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  1. 216 says:

    When she’s off script, she does get smoked like this.

    But the “libs owned” style isn’t going to dissuade her core base of alienated/indebted young women.

    If people don’t live in her district, don’t bother criticizing her. You’re probably white, and she just plays the victim.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Hearts on Fire
  2. bgates says:

    Makes sense. Your kid is hungry, so you try to get him some bread by breaking into Macys. When to your surprise it turns out Macys doesn’t sell bread, you get so frustrated you tackle the next 92 year old white woman you see.

  3. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,

    Would you be so kind as to construct a decision tree for that superb analysis?

    Thank you.

    • LOL: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Forbes
  4. I don’t see how one can seriously dislike AOC apart from pure tribal reasons. She looks out for her tribe. If every white politician was as racially and tribally awake as AOC was, we’d live in a better world. She knows that this gravy train is coming to end real soon, and if some jewish businesses along Roosevelt Boulevard need to get looted, so be it!

    When will us whites figure out that we need to do the same?

  5. Spud Boy says:

    She may be correct in saying that the NYPD has not been defunded yet.

    What they have in fact been, is demonized, demoralized and dehumanized by AOC, the Left, NY’s political leaders, and their accomplices in the media, so the police are responding as one would expect: They are standing down.

    (I used to think AOC was kind of hot, but she does not look good at all in this video. She looks like a little bug-eyed chihuahua.)

  6. Dan Hayes says:

    The financial wisdom and insights of the future Treasury Secretary and/or Federal Reserve Chairperson in the forthcoming Biden Administration!

    • LOL: Hibernian
  7. Farenheit says:

    Kakocracy is about giving the voters what they want, good and hard!

  8. It’s going to be so much fun having the nation led by people who have approximately no knowledge of the world whatsoever. But they’ve watched lots of TV. Some, in bars.

  9. jon says:

    So I guess this is how the whole thing goes down: 1. pandemic hits and deadbeat dad finally mans up and decides he needs to start taking care of all his babies and baby mommas, 2. deadbeat dad goes to the riot to get a loaf of bread, but all he can find are big screen TV’s and sneakers (in his size), 3. deadbeat dad is so distraught/insecure over the food desert that the riots have become that he burns some shit down on his way home, 4. gun violence is visited upon his and other black bodies.
    She solved it, all the experts were puzzled, but AOC figured it out.

    • LOL: Kratoklastes
  10. vinteuil says:

    Great catch. Those looters carrying off sneakers & tv monitors? the Jean Valjean’s of our time!

    I’ve never actually heard AOC talk, before. She’s, what, thirty years old? – but she speaks (& thinks) as if she were thirteen.

  11. Is there any data on what percentage of shoplifting or robberies is of staples like foodstuffs? It must be vanishingly small. I stopped watching the Ex-Muslims podcast on BLM when the more leftist one repeated this same BS about people stealing to eat.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    , @Forbes
  12. Her logic is impeccable.

    There was at least one bakery that that was attacked in Cleveland, but for the most part bakeries were not prime targets of the undernourished mobs. The passive aggressive nature of many of the citizen journalists is appalling.

    • Replies: @donut
  13. Poverty, for the most part in America, means not having what you want and not what you need. Driving on the I-90 through Cleveland you will see the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s new building that resembles a major super market chain’s distribution warehouse. I attended a charity event at the Chicago food bank and was stunned to see a shining building with a multistory glass attrium. Poverty, is the drivg force for hundreds of NGOs and “non-profits” that pay six figure salaries and beau coup benefits to those in the community that run them. AOC is not that dim to not realize this. She is preaching to the choir.

  14. wren says:

  15. Anon7 says:

    Okay, fair enough, Congresswoman Cortez, let’s see, bread thieves…

    No bread thieves in that one, but there’s more:

    Nope, no bread thieves there. No feeding a child. Gunning down a child, yes, feeding, not so much.

  16. The word that comes to mind when listening to that creature is “vacant”.

    • Agree: donut
  17. JimDandy says:

    The increase in mass shootings since the riots started is all about good-hearted fathers merely wanting a crust of bread for their starving babes back at home.

  18. Anonymous[334] • Disclaimer says:

    Bigly, if true

  19. “All these people who have been found to have kind of committed a crime…..”.

    She sure does have a way with both language and logic.

  20. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:

    From “I like to be in America” to “We’re all living in Puerto Rico.”

    White America used to patronize brown mixed-race Puerto Rico as a puny colony.

    Who would have thought PR would serve as the template for US itself?

    It’s somewhat fitting that HAMILTON is the new craze. How things changed from WEST SIDE STORY. From Jewish-Homo imagining of colorful Puerto Ricans to Puerto Rican imagining the US as mulatto-land. Not only imagining future Americans as brown but retro-imagining white founders as mulattos and Negroes.

    • Thanks: Almost Missouri
  21. Ocasio Cortez is pathetic, did the US government not give people a $1200 stimulus check recently? this whole blaming crime on poverty is getting tiring, in the UK we have plenty of poverty here in cities like Sunderland and Leeds but we have not seen a big increase in crime, people need to stop using poverty as an excuse for crime, America currently has a generous welfare state.

    • Replies: @Forbes
  22. Anonymous[222] • Disclaimer says:

    To be fair, bread has a low exchange value. So it makes more sense to shoplift items with a high exchange value, like TVs and expensive watches and sneakers, and then to acquire bread indirectly via exchange.

    A single Rolex has the equivalent exchange value of thousands of loaves of bread. A Rolex is also much more compact and easy to carry and transport. It’s much more difficult to shoplift thousands of loaves of bread, and you also have to store and preserve the bread somehow. Better to shoplift a Rolex, exchange it on the market for cash, then use the cash to purchase bread over time as needed.

    • Replies: @Ponce Faggy
    , @Buffalo Joe
  23. OT: The Trump administration told Minneapolis to go pound sand after it asked for federal $ to help rebuild riot damage.

    https://www.startribune.com/feds-deny-walz-s-request-for-aid-to-rebuild-after-riots/571715162/

    • Agree: Kronos
  24. Some quick searching for info on stealing food didn’t turn up anything conclusive. Looks like it may happen more than I thought, but I also note Wikipedia says cigarettes, instant coffee, and steak are most frequently shoplifted. Also, I suspect cases like the following are common in which this woman shoplifted NOT because she had to but because she was too proud to ask for help from the large number of public and private social assistance programs. (I also thought this was a nice police story from Minnesota–I suspect there won’t be many instances like this in coming months.)

    …woman caught shoplifting for holiday meal, surprised with groceries from Woodbury police officer

  25. usNthem says:

    Punishment for various crimes in the old days were pretty rough and draconian by our soyboy standards – time to bring them back.

    • Agree: Kyle
  26. @Buffalo Joe

    Sounds like the Central Texas Food Bank in Austin, which cost $25 million to build. See pictures at the link.

    Total support and revenue for the CTFB in the last financial year was $93,208,419.

    Derrick Chubbs, CTFB President and Chief Executive Officer, earns $213,828 per annum.

    Ron Hubbard is alleged to have once said, “You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.” And in the 1930s, George Orwell wrote he “always thought there might be a lot of cash in starting a new religion.”

    But if you really want to make money today you’d be far better off starting an NGO for a non-existent social problem.

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
  27. @vinteuil

    Most people have more insight at 13 than they do at 30. ZOG hasn’t ramped up the programming yet.

  28. @vinteuil

    She’s, what, thirty years old? – but she speaks (& thinks) as if she were thirteen.

    Isn’t rule by hysterical teenage females absolutely lit?

    • LOL: Bubba
  29. @JohnnyWalker123

    Ravi posts on the NYP

    Ultimately, I don’t want to be treated as “Rav, the brown-skinned boy”

    https://nypost.com/2020/07/11/the-fallacy-of-white-privilege-and-how-its-corroding-society/

    Since he’s authentic POC he can say this without too much fear of cancellation.

    Also, he’s 19 years old.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    , @JohnnyWalker123
  30. And with that fine display, the spread between Trump and Biden is down 1%. Maybe it’s a good time to bet on Trump winning in November, before the bookies make him the favorite again.

  31. BB753 says:

    So we’ve moved on from “I can’t breathe! ” to “I can’t eat!”? Those poor hungry mobs! And to to think I mistook their hungriness with angriness!
    I feel ashamed for lacking the empathy of this proud and wise Latina!

    • Replies: @Pericles
  32. njguy73 says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Yes, poverty is about not having what you want.

    And what do poor people want?

    The right to live apart from other poor people.

  33. JimB says:
    @vinteuil

    I’ve never actually heard AOC talk, before. She’s, what, thirty years old? – but she speaks (& thinks) as if she were thirteen.

    Here’s you answer.
    https://vdare.com/posts/puerto-rico-and-iq-same-as-it-ever-was

    Even if she is two standard deviations above average, that puts her IQ at 116, which would have disqualified her from studying science at a four year college in the not too distant past. She probably fails to grasp the scientific method, so like so many of the illiterati in the Media/DNC complex, her head is filled with passionate speculation and wishful thinking grounded in zero evidence. Having said that, I doubt her IQ is 116. AOC’s cranium looks very small for a person of her stature. I suspect she has mild microcephaly.

