorables were rather calm and docile about it. About that, and the baking/photography/hospitality/florist career-destroying controversy.

    People didn’t erupt.

    Obama didn’t get the reaction he wanted, so he ratcheted it up with demands for transsexual men to be allowed in women’s bathrooms.

    It was just a strategy.

    When Indiana and North Carolina balked at that, the economic punishments and threats rained down on them. Which they could not afford, especially not Indiana, which is a poor state: Agricultural, and the manufacturing went to Mexico twenty years ago.

    SBA loans are not equally, under the law, available to everyone who needs one and could make good use of it.

    And ask Chuck Schumer what a worthless state it is, his curl of the lip and tone of voice will tell you everything: No one of any importance lives there.

    The Ridiculousness Factor had been accelerating long before that, but that was when I realized that the republic was publicly, across the board, going off the rails.

    • Agree: Old Prude
  109. @Hannah Katz
    Looking for an excuse to kick out the remaining patriotic members of our armed forces. To be replaced by gang members with guns, kind of like the "technicals" in various West African nations that drive around in jeeps with machine guns mounted in back, shooting up everything and everyone that they encounter. Then the pols will feel safe. Or something...

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    Looking for an excuse to kick out the remaining patriotic members of our armed forces. To be replaced by gang members with guns, kind of like the “technicals” in various West African nations that drive around in jeeps with machine guns mounted in back, shooting up everything and everyone that they encounter. Then the pols will feel safe. Or something…

    So that’s why Toyota recently opened another truck factory in America! Very smart those Japanese.

  110. @Achmed E. Newman

    "So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4?"
     
    Who cares? So long as it keeps Congress out of session, I say, the more the better. In fact, I heard one guy at work say something about he really, really, doesn't like that Nancy Pelosi, so I think we should be on the safe side and cancel this session ... and, of course, nuke the Congress from orbit... just to be sure.

    Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin, @SimpleSong, @S. Anonyia, @Ragno

    Much more interested in what happened at the Capitol on Jan 6th.

    I never call in to conservative talk-radio but the other day I broke my own rule….twice. The first time was after I’d had my fill of listening to my local talk-tard chiding the audience for “voting for Biden”. A lot of them take this tack lately and I believe it’s a cheap and easy way to send the signal up the chain of command of “see, boss? You won’t hear me whispering a word about ‘stolen election’!” – because no matter how loudly they denounce this as Fake News:

    A talk radio company that employs some of the nation’s most popular conservative radio hosts has issued a memo barring talent from spreading conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election.

    “We need to help induce national calm NOW,” wrote an executive with Cumulus Media in a Wednesday directive, the same day as the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, according to The Washington Post.

    Brian Philips, the company’s executive vice president, went on to say Cumulus and its program syndication branch, Westwood One, “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths’. ”

    “If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately,” he added.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/media/533616-talk-radio-company-orders-hosts-to-stop-suggesting-election-was-stolen-from

    they are nevertheless proceeding as though it were very much Real News; thus, when I explained to the screener that I was calling to object to the host’s you idiots voted for this guy line of disinfo, adding “nobody voted for Biden, and you guys more than anybody else should know that”…..well let’s just say I was greeted with the audio equivalent of the temperature drop inside a meat locker. “We’ve moved on to a different topic,” I was brusquely informed, before being introduced to the screener’s second cousin, Click.

    A few hours later still another supposedly-hard-right radio host, who curiously picked up the habit of always prefacing the words “Jan 6th riot” with the descriptive term deadly – as in “the deadly riot on Jan 6th” – prompted me to call, admittedly in a white-hot rage. Approximately 48 dials later, I got through, and this time the conversation went like this:

    screener: What do you want to talk to Mark about?

    me: I want to draw the obvious analogy that no one is bothering to point out, for whatever reason….

    screener: Which is?

    me: That the Jan 6th protest can now be referred to as the Democratic Party’s Reichstag Fire, and –

    screener: (suddenly upset) Hey! Hey, hey…..you’re going down a very slippery slope with that kind of irresponsible talk-

    me: Doesn’t the First Amendment include a lot worse than “irresponsible talk”?

    screener: No, not on this show. You want to say that kind of crap, start your own radio show.

    – and once again, for the second time that day, I was left conversing with Click.

    But I learned something that day. If you wish to use the word “Nazi” in a sentence in Joe Biden’s America, say it with a brick through the window of a retail business. Otherwise you forfeit your Constitutional right to free speech.

    • Agree: El Dato
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Ragno

    Lol it's been utterly fascinating to see how "1/6" has warped American politics.

    I appreciate your anecdotes.

    , @Luzzatto
    @Ragno

    White Antifa members throwing molotov cocktails into a Hispanic person's bodega in Manhattan are fighting Nazism and White Supremacy!

  111. @S. Anonyia
    @Luzzatto

    This is a very Boomerish post.

    Sudden influx of destitute people at borders is bad regardless of whether "jihadists" are among them.

    Anyway, for the past 3-4 years neoliberals and their hysterics have proven a much bigger threat to ordinary Americans than jihadists. Jihadism seems to have declined since the U.S stopped funneling money towards all of the factions involved in the Arab Spring.

    Might be a different story in say, France, though.

    Replies: @Luzzatto, @Bill Jones

    Mexicans kill far more Americans than Arabs do.
    Funny dat.

  112. During his testimony on the Capitol “insurrection”, FBI director Christopher Wray explained the motivations of those who were protesting on January 6th that a lot of people now pick and choose various ideas and form political beliefs of their own.

    Imagine! How monstrous! This sounds dangerously like – I don’t know – freedom of thought.

  113. @Dieter Kief
    The efforts to milk this Capitol cow look less and less enthusiastic. They will eventually peter out.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Alt Right Moderate, @Hypnotoad666, @J.Ross

    Early on, the liberal MSM was really milking this story because they could see it was causing a lot of internal friction on the right. Not just between the pro-Trumpers and anti-Trumpers, but between the hard core pro Trumpers and the moderates like Pence and Graham. However, now the internal friction on the right is subsiding, and Trump’s image is improving, their interest in the story is starting to wane.

    Also, the Shaman guy has been given MSM air time, which means he’s no longer being considered an evil far righter, but just a hot-headed Trump supporter who did something stupid.

    • Agree: Dieter Kief
  114. @Muggles
    All of this invented QAnon 'conspiracy' being peddled by the usual morons reminds me of Junior High "rumors" that would spread via small crumpled notes laying around.

    Along the lines of "everyone who is queer will wear blue on Thursday."

    Ha! Yet most avoided blue on Thursday.

    These Dem agitprop types relying on fake news will invent it out of whole cloth if necessary. Their next step will be to authorize special medals and bonuses for "heroism" for anyone on the government payroll who was anywhere near the Capitol during the "riot", a/k/a peaceful protest. Of course cops will not be eligible.

    The Swalwell/Pelosi Medal of Enormous Courage Under Fire.


    The Chinese are shipping them to DC as you read this. Soon the entire House Dem leadership will be strutting around with more dazzling medals on their chests than the May Day Soviet Politburo.

    Replies: @wren

    Wait, you weren’t joking.

    • LOL: Old Prude
    • Replies: @Muggles
    @wren

    Yes, in Clown World you can't make stuff up that's any more absurd than Woke reality.

  115. @Altai
    This whole Q-Anon fearmongering is fascinating to me. I've never met one of these people, I never see any posts by them on social media and a cursory glance shows them confined to Facebook consisting of hard-core partisan former "rename everything after Ronald Regan" Republicans generally ages 55 and up. As we saw with the little old lady who made up around 2% on her own of the Capitol Hill pitch invasion as well as the numerous fatal casualties the crack assault brigade took from stress-induced heart attacks.

    Hardly the core of any violent movement.

    The actual core of angry young white men in the US fulminating discontent don't seem to have much of anything to do with Q-Anon. It's just a straw man of weird out of touch conspiracy theories which are ingested to make the other side feel good about themselves. Meanwhile, in Portland...

    https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1365961194339782656

    And, of course, those kinds of people weren't what the 2016 election was about, they'd have voted for an inanimate carbon rod to be president if he had an R next to his name. It is all the disenfranchised white working class voters in states that were formerly Democrat fortresses, they were the ones who elected Donald Trump and who voted for Barack Obama twice and for the same reasons...

    Replies: @Henry's Cat, @JohnPlywood, @El Dato, @Lurker, @Forbes, @JimB

    It’s just a straw man of weird out-of-touch conspiracy theories which are ingested to make the other side feel good about themselves.

    Don’t be so quick to dismiss PizzaGate, which is an evidential pillar of QAnon. Most Democrats are sexual deviants, and precedents exist for congressional sex-trafficking services.

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-john-mccain-jeffrey-epstein-and-pizzagate/

  116. Anon[662] • Disclaimer says:

    Glenn Greenwald’s Substack today is about this:

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/as-the-insurrection-narrative-crumbles

    This is how apocalyptic cult leaders always function. When the end of the world did not materialize on January 6, Collins insisted that January 20 was the day of the violent reckoning. When nothing happened on that day, he moved the Doomsday Date to March 4. The flock cannot remain in a state of confusion for too long about why the world has not ended as promised by the prophet, so a new date must quickly be provided with an explanation for why this is serious business this time.

    What we know for sure is that no Trump supporter fired any weapon inside the Capitol and that the FBI seized a grand total of zero firearms from those it arrested that day — a rather odd state of affairs for an “armed insurrection,” to put that mildly. In questioning from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Thursday’s hearing, a senior FBI official, Jill Sanborn, acknowledged this key fact:

    [FBI lady testimony to Congress video]

    (The “one lady” who died referred to by this FBI official was Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed Trump supporter who was killed when she was shot point blank in the neck inside the Capitol on January 6 by an armed Capitol Police Officer).

  117. @Mr. Anon

    The growth of right-wing groups and their ability to infiltrate the U.S. military is unquestionably a significant threat.
     
    "Unquestionably" - as in "don't question this."

    Remember when liberals used to have bumper-stickers on their cars that read "Question Authority". Notice how you don't see those anymore? Much like the old saying "It's a free country" which, likewise, you don't hear anymore.

    They're still claiming that there were "white supremecists" at the Capitol rally. Leave aside the fact that it's a BS term that nobody uses to describe themselves. Any real "white supremecists" (i.e. white nationalists) gave up on Trump within about the first year of his administration. They wouldn't be caught dead waving a Trump flag* let alone would they risk arrest to keep him in office. The idiots in newsrooms wouldn't know that because they don't know anything. The spooks in their alphabet-agency cubicles might know that but they don't care - they're constructing a narrative to justify the Great Clampdown.

    *If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the "Trump Flag". Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader? It's embarrassing. I've never liked personality cults, but the idea of a personality cult built around a personality as unappealing as that of Donald Trump is simply ridiculous.

    Replies: @anon, @AnotherDad, @Servant of Gla'aki, @Adam Smith, @Paul Mendez, @Rob

    *If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the “Trump Flag”. Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader? It’s embarrassing. I’ve never liked personality cults, but the idea of a personality cult built around a personality as unappealing as that of Donald Trump is simply ridiculous.

    Well said Mr. Anon.

    One of the jokes i picked up early was the commies having these giant pictures Marx, Lenin, Stalin or Mao. Commie royalty.

    Never understood this nonsense with actors (a profession less worth of respect!) or musicians or sports figures. Embarrassing.

    People with basic republican self-respect don’t worship other people or slobber all over them.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @AnotherDad

    Most people are sheep who want a shepherd. Trump may seem stupid and self-centered to those of us with a triple digit IQ, but he appeals to a lot of sheep.

    Replies: @Joseph Doaks

  118. Anonymous[114] • Disclaimer says:

    As Tucker said last night, a week ago about 1 Trump supporter in a million had probably even heard of “Qanon.”
    No offense meant but Unz but it certainly attracts a lot of hard right people, some of whom seem a bit unhinged (IMO Sailer’s articles usually don’t attract these cranks, just lot’s of thoughtful commentary!) so in any event you’d think this site would be practically ground zero for all things “Qanon,” but it’s not.
    So these leads me to think that “Qanon” is basically a Democrat/leftist False Flag operation designed further stigmatize the MAGA movement in the eyes of the general public and as added bonus provide some red meat to their often times mentally unbalanced, paranoid hard-left base.
    (Look at Zach Goldberg’s graphs showing mental instability/illness is more widespread amongst leftists for that one)

    • Replies: @Matt Buckalew
    @Anonymous

    Qanon is for boomers who fucked in high school- this place not so much.

    Replies: @black sea

    , @J.Ross
    @Anonymous

    Right, this is the sequence:
    Real law enforcement finds evidence of various kinds of criminal activity by Democrats (less a unified conspiracy with an overall plan and more like Democrats and their major donors are completely depraved losers who rely on media cooperation and status to stay out of jail). Some of those accusations go somewhere; some became the Maxwell or Buck cases. Some go nowhere because certain high-ranking cops flat out say "I refuse to investigate this," like the Capital chief did at a public appearance with his long-time personal friend James Alefantis, or the child pornography which the FBI kindly returned to crack addict Hunter Biden.
    Inbetween the time it takes for the stories to get around and real investigations to either start or be stopped, messages, supposed coded, start spreading through social media. These messages always have the fundamental message, relax, the good guys are in control, the bad guys will be dealt with, trust the plan. In fact "trust the plan" is so solidly the motto of Qanon that it's the phrase used by critics to mock how no results turn up.
    Now, let's stop for a minute. The lyingpress wants you to think that Qanon is a German supremacist Russian meme project agitating Trump supporters to violence. It's agitating people to violence and its only messaging is "relax." Let that sink in.
    A great thing is accomplished by the Qanon effort, with possible side benefits. If you try to get into some of the accusations, including some of the real ones which lead to prosecutions, you will be dismissed with "that's some of that Q nonsense," and surely plenty of low information people never sought to get into any of the real stuff because the "Q nonsense" was enough to poison all of it to them. So you have information control by soft defamation. The side benefits include Trump supporters falling for it and adhering to its message -- "relax" -- even as they are defamed as insurrectionists.

    , @AndrewR
    @Anonymous

    Lol I personally know QAnon supporters. Tucker is a liar and your comment is embarrassing.

    , @Redman
    @Anonymous

    I’ve concluded it’s most likely a false flag. But very possibly a CIA-run blackop rather than Dem. The whole “anonymous” aspect of this makes it a perfect cover for such an operation.

  119. @Altai
    Also redolent for this post, something from early July of last year.

    https://twitter.com/ryan_a_bell/status/1279568958354526209

    The poster of the clip is some blue tick Marketing Director at Comcast Sport whose twitter banner image is him giving a speech at NATO HQ. His profile picture shows him with his Emmy.

    But isn’t it standard NATO operating procedure to arm ethnic minorities in countries they want to destabilise or regime change?

    Leaving aside how serious guys who feel the need to call themselves the ‘Not Fucking Around Coalition’ are (My guess is not very), it’s striking that a man whose entire existence is about public image, who is the marketing director of a major establishment outfit would feel comfortable posting that commentary, cheering on an ethnic militia and saying he was on their side as if they were.

    Here is an avowed ethnic militia marching through public streets in a display of force and respectable upper middle class people, respectable upper middle class people who are extra sensitive to their public image (Like this guy who is the Marketing Director at Comcast Sport) are publicly cheering them on. This man has probably never said anything that wasn't safe and popular to say among the upper middle classes.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Ron Mexico, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Luzzatto, @Observator

    respectable upper middle class people who are extra sensitive to their public image

    Also the same useless strivers doing enormous amounts of damage to the United States and the world.

  120. @Dr. X

    So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4?
     
    Deep state psyop to justify keeping the troops in the streets.

    They are going to want the troops to be in place for when they pass the national gun control law on a razor-thin party-line margin after they eliminate the filibuster...

    Replies: @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    “They are going to want the troops to be in place for when they pass the national gun control law on a razor-thin party-line margin after they eliminate the filibuster…”

    You phunny. After a year of forced diapering and after destroying thousands of businesses over a mild seasonal flu without a single shot fired, the Democratic Party proved the 2A is toothless and American men are ballless.

    • Replies: @Muggles
    @Je Suis Omar Mateen


    After a year of forced diapering and after destroying thousands of businesses over a mild seasonal flu without a single shot fired, the Democratic Party proved the 2A is toothless and American men are ballless.
     
    While I hate to waste time on you, this is even more absurd than your usual offerings.

    If you are trying to argue that "ballless" American men should have grabbed their AR-15s to somehow stop the COVID policies, why don't you say so?

    That notion is so laughable that even you should have let your computer keys cool off before writing that. The Second Amendment guarantees that Americans can keep and bear arms. It doesn't say anything about when to pick those up if you disagree with government policies.

    It might surprise you to know that "fear" is the oldest and best motivator for getting people to do strange (or bad) things. While you may not share COVID fears, most of your neighbors probably do. There is no doubt that power-mad mostly Dem politicians used fear to impose mostly worthless restrictions, as reality has now demonstrated.

    But the idea -- that you are too shy to clearly argue -- that this should have been a "shoot it out" scenario for "ballsy" Americans (what about the ladies!) is demented.

    Nothing stopped you from taking that course of action, yet oddly, you aren't bragging about your death toll. I guess you like leading that charge from the rear.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Reg Cæsar

    , @Dr. X
    @Je Suis Omar Mateen


    After a year of forced diapering and after destroying thousands of businesses over a mild seasonal flu without a single shot fired, the Democratic Party proved the 2A is toothless and American men are ballless.
     
    I'm not denying that.

    I fully admit that the probability of armed rebellion is extremely low. What I am saying is that the Democrats have created a "white supremacist neo-Nazi/MAGA/domestic terrorist" bogeyman in their own minds, believe that he must be disarmed at all costs, think their attempt to do so will provoke violence, and that they need the troops to protect them.

    My own belief is that people need to be armed not to take on the government -- because they probably won't -- but for self-defense and survival during the anarchy that will occur after the Democrats crash the economy, destroy the energy supply, flood the country with brown Third World criminals, and incite racial violence against whites.
  121. @Forbes
    @Altai

    I've no specific knowledge, but QAnon has all the signs of a massive troll job on the MSM--just like the OK-sign spoof that purportedly stands for WP, as in white power.

    The 4chan/8chan crowd keeps running these ideas up the flag pole, and media regularly bites.

    No longer having Orange Man Bad to kick around, media needs to keep the propaganda porn fires burning brightly with material for their outrage and sensation machine in order to keep eyeballs glued to their screens.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    QAnon has all the signs of a massive troll job on the MSM

    Uh, the real problem is that QAnon lulled to sleep many people that would have otherwise been out organizing resistance to the Marxist shenanigans going on.

  122. Cowards; Andrew Jackson & John Calhoun would have given no f**ks.

  123. @guest007
    One would think that Steve, having previously lived in Chicago, would understand snow storm logic. If mayors over responds to preparing for and responding to a snow storm, they just get criticized. If mayors under responds to preparing for and responding to a snow storm, they get voted out of office. After the management of the Capital Police lost their jobs due to the January 6 siege, there is no way that Congress and the Capital Police were going to under respond.

    Replies: @sayless, @Paleo Liberal, @guest007

    Probably the most intelligent response of the day.

    • Replies: @Redman
    @Paleo Liberal

    That explains the military-style preparedness. Not the breathless media coverage and promotion of the QAnon narrative.

    , @Chrisnonymous
    @Paleo Liberal

    Only if there were credible threats. Nothing in the last 4 years encourages me to believe that the Democrats, the bureaucracy, or the media are being honest.

    I think it's a toss-up whether there was a threat or this is part of a wider-ranging effort to defame the right and create a case for political purges in the military and federal law enforcement agencies.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

  124. @Luzzatto
    I read that there are Muslims among the hoard of refugees in the caravans coming to The U.S. Fox News reporter Sara Carter said that some refugees in the caravan only speak Arabic and do not understand Spanish. That seems to be a much bigger threat than QAnon, if any of these Arabic speaking refugees on the Mexico/U.S border commit a Jihadist attack on U.S soil under Democrat Joe Biden's catch and release to the general U.S population policy!

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @S. Anonyia, @AndrewR

    Lol this sounds like a Fox News post

    • Agree: S. Anonyia
  125. @Henry's Cat
    @Altai


    This whole Q-Anon fearmongering is fascinating to me. I’ve never met one of these people,
     
    Part RPG, part psyop, total BS.

    Replies: @Redman

    Black psyop. Definitely.

  126. @beavertales
    If there are any deplorables in the National Guard, please keep a diary of the Washington DC farce and share, share, share.

    Bad food, lack of privacy, poor organization, sexual frustration, boredom, lack of purpose, nothing to do on time off, separation from family and employment, inclement weather, no trust going up or down the chain of command, and an expensive urban camping trip which everyone knows is accomplishing nothing.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Joseph Doaks

    It’s amazing that one boomeresque troll on 4chan or Facebook can shut down the US Congress and cause hundreds of millions of dollars in security theater. Fortunately, Gretchen Whitmer has promised to bring the MING home next week

  127. @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    Somewhat related, a reliable correspondent informs that Australian authorities have publicly claimed to have taken steps to secure the supply of coronavirus vaccines from anti-vaxxers. Apparently they think anti-vaxxers don't merely want to avoid the vaccine for themselves and their children, but actively want to prevent others from taking it, to the point of vandalism and terrorism.

    When did everyone in charge become so ridiculous?

    Replies: @sayless, @SunBakedSuburb, @Sick 'n Tired

    “Australian authorities”

    I’ll listen to Australian authorities after they solve the Funnel Web Problem.

    • Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    @SunBakedSuburb


    the Funnel Web Problem
     
    Is that a euphemism
  128. @Luzzatto
    @S. Anonyia

    And your post is extremely blue pilled for believing there will never be another Jihadist terrorist attack on U.S soil again. A Jihadist attack on U.S soil in the future is as guaranteed as death and taxes!

    Replies: @S. Anonyia

    Shouldn’t we be more concerned about the number of carjackings and murders rising across the country? Or people getting fired over micro-aggressions? The fact that struggle sessions are basically mainstream?

  129. @Whiskey
    Nothing happened on March 4 and nothing will continue to happen.

    Meanwhile, we are seeing a pattern emerge in Los Angeles (and likely elsewhere):

    Groups of two or more armed black men stage take-over robberies aimed at wealthy people, using extreme violence, willingness to shoot, and quick getaways.

    Obviously, this is highly organized. Like the SUV looting of luxury stores in Fifth Avenue in NYC and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. We can likely expect quite a bit more of it. Cops will have to back off questioning inside people, because of accusations of racism. With the Biden Police Reform bill set to pass, there will be strict racial quotas limiting police stops, interviews, and arrests of black people.

    Very, very rapidly our society will have the ultra wealthy and powerful protected by the Federal Goon Squad and everyone else at the mercy of the Purge, Reality edition. Anyone with anything will be beaten and robbed with impunity because it will be legal. That's the dream. After the uber wealthy all have Feds as their daily bodyguards (Lady Gaga reportedly now has an FBI detail assigned to they) the organized gangs facing no police opposition will move into the suburbs and even rural areas. This is by design. Don't think for a moment that this has not been lovingly planned for half a century.

    Replies: @wren, @SunBakedSuburb, @Luzzatto

    Do you believe the 2 Black thugs who shot Lady Gaga’s friend and stole her dogs will eventually be arrested? Or will they get a racial equity pass from Democrat Joe Biden’s FBI?

  130. @Ragno
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Much more interested in what happened at the Capitol on Jan 6th.

    I never call in to conservative talk-radio but the other day I broke my own rule....twice. The first time was after I'd had my fill of listening to my local talk-tard chiding the audience for "voting for Biden". A lot of them take this tack lately and I believe it's a cheap and easy way to send the signal up the chain of command of "see, boss? You won't hear me whispering a word about 'stolen election'!" - because no matter how loudly they denounce this as Fake News:


    A talk radio company that employs some of the nation’s most popular conservative radio hosts has issued a memo barring talent from spreading conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election.

    “We need to help induce national calm NOW,” wrote an executive with Cumulus Media in a Wednesday directive, the same day as the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, according to The Washington Post.

    Brian Philips, the company’s executive vice president, went on to say Cumulus and its program syndication branch, Westwood One, “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths’. ”

    “If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately,” he added.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/media/533616-talk-radio-company-orders-hosts-to-stop-suggesting-election-was-stolen-from
     

    they are nevertheless proceeding as though it were very much Real News; thus, when I explained to the screener that I was calling to object to the host's you idiots voted for this guy line of disinfo, adding "nobody voted for Biden, and you guys more than anybody else should know that".....well let's just say I was greeted with the audio equivalent of the temperature drop inside a meat locker. "We've moved on to a different topic," I was brusquely informed, before being introduced to the screener's second cousin, Click.

    A few hours later still another supposedly-hard-right radio host, who curiously picked up the habit of always prefacing the words "Jan 6th riot" with the descriptive term deadly - as in "the deadly riot on Jan 6th" - prompted me to call, admittedly in a white-hot rage. Approximately 48 dials later, I got through, and this time the conversation went like this:

    screener: What do you want to talk to Mark about?

    me: I want to draw the obvious analogy that no one is bothering to point out, for whatever reason....

    screener: Which is?

    me: That the Jan 6th protest can now be referred to as the Democratic Party's Reichstag Fire, and -

    screener: (suddenly upset) Hey! Hey, hey.....you're going down a very slippery slope with that kind of irresponsible talk-

    me: Doesn't the First Amendment include a lot worse than "irresponsible talk"?

    screener: No, not on this show. You want to say that kind of crap, start your own radio show.

    - and once again, for the second time that day, I was left conversing with Click.