  34. Ano says:

    AOC captures the uptick in crime in NYC on her phone.

    Warning! Video is graphic.

  35. You never hear about a “downtick”, do you? Aren’t these Wall Street terms?

    AOC is a one-woman argument for Puerto Rican independence. Our independence from them, that is.

    • Agree: Bubba, Juckett
  36. Guys,dammit, Lil Marlo has been shot. I’m afraid…I’m afraid he didn’t make it.
    His friend and fellow Atlanta rapper,Lil Yachty broke the news.
    RIP,Lil Marlo. You’re rapping to Jesus now,on a harp.
    Think I’ll listen to some “Fuck Em,” my fave Marlo track.

    • LOL: bruce county
    • Replies: @Dennis Dale
  37. Kyle says:

    If isteve had a million page visits last month it stands to reason that one of these visitors has been hospitalized or has died from covid 19. I live in flyover country; the people I work with would keep coming into work even if they had their leg amputated. And they wouldn’t go to the doctor unless they were really sick. I don’t know anyone who’s had covid 19 or who’s died from it, but I must be an outlier. The only person I’ve known who tested positive is my 93 yo grampa. But I’m starting to doubt the official story, he never got sick. He should have been hit hard by the virus.
    I want to know how many isteve commenters have tested positive for the virus, and if there have been any hospitalizations. Or deaths if that’s even possible to ascertain.
    Has everybody lost interest in it? It’s all Twitter is talking about.

  38. syonredux says:

    AOC on increased NYC crime: “Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent & are scared to pay their rent & so they go out & they need to feed their child & they don’t have money so… they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry.”

    Dunno…..

    During the seventies and eighties, scarcely any newspaper story about rising crime failed to mention that it was strongly linked to unemployment and poverty. The argument was straightforward: if less legitimate work was available, more illegal work would take place. Certain scholars agreed. Economist Gary Becker of the University of Chicago, a Nobel laureate, developed a powerful theory that crime was rational—that a person will commit crime if the expected utility exceeds that of using his time and other resources in pursuit of alternative activities, such as leisure or legitimate work. Observation may appear to bear this theory out; after all, neighborhoods with elevated crime rates tend to be those where poverty and unemployment are high as well.

    But the notion that unemployment causes crime runs into some obvious difficulties. For one thing, the 1960s, a period of rising crime, had essentially the same unemployment rate as the late 1990s and early 2000s, a period when crime fell. Further, during the Great Depression, when unemployment hit 25 percent, the crime rate in many cities went down. (True, national crime statistics weren’t very useful back in the 1930s, but studies of local police records and individual citizens by scholars such as Glen Elder have generally found reduced crime, too.)

    Crime and the Great Recession
    Jobs have fled, lawbreaking hasn’t risen—and criminologists are scratching their heads.
    James Q. Wilson

    https://www.city-journal.org/html/crime-and-great-recession-13399.html#:~:text=Further%2C%20during%20the%20Great%20Depression,in%20many%20cities%20went%20down.&text=For%202009%2C%20the%20FBI%20reported,rate%20from%20the%20previous%20year.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  39. She thinks she’s a goddess.
    She says she talks to the spirits.
    I wonder if she can talk to herself,
    If she can bear to hear it!
    — Sonic Youth

    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
  40. @vinteuil

    Remember, Jean Valjean was sent to prison for stealing a loaf of bread….. to buy crack with.

    • Agree: Kronos
  41. J1234 says:

    “Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent & are scared to pay their rent & so they go out & they need to feed their child & they don’t have money so… they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry.”

    She’s the Sarah Palin of the left, but because the right likes Sarah so much, they never make the comparison. Actually, Sarah is much smarter than AOC, as she has weathered a very hostile news media in a way that AOC never could.

    BTW, I never seem to come up with meaningful societal insights until I watch Dirty Harry.

  42. Kronos says:

    From all the riots across the county, none have appeared to be severe food shortage related.

    I recall this scene from “The Running Man” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. (A film that also captured the perils of media manipulation.)

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
  43. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:

    I suppose that shows that AOC has no idea how much ammo and illegal guns cost.

  44. syonredux says:

    Speaking of revolutions,I’be been browsing through Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. I wonder if AOC has ever read it. If not, she might find this passage educational….

    But, he was not far off, for presently she heard a troubled movement and a shouting coming along, which filled her with fear. A moment afterwards, and a throng of people came pouring round the corner by the prison wall, in the midst of whom was the wood-sawyer hand in hand with The Vengeance. There could not be fewer than five hundred people, and they were dancing like five thousand demons. There was no other music than their own singing. They danced to the popular Revolution song, keeping a ferocious time that was like a gnashing of teeth in unison. Men and women danced together, women danced together, men danced together, as hazard had brought them together. At first, they were a mere storm of coarse red caps and coarse woollen rags; but, as they filled the place, and stopped to dance about Lucie, some ghastly apparition of a dance-figure gone raving mad arose among them. They advanced, retreated, struck at one another’s hands, clutched at one another’s heads, spun round alone, caught one another and spun round in pairs, until many of them dropped. While those were down, the rest linked hand in hand, and all spun round together: then the ring broke, and in separate rings of two and four they turned and turned until they all stopped at once, began again, struck, clutched, and tore, and then reversed the spin, and all spun round another way. Suddenly they stopped again, paused, struck out the time afresh, formed into lines the width of the public way, and, with their heads low down and their hands high up, swooped screaming off. No fight could have been half so terrible as this dance. It was so emphatically a fallen sport—a something, once innocent, delivered over to all devilry—a healthy pastime changed into a means of angering the blood, bewildering the senses, and steeling the heart. Such grace as was visible in it, made it the uglier, showing how warped and perverted all things good by nature were become. The maidenly bosom bared to this, the pretty almost-child’s head thus distracted, the delicate foot mincing in this slough of blood and dirt, were types of the disjointed time.

    Book 3, Chapter 5

  45. Mycale says:

    It’s not a great feeling to realize that one of the most powerful and famous politicians in the United States has thoughts on crime identical to a Simpsons joke from 30 years ago.

    • LOL: Charon
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  46. AOC is adorable.

    I love her doe-eyed, pre-Stalinist-Purges stupidity straight out of the mouth of some breathless commie reporter surveying the freshly-birthed Soviet Union in the 1920s. She is a perfect air-headed, true-believing mouthpiece for them.

    Yes, she’s donkey-faced and crazy-eyed, but she’s adorably dim-witted and historically ignorant. She’s lucky she has the gift of youth and not-being-fat and having somewhat (for a politician) attractive features.; once those fade, her usefulness to the party will likely come to an end. If she wants to keep going, she needs to be told that doddering air-headed commie talk from unattractive people is only tolerated in black crazies in Congress.

    No wonder Trump has made AOC (and the other three members of the Squad) one of the faces of his opposition. Easy on the eyes (grading on a political curve, mind you), utterly stupid and vapid, and clearly nagging, she makes it an easy choice for Trump over her.

    She’s Hispanic Communist Politician Barbie.

  47. Woodsie says:

    Maybe… there’s a criminal class emboldened by the anti-police rhetoric, empowered by the shutdown that provides them with even more customers for drugs (idled by the closing of businesses and flush with Trump Bucks), and encouraged in the knowledge that should they be caught they will immediately be released without bail or even a bail hearing. Most significantly, the ending of stop and frisk has returned handguns to the streets. For two decades the threat of stop and frisk has led low-lifes, thugs, and gang-bangers to leave their guns at home, but now every two-bit hoodlum is strapped and ready to bust a cap in your ass.

  48. @syonredux

    Speaking of revolutions,I’be been browsing through Dickens

    Lawsy, you’be mo’ revolutional than you was thinkin, even.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  49. @Kronos

    The Running Man is rightfully lauded, although I don’t think repeated enough on TV compared to Arnold’s other great films (e.g. Terminator, Total Recall, Conan, T2, Commando, Predator, Kindergarten Cop). I remember watching it for the first time just a few years ago and was blown away at just how prescient it seemed to be and how well done it was, despite it being, well, Arnold, and the whole story was supposed to be deliberately farcical. Jerry Springer meets modern reality TV meets Faces of Death.

    Comparisons to Escape from New York are apt.

    N.B.: in a noticeable number of Arnold’s big movies, he was paired with a Hispanic female love interest (Total Recall, Running Man, Predator (although its only implied in the latter)). This was during a time when Hispanic female love interests in blockbuster/action movies wasn’t that common (still isn’t today). At first I thought it was just early diversity-pushing by Hollywood, but given what we now know about Arnold and his Mexican maid love child, the question must be asked: does Arnold just have better chemistry with Hispanic women? Or did he just pick his co-stars so he could screw them, and preferred Hispanic ones?

    • Replies: @Kronos
    , @Bardon Kaldian
  50. Anonymous[195] • Disclaimer says:

  51. @Mr McKenna

    Historical ignorance is everywhere, it seems.