    But I learned something that day. If you wish to use the word "Nazi" in a sentence in Joe Biden's America, say it with a brick through the window of a retail business. Otherwise you forfeit your Constitutional right to free speech.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Luzzatto

    Lol it’s been utterly fascinating to see how “1/6” has warped American politics.

    I appreciate your anecdotes.

  131. @Ragno
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Much more interested in what happened at the Capitol on Jan 6th.

    I never call in to conservative talk-radio but the other day I broke my own rule....twice. The first time was after I'd had my fill of listening to my local talk-tard chiding the audience for "voting for Biden". A lot of them take this tack lately and I believe it's a cheap and easy way to send the signal up the chain of command of "see, boss? You won't hear me whispering a word about 'stolen election'!" - because no matter how loudly they denounce this as Fake News:


    A talk radio company that employs some of the nation’s most popular conservative radio hosts has issued a memo barring talent from spreading conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election.

    “We need to help induce national calm NOW,” wrote an executive with Cumulus Media in a Wednesday directive, the same day as the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, according to The Washington Post.

    Brian Philips, the company’s executive vice president, went on to say Cumulus and its program syndication branch, Westwood One, “will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable ‘paths’. ”

    “If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately,” he added.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/media/533616-talk-radio-company-orders-hosts-to-stop-suggesting-election-was-stolen-from
     

    they are nevertheless proceeding as though it were very much Real News; thus, when I explained to the screener that I was calling to object to the host's you idiots voted for this guy line of disinfo, adding "nobody voted for Biden, and you guys more than anybody else should know that".....well let's just say I was greeted with the audio equivalent of the temperature drop inside a meat locker. "We've moved on to a different topic," I was brusquely informed, before being introduced to the screener's second cousin, Click.

    A few hours later still another supposedly-hard-right radio host, who curiously picked up the habit of always prefacing the words "Jan 6th riot" with the descriptive term deadly - as in "the deadly riot on Jan 6th" - prompted me to call, admittedly in a white-hot rage. Approximately 48 dials later, I got through, and this time the conversation went like this:

    screener: What do you want to talk to Mark about?

    me: I want to draw the obvious analogy that no one is bothering to point out, for whatever reason....

    screener: Which is?

    me: That the Jan 6th protest can now be referred to as the Democratic Party's Reichstag Fire, and -

    screener: (suddenly upset) Hey! Hey, hey.....you're going down a very slippery slope with that kind of irresponsible talk-

    me: Doesn't the First Amendment include a lot worse than "irresponsible talk"?

    screener: No, not on this show. You want to say that kind of crap, start your own radio show.

    - and once again, for the second time that day, I was left conversing with Click.

    But I learned something that day. If you wish to use the word "Nazi" in a sentence in Joe Biden's America, say it with a brick through the window of a retail business. Otherwise you forfeit your Constitutional right to free speech.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Luzzatto

    White Antifa members throwing molotov cocktails into a Hispanic person’s bodega in Manhattan are fighting Nazism and White Supremacy!

  132. Those that stole the election are afraid. Which is a very good thing.

    Let them jump at shadows all they want. I like watching them piss their pants in fear of the people they rigged the vote against.

    Even though all their paranoia is imagined and delusionary, they keep showing us all their guilty and cowardly colors with these freakouts.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @R.G. Camara

    https://funvizeo.com/media/memes/a48bf5491afd9aca/these-arethe-people-who-send-your-sons-to-war-meme-38ed34f55570d202-d5c2c34d384f0aab.jpg

    Replies: @R.G. Camara

  133. So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4?

    Somebody quoted Arlo and Janis?

    1997
    2006
    2011

    2019:

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
    @Reg Cæsar

    Wow.

    Now I know that Arlo & Janis has an annual March 4th running gag.

    Things the Internet showed Me, #901, 373, 222.

    What's next, a Mary Worth trivia bit?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  134. @beavertales
    If there are any deplorables in the National Guard, please keep a diary of the Washington DC farce and share, share, share.

    Bad food, lack of privacy, poor organization, sexual frustration, boredom, lack of purpose, nothing to do on time off, separation from family and employment, inclement weather, no trust going up or down the chain of command, and an expensive urban camping trip which everyone knows is accomplishing nothing.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Joseph Doaks

    “If there are any deplorables in the National Guard, please keep a diary of the Washington DC farce and share, share, share.”

    This is a wonderful idea. The left would have done it already if the parties in this fiasco were reversed.

    It must be from an anonymous source, of course. Get a secure e-mail account (Startpage.com) and offer your occupation diary to Revolver News and/or The National Pulse.

  135. @wren
    @Muggles

    Wait, you weren't joking.

    https://www.twitter.com/dave_brown24/status/1367819126224347136

    Replies: @Muggles

    Yes, in Clown World you can’t make stuff up that’s any more absurd than Woke reality.

    • Agree: wren
  136. @Fred C Dobbs
    @Gary in Gramercy

    ".....Give the Governor an Harrumph!....."

    Replies: @Ganderson

    Damn! You beat me to it!

  137. @Colin Wright
    @Ron Mexico

    'I thought the Klan was founded in Pulaski, TN???'

    Casual displays of gross and obvious ignorance have become the norm among the establishment.

    See Faulkner being the author of 'Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,' Lincoln fighting the Civil War to free the slaves, 'systemic racism' infecting policing in America, etc.

    Replies: @anon

    Lincoln fighting the Civil War to free the slaves,

    C’mon, man! It was a black guy, Martin Luther King, who freed the slaves in 1965! Don’t we teach that in schools anymore?

  138. @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    @Dr. X

    "They are going to want the troops to be in place for when they pass the national gun control law on a razor-thin party-line margin after they eliminate the filibuster…"

    You phunny. After a year of forced diapering and after destroying thousands of businesses over a mild seasonal flu without a single shot fired, the Democratic Party proved the 2A is toothless and American men are ballless.

    Replies: @Muggles, @Dr. X

    After a year of forced diapering and after destroying thousands of businesses over a mild seasonal flu without a single shot fired, the Democratic Party proved the 2A is toothless and American men are ballless.

    While I hate to waste time on you, this is even more absurd than your usual offerings.

    If you are trying to argue that “ballless” American men should have grabbed their AR-15s to somehow stop the COVID policies, why don’t you say so?

    That notion is so laughable that even you should have let your computer keys cool off before writing that. The Second Amendment guarantees that Americans can keep and bear arms. It doesn’t say anything about when to pick those up if you disagree with government policies.

    It might surprise you to know that “fear” is the oldest and best motivator for getting people to do strange (or bad) things. While you may not share COVID fears, most of your neighbors probably do. There is no doubt that power-mad mostly Dem politicians used fear to impose mostly worthless restrictions, as reality has now demonstrated.

    But the idea — that you are too shy to clearly argue — that this should have been a “shoot it out” scenario for “ballsy” Americans (what about the ladies!) is demented.

    Nothing stopped you from taking that course of action, yet oddly, you aren’t bragging about your death toll. I guess you like leading that charge from the rear.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Muggles


    Nothing stopped you from taking that course of action, yet oddly, you aren’t bragging about your death toll.
     
    His very name brags that he felled fifty fellow fruits trapped in close quarters.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frA5riZCRrA


    Somehow this was all Donald Trump's fault, for having won a primary or two.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Muggles


    Nothing stopped you from taking that course of action, yet oddly, you aren’t bragging about your death toll.
     
    His very name brags that he felled fifty fellow fruits trapped in close quarters.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frA5riZCRrA


    Somehow this was all Donald Trump's fault, for having won a primary or two.
  139. @Anonymous
    As Tucker said last night, a week ago about 1 Trump supporter in a million had probably even heard of "Qanon."
    No offense meant but Unz but it certainly attracts a lot of hard right people, some of whom seem a bit unhinged (IMO Sailer's articles usually don't attract these cranks, just lot's of thoughtful commentary!) so in any event you'd think this site would be practically ground zero for all things "Qanon," but it's not.
    So these leads me to think that "Qanon" is basically a Democrat/leftist False Flag operation designed further stigmatize the MAGA movement in the eyes of the general public and as added bonus provide some red meat to their often times mentally unbalanced, paranoid hard-left base.
    (Look at Zach Goldberg's graphs showing mental instability/illness is more widespread amongst leftists for that one)

    Replies: @Matt Buckalew, @J.Ross, @AndrewR, @Redman

    Qanon is for boomers who fucked in high school- this place not so much.

    • Replies: @black sea
    @Matt Buckalew


    Qanon is for boomers who fucked in high school- this place not so much.
     
    I fucked off in high school; does that count?
  140. @Dieter Kief
    The efforts to milk this Capitol cow look less and less enthusiastic. They will eventually peter out.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Alt Right Moderate, @Hypnotoad666, @J.Ross

    The efforts to milk this Capitol cow look less and less enthusiastic. They will eventually peter out.

    IDK, instead of petering out, they might eventually blow up in their faces. Glenn Greenwald, no right-wing conspiracy theorist, has been calling out the “deadly insurrection” narrative as basically a deep state psy-op.

    Perhaps the most significant blow to the maximalist insurrection/coup narrative took place inside the Senate on Thursday. Ever since January 6, those who were not referring to the riot as a “coup attempt” — as though the hundreds of protesters intended to overthrow the most powerful and militarized government in history — were required to refer to it instead as an “armed insurrection.”

    This formulation was crucial not only for maximizing fear levels about the Democrats’ adversaries but also, as I’ve documented previously, because declaring an “armed insurrection” empowers the state with virtually unlimited powers to act against the citizenry. Over and over, leading Democrats and their media allies repeated this phrase like some hypnotic mantra:

    But this was completely false. As I detailed several weeks ago, so many of the most harrowing and widespread media claims about the January 6 riot proved to be total fabrications. A pro-Trump mob did not bash Office Brian Sicknick’s skull in with a fire extinguisher. No protester brought zip-ties with them as some premeditated plot to kidnap members of Congress (two rioters found them on a table inside). There’s no evidence anyone intended to assassinate Mike Pence, Mitt Romney or anyone else.

    Yet the maximalist narrative of an attempted coup or armed insurrection is so crucial to Democrats — regardless of whether it is true — that pointing out these facts deeply infuriates them. A television clip of mine from last week went viral among furious liberals calling me a fascism supporter even though it did nothing but point out the indisputable facts that other than Brian Sicknick, whose cause of death remains unknown, the only people who died at the Capitol riot were Trump supporters, and that there are no known cases of the rioters deliberately killing anyone.

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/as-the-insurrection-narrative-crumbles

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Hypnotoad666

    It was certainly armed.

    One of the charges against QAnon Shaman was that the was carrying a spear. I don't know whether the blade was sharpened.

    ‘QAnon Shaman’ says he was ‘waved’ into Capitol by police & stopped rioters from stealing muffins, in bizarre interview from jail


    Prosecutors, however, have alleged that Chansley wielded a weapon during the Capitol riots, a spear attached to a flagpole and left a threatening note for former Vice President Mike Pence. “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming,” the note reportedly said.
     
    Democratic congressman Swalwell sues Trump for EMOTIONAL DAMAGE over Capitol riot, says he was ready for COMBAT with mob

    The meandering 65-page suit alleges that Trump and his allies engaged in “conspiracy to violate civil rights,” “neglect to prevent interference with civil rights,” “incitement to riot,” “inciting assault,” “disorderly conduct,” and “terrorism.” In addition, Trump and his associates inflicted “severe emotional distress” on Swalwell, who was inside the House chamber certifying the results of the 2020 election as the rioters entered the building.

    One bizarre paragraph in the suit claims that Swalwell “prepared himself for possible hand-to-hand combat as he took off his jacket and tie and searched for makeshift instruments of self-defense.”

    “As the Plaintiff watched this horror unfold, he texted with his wife in what he felt could be his last moments, telling her ‘I love you very much. And our babies,’” the description of Swalwell’s apparent ordeal continued.
     
    But then it turned out that this wasn't really Prague yet

    https://i.postimg.cc/MTTwwSZB/meanwhile-in-prague.jpg

    That Swalwell would sue Trump is unsurprising. The California congressman has long been a vocal opponent of the 45th president, and spent a considerable amount of time over the last four years telling cable TV hosts that he had proof of Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia, claims that were never backed up. After a short-lived run at his party’s presidential nomination in 2019, Swalwell went on to serve as a manager in the Democrats’ most recent attempt to impeach Trump after the Capitol riot.
     
  141. @S. Anonyia
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I think they really dipped out so they did not have to listen to the 628 page COVID relief bill get read aloud...

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    I feel their pain …

  142. @Muggles
    @Je Suis Omar Mateen


    After a year of forced diapering and after destroying thousands of businesses over a mild seasonal flu without a single shot fired, the Democratic Party proved the 2A is toothless and American men are ballless.
     
    While I hate to waste time on you, this is even more absurd than your usual offerings.

    If you are trying to argue that "ballless" American men should have grabbed their AR-15s to somehow stop the COVID policies, why don't you say so?

    That notion is so laughable that even you should have let your computer keys cool off before writing that. The Second Amendment guarantees that Americans can keep and bear arms. It doesn't say anything about when to pick those up if you disagree with government policies.

    It might surprise you to know that "fear" is the oldest and best motivator for getting people to do strange (or bad) things. While you may not share COVID fears, most of your neighbors probably do. There is no doubt that power-mad mostly Dem politicians used fear to impose mostly worthless restrictions, as reality has now demonstrated.

    But the idea -- that you are too shy to clearly argue -- that this should have been a "shoot it out" scenario for "ballsy" Americans (what about the ladies!) is demented.

    Nothing stopped you from taking that course of action, yet oddly, you aren't bragging about your death toll. I guess you like leading that charge from the rear.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Reg Cæsar

    Nothing stopped you from taking that course of action, yet oddly, you aren’t bragging about your death toll.

    His very name brags that he felled fifty fellow fruits trapped in close quarters.

    Somehow this was all Donald Trump’s fault, for having won a primary or two.

  143. @Muggles
    @Je Suis Omar Mateen


    After a year of forced diapering and after destroying thousands of businesses over a mild seasonal flu without a single shot fired, the Democratic Party proved the 2A is toothless and American men are ballless.
     
    While I hate to waste time on you, this is even more absurd than your usual offerings.

    If you are trying to argue that "ballless" American men should have grabbed their AR-15s to somehow stop the COVID policies, why don't you say so?

    That notion is so laughable that even you should have let your computer keys cool off before writing that. The Second Amendment guarantees that Americans can keep and bear arms. It doesn't say anything about when to pick those up if you disagree with government policies.

    It might surprise you to know that "fear" is the oldest and best motivator for getting people to do strange (or bad) things. While you may not share COVID fears, most of your neighbors probably do. There is no doubt that power-mad mostly Dem politicians used fear to impose mostly worthless restrictions, as reality has now demonstrated.

    But the idea -- that you are too shy to clearly argue -- that this should have been a "shoot it out" scenario for "ballsy" Americans (what about the ladies!) is demented.

    Nothing stopped you from taking that course of action, yet oddly, you aren't bragging about your death toll. I guess you like leading that charge from the rear.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Reg Cæsar

    Nothing stopped you from taking that course of action, yet oddly, you aren’t bragging about your death toll.

    His very name brags that he felled fifty fellow fruits trapped in close quarters.

    Somehow this was all Donald Trump’s fault, for having won a primary or two.

  144. @peterike
    The crazy part is how many people actually believed there was some kind of threat.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist

    The crazy part is how many people actually believed there was some kind of threat.

    I’ve seen numerous Wokesters comparing January 6 to 9/11. They’re using the date as shorthand for it in just the same way, and also equating the impact these events made, e.g. needing to provide ‘counseling’ to traumatized children, find ‘new ways of speaking about’ this unprecedented assault on sacred democracy, etc.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    'I’ve seen numerous Wokesters comparing January 6 to 9/11. They’re using the date as shorthand for it in just the same way, and also equating the impact these events made, e.g. needing to provide ‘counseling’ to traumatized children, find ‘new ways of speaking about’ this unprecedented assault on sacred democracy, etc.'

    Isn't it surreal? In a way, that's the most alarming aspect of all this; the accelerating collective willingness to engage in gross self-deception. It's literally like something implausible in a science fiction novel. 'Nahh. People wouldn't be THAT crazy...'

    But they can be, apparently. It's literally happening -- and to supposedly educated, informed, intelligent people.

    , @Luzzatto
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    January 6, 2021 was not even anywhere near as violent in the body count department as a typical average week in Baltimore and Chicago for example, let alone anywhere near the same league as 9/11 in terms of the number of dead people.

    What a bunch of Clown World Democrats!

  145. @Thomas
    Next it'll be April 15th (tax day), then April 19th (Lexington and Concord, Waco, Oklahoma City), then April 20th (Hitler's birthday), then the 4th of July...

    Frankly... I approve. Let them keep the Capitol and the rest of DC behind razor wire and troops forever. DC today looks visibly less open than Moscow's Red Square or Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Let it continue to be so as an unmistakable visual sign to the country and the world how hollow their fake and gay "Our Democracy" is and what it thinks of its own supposed citizens.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Stan Adams

    Throughout American history, many momentous and calamitous events have occurred in mid-April.

    The Civil War began on April 12. Lincoln was assassinated on April 15. The Titanic sank on April 15. FDR died on April 12. The Bay of Pigs invasion began on April 17. The Apollo 13 near-disaster took place on April 13.

    In more recent years, we have seen these events:

    April 15 – Boston Marathon bombing (2013)
    April 16 – Virginia Tech massacre (2007)
    April 20 – Columbine (1999), Deepwater Horizon (2010)

    If you include the entire month of April, you can add the MLK assassination (April 4) and the U.S. entry into World War I (April 6) to the list.

    Beware the Ides of April.

    • Replies: @Thomas
    @Stan Adams

    Third week of April is always the one I watch out for. https://www.vice.com/en/article/xy9b5w/the-third-week-of-april-is-a-very-scary-time-for-america

    , @Ripple Earthdevil
    @Stan Adams

    Don't forget the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19.

  146. @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    @Dr. X

    "They are going to want the troops to be in place for when they pass the national gun control law on a razor-thin party-line margin after they eliminate the filibuster…"

    You phunny. After a year of forced diapering and after destroying thousands of businesses over a mild seasonal flu without a single shot fired, the Democratic Party proved the 2A is toothless and American men are ballless.

    Replies: @Muggles, @Dr. X

    After a year of forced diapering and after destroying thousands of businesses over a mild seasonal flu without a single shot fired, the Democratic Party proved the 2A is toothless and American men are ballless.

    I’m not denying that.

    I fully admit that the probability of armed rebellion is extremely low. What I am saying is that the Democrats have created a “white supremacist neo-Nazi/MAGA/domestic terrorist” bogeyman in their own minds, believe that he must be disarmed at all costs, think their attempt to do so will provoke violence, and that they need the troops to protect them.

    My own belief is that people need to be armed not to take on the government — because they probably won’t — but for self-defense and survival during the anarchy that will occur after the Democrats crash the economy, destroy the energy supply, flood the country with brown Third World criminals, and incite racial violence against whites.

  147. @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    Somewhat related, a reliable correspondent informs that Australian authorities have publicly claimed to have taken steps to secure the supply of coronavirus vaccines from anti-vaxxers. Apparently they think anti-vaxxers don't merely want to avoid the vaccine for themselves and their children, but actively want to prevent others from taking it, to the point of vandalism and terrorism.

    When did everyone in charge become so ridiculous?

    Replies: @sayless, @SunBakedSuburb, @Sick 'n Tired

    Think of the type of kids who used to run for student government/class president when you were in middle & high school. This is the grown up version of that, with the same uncool idiots running for office so the can feel less powerless.

    • Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account
    @Sick 'n Tired

    But twas it ever thus?

  148. @Dieter Kief
    The efforts to milk this Capitol cow look less and less enthusiastic. They will eventually peter out.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Alt Right Moderate, @Hypnotoad666, @J.Ross

    just like the lockdown petered out

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @J.Ross

    It did in Florida and South-Dakota**** and it soon will in Texas and Mississippi. A beginning. It will work out and take place elsewhere too.

    More Infos here:

    https://gbdeclaration.org/

    https://hailtoyou.wordpress.com/2020/11/29/against-the-corona-panic-part-xix-wuhan-corona-vs-previous-flu-waves-sweden-quantified-on-near-final-data-for-2020/#comment-47231


    **** in Switzerland too - not to mention Sweden.

    Replies: @J.Ross

  149. @Anonymous
    As Tucker said last night, a week ago about 1 Trump supporter in a million had probably even heard of "Qanon."
    No offense meant but Unz but it certainly attracts a lot of hard right people, some of whom seem a bit unhinged (IMO Sailer's articles usually don't attract these cranks, just lot's of thoughtful commentary!) so in any event you'd think this site would be practically ground zero for all things "Qanon," but it's not.
    So these leads me to think that "Qanon" is basically a Democrat/leftist False Flag operation designed further stigmatize the MAGA movement in the eyes of the general public and as added bonus provide some red meat to their often times mentally unbalanced, paranoid hard-left base.
    (Look at Zach Goldberg's graphs showing mental instability/illness is more widespread amongst leftists for that one)

    Replies: @Matt Buckalew, @J.Ross, @AndrewR, @Redman

    Right, this is the sequence:
    Real law enforcement finds evidence of various kinds of criminal activity by Democrats (less a unified conspiracy with an overall plan and more like Democrats and their major donors are completely depraved losers who rely on media cooperation and status to stay out of jail). Some of those accusations go somewhere; some became the Maxwell or Buck cases. Some go nowhere because certain high-ranking cops flat out say “I refuse to investigate this,” like the Capital chief did at a public appearance with his long-time personal friend James Alefantis, or the child pornography which the FBI kindly returned to crack addict Hunter Biden.
    Inbetween the time it takes for the stories to get around and real investigations to either start or be stopped, messages, supposed coded, start spreading through social media. These messages always have the fundamental message, relax, the good guys are in control, the bad guys will be dealt with, trust the plan. In fact “trust the plan” is so solidly the motto of Qanon that it’s the phrase used by critics to mock how no results turn up.
    Now, let’s stop for a minute. The lyingpress wants you to think that Qanon is a German supremacist Russian meme project agitating Trump supporters to violence. It’s agitating people to violence and its only messaging is “relax.” Let that sink in.
    A great thing is accomplished by the Qanon effort, with possible side benefits. If you try to get into some of the accusations, including some of the real ones which lead to prosecutions, you will be dismissed with “that’s some of that Q nonsense,” and surely plenty of low information people never sought to get into any of the real stuff because the “Q nonsense” was enough to poison all of it to them. So you have information control by soft defamation. The side benefits include Trump supporters falling for it and adhering to its message — “relax” — even as they are defamed as insurrectionists.

  150. @Mr. Anon

    The growth of right-wing groups and their ability to infiltrate the U.S. military is unquestionably a significant threat.
     
    "Unquestionably" - as in "don't question this."

    Remember when liberals used to have bumper-stickers on their cars that read "Question Authority". Notice how you don't see those anymore? Much like the old saying "It's a free country" which, likewise, you don't hear anymore.

    They're still claiming that there were "white supremecists" at the Capitol rally. Leave aside the fact that it's a BS term that nobody uses to describe themselves. Any real "white supremecists" (i.e. white nationalists) gave up on Trump within about the first year of his administration. They wouldn't be caught dead waving a Trump flag* let alone would they risk arrest to keep him in office. The idiots in newsrooms wouldn't know that because they don't know anything. The spooks in their alphabet-agency cubicles might know that but they don't care - they're constructing a narrative to justify the Great Clampdown.

    *If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the "Trump Flag". Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader? It's embarrassing. I've never liked personality cults, but the idea of a personality cult built around a personality as unappealing as that of Donald Trump is simply ridiculous.

    Replies: @anon, @AnotherDad, @Servant of Gla'aki, @Adam Smith, @Paul Mendez, @Rob

    If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the “Trump Flag”. Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader?

    I’m pretty sure the answer to your question would be “After every nominee from each of the two major parties from the previous six Presidential elections prior to 2016, turned out to be some oligarch servitor who was trying to ruin their lives.

    • Thanks: sayless
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Servant of Gla'aki


    I’m pretty sure the answer to your question would be “After every nominee from each of the two major parties from the previous six Presidential elections prior to 2016, turned out to be some oligarch servitor who was trying to ruin their lives.”
     
    Yes, I get your point. But after it became apparent that Trump was mostly in hock to those same interests or at least was not about to put up a serious fight against them (his own fragile ego being the only thing he deems worth fighting for), you'd think his supporter's ardor would cool a little.
  151. @Mr. Anon

    The growth of right-wing groups and their ability to infiltrate the U.S. military is unquestionably a significant threat.
     
    "Unquestionably" - as in "don't question this."

    Remember when liberals used to have bumper-stickers on their cars that read "Question Authority". Notice how you don't see those anymore? Much like the old saying "It's a free country" which, likewise, you don't hear anymore.

    They're still claiming that there were "white supremecists" at the Capitol rally. Leave aside the fact that it's a BS term that nobody uses to describe themselves. Any real "white supremecists" (i.e. white nationalists) gave up on Trump within about the first year of his administration. They wouldn't be caught dead waving a Trump flag* let alone would they risk arrest to keep him in office. The idiots in newsrooms wouldn't know that because they don't know anything. The spooks in their alphabet-agency cubicles might know that but they don't care - they're constructing a narrative to justify the Great Clampdown.

    *If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the "Trump Flag". Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader? It's embarrassing. I've never liked personality cults, but the idea of a personality cult built around a personality as unappealing as that of Donald Trump is simply ridiculous.

    Replies: @anon, @AnotherDad, @Servant of Gla'aki, @Adam Smith, @Paul Mendez, @Rob

    Thou shalt make thee no molten gods…

  152. @Reg Cæsar

    So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4?
     