    “The claim: Trump campaign shirts feature imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol,” USA Today tweeted on Saturday. “Our ruling: true.”

    The claim: Trump campaign shirts feature imperial eagle, a Nazi symbol
    Our ruling: True https://t.co/3eCiYdgQvK
    — USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 12, 2020

    [MORE]

    USA Today appeared to walk back their “fact check” in a “correction” on Sunday, noting that the eagle is a “longtime US symbol,” as well as a motif used by the Nazis, but confirming as “true” the “fact” that the Trump campaign has been accused of using a Nazi symbol.

    Clarification: The claim that Trump 2020 has put out a T-shirt with a symbol similar to a Nazi eagle and is being criticized for it is true. Worth noting, the eagle is a longtime US symbol, too.
    — USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 12, 2020

    These people honestly believe they are your superiors, and they’ll prove it somehow..

    The accusations of the Trump campaign using Nazi imagery on the shirt were started by Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, a political advocacy group for “progressive Jews” that has accused Trump of using Nazi iconography in the past, and the Lincoln Project, a staunchly anti-Trump group made up of ‘never Trump’ Republicans such as George Conway.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/494550-usa-today-trump-t-shirt-imperial-eagle/

    • Replies: @Pericles
    , @Kratoklastes
    , @Anon
    , @Tex
  52. If only we had a program to help poor people buy food!

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
    , @PSR
  53. vinteuil says:
    @syonredux

    Charles Dickens got a lot of grief from later generations of British writers (think Oscar Wilde being bitchy about the death of Little Nell, or Evelyn Waugh’s “The Man Who Liked Dickens”) – but it’s not without reason that everybody pretty much agrees that he was the greatest of all English novelists.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    • Disagree: Kyle
  54. @AnotherDad

    You’re, like, a visionary!

  55. @Kyle

    I personally know no one diagnosed with COVID among my extended family or work acquaintances, who are spread across flyover country and NYC, and there happened to be an extended family member in Northern Italy and one in China when the first wave hit. Still, zero diagnoses, even with people in the three hottest of global hotspots when they were the hottest of hotspots.

    There is also an extended family member who is a doctor, whose practice is open and who is seeing and consulting with patients. I was talking with him about epidemiology just now, and I asked him how many of his patients have been diagnosed with COVID? His answer: one, just this week, an elderly patient. Me: “Oh, so is he hospitalized or dead?” MD: “No, he’s fine, he just tested positive for the antibodies, probably had mild case a couple of months ago. Strangely, his wife never got it from him, though they live together.”

    Lest I react to these facts with any skepticism about the pandemic, he quickly retailed this story that is making the rounds as a micro-morality play among anti-floomers, notwithstanding it’s complete absence of verifiable facts: http://archive.is/hVFsB

    Four months ago when the virus hysteria was building, he casually asserted “masks don’t work”, but now is all about the masks. He hasn’t clarified his former professional advice to the contrary, and I decided not to ask him about it.

    If isteve had a million page visits last month it stands to reason that one of these visitors has been hospitalized or has died from covid 19.

    If any of them have died from it, I don’t know how they could comment on it here. I do know that one of the commenters I follow more closely, Twinkie, lost a friend to the virus, so there are serious cases out there.

    • Replies: @Alexander Turok
    , @Hhsiii
  56. @Kyle

    I have not known anyone who has had this variety of the flu or has tested positive for it. A worker at my mother in law’s nursing home did test positive, but as of last week, all “residents” had tested negative.

    A county to the south did have a major outbreak in a nursing home. A state prison close by had a major outbreak.

    When they announce state deaths, they have been dribbling in by 3’s and 4’s. They are always “an 85 year old woman, a 97 year old man, and a 74 year old man” People who may not have lived out the year even without C-19.

  57. Thirdtwin says:
    @Kyle

    The bass player in my band got it. He’s in his fifties, a smoker, and drives a bulldozer at the landfill. He was quarantined for two weeks, and said the covid was no big deal. That’s the only person I know.

    We’re going to have to wear masks forever, though. The implicit deal is that electing Biden will make the masks go away, but they won’t. There will be some New Swine Flu coming along if we get restless, but the masks are now a permanent part of public life. Sucks, don’t it? I guess that’s why the Mark of the Beast will be on foreheads. And look how fast we went to a cashless society. They are really getting some mileage out of the covid.

    • Replies: @Servant of Gla'aki
    , @Kyle
  58. Anonymous[166] • Disclaimer says:

    She really does talk like a Sophomore High School Debate Team Member.

  59. Peterike says:

    She needs to lower the camera angle so we can all enjoy her best assets.

  60. syonredux says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Speaking of revolutions,I’be been browsing through Dickens

    Lawsy, you’be mo’ revolutional than you was thinkin, even.

    Why is the v right next to the b on keyboard? Well, I’ve had worse typos….

  61. @J1234

    BTW, I never seem to come up with meaningful societal insights until I watch Dirty Harry.

    “Death Wish” with Charles Bronson is also instructive.

  62. 12 year old boy from poor area arrested for punching up by making racist comments towards multi-millionaire football star on social media.

    And no, the BBC don’t think this is odd, but instead they quote a bunch of powerful institutions saying how terrible the boy is.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/53381586

    The messages included a photo of a Ku Klux Klan meeting and threats telling Zaha he “better not score” or that the sender would “come to your house dressed as a ghost.”

    Yes, the 12 year old should have his computer time cut and possibly be sent to bed without dinner, but it is pretty surreal that he is a national media hate figure and has been arrested.

    https://www.insider.com/black-soccer-player-tweets-racist-messages-2020-7

    Though not as funny as the Burnley Captain who said “I’m ashamed and embarrassed,” Mee said after his side’s 5-0 defeat. “It’s not what we are about at all.”

    …he wasn’t referring to the defeat, but tothe fact that a “White Lives Matter” banner was flown over the stadium by a fan…

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  63. @J1234

    I’d say she’s a bit smarter than Palin. Palin would be a fitting successor to Trump, with people projecting “nationalist” views onto her despite the fact that her entire career has been nothing but Conservatism Inc cliches, because she’s a dumb prole just like them. It’s great for *snarky patrician voice* Our Republic that she lacks much interest in politics beyond the opportunity to sell books.

    The belief that a recession is going to cause a crime wave is a good predictor of relatively low intelligence. Paul Krugman might proclaim that he believes that crime is caused by poverty, but is smart enough that he didn’t predict a crime wave after the housing bubble burst. We’ve been hearing for months that the lockdowns are gonna lead to this massive increase in crime from the morans in this comment section. Part and parcel of the movement of stupid people and stupid ideas from the Left to the Right. I wrote about it here:

    https://alexanderturok.wordpress.com/2020/07/08/march-of-the-clevons/

  64. @Almost Missouri

    Four months ago when the virus hysteria was building, he casually asserted “masks don’t work”, but now is all about the masks. He hasn’t clarified his former professional advice to the contrary, and I decided not to ask him about it.

    He might explain how the scientific method works, how you update your beliefs when confronted by new evidence instead of dogmatically clinging to what you’ve said in the past. But it would probably go in one ear and out the other.

  65. JimB says:
    @R.G. Camara

    She’s Hispanic Communist Politician Barbie.

    AOC is a dog-faced pony soldier.

    • LOL: R.G. Camara
  66. Lurker says:

    She wields Occam’s Rubber Spork with aplomb!

    • Agree: Old Prude
  67. Thomas says:

    When anyone points out the more empirically valid factors correlated with or related to crime, leftists either scream “racist!” or lapse into chin-stroking gobbledygook about the “causes of crime being complex.” Yet the “Jean Valjean” hypothesis, no matter how much it’s been busted, even by leftist academics, keeps getting sold. Of course, that’s because it’s a handy excuse for what the left always wants: “Gibsmedat!”

    • Agree: Jack Armstrong
  68. AOC Logic:

    “The current police budget hasn’t prevented an increase in crime . . . therefore we must cut the police budget.”

    “People are only committing crimes because they want to take the stuff that their victims have . . . therefore we must cut the police budget.”

    I think AOC learned debate from watching that Cher Horowitz clip from Clueless that Steve posted.

    P.S., I would pay to see a debate between AOC and Joe Biden on anything. They are both train wrecks, but in totally different ways.

  69. @Kyle

    If iSteve had a million page visits last month

    If even half that many took it upon themselves to be heard, they could move a mountain. Well, politics is the art of the possible, and often involves a bitter pill or two. The colossal debt overhang we’re intensifying daily is a major concern, but right now losing the Senate is an even greater one. Because the one-party state that would result is every nightmare come true.

    For this reason, I’m here sharing sample text to make it easier for you to email your GOP senator, if you have one. If not, perhaps claim temporary residency in a neighboring state 😉

    Greetings Senator [insert name] & Staff: You know more than I do about the Democrats’ plans if they re-take the Senate in November. You also know that some of their changes will reduce the GOP to a minority party forever. Examples being terminating the Filibuster and the Electoral College; Adding two new states; Supreme Court expansion, etc.

    The President is challenging the Affordable Care Act right in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. The Senate Republicans are trying to play ‘Adults in the Room’ with respect to the new iteration of the stimulus/unemployment bill. But there’s an election just a few months away and though I love the idea of fiscal probity if the GOP loses the Senate it’s all over forever. The GOP should do whatever is necessary to maintain control of the Senate.

    The last thing I want to see is for tax money to be wasted. Correction, that’s the next-to-last thing. The very last thing is for our two-party system (with all its faults) to be replaced by a one-party system. That’s what we’re gambling with here.

    Please step up to the plate and permit the GOP to be seen as fighting for the common man and woman in our nation. Thanks–[signed]

    Edit however you see fit, of course. But take a minute to send a note.

    The GOP already has the ‘fiscal probity’ votes in the pocket. They need Joe and Jane Six-Pack on their side. Just enough of them to win.

    https://www.senate.gov/senators/How_to_correspond_senators.htm

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
    • Thanks: Paul Jolliffe
  70. Charlotte says:
    @Kyle

    I’m also in flyover country. So far, the parent of a co-coworker and a friendly acquaintance of mine have had it. Both avoided hospitalization, but were pretty sick for weeks. This was back in March and April when people seemed to be getting sicker from it than they are now. Most of the Covid deaths in my immediate area (there aren’t many) took place in March or April, too.

  71. @vinteuil

    Sure, murder is up 40% But how much has of that is baguette-related?

    I am surprised she didn’t tell the poor people to just eat (someone else’s) cake.

  72. theMann says:
    @Kyle

    “I want to know how many isteve commenters have tested positive for the virus”.

    What were the questions I posed back in April?

    1. Have you been sick?
    2. Do you know anybody who has been sick?
    3. Do you know anybody whose word you trust, that they know anybody who has been sick?

    Yep, those were the questions.

    I have an acquaintance of hundreds, I don’t know a single person who has been sick ( with SARS, the alleged Covid-19). My friend, a stock-broker, knows a couple of thousand people by name, he knows of five cases, all over 70. I do know a work acquaintance who went to the hospital for something or other, was told she would have to have a Covid-19 test first, refused, went home, and was reported as having Covid-19.

    It is simply impossible at this point to slice through the corruption of the Medical “Professionals”. I don’t want to minimize that SARS is a nasty flu, but the corona virus part of Covid-19 is nonsense -anybody who has had a cold in the last 10 years will produce sufficient antibodies to trip a positive test. Kind of the point, the Medical “Professionals” can just keep escalating the number of positive test results for so long as they can increase the number of tests given. Nice racket, huh? Of course, this was after deliberately exposing all those people in old folks home to the SARS virus. Not to mention their other nice racket – shut all the hospitals for four months, and when they finally reopen, scream about how overwhelmed they are.

    But the important thing is, don’t believe the evidence of your own eyes, because the Media would never, ever, lie to you.

  73. @Buffalo Joe

    Not to mention that the main health problem faced by the starving masses is that they are morbidly obese.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  74. Would it be too much to ask politicians to learn some basic facts about policy issues before bloviating about them? From The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America:

    CRIME AND ECONOMICS

    What are the reasons for the divergence between socioeconomic disadvantage and crime? The first point to be emphasized is that violent crime—murder/manslaughter, aggravated assault, rape, and robbery—is not, by and large, motivated by economic issues. Murder and its junior partner, assault, are in the main precipitated by anger, sexual jealousy, perceived insults and threats, long-standing personal quarrels, and similar issues, frequently facilitated by alcohol or some other disinhibiting substance. The most important exception to the above occurs when murder and assault are used to intimidate or eliminate rivals in organized crime. While these latter crimes are motivated by by economic interests, these interests do not reflect short-term personal economic needs but, rather, conflict over market share or the future interests of a criminal organization.

    As for rape of females, one can debate whether the motivation is sexual gratification or the desire for power over women, but in neither case is the driver pecuniary or material gain.9 Robbery is unique among violent crimes because of the perpetrator’s mixed motives: financial gain and the desire to frighten or injure the victim. Force, or threat of force, is essential to the offense, and some robbers gain satisfaction from inflicting pain or injury, especially on a social competitor, such as a member of a rival gang or competing ethnic/racial group. There are, after all, less confrontational ways than robbery to obtain valuables, such as burglary or larceny. At least some of the time, therefore, robbery, like all other violent crimes, is motivated by noneconomic considerations.

    Given the overwhelmingly nonpecuniary motivation for violent crime, we would expect that its rates, as opposed to those of property crime, would not be affected by general societal economic conditions. This is borne out by the history of crime. Downturns or improvements in the national economy have had little impact on violent crime. Violent crime soared during periods of great prosperity, such as in the 1920s and the late 1960s, and declined during recessions, such as in the late 1930s and after 2007. Property crimes, by contrast, have been much more sensitive to the state of the economy, although even this relationship may be more complicated than ordinarily thought.10

    [My emphasis]

    • Thanks: notsaying
  75. @Hypnotoad666

    Not to mention that the main health problem faced by the starving masses is that they are morbidly obese.

    When you Google-Image the term morbidly obese, you get a shocking lack of racial diversity. Somehow, though, calls for balance will not be forthcoming.

  76. Hhsiii says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Same with me. I have the antibodies. Extremely mild systems in March. Live in NYC, was taking subway. Otherwise fine. Wife never got it.

    My niece and her boyfriend, same. He got it, she never did. They live together. He’s fine.

    No one else I know got it. My wife’s boss got it but he’s fine. Another colleague of hers, his secretary got it and died; she was diabetic.

    • Replies: @Ben Kurtz
  77. @JohnnyWalker123

    A lot of Jews on Twitter trying to pull the victim card, unwittingly end up doing “109 countries/expulsions/exoduses” Streisand Effect poasting: “Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires! Germany! Iraq! Tunisia! Uh, New Hampshire!”

    Tariq Nasheed knows not to go too far, brutha don’t wanna get Spike Lee’d:

  78. Anon[166] • Disclaimer says:
    @vinteuil

    People with Histronic Personality Disorder like AOC are emotionally stunted by definition. If they were grown up, they wouldn’t have the disorder. She deliberately tries to get attention with stupid remarks. She thinks anything she says is good, as long as it gives her the attention she craves. She doesn’t care about anything else except for getting attention. If you understand that, you’ll know what makes her tick. Congress has plenty of other members, but they don’t shoot off their mouths 24/7 the way AOC does. She’s very conniving and works very hard at making people fuss about her, because that’s what she wants. All attention is good to a Histronic, even negative attention.

    • Agree: Jane Plain
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  79. @Jenner Ickham Errican

  80. @vinteuil

    I love the contrast between the teen sounding little girl voice and the attempt to speak as if she were a professorial authority figure with her ” Let me make something super clear”, “But let’s back up”, and the “Well, let’s think about it” comments. The fact that the Marxist mayor is going to gut the police and the fact that Bill de Castro has made it clear he hates the NYPD has nothing to do with the increase in crime, NOTHING! I TELL YOU! Why, their budget hasn’t even been cut yet! As if the fact that it is going to be cut by a billion dollars and the fact that the mayor is clear he is going to replace them with social workers should have no effect, NO EFFECT! whatsoever, what a complete moron.

  81. Escher says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Talk about an ungrateful bunch of wretches.

  82. @JohnnyWalker123

    Likely not a single one of which ever happened.

    Oh, except for the kooky pastor. She might have asked for that. This is the strong independent woman who ran home crying after a roast because the boys were mean to her.

    As a professional comedian she had no idea people said mean things at roasts. Even though she’d taken part in a dozen of them.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    , @Jack D
  83. @vinteuil

    Dickens wrote for the emerging, large British middle class of his time using a serialized style of novel writing. He wrote for the ordinary man who just wanted a good story to read after a long day at the office with a little art in it, but also a cliffhanger to keep him coming back week after week, and Dickens delivered.

    Wilde and Waugh were more snobs writing for more select audiences of fellow snobs, and whose style and times allowed them to release complete works all at once. Their rhythms could afford be different than Dickens in writing, and so it was easy to lampoon him from their high horses.

    Dickens was also very likely a man who really wanted to write plays (most of his novels very easily lend themselves to the stage and movies, notably A Christmas Carol, but also Oliver Twist David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations) but who figured serialized novels were a better bet for his career; IIRC he would often read his novels aloud at speaking engagements and perform voices for all his characters. So his books sometimes were like plays shoved into a novel format, which can make somethings seem a little forced.

    Similarly, Mark Twain snippily went after the deceased James Fenimore Cooper for his Leatherstocking Tales. It was the proto-SJW Twain going after a dead legend and cherry picking parts to attack him and his style, which was of a previous era. Imagine some writer today (2020) going after a popular novelist who died in 1980 and whose best novels were from 1970-1975, and the attacks were all criticizing the old author for writing in impenetrable outdated slang and obsession with communism and hippies and Vietnam and picked out a few egregious bad passages to harp on. We’d likely say the 2020 writer was a modern turd trying to build his reputation by tearing down the more popular dead guy, so as to make the 2020 writer’s work seem “superior.”

    That’s who Twain was.