    Somebody quoted Arlo and Janis?


    1997
    2006
    2011

    2019:

    https://godaddyandthesquirrelmustbothdie.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/march-forth.jpg?w=640

    Replies: @R.G. Camara

    Wow.

    Now I know that Arlo & Janis has an annual March 4th running gag.

    Things the Internet showed Me, #901, 373, 222.

    What’s next, a Mary Worth trivia bit?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @R.G. Camara

    Happy St Piran's Day to you, too.

  153. @Altai
    @El Dato

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgxZr6LLS34

    For 4 years people were posting this along side Trump speeches... They didn't get the joke.

    Replies: @anon, @Richard B, @SaneClownPosse

    Was the female lead channeling Minnie Mouse?

  154. Whatever happened with the demolition of the Nashville AT&T/NSA data hub?

    Story threads came apart and it got dropped into a hole?

  155. @Hibernian
    @Altai

    In the '60s there were demands from radicals that a Black homeland be carved out from Mississippi, Alabama, etc.

    Replies: @Alfa158, @Altai

    That desire is long gone. At some subconscious level even they realize that it wouldn’t be like the 1950’s Amos ‘n Andy TV show where it looked exactly like 1950’s America except that everyone in the show was Black. Independence would only be acceptable under the conditions that all Black people would be free to live in the rest of America any time they wanted to, and that Blackamerica would receive in perpetuity as much subsidies as would be needed to maintain themselves in the manner to which they want to be accustomed.

  156. @Bill Jones
    @Henry's Cat

    The troops are only protecting the parking garages in which they live.

    Replies: @Cloudbuster

    Seriously, if I was one of them, if forced to act, I’d make sure to miss, then trip and fall down, claim a back injury and be out of there. Maybe get a John Kerry Memorial Purple Heart out of the deal.

    I’m pretty sure a lot of the police “injuries” during the mostly peaceful capitol protest derived from a similar strategy.

  157. Apparently, imaginary riots are a threat to national security, but not the hundreds of riots that actually occurred throughout 2020.

  158. @Jack D
    You keep pretending that QAnon is not a threat but in fact these dangerous insurrectionists showed up in Washington today intending to overthrow our government. Had not the Capitol been protected by 11,000 National Guard troops and the Congress in hiding, they might well have succeeded. You are treating this as if it's all a big joke and something ginned up by Democrats to excite their base and take away more of our civil liberties, but people, this is REAL. Look at the dangerous mob in the photo below. That woman probably has bear spray in her purse which she is intending to use to murder Federal agents.

    https://i.redd.it/v4l5h7fv64l61.jpg

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @Ron Mexico, @International Jew, @Corvinus

    Where is that picture taken?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @International Jew

    Looks like the U.S. Botanic Garden, which is very close to the Capitol.

    Replies: @Joe Joe

  159. @R.G. Camara
    @Reg Cæsar

    Wow.

    Now I know that Arlo & Janis has an annual March 4th running gag.

    Things the Internet showed Me, #901, 373, 222.

    What's next, a Mary Worth trivia bit?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Happy St Piran’s Day to you, too.

  160. @James Speaks

    So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4?
     
    There was rumor that Emmett Till was going to be lynched.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy

    “There was rumor that Emmett Till was going to be lynched.”

    I hadn’t realized that March was Sweeps Month at the NYT and WaPo.

  161. @International Jew
    @Jack D

    Where is that picture taken?

    Replies: @Jack D

    Looks like the U.S. Botanic Garden, which is very close to the Capitol.

    • Replies: @Joe Joe
    @Jack D

    you are correct, sir!!!

  162. @Matt Buckalew
    @Anonymous

    Qanon is for boomers who fucked in high school- this place not so much.

    Replies: @black sea

    Qanon is for boomers who fucked in high school- this place not so much.

    I fucked off in high school; does that count?

  163. @Stan Adams
    @Thomas

    Throughout American history, many momentous and calamitous events have occurred in mid-April.

    The Civil War began on April 12. Lincoln was assassinated on April 15. The Titanic sank on April 15. FDR died on April 12. The Bay of Pigs invasion began on April 17. The Apollo 13 near-disaster took place on April 13.

    In more recent years, we have seen these events:

    April 15 - Boston Marathon bombing (2013)
    April 16 - Virginia Tech massacre (2007)
    April 20 - Columbine (1999), Deepwater Horizon (2010)

    If you include the entire month of April, you can add the MLK assassination (April 4) and the U.S. entry into World War I (April 6) to the list.

    Beware the Ides of April.

    Replies: @Thomas, @Ripple Earthdevil

  164. @R.G. Camara
    Those that stole the election are afraid. Which is a very good thing.

    Let them jump at shadows all they want. I like watching them piss their pants in fear of the people they rigged the vote against.

    Even though all their paranoia is imagined and delusionary, they keep showing us all their guilty and cowardly colors with these freakouts.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    • Thanks: R.G. Camara, sayless
    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
    @Mr. Anon

    THIS.

  165. @SunBakedSuburb
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    "Australian authorities"

    I'll listen to Australian authorities after they solve the Funnel Web Problem.

    Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    the Funnel Web Problem

    Is that a euphemism

  166. @Sick 'n Tired
    @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    Think of the type of kids who used to run for student government/class president when you were in middle & high school. This is the grown up version of that, with the same uncool idiots running for office so the can feel less powerless.

    Replies: @Barack Obama's secret Unz account

    But twas it ever thus?

  167. @Stan Adams
    @Thomas

    Throughout American history, many momentous and calamitous events have occurred in mid-April.

    The Civil War began on April 12. Lincoln was assassinated on April 15. The Titanic sank on April 15. FDR died on April 12. The Bay of Pigs invasion began on April 17. The Apollo 13 near-disaster took place on April 13.

    In more recent years, we have seen these events:

    April 15 - Boston Marathon bombing (2013)
    April 16 - Virginia Tech massacre (2007)
    April 20 - Columbine (1999), Deepwater Horizon (2010)

    If you include the entire month of April, you can add the MLK assassination (April 4) and the U.S. entry into World War I (April 6) to the list.

    Beware the Ides of April.

    Replies: @Thomas, @Ripple Earthdevil

    Don’t forget the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19.

  168. Anonymous[214] • Disclaimer says:
    @Harry Baldwin
    @Lurker

    I heard about QAnon when I used to read VoxDay years ago. I never heard it referenced on any of the other alt-right sites I visit nor by any of my line-minded friends. When a reporter asked Trump about QAnon and he said he was unfamiliar with him, I believe he was speaking truthfully.

    Starting late last summer, I started hearing a lot about it from acquaintances on the left. Their narrative feeds were chock full of info about the crazy stuff rightwing QAnon supporters believe. They found it really alarming.

    Meanwhile, despite all the trouble for which QAnon is being held responsible, we are not told who QAnon is. Presumably, it is a person or persons who have not been identified. Isn't that strange? Have any so-called journalists pressed for an identification of this evil mastermind and his coconspirators? No, they don't seem the least bit interested. Can anyone imagine that our intelligence agencies can't figure out who QAnon is/are? Wouldn't that be a fairly simple thing for them to do?

    The most likely answer is that the QAnon phenomenon was a creation of our intelligence services in yet another attempt to discredit Trump supporters and give the Deep State a justification for shutting down political opposition. I'm willing to admit that QAnon might have been unaffiliated with our government at first, but if so, I suspect it was soon taken over and steered by the Deep State as part of the Color Revolution we are now undergoing.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Anonymous

    “I heard about QAnon when I used to read VoxDay years ago.”
    That is a good starting point for discussion, but I’m really replying to the whole post.

    Vox Day is a very smart guy who trusts his ability to think for himself. Sometimes I think he is on the mark in ways that very few are, which is why I have at least scanned his posts every few days for the past few years. Sometimes I think he is horribly wrong. But he is very smart and has confidence in his thinking.

    He clearly thinks that “QAnon” should be taken seriously and has not seemingly wavered in this, even while raising questions.

    Let’s look at two basic facts (even if the facticity of each might not be evident to the same degree):

    First, “QAnon” has, to an astounding degree, raised awareness of both the existence and the evil of “the deep state”. Put aside the “fake news” telling of this… “HRC was holding child sex slaves in the basement of a pizzeria that had no basement…”. While “pizzagate” IS to some degree real (check the jimmycomet instagram full set and ask why that guy was one of the “50 most influential Washingtonians”), the fake news uses such lurid stuff to distract from growing awarenesss of the perfidious conniving of the bankster class… those who have wealth not due to “unbridled” capitalism or even “crony” capitalism, but via shameless rent-seeking criminality. The banksters are at the core of the “deep state”, and since they now effectively control the fake news media, they were able to counter the “occupy wall street” movement (a response to the 2008 financial crisis… and the obvious corruption of the “too big to fail” phenomenon) by CONCOCTING the “racial reckoning”. I think Steve has even posted on this. Use google trends.

    The upshot is that the “QAnon” would be an “own goal” for the Deep State. TENS OF MILLIONS now regard the “Biden administration” as UTTERLY ILLEGITIMATE. Speaking for myself, I thought Dubya was the worst president ever, and then I thought BO was the worst president ever. But Biden is a JOKE at best. And tens of millions agree.

    Seriously, did the deep state use the “black hat” “QAnon” op to get what they got? Biden and Kamala?! Compare with Stalin and Mao!

    The prime counterargument is that “Q” was used to “neuter” patriots. But LOOK at how “they” have played the “Capitol insurrection”… people “guilty” of trespassing and taking selfes are being treated as akin to al-Qaeda. Any “hot” opposition to the globalist totalitarians would have been treated MUCH WORSE. However much that whole event may infuriate me at times, I take this as the “ultimate meaning”… we can see the utter perfidy of the powers that be. Can we at all discount the possibilty that in the event of a (so-called) “racist” insurrection, an international force including even the PRC might have been called to US soil?

    So that is point #1… “QAnon” has been extraordinaraly successful in raising awareness of and opposition to the “deep state”.

    Point #2, which the “fake news” hardly ever addresses, is that OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE points to the fact that the Q op was aligned with the Trump adminstration. There are literally hundreds of “data points” by now. But anyone interested really needs to research this on their own. My personal favorite is the “Scott Free” qproof. Very subtle and sweet, if you get it. But there are many, of many different sorts. Why didn’t Trump SIMPLY DISAVOW the whole thing?

    Where do things stand right now? Good question. Life can be a bitch.
    But is there any serious doubt that the Biden/Harris administration is regarded as the most pathetic ever? YES, they seem to be imposing HORRIBLE and DISASTROUS laws and quasi-laws. But are they not the MOST ILLEGITIMATE executive branch ever?

    • Troll: Corvinus
  169. @Just another serf
    This is General Russel Honore. He is the Black General chosen by Nancy Pelosi to command the cavalry that captured the cannons the white supremacists intended to use in their March 4th insurrection. (Pictured on the right)

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=G1MW13to&id=B272AE40BA9FEB807950720ABF524BBC74DEF531&thid=OIP.G1MW13toC844hkeRni2tOAHaFB&mediaurl=https%3a%2f%2fth.bing.com%2fth%2fid%2fR1b5316d77b680bce388647919e2dad38%3frik%3dMfXedLxLUr8Kcg%26riu%3dhttp%253a%252f%252fbatonrougechristianlifemagazine.com%252fwp-content%252fuploads%252f2016%252f08%252fIMG_2383.jpg%26ehk%3dW2bQb2SJNVRBDLt0yj6ibjFw%252f8aCgFJwy8ZTq8XEs80%253d%26risl%3d%26pid%3dImgRaw&exph=1074&expw=1583&q=russel+honore&simid=607991800208100737&ck=295518048DA86A6D0AF75059A3138C3A&selectedIndex=5&FORM=IRPRST

    Replies: @El Dato

    Yeah. Looks like Pelosi has appointed someone from the Not Fucking Around Coal-ition to manage this

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/russel-honore-pelosi-pick-to-lead-review-of-capitol-security-ripped-as-extreme-partisan-by-republicans

    “I mean some of the statements that the General has made are just downright crazy,” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., told Carlson on Wednesday. “It’s just unbelievable, and it shows that Nancy Pelosi isn’t interested in getting any facts. She is interested in power and in amassing power and an excuse to keep holding power, including those thousands of troops who are still at the Capitol who are still there treating it like an armed camp.”

    One gets what one appoints for

    Pelosi-appointed general recommends establishing permanent QUICK-REACTION TROOPS in DC to protect government from the governed

    The difference to the Leibstandarte SS is basically that it’s not an organ of the Democratic Party. Yet.

    Republicans blasted Pelosi in January for choosing Honore to lead the security review, saying he is too partisan. The retired general has a history of making controversial comments, such as calling Trump an “SOB” who “doesn’t care about people of color” and blasting federal officers sent to quell riots in Portland as an “uncontrolled mob” that wore military-like uniforms “as a function of intimidation.” [why wasn’t he fired immediately?]