  84. @JohnnyWalker123

    I think she’s making all of that up with the possible exception of the pennies on the bus part. Maybe that happened once.

    Her dad getting the **** kicked out of him not once, not twice, but every single day at school.

    Pastors calling for her death.

    Sure.

    Can I call her lies “blood libels”?

  85. Ben Kurtz says:
    @Hhsiii

    An elderly relative of mine (in her nineties) died of Covid-19 a number of weeks back. Her son got it by visiting her during her last illness and gave it to his wife, but they are both in excellent shape for their age and had mild cases. Another relative in another branch of the family, around age 70, had a bad case but survived. My entire nuclear family had moderate cases but we made full recoveries.

    This thing is real and it’s nasty, but it’s not a civilization-busting by very very long shot unless we wish to make it so. The geography of it has also been very uneven. Despite all the current news media lies about how Florida has finally become an Awful Covid Hellhole, the per capita mortality rate there is still an order of magnitude better than New York’s for this year.

    I said at the time and I still maintain that Covid is in many ways Democrat Disease. It hit places like NYC and Chicago the worst; hit Democrat-voting demographic groups, like blacks and Hispanics, the worst, etc. In times of trouble, flyover suburbs will always be a better place to be.

    At least I know exactly how I got my case; it was a calculated risk taken for a very good reason and I’d run it again if given a do-over.

    • Replies: @hhsiii
    , @FPD72
  86. Polynikes says:

    BLM guns down a white girl in Indianapolis. Her Hispanic bf fires back but misses. They’re conservatives apparently. I’m surprised the iSteve crowd isn’t all over this. It seems tailor made.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  87. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Tariq Nasheed knows not to go too far, brutha don’t wanna get Spike Lee’d:

    He’s got a ridiculously Semitic name. Probably writes backwards, too.

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  88. @Buffalo Joe

    No, I think there is a good chance she is that dim, that level of earnest stupidity is hard to fake. That’s the thing about ideologues, they think their beliefs make them smart, because they adopted those beliefs, and to their mind only a smart person would do so.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob, Forbes
  89. syonredux says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Sarah Silverman:

    to kids in NH throwing pennies at me on the bus

    Really?I went to school with quite a few Jewish kids and rode a lot of school buses, and I don’t recall ever hearing/seeing the slightest trace of anti-Jewish behavior. Indeed, I’m pretty sure that my classmates, Jews and non-Jews, would have been quite shocked if anyone had committed an anti-Jewish act. Of course, I’m from California, and maybe things are drastically different in New Hampshire….

  90. @vinteuil

    I’ve never actually heard AOC talk, before. She’s, what, thirty years old? but she speaks (& thinks) as if she were thirteen.

    Eight?

  91. @syonredux

    Considering that three current big entertainment Jews—Sarah Silverman, Adam Sandler, and Seth Myers—all were raised in NH and are all within 8 years of each other’s age, I think the idea of libertarian-minded, small-population NH ( 4 electoral college votes) being a cesspool of antisemitism is a little far fetched.

    I would also love the opportunity to quiz her father about all these alleged beatings that happened “every day.”

    And the penny-throwing stuff—every day as well?

    Why do I get the suspicion this never happened at all, or, if it ever did happen, it happened only once?

    Honestly, I hope you’re just trolling, because at this point if you’re not automatically suspicious of every “hate” story coming out of (((certain people’s))) mouths, you haven’t been paying attention.

    • Replies: @syonredux
    , @Lot
    , @anon
  92. @Reg Cæsar

    Probably writes backwards, too.

    He was actually Deehsan Qirat the whole time !

    [MORE]

  93. Dan Hayes says:
    @syonredux

    Hard to believe there were/are that many Jews in Cow Hampshire!

  94. @syonredux

    New Hampshire is a hot bed of anti-semitism. It is right there on the license plate- “Live Free or Die”- right out of Mein Kampf, I tells you!

  95. @Alexander Turok

    “We’ve been hearing for months that the lockdowns are gonna lead to this massive increase in crime from the morans in this comment section.”

    We not having a massive increase in shootings?

    • Replies: @Mr Mox
    , @Alexander Turok
  96. Hibernian says:
    @Alexander Turok

    …how you update your beliefs when confronted by new evidence…

    For which read how you update your beliefs to match those of the powers that be.

    • Replies: @Alexander Turok
  97. syonredux says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Honestly, I hope you’re just trolling, because at this point if you’re not automatically suspicious of every “hate” story coming out of (((certain people’s))) mouths, you haven’t been paying attention.

    I guess that I should have been clearer.I really, really doubt the penny throwing story.

    • Thanks: R.G. Camara
  98. Anon[213] • Disclaimer says:

    Well, it was bound to happen:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8515507/Young-mother-24-shot-dead-fianc-saying-lives-matter.html

    What can white American men do? Where’s the IQ when it’s needed..

  99. Anon[213] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    Wonderful novel..
    What counts more in a man’s life? The national tragedies that befall and overwhelm him, or the everyday moments of love and sacrifice?

  100. @Achmed E. Newman

    More seriously, she really needs someone to pull her aside, like someone did with Margaret Thatcher, who was informed that her shrill way of speaking was off putting and made voters think of her as a nagging shrewish housewife and a scold rather than a political leader. Thatcher listened, took elocution lessons, and changed her public speaking so she could declaim with confidence and leadership.

    But the difference between the two is: Thatcher had brains and a platform she understood.

    AOC will just be repeating talking points she doesn’t fully comprehend, no matter what she sounds like. I would prefer her to always talk like this, precisely because she talks like the adorable bubble head she is.

  101. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @Giancarlo M. Kumquat

    Someone just needed some bread, yo.

  102. duncsbaby says:
    @Kyle

    I have known one person who tested positive for it. She and her husband were confined to their house for a month. I don’t think she ever came down w/any symptoms and only noticed on her Facebook postings that she was annoyed that she tested positive for it twice and had to stay in her house for another couple weeks. I don’t blame her. This was a couple of months ago. Since then I think she’s been fine. Other than that I know no one who got it personally or who has died from it.

  103. anon[335] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kyle

    I work for a grocer in a large city. Out of 1,500 staff in our stores we’ve had less than 10 cases. All recovered.
    The HR departments of large grocery chains all have detailed records of how many staff have been diagnosed with the virus. They have detailed records of how many staff are working in their stores.
    People in grocery jobs are heavily exposed to the public. Grocers would be a good data source on the true infection rate, and on the severity of the cases.

  104. El Dato says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    This answer will be available from Siri before long.

  105. AOC is incredibly stupid. Long live affirmative action

  106. @Kyle

    I did a little phone contact poll of friends without overlapping contacts…over 20,000 contacts..9 positives …0 deaths…reality on the ground not matching up with narrative…although pretty confident one of my daughters had it before it was a named disease

  107. El Dato says:

    In modern times, “Les Miz” would be a lesbian-themed bodice-ripper with bread queues and possibly pizza.

    And Javert a white supremacist motorcycle gang leader.

    • Agree: Bubba
    • Replies: @Pericles
  108. Mr Mox says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Shootings in NYC has increased 257% from last year. So far, the number of deaths are up “only” 23%. Marksmanship is going to hell in a handbasket and nobody seems to care.

    • Replies: @J1234
  109. Lot says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Sununu, Shaheen, Hassan… NH prefers Lebanese to Israelites.

  110. Pericles says:
    @HammerJack

    By chance an ad for the following lamp turned up in the article you quote.

    Lol, I wonder if that could be sold in the US at all?

  111. Pericles says:
    @BB753

    Sometimes you just need a snack in between the EBT raids on the candy, chips and beer store.

    • LOL: BB753
  112. Lol, she was born in 1970! I’m so sure that New Hampshire was a hotbed of anti-Jewish hatred in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Besides, who would through pennies at a demure flower of young womanhood like Sarah? Nickels…hmmm… maybe, but pennies? Nah.

    Every time I see her face somewhere I remember her type casting in the opening of “Way of the Gun”.

    Language warning.

    [MORE]

    Sarah Silverman is Never Safe For Work, but she’s her own special sauce here.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
  113. @Anonymous

    But negotiations always foundered over which country had to take the Puerto Ricans. Every potential buyer wanted the island delivered vacant, but Trump insisted that the natives “came with the deal, a tremendous deal.”

  114. Pericles says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Lol! And the idiots can’t even bring themselves to say they were wrong. Give’em a spot at the New York Times!

  115. black sea says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Margaret Thatcher, who was informed that her shrill way of speaking was off putting and made voters think of her as a nagging shrewish housewife and a scold rather than a political leader. Thatcher listened, took elocution lessons, and changed her public speaking so she could declaim with confidence and leadership.

    They tried to do this with Hillary, but she only very reluctantly played along and eventually rebelled. A strange reaction from someone who in other ways was so willing to say or do anything to win the election.

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
  116. @HammerJack

    Does this sound plausible?

    Growing up as a Sikh, turbaned boy in the majority-white environment of British Columbia, Canada, I was a constant target of bullying throughout my elementary school years. On bus rides home, I remember having to sit in the back where the older, “cool” kids hung out, and they used to jump up and slap the top part of my turban. I was consistently harassed with comments like “Go back to where you came from” and “You don’t belong here.”