    Honore also said falsely that a USCP officer was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher during the Capitol riot, and he called Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) “a little piece of s**t” who should be “run out of DC” for his “white privilege” and making allegations of election fraud against President Joe Biden.

    Honore is best known for leading the National Guard response in New Orleans after the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. His troops were allegedly involved in confiscating guns from residents after New Orleans Police Chief Eddie Compass III declared that only law enforcement officers would be allowed to have firearms amid the violent, post-storm chaos in the city.

    • Agree: Just another serf
  170. @Ron Mexico
    @Altai

    I thought the Klan was founded in Pulaski, TN???

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @El Dato

    But marching all over Stone Mountain, whether right OR wrong, WILL show them!!

    • Replies: @Luzzatto
    @El Dato

    Stone Mountain today is a whopping 75% Black. Those Black ethno-state militia men are not going to find any KKK members in Stone Mountain in 2021, so this is all just LARPing on their part because they know they have the racial demographics on their side in Stone Mountain!

  171. @Hypnotoad666
    @Dieter Kief


    The efforts to milk this Capitol cow look less and less enthusiastic. They will eventually peter out.
     
    IDK, instead of petering out, they might eventually blow up in their faces. Glenn Greenwald, no right-wing conspiracy theorist, has been calling out the "deadly insurrection" narrative as basically a deep state psy-op.

    Perhaps the most significant blow to the maximalist insurrection/coup narrative took place inside the Senate on Thursday. Ever since January 6, those who were not referring to the riot as a “coup attempt” — as though the hundreds of protesters intended to overthrow the most powerful and militarized government in history — were required to refer to it instead as an “armed insurrection.”

    This formulation was crucial not only for maximizing fear levels about the Democrats’ adversaries but also, as I’ve documented previously, because declaring an “armed insurrection” empowers the state with virtually unlimited powers to act against the citizenry. Over and over, leading Democrats and their media allies repeated this phrase like some hypnotic mantra: https://youtu.be/kF3-MyT6b6E

    But this was completely false. As I detailed several weeks ago, so many of the most harrowing and widespread media claims about the January 6 riot proved to be total fabrications. A pro-Trump mob did not bash Office Brian Sicknick’s skull in with a fire extinguisher. No protester brought zip-ties with them as some premeditated plot to kidnap members of Congress (two rioters found them on a table inside). There’s no evidence anyone intended to assassinate Mike Pence, Mitt Romney or anyone else.

    Yet the maximalist narrative of an attempted coup or armed insurrection is so crucial to Democrats — regardless of whether it is true — that pointing out these facts deeply infuriates them. A television clip of mine from last week went viral among furious liberals calling me a fascism supporter even though it did nothing but point out the indisputable facts that other than Brian Sicknick, whose cause of death remains unknown, the only people who died at the Capitol riot were Trump supporters, and that there are no known cases of the rioters deliberately killing anyone.

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/as-the-insurrection-narrative-crumbles
     

    Replies: @El Dato

    It was certainly armed.

    One of the charges against QAnon Shaman was that the was carrying a spear. I don’t know whether the blade was sharpened.

    ‘QAnon Shaman’ says he was ‘waved’ into Capitol by police & stopped rioters from stealing muffins, in bizarre interview from jail

    Prosecutors, however, have alleged that Chansley wielded a weapon during the Capitol riots, a spear attached to a flagpole and left a threatening note for former Vice President Mike Pence. “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming,” the note reportedly said.

    Democratic congressman Swalwell sues Trump for EMOTIONAL DAMAGE over Capitol riot, says he was ready for COMBAT with mob

    The meandering 65-page suit alleges that Trump and his allies engaged in “conspiracy to violate civil rights,” “neglect to prevent interference with civil rights,” “incitement to riot,” “inciting assault,” “disorderly conduct,” and “terrorism.” In addition, Trump and his associates inflicted “severe emotional distress” on Swalwell, who was inside the House chamber certifying the results of the 2020 election as the rioters entered the building.

    One bizarre paragraph in the suit claims that Swalwell “prepared himself for possible hand-to-hand combat as he took off his jacket and tie and searched for makeshift instruments of self-defense.”

    “As the Plaintiff watched this horror unfold, he texted with his wife in what he felt could be his last moments, telling her ‘I love you very much. And our babies,’” the description of Swalwell’s apparent ordeal continued.

    But then it turned out that this wasn’t really Prague yet

    That Swalwell would sue Trump is unsurprising. The California congressman has long been a vocal opponent of the 45th president, and spent a considerable amount of time over the last four years telling cable TV hosts that he had proof of Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia, claims that were never backed up. After a short-lived run at his party’s presidential nomination in 2019, Swalwell went on to serve as a manager in the Democrats’ most recent attempt to impeach Trump after the Capitol riot.

  172. @wren
    @Whiskey

    "As thieves get more and more brazen they do more and more brazenly things. I'm not making that up."

    No description of the thieves, other than they came out of a white luxury car.

    https://youtu.be/5RpIHYZ2JNA

    Replies: @wren, @El Dato

    Special Agent Dale Cooper is onto those White Supremacists

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @El Dato

    Scene is great. But - somehow the joke does not take off - lack of precision with regard to the tertium comparationis, I'd assume. Jokes are terribly complicated beasts if seen from up close. - But the savior of all joke-induced aesthetical troubles is near:

    Ästhetischer "Witz" und logischer "Scharfsinn". Zum Verhältnis von wissenschaftlicher und ästhetischer Weltauffassung. (= Jenaer philosophische Vorträge und Studien 15). -

    By the absolutely inspired and competent and witty Philosopher (Frege, Schiller, Wittgenstein and Schopenhauer, hehe) Gottfried Gabriel (beware - not to be confused with the young and a bit fist-handed and clumsy Markus Gabriel, who is - such is life - about hundred times more prominent than Gottfried...

  173. @AnotherDad
    @Mr. Anon


    *If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the “Trump Flag”. Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader? It’s embarrassing. I’ve never liked personality cults, but the idea of a personality cult built around a personality as unappealing as that of Donald Trump is simply ridiculous.
     
    Well said Mr. Anon.

    One of the jokes i picked up early was the commies having these giant pictures Marx, Lenin, Stalin or Mao. Commie royalty.

    Never understood this nonsense with actors (a profession less worth of respect!) or musicians or sports figures. Embarrassing.

    People with basic republican self-respect don't worship other people or slobber all over them.

    Replies: @AndrewR

    Most people are sheep who want a shepherd. Trump may seem stupid and self-centered to those of us with a triple digit IQ, but he appeals to a lot of sheep.

    • Replies: @Joseph Doaks
    @AndrewR

    "Trump may seem stupid and self-centered to those of us with a triple digit IQ, but he appeals to a lot of sheep."

    Trump is certainly self-centered, but stupid? He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1968, when a university degree actually still meant something. He gave a powerful policy speech at CPAC 2021 for 90 minutes uninterrupted --- while the guy who "defeated" him can barely manage a coherent sentence.

    What makes you believe Trump's followers are sheep-like? How would you characterize Biden voters?

    Replies: @AndrewR

  174. “One bizarre paragraph in the suit claims that Swalwell “prepared himself for possible hand-to-hand combat as he took off his jacket and tie and searched for makeshift instruments of self-defense.”
    The Bee spun it to be he had nunchuks. I prefer the Bee’s version of events.

  175. @Anonymous
    As Tucker said last night, a week ago about 1 Trump supporter in a million had probably even heard of "Qanon."
    No offense meant but Unz but it certainly attracts a lot of hard right people, some of whom seem a bit unhinged (IMO Sailer's articles usually don't attract these cranks, just lot's of thoughtful commentary!) so in any event you'd think this site would be practically ground zero for all things "Qanon," but it's not.
    So these leads me to think that "Qanon" is basically a Democrat/leftist False Flag operation designed further stigmatize the MAGA movement in the eyes of the general public and as added bonus provide some red meat to their often times mentally unbalanced, paranoid hard-left base.
    (Look at Zach Goldberg's graphs showing mental instability/illness is more widespread amongst leftists for that one)

    Replies: @Matt Buckalew, @J.Ross, @AndrewR, @Redman

    Lol I personally know QAnon supporters. Tucker is a liar and your comment is embarrassing.

  176. “Un-ques-tion-a-bly. And if you question its unquestionability, well, that just shows you are one of the infiltrators.”

    No, it just demonstrates, Mr. Sailer, that you refuse to NOTICE. See, it is classic iSteve deflection on your part, because if you dig deeper, you will find that January 6 was pre-planned, with the perps hoping that QANON and Alt Right extremists would be emboldened. “All they need is a little push”, as the Joker once proudly opined.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/05/us/politics/trump-proud-boys-capitol-riot.html#click=https://t.co/ehMi41a03O

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/us/politics/dc-national-guard-capitol-riot.html

    Assuredly, if the shoe was on the other foot, and Trump was a Democrat who, along with his pals planned the insurrection, you would be writing three posts a week on this matter.

    Instead, you have this weird obsession with reporting about ethnic hair styles.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Corvinus

    How is the Russian Collusion thing coming?

    Replies: @Corvinus

    , @El Dato
    @Corvinus

    Seriously it's like someone has been selling your NEW AND IMPROVED SOONBURGERS that taste like shit for about 4 years and is now selling NEW AND IMPROVED SOONBURGERS WITH NEW AND IMPROVED FORMULA and they still taste like shit and you are coming back for more.

  177. @Jack D
    You keep pretending that QAnon is not a threat but in fact these dangerous insurrectionists showed up in Washington today intending to overthrow our government. Had not the Capitol been protected by 11,000 National Guard troops and the Congress in hiding, they might well have succeeded. You are treating this as if it's all a big joke and something ginned up by Democrats to excite their base and take away more of our civil liberties, but people, this is REAL. Look at the dangerous mob in the photo below. That woman probably has bear spray in her purse which she is intending to use to murder Federal agents.

    https://i.redd.it/v4l5h7fv64l61.jpg

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @Ron Mexico, @International Jew, @Corvinus

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Corvinus

    So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4 is the subject of this thread, Bozo.

  178. @Corvinus
    @Jack D

    You meant to have these images, Jack D.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/06/trump-supporters-rally-in-washington-to-protest-election-results.html

    https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-electoral-college-elections-de812995a8c7cbea5c1de56a3d1aa007

    Replies: @Jack D

    So, What Happened at the Capitol on March 4 is the subject of this thread, Bozo.

  179. @Mr. Anon

    The growth of right-wing groups and their ability to infiltrate the U.S. military is unquestionably a significant threat.
     
    "Unquestionably" - as in "don't question this."

    Remember when liberals used to have bumper-stickers on their cars that read "Question Authority". Notice how you don't see those anymore? Much like the old saying "It's a free country" which, likewise, you don't hear anymore.

    They're still claiming that there were "white supremecists" at the Capitol rally. Leave aside the fact that it's a BS term that nobody uses to describe themselves. Any real "white supremecists" (i.e. white nationalists) gave up on Trump within about the first year of his administration. They wouldn't be caught dead waving a Trump flag* let alone would they risk arrest to keep him in office. The idiots in newsrooms wouldn't know that because they don't know anything. The spooks in their alphabet-agency cubicles might know that but they don't care - they're constructing a narrative to justify the Great Clampdown.

    *If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the "Trump Flag". Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader? It's embarrassing. I've never liked personality cults, but the idea of a personality cult built around a personality as unappealing as that of Donald Trump is simply ridiculous.

    Replies: @anon, @AnotherDad, @Servant of Gla'aki, @Adam Smith, @Paul Mendez, @Rob

    Leave aside the fact that it’s a BS term that nobody uses to describe themselves

    .

    Technically, to be a White Supremacist one must also be a Creationist. 200 years ago, those who justified slavery pointed to the Bible, where it says God created Man “in his own image” and gave man dominion over all the plants and animals.

    I doubt that you’ll find anybody today who wants to own negroes.

  180. @Farenheit
    I have it on good authority that White Supremacist are planning on breaching the Capitol Hill barrier any day now by firing a wooden badger filled with with horn hatted Vikings from a trebuchet.

    The National Guard must stay!!

    Replies: @JMcG

    That looked a lot more like a Comanche head dress than a Viking helmet to me.

  181. @Jack D
    @International Jew

    Looks like the U.S. Botanic Garden, which is very close to the Capitol.

    Replies: @Joe Joe

    you are correct, sir!!!

  182. @Corvinus
    "Un-ques-tion-a-bly. And if you question its unquestionability, well, that just shows you are one of the infiltrators."

    No, it just demonstrates, Mr. Sailer, that you refuse to NOTICE. See, it is classic iSteve deflection on your part, because if you dig deeper, you will find that January 6 was pre-planned, with the perps hoping that QANON and Alt Right extremists would be emboldened. "All they need is a little push", as the Joker once proudly opined.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/05/us/politics/trump-proud-boys-capitol-riot.html#click=https://t.co/ehMi41a03O

    https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1367960227937681411

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1367671208255229955

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/us/politics/dc-national-guard-capitol-riot.html

    Assuredly, if the shoe was on the other foot, and Trump was a Democrat who, along with his pals planned the insurrection, you would be writing three posts a week on this matter.