    Interestingly, he no longer wears a turban. I wonder if he gave up the turban due to bullying…… or due to a desire to fit in with the “cool kids.”

  117. @vinteuil

    A.O.C. has two things going for her.

    In a sane and civilized nation those two things would be getting their intended use. And no one would be paying any attention to the political “thought” of a 30 year old midwit woman.

  118. syonredux says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Twain was a better writer than Cooper. Cooper had great ideas and themes, but his skills as a wordsmith were not quite up to the challenge of setting them down on the page. When I teach Cooper, I prefer to use selections from his non-fiction Notions of the Americans. That way, my students can engage with his ideas more directly.

    Also, a lot of Twain’s critique was anti-SJW, as Twain thought that Cooper’s Indians were unrealistically noble, and Twain (cf Injun Joe) was no friend to the Amerinds.

  119. black sea says:

    I watched her video:

    I don’t understand why people are scared to pay their rent, or how being scared to pay rent would embolden one to go out and steal bread, or anything else. It’s like saying, “I’ve been avoiding my largest monthly expenditure, which has made me poorer and more desperate.”

  120. @bgates

    Yeah, this frustrating experience happened to the protesters at a lot of places downtown – at the “Fjällräven” store too. — Life in the big cities is like a jungle sometimes / and I wonder / how I keep from going under. It’s just like the Holy Bible says, right?

  121. black sea says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    It sounds plausible, if you make allowances for an exaggerated interpretation of “constantly.”

    He’s talking about pre-teen kids, who harass each other over all sorts of trivia, such as who has braces, or glasses, or a weird haircut. I can easily imagine them making fun of a turban. However, he doesn’t allege that he was assaulted or even particularly threatened.

    It’s unfortunate that kids do this kind of thing. But if that’s the worst experience you ever had growing up in what was, in fact, a foreign culture, then you should probably just suck it up and move along.

    • Agree: Bubba
    • Replies: @Lurker
  122. @Mr McKenna

    It isn’t their lack of knowledge or common sense that bothers me, it’s their utter lack of respect for human life.

  123. Dumbo says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Meh. She ended up as a washed-up slut, I think unmarried, no kids, not even that popular these days, who cares. Just a bitter old liar bitch. But she had Jewish Privilege while it lasted.

  124. @bgates

    When to your surprise it turns out Macys doesn’t sell bread…

    I thought the flagship store in Manhattan had a food section. In any case, they have bread machines … you can steal the flour at Gristedes or D’Agostinos.

  125. Clyde says:

    Yes a stolen loaf of bread should keep the blaque etc looting class happy. This loaf can sustain a valiant blaque hi-IQ family, but impoverished (due to racial injustice) Just so long as peanut butter and grape jelly is provided to fill those sandwiches/ Some Doritos too. To smush in there. The diabetics track will get you on a million diverse programs that will pay you.

  126. Clyde says:
    @syonredux

    James Fenimore Cooper wrote one of the best movies ever made. Twain is OK but does not have such a credit

    Last of the Mohicans.

    • Replies: @Prester John
  127. @Alexander Turok

    He might have, but then he would have to explain how he dogmatically knew “masks don’t work” without having had any evidence in the first place.

    • Replies: @Alexander Turok
  128. wren says:
    @Supply and Demand

    This guy thinks she’s a member of the tribe.

    Also, the antichrist.

    I actually enjoyed Foucault’s Pendulum, the style in which the article is written.

    http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=114529

    Fun read!

    If you enjoy it, he’s got even more!

    https://rense.com/general96/aocs-handler-linked-to-the-tm-mind-control-cult-ripped-by-john-lennon.php

    All kinds of tribes!

    “Let’s uncork another bottle of bubbly AOC (Appellation of Origin under Control) from a region as temperamental as those commanderies of the Knights Templars. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez from the Kirschenbaum estate is a youngish rose pink that’s acidic on the tongue and strangely murky, totally lacking transparency, nearly undrinkable yet perfect for communion at a Black Mass. – Jim Jones Temple Rating: 9.90. At risk of a toxic morning-after, it’s bewitching stuff.”

  129. Anon[574] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    No one ever performed any anti-Semitic attack or made any anti-Semitic remarks at my junior high or high school in the 70s or 80s. No one cared about Jews one way or the other. Jews always think gentiles are more obsessed with Jews than gentiles actually are. I really doubt Silverman is telling the truth.

    • Replies: @Mr Mox
    , @usNthem
  130. @JimB

    IMHO, she isn’t microcephalic, it’s just that her large mandibles, indeed the prominence of the whole lower register of her face, makes her cranium appear smaller by contrast. Still, as this itself reflects her constitutional balance, her intelligence, such as it is, is largely directed to serving her metabolic and emotional needs. As this is probably true of most of her voters as well, it is not a political liability. If she were two standard deviations above them though, it might be.

    https://i.insider.com/5c324ef601c0ea16140d3dc3

    • Replies: @JimB
  131. @Achmed E. Newman

    “‘Socialism’ is short for ‘social media’. Did you know that?”

    “Three of the most successful countries in the world are socialist: Venezuela, Facebook, and Twitter.”

    “I have a lot of friends who moved to America from Facebook.”

    Lol! Good writing!

  132. Kronos says:
    @R.G. Camara

    That’s a good question. Maybe too many feminist white women would snicker once or twice at the muscles?

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
    , @anon
  133. Pericles says:
    @Alexander Turok

    Updating beliefs sound like Bayesianism more precisely. The scientific method is about testable hypotheses and empirical evidence.

    The former has led us to ‘strong beliefs weakly held’ (popular among scientists on the make) and other nonsense. One of the pernicious effects of modern science. For example, your friend seems to have been entirely too certain about masks in the first instance (“masks don’t work”), then smoothly switching to being certain again (“masks work”), in spite of what presumably was very strong initial evidence for masks not working.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  134. @syonredux

    Agree. I rode a lot of school buses in a flyover state in the same time frame as Sarah Silverman. I not only recall zero antisemitic events, I’m pretty sure almost no one (other than the Jewish kids themselves) was aware of who was Jewish or what being Jewish was stereotypically supposed to signify. In other words, the gentiles didn’t understand the penny slur or know at whom to direct it. I myself only learned these things from Jewish friends in later years.

    That said, I do recall one of my more affluent friends did have a habit of rolling pennies around the classroom when he was bored to create a distraction. He considered $0.01 per distraction to be worth the momentary relief from tedium. I thought him extravagant. So charitably, had young Silverman been in that class, she could narcissistically have decided this was something to do with her though it wasn’t.

    Now that she has given us a map of the insecurities she’s cultivated , I will know how to heckle her if ever I’m stuck in one of her tedious performances.

    As for the rest of the (((neuroticism))) currently pullulating on Twitter, cool stories bros!

    • Replies: @black sea
  135. Old Prude says:
    @Spud Boy

    “Bug eyed chihuahua ” Nailed it.

  136. Anonymous[332] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kyle

    I’m in Germany, and I know no one who has had it. Sample, old people.

  137. black sea says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Same.

    I attended high school in the 70s. This was in an area of Atlanta that had a relatively high, but by no means majority, Jewish population.

    I don’t remember any anti-semitic comments, much less harassment. The only Jewish jokes I heard came from friends who were themselves Jewish. I can remember only one questionable comment by a gentile boy I knew, who didn’t attend our high school. He referred to a Cadillac as a “Jew Canoe.” It took me a while even to figure out what he was getting at.

    In many cases, we were at most tangentially aware of who was or wasn’t Jewish — which I think now, though was oblivious to then — probably bugs certain Jews, because they see it as an erasure of or indifference toward their Jewishness.

    I realize that none of this disproves Sarah Silverman’s claims about her father’s sufferings at the hands of proto-Nazis, but I suspect that have been “enhanced” for dramatic effect.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  138. @syonredux

    Twain thought that Cooper’s Indians were unrealistically noble

    Or just plain unrealistic.

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3172/3172-h/3172-h.htm

    [MORE]

    Cooper made the exit of that stream fifty feet wide, in the first place, for no particular reason; in the second place, he narrowed it to less than twenty to accommodate some Indians. He bends a “sapling” to the form of an arch over this narrow passage, and conceals six Indians in its foliage. They are “laying” for a settler’s scow or ark which is coming up the stream on its way to the lake; it is being hauled against the stiff current by a rope whose stationary end is anchored in the lake; its rate of progress cannot be more than a mile an hour. Cooper describes the ark, but pretty obscurely. In the matter of dimensions “it was little more than a modern canal-boat.” Let us guess, then, that it was about one hundred and forty feet long. It was of “greater breadth than common.” Let us guess, then, that it was about sixteen feet wide. This leviathan had been prowling down bends which were but a third as long as itself, and scraping between banks where it had only two feet of space to spare on each side. We cannot too much admire this miracle. A low-roofed log dwelling occupies “two-thirds of the ark’s length”—a dwelling ninety feet long and sixteen feet wide, let us say a kind of vestibule train. The dwelling has two rooms—each forty-five feet long and sixteen feet wide, let us guess. One of them is the bedroom of the Hutter girls, Judith and Hetty; the other is the parlor in the daytime, at night it is papa’s bedchamber. The ark is arriving at the stream’s exit now, whose width has been reduced to less than twenty feet to accommodate the Indians—say to eighteen. There is a foot to spare on each side of the boat. Did the Indians notice that there was going to be a tight squeeze there? Did they notice that they could make money by climbing down out of that arched sapling and just stepping aboard when the ark scraped by? No, other Indians would have noticed these things, but Cooper’s Indians never notice anything. Cooper thinks they are marvelous creatures for noticing, but he was almost always in error about his Indians. There was seldom a sane one among them.