    Instead, you have this weird obsession with reporting about ethnic hair styles.

    Replies: @El Dato, @El Dato

    How is the Russian Collusion thing coming?

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @El Dato

    It lead to a president to be impeached.

    Now, why don't you actually address the substance of the links? If you need help to disseminate the information, just ask one of your higher white IQ friends. They are more than willing to show you the ropes on how to engage in textual analysis.

  183. @Anonymous
    As Tucker said last night, a week ago about 1 Trump supporter in a million had probably even heard of "Qanon."
    No offense meant but Unz but it certainly attracts a lot of hard right people, some of whom seem a bit unhinged (IMO Sailer's articles usually don't attract these cranks, just lot's of thoughtful commentary!) so in any event you'd think this site would be practically ground zero for all things "Qanon," but it's not.
    So these leads me to think that "Qanon" is basically a Democrat/leftist False Flag operation designed further stigmatize the MAGA movement in the eyes of the general public and as added bonus provide some red meat to their often times mentally unbalanced, paranoid hard-left base.
    (Look at Zach Goldberg's graphs showing mental instability/illness is more widespread amongst leftists for that one)

    Replies: @Matt Buckalew, @J.Ross, @AndrewR, @Redman

    I’ve concluded it’s most likely a false flag. But very possibly a CIA-run blackop rather than Dem. The whole “anonymous” aspect of this makes it a perfect cover for such an operation.

  184. @Hibernian
    @Altai

    In the '60s there were demands from radicals that a Black homeland be carved out from Mississippi, Alabama, etc.

    Replies: @Alfa158, @Altai

    But nobody listened to them. Or believed in it.

  185. @Corvinus
    "Un-ques-tion-a-bly. And if you question its unquestionability, well, that just shows you are one of the infiltrators."

    No, it just demonstrates, Mr. Sailer, that you refuse to NOTICE. See, it is classic iSteve deflection on your part, because if you dig deeper, you will find that January 6 was pre-planned, with the perps hoping that QANON and Alt Right extremists would be emboldened. "All they need is a little push", as the Joker once proudly opined.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/05/us/politics/trump-proud-boys-capitol-riot.html#click=https://t.co/ehMi41a03O

    https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1367960227937681411

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1367671208255229955

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/us/politics/dc-national-guard-capitol-riot.html

    Assuredly, if the shoe was on the other foot, and Trump was a Democrat who, along with his pals planned the insurrection, you would be writing three posts a week on this matter.

    Instead, you have this weird obsession with reporting about ethnic hair styles.

    Replies: @El Dato, @El Dato

    Seriously it’s like someone has been selling your NEW AND IMPROVED SOONBURGERS that taste like shit for about 4 years and is now selling NEW AND IMPROVED SOONBURGERS WITH NEW AND IMPROVED FORMULA and they still taste like shit and you are coming back for more.

  186. @Paleo Liberal
    @guest007

    Probably the most intelligent response of the day.

    Replies: @Redman, @Chrisnonymous

    That explains the military-style preparedness. Not the breathless media coverage and promotion of the QAnon narrative.

  187. @Pericles
    @Adam Smith

    The QAnon shaman is a 1000x more genuine product of the people than the Antifa, activists, the collected shysters, deep state and tenured faculty-shmaculty of the US taken together.

    Replies: @Adam Smith

    They should release the kid, never should have arrested him.
    He’s already suffered enough.

  188. @AndrewR
    @AnotherDad

    Most people are sheep who want a shepherd. Trump may seem stupid and self-centered to those of us with a triple digit IQ, but he appeals to a lot of sheep.

    Replies: @Joseph Doaks

    “Trump may seem stupid and self-centered to those of us with a triple digit IQ, but he appeals to a lot of sheep.”

    Trump is certainly self-centered, but stupid? He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1968, when a university degree actually still meant something. He gave a powerful policy speech at CPAC 2021 for 90 minutes uninterrupted — while the guy who “defeated” him can barely manage a coherent sentence.

    What makes you believe Trump’s followers are sheep-like? How would you characterize Biden voters?

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Joseph Doaks

    Well, Biden doesn't have a cult following, for one. No one voted for Biden. They voted against Trump.

    And yes Trump is sharper than Biden, but so are many people at your local nursing home.

    I call Trump stupid because it's clear he has the attention span of a gnat. His handlers would have to sum up his daily briefings to just a few major points, and even then I don't think he always paid attention.

    As for his MBA, maybe he's a business savant, but given his overall track record in business, that's a dubious claim too. I think he is most skilled at conning and cheating people, which comes naturally to someone of his extreme grandiose narcissism.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Joseph Doaks

  189. @Mr. Anon
    @R.G. Camara

    https://funvizeo.com/media/memes/a48bf5491afd9aca/these-arethe-people-who-send-your-sons-to-war-meme-38ed34f55570d202-d5c2c34d384f0aab.jpg

    Replies: @R.G. Camara

    THIS.

  190. @Servant of Gla'aki
    @Mr. Anon


    If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the “Trump Flag”. Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader?
     
    I'm pretty sure the answer to your question would be "After every nominee from each of the two major parties from the previous six Presidential elections prior to 2016, turned out to be some oligarch servitor who was trying to ruin their lives."

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    I’m pretty sure the answer to your question would be “After every nominee from each of the two major parties from the previous six Presidential elections prior to 2016, turned out to be some oligarch servitor who was trying to ruin their lives.”

    Yes, I get your point. But after it became apparent that Trump was mostly in hock to those same interests or at least was not about to put up a serious fight against them (his own fragile ego being the only thing he deems worth fighting for), you’d think his supporter’s ardor would cool a little.

  191. @J.Ross
    @Dieter Kief

    just like the lockdown petered out

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    It did in Florida and South-Dakota**** and it soon will in Texas and Mississippi. A beginning. It will work out and take place elsewhere too.

    More Infos here:

    https://gbdeclaration.org/

    https://hailtoyou.wordpress.com/2020/11/29/against-the-corona-panic-part-xix-wuhan-corona-vs-previous-flu-waves-sweden-quantified-on-near-final-data-for-2020/#comment-47231

    **** in Switzerland too – not to mention Sweden.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Dieter Kief

    That's not petering out, those are people waking up and defying the State. By the way anecdotal reports (but nothing from media) say that Maryland, where the personnel of the federal government actually live, was never really locked down. Florida was crucified in the media for opening beaches even as they covered for Cuomo but apparently Maryland had similar abandon.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

  192. @El Dato
    @wren

    Special Agent Dale Cooper is onto those White Supremacists

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0YWYbrz0jI

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    Scene is great. But – somehow the joke does not take off – lack of precision with regard to the tertium comparationis, I’d assume. Jokes are terribly complicated beasts if seen from up close. – But the savior of all joke-induced aesthetical troubles is near:

    Ästhetischer “Witz” und logischer “Scharfsinn”. Zum Verhältnis von wissenschaftlicher und ästhetischer Weltauffassung. (= Jenaer philosophische Vorträge und Studien 15). –

    By the absolutely inspired and competent and witty Philosopher (Frege, Schiller, Wittgenstein and Schopenhauer, hehe) Gottfried Gabriel (beware – not to be confused with the young and a bit fist-handed and clumsy Markus Gabriel, who is – such is life – about hundred times more prominent than Gottfried…

  193. @guest007
    One would think that Steve, having previously lived in Chicago, would understand snow storm logic. If mayors over responds to preparing for and responding to a snow storm, they just get criticized. If mayors under responds to preparing for and responding to a snow storm, they get voted out of office. After the management of the Capital Police lost their jobs due to the January 6 siege, there is no way that Congress and the Capital Police were going to under respond.

    Replies: @sayless, @Paleo Liberal, @guest007

    When pondering why some particular action was taken by some part of the government, the easiest answer is because elected politicians and their staff are demanding that something be done. Thus, the worker bees further down the wiring diagram will do something for no other reason than to shut the boss up.

  194. @Dieter Kief
    @J.Ross

    It did in Florida and South-Dakota**** and it soon will in Texas and Mississippi. A beginning. It will work out and take place elsewhere too.

    More Infos here:

    https://gbdeclaration.org/

    https://hailtoyou.wordpress.com/2020/11/29/against-the-corona-panic-part-xix-wuhan-corona-vs-previous-flu-waves-sweden-quantified-on-near-final-data-for-2020/#comment-47231


    **** in Switzerland too - not to mention Sweden.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    That’s not petering out, those are people waking up and defying the State. By the way anecdotal reports (but nothing from media) say that Maryland, where the personnel of the federal government actually live, was never really locked down. Florida was crucified in the media for opening beaches even as they covered for Cuomo but apparently Maryland had similar abandon.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @J.Ross

    It's now Arizona and West-Virginia too, that cancel or weaken the Lockdown. So - Sweden (and Switzerland) rule, as they should, because their methods work and their economies (and their kids!) are hurt much less than elsewhere. If only Donald Trump had not mocked Sweden for acting crazy as hell... (ok - he had bad advice form Anthony Fauci - that was just another mistake, that he was willing to listen to this incompetent media-shark).

    This blogger has top info about CO-19 in Sweden:

    https://hailtoyou.wordpress.com/2020/11/29/against-the-corona-panic-part-xix-wuhan-corona-vs-previous-flu-waves-sweden-quantified-on-near-final-data-for-2020/#comment-47231

  195. @Altai
    Also redolent for this post, something from early July of last year.

    https://twitter.com/ryan_a_bell/status/1279568958354526209

    The poster of the clip is some blue tick Marketing Director at Comcast Sport whose twitter banner image is him giving a speech at NATO HQ. His profile picture shows him with his Emmy.

    But isn’t it standard NATO operating procedure to arm ethnic minorities in countries they want to destabilise or regime change?

    Leaving aside how serious guys who feel the need to call themselves the ‘Not Fucking Around Coalition’ are (My guess is not very), it’s striking that a man whose entire existence is about public image, who is the marketing director of a major establishment outfit would feel comfortable posting that commentary, cheering on an ethnic militia and saying he was on their side as if they were.

    Here is an avowed ethnic militia marching through public streets in a display of force and respectable upper middle class people, respectable upper middle class people who are extra sensitive to their public image (Like this guy who is the Marketing Director at Comcast Sport) are publicly cheering them on. This man has probably never said anything that wasn't safe and popular to say among the upper middle classes.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Ron Mexico, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Luzzatto, @Observator

    A bunch of Anti-2nd Amendment White elitist Democrats all of a sudden love big scary looking firearms when it’s Black identitarian groups marching with them on the streets.

    Democrats are NEVER consistent and principled in their political ideology!

  196. @El Dato
    @Ron Mexico

    But marching all over Stone Mountain, whether right OR wrong, WILL show them!!

    Replies: @Luzzatto

    Stone Mountain today is a whopping 75% Black. Those Black ethno-state militia men are not going to find any KKK members in Stone Mountain in 2021, so this is all just LARPing on their part because they know they have the racial demographics on their side in Stone Mountain!

  197. @El Dato
    @Corvinus

    How is the Russian Collusion thing coming?

    Replies: @Corvinus

    It lead to a president to be impeached.

    Now, why don’t you actually address the substance of the links? If you need help to disseminate the information, just ask one of your higher white IQ friends. They are more than willing to show you the ropes on how to engage in textual analysis.

  198. To those who are criticizing Trump supporters, let me tell you of my experience. I have never attended a Trump rally, but my teenage boys have been to 3 of them. They also would attend flag rallies. They grew incredibly attached to the others who belonged to “the club.” We see the same with car rallies, boat rallies, etc. I don’t think my boys really care about political policy. They don’t trust any Democrats, know enough history to not trust any Communists, and are aware enough to not trust most Republicans. None of them will go in to politics. Trump’s existence and ascendance brought them closer to good people and allowed them to see how corrupt our government is at the same time. A win-win that was made possible by Trump.

    • Thanks: Old Prude, Joseph Doaks
  199. @El Dato
    George Lucas clumsily and with a certain lack of skill warned us about this bullshit.

    Replies: @Altai, @Chrisnonymous

    More eloquently, Lord Sumption warns us of the same. He is speaking here about COVID lockdowns, but his larger point about fear and freedom applies to March 4 too…

  200. @Paleo Liberal
    @guest007

    Probably the most intelligent response of the day.

    Replies: @Redman, @Chrisnonymous

    Only if there were credible threats. Nothing in the last 4 years encourages me to believe that the Democrats, the bureaucracy, or the media are being honest.

    I think it’s a toss-up whether there was a threat or this is part of a wider-ranging effort to defame the right and create a case for political purges in the military and federal law enforcement agencies.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Chrisnonymous

    The two are not mutually exclusive.

    Consider the government response to left wing organizations, including the post WWI Red Scare, the early Cold War McCarthy era, and COINTELPRO in the 60s and 70s. In some cases the threat was real. Other times the threat was imagined or even created by government agents. In all cases the government used real and imagined threats to clamp down on leftists, destroy left wing organizations and to boost the careers of agents.

    I heard some horror stories about illegal and completely immoral FBI behavior when I was a kid from some leftists. Even to the point of naming an FBI agent whose conduct was despicable. Everything I heard was confirmed when the COINTELPRO files were captured.

    In other words, there are probably a few would-be Timothy McVeigh types out there. Unfortunately, there are also some future Randy Weavers — peaceful right wingers the government is destined to set up with tragic consequences the same way they set up leftists in the past.

  201. @The Last Real Calvinist
    @peterike


    The crazy part is how many people actually believed there was some kind of threat.

     

    I've seen numerous Wokesters comparing January 6 to 9/11. They're using the date as shorthand for it in just the same way, and also equating the impact these events made, e.g. needing to provide 'counseling' to traumatized children, find 'new ways of speaking about' this unprecedented assault on sacred democracy, etc.

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @Luzzatto

    ‘I’ve seen numerous Wokesters comparing January 6 to 9/11. They’re using the date as shorthand for it in just the same way, and also equating the impact these events made, e.g. needing to provide ‘counseling’ to traumatized children, find ‘new ways of speaking about’ this unprecedented assault on sacred democracy, etc.’

    Isn’t it surreal? In a way, that’s the most alarming aspect of all this; the accelerating collective willingness to engage in gross self-deception. It’s literally like something implausible in a science fiction novel. ‘Nahh. People wouldn’t be THAT crazy…’

    But they can be, apparently. It’s literally happening — and to supposedly educated, informed, intelligent people.

  202. @Joseph Doaks
    @AndrewR

    "Trump may seem stupid and self-centered to those of us with a triple digit IQ, but he appeals to a lot of sheep."

    Trump is certainly self-centered, but stupid? He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1968, when a university degree actually still meant something. He gave a powerful policy speech at CPAC 2021 for 90 minutes uninterrupted --- while the guy who "defeated" him can barely manage a coherent sentence.

    What makes you believe Trump's followers are sheep-like? How would you characterize Biden voters?

    Replies: @AndrewR

    Well, Biden doesn’t have a cult following, for one. No one voted for Biden. They voted against Trump.

    And yes Trump is sharper than Biden, but so are many people at your local nursing home.

    I call Trump stupid because it’s clear he has the attention span of a gnat. His handlers would have to sum up his daily briefings to just a few major points, and even then I don’t think he always paid attention.

    As for his MBA, maybe he’s a business savant, but given his overall track record in business, that’s a dubious claim too. I think he is most skilled at conning and cheating people, which comes naturally to someone of his extreme grandiose narcissism.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @AndrewR

    All of that is true.

    Trump’s biggest talent is self promotion. He is one of the great masters. There are scholars, most notably Robert Cialdini, who study persuasion. Trump read a lot about self promotion and persuasion. He applied what he learned. If there have not already been persuasion books written about Trump’s techniques, there will be soon.

    , @Joseph Doaks
    @AndrewR

    "Well, Biden doesn’t have a cult following, for one. No one voted for Biden. They voted against Trump."

    So the leader of the country should be decided on the same shallow basis of popularity as the king and queen of the high school prom?

    You remind me of an acquaintance who's always telling me what a terrible person Trump is --- never a word about the policies he implemented. 74 million Americans voted for Trump because he is clearly a patriot and on their side. How is that a cult?

    Replies: @AndrewR

  203. @J.Ross
    @Dieter Kief

    That's not petering out, those are people waking up and defying the State. By the way anecdotal reports (but nothing from media) say that Maryland, where the personnel of the federal government actually live, was never really locked down. Florida was crucified in the media for opening beaches even as they covered for Cuomo but apparently Maryland had similar abandon.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief

    It’s now Arizona and West-Virginia too, that cancel or weaken the Lockdown. So – Sweden (and Switzerland) rule, as they should, because their methods work and their economies (and their kids!) are hurt much less than elsewhere. If only Donald Trump had not mocked Sweden for acting crazy as hell… (ok – he had bad advice form Anthony Fauci – that was just another mistake, that he was willing to listen to this incompetent media-shark).

    This blogger has top info about CO-19 in Sweden:

    https://hailtoyou.wordpress.com/2020/11/29/against-the-corona-panic-part-xix-wuhan-corona-vs-previous-flu-waves-sweden-quantified-on-near-final-data-for-2020/#comment-47231

  204. @Chrisnonymous
    @Paleo Liberal

    Only if there were credible threats. Nothing in the last 4 years encourages me to believe that the Democrats, the bureaucracy, or the media are being honest.

    I think it's a toss-up whether there was a threat or this is part of a wider-ranging effort to defame the right and create a case for political purges in the military and federal law enforcement agencies.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    The two are not mutually exclusive.

    Consider the government response to left wing organizations, including the post WWI Red Scare, the early Cold War McCarthy era, and COINTELPRO in the 60s and 70s. In some cases the threat was real. Other times the threat was imagined or even created by government agents. In all cases the government used real and imagined threats to clamp down on leftists, destroy left wing organizations and to boost the careers of agents.

    I heard some horror stories about illegal and completely immoral FBI behavior when I was a kid from some leftists. Even to the point of naming an FBI agent whose conduct was despicable. Everything I heard was confirmed when the COINTELPRO files were captured.

    In other words, there are probably a few would-be Timothy McVeigh types out there. Unfortunately, there are also some future Randy Weavers — peaceful right wingers the government is destined to set up with tragic consequences the same way they set up leftists in the past.

  205. @AndrewR
    @Joseph Doaks

    Well, Biden doesn't have a cult following, for one. No one voted for Biden. They voted against Trump.

    And yes Trump is sharper than Biden, but so are many people at your local nursing home.

    I call Trump stupid because it's clear he has the attention span of a gnat. His handlers would have to sum up his daily briefings to just a few major points, and even then I don't think he always paid attention.

    As for his MBA, maybe he's a business savant, but given his overall track record in business, that's a dubious claim too. I think he is most skilled at conning and cheating people, which comes naturally to someone of his extreme grandiose narcissism.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Joseph Doaks

    All of that is true.

    Trump’s biggest talent is self promotion. He is one of the great masters. There are scholars, most notably Robert Cialdini, who study persuasion. Trump read a lot about self promotion and persuasion. He applied what he learned. If there have not already been persuasion books written about Trump’s techniques, there will be soon.

    • Agree: Dissident
  206. @AndrewR
    @Joseph Doaks

    Well, Biden doesn't have a cult following, for one. No one voted for Biden. They voted against Trump.

    And yes Trump is sharper than Biden, but so are many people at your local nursing home.

    I call Trump stupid because it's clear he has the attention span of a gnat. His handlers would have to sum up his daily briefings to just a few major points, and even then I don't think he always paid attention.

    As for his MBA, maybe he's a business savant, but given his overall track record in business, that's a dubious claim too. I think he is most skilled at conning and cheating people, which comes naturally to someone of his extreme grandiose narcissism.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal, @Joseph Doaks

    “Well, Biden doesn’t have a cult following, for one. No one voted for Biden. They voted against Trump.”

    So the leader of the country should be decided on the same shallow basis of popularity as the king and queen of the high school prom?

    You remind me of an acquaintance who’s always telling me what a terrible person Trump is — never a word about the policies he implemented. 74 million Americans voted for Trump because he is clearly a patriot and on their side. How is that a cult?

    • Agree: Ron Mexico
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Joseph Doaks

    Lol he's only on his own side, cult boy, not yours

  207. @Altai
    Also redolent for this post, something from early July of last year.

    https://twitter.com/ryan_a_bell/status/1279568958354526209

    The poster of the clip is some blue tick Marketing Director at Comcast Sport whose twitter banner image is him giving a speech at NATO HQ. His profile picture shows him with his Emmy.

    But isn’t it standard NATO operating procedure to arm ethnic minorities in countries they want to destabilise or regime change?

    Leaving aside how serious guys who feel the need to call themselves the ‘Not Fucking Around Coalition’ are (My guess is not very), it’s striking that a man whose entire existence is about public image, who is the marketing director of a major establishment outfit would feel comfortable posting that commentary, cheering on an ethnic militia and saying he was on their side as if they were.

    Here is an avowed ethnic militia marching through public streets in a display of force and respectable upper middle class people, respectable upper middle class people who are extra sensitive to their public image (Like this guy who is the Marketing Director at Comcast Sport) are publicly cheering them on. This man has probably never said anything that wasn't safe and popular to say among the upper middle classes.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Ron Mexico, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Luzzatto, @Observator

    Stone Mountain is where the revived Klan held its annual rallies. The United States Mint struck over a million Stone Mountain commemorative Half Dollars in 1925. With Stonewall Jackson and Lee on one side, the coins were produced to help raise funds for the Confederate monument being carved in its side. The Grand Army of the Republic, the U.S. Civil War veterans’ organization, lobbied extensively in 1923 and 1924 to prevent the issuance of coins that honored their former foes.

    • Thanks: Joseph Doaks
  208. @Joseph Doaks
    @AndrewR

    "Well, Biden doesn’t have a cult following, for one. No one voted for Biden. They voted against Trump."

    So the leader of the country should be decided on the same shallow basis of popularity as the king and queen of the high school prom?

    You remind me of an acquaintance who's always telling me what a terrible person Trump is --- never a word about the policies he implemented. 74 million Americans voted for Trump because he is clearly a patriot and on their side. How is that a cult?

    Replies: @AndrewR

    Lol he’s only on his own side, cult boy, not yours

  209. Rob says:
    @Mr. Anon

    The growth of right-wing groups and their ability to infiltrate the U.S. military is unquestionably a significant threat.
     
    "Unquestionably" - as in "don't question this."

    Remember when liberals used to have bumper-stickers on their cars that read "Question Authority". Notice how you don't see those anymore? Much like the old saying "It's a free country" which, likewise, you don't hear anymore.

    They're still claiming that there were "white supremecists" at the Capitol rally. Leave aside the fact that it's a BS term that nobody uses to describe themselves. Any real "white supremecists" (i.e. white nationalists) gave up on Trump within about the first year of his administration. They wouldn't be caught dead waving a Trump flag* let alone would they risk arrest to keep him in office. The idiots in newsrooms wouldn't know that because they don't know anything. The spooks in their alphabet-agency cubicles might know that but they don't care - they're constructing a narrative to justify the Great Clampdown.

    *If there is any better indicator that Trumpism eventually devolved into nothing but a personality cult, it is the "Trump Flag". Since when do citizens of a free, constitutional republic wave banners emblazoned with the name of the Great Leader? It's embarrassing. I've never liked personality cults, but the idea of a personality cult built around a personality as unappealing as that of Donald Trump is simply ridiculous.

    Replies: @anon, @AnotherDad, @Servant of Gla'aki, @Adam Smith, @Paul Mendez, @Rob

    I agree. Trump is a vile human being and total failure from a American POV. There is what, like 40-odd percent of Americans, the white middle and working class, along with a ton of reasonable people in the professional-managerial class who realize minority white America will suck big time. They have not had any political representation since, what, 1965 or so?

    Candidate Trump was literally the only person, there are no patriots in the House, in the Senate, as Presidential candidates, as mayors of large or small cities, on city councils… if you want immigration stopped, the illegals sent home, citizenship stripped from the anchor babies, encouragement of domestic manufacturing… Candidate Trump was the only one who represented your interests.

    Turns out he was lying because he wanted to be President. Probably because presidents are famous and in the news a lot. He can’t tell the difference between positive and negative attention. Blah blah… Trump has multiple personality disorders. I’d put money on him not being a strong reader… according to one of his handlers, he lives in an adderall-benzo haze.

    Point being, let’s say you support America remaining American in 2016, but you don’t like Trump, who do you support instead? There were no other possibilities. There are no other possibilities today, after Candidate Trump proved Americans plus Republicans could win the Senate and Presidency. Republicans got a huge tax cut (one of the thousand cuts that will kill America) and deregulation, but American got basically nothing, temporary discouragement of the Hispanic invasion.

    I think most Trump supporters would drop him in a minute if literally anyone else supported a pro-American agenda.

  210. @The Last Real Calvinist
    @peterike


    The crazy part is how many people actually believed there was some kind of threat.

     

    I've seen numerous Wokesters comparing January 6 to 9/11. They're using the date as shorthand for it in just the same way, and also equating the impact these events made, e.g. needing to provide 'counseling' to traumatized children, find 'new ways of speaking about' this unprecedented assault on sacred democracy, etc.

    Replies: @Colin Wright, @Luzzatto

    January 6, 2021 was not even anywhere near as violent in the body count department as a typical average week in Baltimore and Chicago for example, let alone anywhere near the same league as 9/11 in terms of the number of dead people.

    What a bunch of Clown World Democrats!

  211. “Consent of the governed” is a phrase worth thinking about.

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