    The ark is one hundred and forty feet long; the dwelling is ninety feet long. The idea of the Indians is to drop softly and secretly from the arched sapling to the dwelling as the ark creeps along under it at the rate of a mile an hour, and butcher the family. It will take the ark a minute and a half to pass under. It will take the ninety foot dwelling a minute to pass under. Now, then, what did the six Indians do? It would take you thirty years to guess, and even then you would have to give it up, I believe. Therefore, I will tell you what the Indians did. Their chief, a person of quite extraordinary intellect for a Cooper Indian, warily watched the canal-boat as it squeezed along under him, and when he had got his calculations fined down to exactly the right shade, as he judged, he let go and dropped. And missed the house! That is actually what he did. He missed the house, and landed in the stern of the scow. It was not much of a fall, yet it knocked him silly. He lay there unconscious. If the house had been ninety-seven feet long he would have made the trip. The fault was Cooper’s, not his. The error lay in the construction of the house. Cooper was no architect.

    There still remained in the roost five Indians.

    The boat has passed under and is now out of their reach. Let me explain what the five did—you would not be able to reason it out for yourself. No. 1 jumped for the boat, but fell in the water astern of it. Then No. 2 jumped for the boat, but fell in the water still farther astern of it. Then No. 3 jumped for the boat, and fell a good way astern of it. Then No. 4 jumped for the boat, and fell in the water away astern. Then even No. 5 made a jump for the boat—for he was a Cooper Indian. In the matter of intellect, the difference between a Cooper Indian and the Indian that stands in front of the cigarshop is not spacious. The scow episode is really a sublime burst of invention; but it does not thrill, because the inaccuracy of the details throws a sort of air of fictitiousness and general improbability over it. This comes of Cooper’s inadequacy as an observer.

  139. Pericles says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    “So what did you buy with the pennies, Sarah?”

    • LOL: Lurker
    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
  140. @R.G. Camara

    If she ever adopts an authoritative tone to replace her bubbly girlish one, about the half the population will immediately tune her out.

    Not that they were really listening to her that closely in the first place.

    • LOL: bomag
  141. Pericles says:
    @El Dato

    In modern times, “Les Miz” would be a lesbian-themed bodice-ripper with bread queues and possibly pizza.

    “Lez Miss”.

  142. El Dato says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    “Staying with the cool kids in the back of the bus … or turban … choose, stranger!”

  143. El Dato says:
    @Pericles

    The scientific method is about testable hypotheses and empirical evidence.

    Only in very limited cases where you actually can afford it. Generally you can’t (that’s why bizarre exercises like “bootstrapping” exist), have extremely noisy data (analytical theory is unable to manage) and not even a good hypothesis in the first place. There are enormous abysses of un-knowledge around very thin ridges of barely valid “facts”.

    Even CERN makes huge Bayesian inferences. And that’s just normal – it’s applied probability theory after all.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  144. @syonredux

    Apart from a true statement (Twain is doubtless much important writer than Cooper), I am certain you are aware that comparing 19th & 20th C acknowledged great fiction authors- who wrote in French, English, Russian, German,..- is an exercise in futility. Different national cultures, different sensibilities, different priorities & different influences.

    Even great novelists belonging to the same nation, like James and Faulkner, are essentially non-intersecting worlds.

  145. @syonredux

    This has nothing to do with one’s ethnicity or religion. It is, basically, women hitting the wall & finding their lives empty.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  146. syonredux says:
    @AnotherDad

    AOC was smart enough to recongize that she could win a low turnout Democratic Primary against an old white guy who represented a district that was less than 20% white. Several other politicians have jumped on the same demographic situation to win office.

    What too many Republicans/conservatives fail to understand is the same situation cannot exist for Republicans. The Republican nominee Lauren Boebert from western Colorado won because Colorado has mail order ballots along with an open primary. Thus, many people who had never voted in a Republican primary voted for her. Of course, unlike AOC, Ms. Boebert will have to actually campaign in the general election.

    • Replies: @Alan Mercer
  147. @Anonymous

    Elaine Duke wrote the Trump administrations brief to SCOTUS over DACA and sabotaged it by not including any, you know, reasons, because she disagreed with the president she worked for. Another strike by a Deep State rat to be sure, but bad staff work by the White House.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/jeff-reynolds/2020/07/12/writer-catches-the-new-york-times-accidentally-reporting-who-sabotaged-the-daca-decision-at-scotus-n634491

  148. @R.G. Camara

    I read all of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales as a kid and loved them. It’s too bad more of them have not been made into movies like Last of the Mohicans.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  149. Mr Mox says:
    @Anon

    I really doubt Silverman is telling the truth.

    She has probably told the story enough times to convince herself how horrible she was treated.

    Biased Retellings of Events Yield Biased Memories
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S001002859990720X

    • Replies: @anon
  150. @Bardon Kaldian

    By the way- why don’t we have a brief time of levity at Jews’ expense?

    If you picked number 3 (Shaniqa), sorry to say, but I think you’re blind…. Hahhahh

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/iXvyfqixbQJg/

    • Replies: @Jack D
  151. @Hibernian

    I saw the significance of corona long before they did.

  152. @Steve Sailer

    We are, and we all know the reason. Just look at what happens in other recessions, they aren’t followed by crime waves.

  153. @Supply and Demand

    With a real unemployment rate over 30% & government relief & protections soon to expire… well, expect everything to get messier.

  154. @Mr McKenna

    In general, the Chickens on US insignia look to their right (true for SEALs, the USMC insignia, Colonel rank insignia); the WWII Kraut ones had the Chicken looking to their left (I think some non-military police and NSDAP cap badges had a left-facing chicken).

    At my old club (in the late 90s) there were hundreds of the things. There were a few Waffen SS cap badges with the chicken facing to its right, but all the old farts thought that was a sign that they’re fake. Literally everything else had a chicken giving it the old “eyes left”: bayonets, books, ID cards ,stationery etc. I reckon it’s a given that the canonical Nazi chicken is “eyes left”.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  155. @Spud Boy

    I used to think AOC was kind of hot

    I’ll admit it, I do think she’s hot in a flattering still photo, but when you see her overly animated manner and hear her talk it’s so off-putting it would be a deal breaker. A friend described her as a bipolar beaver.

    As far as her explanation, her constituents are so irrational it takes someone equally irrational to explain it to us.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @J1234
  156. Dan Smith says:
    @vinteuil

    Watch “Ugly Betty.” The eponymous actress (America Ferrara) talks just like her.

  157. anon[220] • Disclaimer says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Considering that three current big entertainment Jews—Sarah Silverman, Adam Sandler, and Seth Myers—all were raised in NH and are all within 8 years of each other’s age

    They are all from the same town, the very wealthy Bedford, NH (a suburb of Manchester).

  158. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @216

    Like these thugs give a damn about their children.

    Good one.

  159. @vinteuil

    …the Jean Valjean’s of our time!

    Disney must have a woke remake of Les Mis in the works by now. You’re gonna love the big showstopper when MLK goes all Susan Boyle belting I Dreamed a Dream.

  160. @Kronos

    And then, again….

    • Replies: @Kronos
  161. Anon[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr McKenna

  162. Lurker says:
    @black sea

    We’re also supposed to assume the harassment came from the Haven Monahan types.

    Because Canadian only means white, just as American only means white. But . . . just like most of these stories, he’s deliberately leaving out important details.

  163. @HammerJack

    As a professional comedian she had no idea people said mean things at roasts.

    Ann Coulter agreed to a roast and was taken aback at some of the things said to her, such as being called a cunt over and over. Of all people, she should understand how much she is hated on the left.

  164. @R.G. Camara

    Twain’s savaging of Jan Austen doesn’t hold up very well, nor of his dismissal of Wagner’s music, which he said was “Not as bad as it sounds.” (Funny, but not true.)

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Alden
    , @vinteuil
  165. We’re losing to the likes of this this big boobed bimbo. We can laugh all we want, but she’s so far winning. That in itself is depressing.

  166. @Harry Baldwin

    When you watch the 70’s or 80’s roasts, they were much more savage & incisive- but not lowly vulgar.

  167. usNthem says:
    @Anon

    Agree – she’s a damned liar. I graduated 8th grade in 1970 and two of my best friends in that period were jews. Very likely the vast majority of kids didn’t recognize them as different from anyone else.

  168. @JimB

    Thanks for the link to Steve’s article.

    • Replies: @JimB
  169. usNthem says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Funny. I went to a catholic high school and we actually had a Sikh attend for a couple of years. Of course he was the only one allowed uber long hair (which he turbaned up) and a beard. He was occasionally referred to as knot head but other than that, I believe he got along fine.

  170. @Chrisnonymous

    You’d think that big aged expensive steaks would go fast during any “unrest” — some NYC steakhouses even used to display them right in the front window. But looters apparently don’t like to bother with cooking or grilling, aside from sending the occasional police precinct up in flames. I’d happily loot a sushi bar if there was some nice white riot

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  171. Slim says:
    @Spud Boy

    You don’t notice the bug-eyed chihuahua look as much when you can see the full rack.

  172. Rob Ford says:

    The interesting piece of social science research now possible is to compare the innocent victims shot dead by BLM vs the innocent victims shot dead by the police.

    For example, BLM have recently shot dead a mother Jessica Doty Whitaker (apparently for saying ‘All Lives Matter’), and a black child in Atlanta (for failing to behave as required near a BLM roadblock).

    Account would have to be made for the short time period of BLM armed (policing) activity, and perhaps the volume disparity with the millions of encounters police have with citizens per annum.

    Wouldn’t it be embarrassing if BLM turned out to be far more deadly at killing innocent black and white people than the police they criticize?

    How do the two rates of killing innocent Americans compare?

  173. @Harry Baldwin

    That was definitely the worst performance I’ve ever seen of Anne’s–in fact it was the only bad performance I’ve ever seen from her. She really didn’t seem to know what to expect. And her material was lame as well, which is unusual for her. Jeff Ross (Lifschultz) had the best line: “you can write ten best sellers and you can’t write one joke?”

  174. @Almost Missouri

    He was wrong to be dogmatic about it. But the null hypothesis when you have medical treatments that haven’t been tested should be that they aren’t gonna work. That’s the general pattern in medicine, most ideas people have don’t pan out, even when “the theory” says they should. See hydroxoxoxoquinine.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  175. Anonymous[271] • Disclaimer says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    I’ll admit it, I do think she’s hot in a flattering still photo, but when you see her overly animated manner and hear her talk it’s so off-putting it would be a deal breaker. A friend described her as a bipolar beaver.

    She’s got a nice big rack (bra size is the only department where an A is a fail and an F perfect) and nice dark skin.

    If she only had a good disposition and a serious case of vocal dysphonia she’d make the perfect wife.

    • Replies: @usNthem
  176. Slim says:
    @Anonymous

    As someone who trades for a living I like the proposition: sell PR / buy Greenland very much.

    • Agree: Kyle
  177. @216

    When she’s off script, she does get smoked like this.

    That’s what happens when the person who actually won her election is the pajeet to whom she outsourced her talking points.

    But the “libs owned” style isn’t going to dissuade her core base of alienated/indebted young women.

    Oh I dunno about that. Mockery focuses minds…of the fence sitters.

    If people don’t live in her district, don’t bother criticizing her. You’re probably white, and she just plays the victim.

    Yeah, don’t bother. Just let these raving loon leftists own the megaphone unimpeded.

    • Replies: @216
  178. @Anonymous

    Bread has a shorter shelf life than Rolexes. If a blm looter steals bread, in a fortnight he won’t be able to sell it to his homeboys. In that same time period his homeboys will still be a market for a designer watch.

  179. @Kratoklastes

    That’s interesting, but really why would Trump make Nazi dogwhistles? There’s no advantage to it. It’s just a coincidence.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Kratoklastes
  180. hhsiii says:
    @Ben Kurtz

    I’d say maybe wait a few years and we will get better understanding and information about what happened here, but no, we will never get straight facts about it probably. A history of it will be adopted as the official scientific consensus, which will be tailored to be acceptable history.

    Yeah, more and more this seems like, yes, a nasty and deadly disease for many, but an untimely and disproportionate response. I mean, maybe doing similar things but earlier (shut-off travel from China and Italy earlier), with earlier relaxation, more testing, etc. So many variables.

    The masks (which seem to bother so many), don’t bother me much. I could likely get away without one and don’t always wear it. But on the subway and bus, sure. And everyone is eating outdoors now it seems. NYC should keep that up. More sidewalk cafes. 🙂

    • Replies: @Jack D
  181. Possumman says:

    Nike makes bread now?

  182. @black sea

    I actually did take a ton of verbal crap at Mizzou for being Jewish — and that was from my friends! But it was the 70s, a time when kids would mercilessly call each other faggot, retard and every other name in the book, and we were all the better for it.

    BTW I am about the least Jewish Jew you could ever meet, so the Jew slurs were often kind of a non-sequitur; just a handy off-the-rack insult like homo or retard. But I did gradually realize they often had something to do with me being a snarky asshole, and when I wasn’t being a snarky asshole the Jew cracks miraculously went away.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  183. Jack D says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    I guess I’m not Jewish because my hair is straight and not curly. Shaniqa’s hair is curly so possibly she is Jewish.

    The Nazis were much better at the Jew sniffing thing. Americans are clueless – they just don’t have the knack for Jew sniffing. Whoever that girl with the creepy little girl voice is, she should read Der Giftpilz in order to brush up on her Jew sniffing skills. Alt-righters are just as bad – if I had a nickel for every non-Jewish Leftist falsely identified on unz as being Jewish, I’d have a whole bunch of nickels. Just because you support Leftist causes and are white doesn’t automatically mean that you are Jewish.

  184. Jack D says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Twain was trying to be humorous and he succeeded. He wasn’t trying to write serious literary or musical criticism and if his remarks make you laugh then he has succeeded. The fact that Twain’s humor holds up over the distance of well over a century (and translates so well – Twain is beloved all over the globe, he was one of the most popular writers in the Soviet Union) is remarkable. The stuff that most of our so called “humorists” write goes stale faster than a baguette and is mostly meaningless to those who are not steeped in American popular culture.

    • Agree: Mr Mox, Dissident
    • Replies: @Dissident
  185. Jack D says:
    @HammerJack

    There is a fine line at a roast between being funny mean and being just plain mean. There are a number of rules implicit in this. For example, you can roast behavior that could hypothetically be changed – you can roast someone for being too fond of liquor. But you should never roast something that people have no control over – e.g. a handicap. A skilled roaster can go right up to the line without crossing it but as America gets dumber people possessed with rapier wit are fewer and fewer.

    He is a roast from the (ever nearer) future:

  186. @JohnnyWalker123

    Looking at that face, I have bad news for ya, kid. It wasn’t the turban.

  187. @Harry Baldwin

    Except she wasn’t the target of the roast, she was just one of the guest speakers. It was a Rob Lowe roast, if I have it correct. It really was an unexpected ambush.

  188. anon[428] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr Mox

    Biased Retellings of Events Yield Biased Memories

    Hey, you and those “scientists”really need to cool it with the anti-Semitism!

  189. @syonredux

    She recognized nothing. She entered and won the Justice Democrats “Who Wants to be a Congresswoman” sweepstakes.

  190. Alden says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Throwing pennies on the floor to laugh at greedy Jews picking them up is a Jewish lie as old as the first public school in America. It’s about as true as the well known lie of the local priest letting the Irish hoodlum boys out of the catholic parish school 15 minutes early so they can run over to the public school to ambush and beat up the poor frail defenseless Jews while screaming Christ killer.

    How old is Silverman mid thirties? One would think the Jews would have kept up with inflation and claimed the evil goyim were throwing dimes and quarters when she was in school.

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
  191. Alden says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Twain didn’t like anything he saw in Europe and the Middle East and very little of what he saw in America. Huck Finn was similar to the Norman Lear sit coms and all those movies about how unhappy families are at Christmas and thanksgiving. Huck Finn was just 400 pages of sneer sneer at everyone but Huck and Jim. Even Jim changed from wise observer to total fool towards the end when Tom had him playing prisoner in a dungeon.

    I’ve read most of Twain’s work. He was very cynical and saw little good in anyone or anything He was an atheist and sneered at religion and good church ladies. Favorite book is the Golden Age. Several generations of a family’s effort to strike it rich and never making it.

    • Agree: Saint Louis
  192. Jack D says:
    @hhsiii

    The masks (which seem to bother so many),

    I think the masks are like gang colors – either you are part of the mask gang or you’re in the other gang. This is why people who are not in the mask gang get so upset about it totally out of proportion to the minimal inconvenience of wearing one – it’s like you are a Crip and are being forced to wear a red Blood bandanna and implicitly kowtow to the Bloods. Every fiber in your body cries out against it – it’s a humiliation to you. Never mind that the masks are functional – part of being in the anti-mask gang is the belief that they are NOT functional. The authorities who tell you that they are functional are Bloods. Merely by saying that masks are functional they out themselves as Bloods.

    Me, I would just like to buy some nice 3M N95s at the Home Depot for a normal price but here we are 5 months into this and you still can’t find them on the shelves. Either they are sold at inflated prices or they are shady Chinese “KN95’s” with dubious filtration or both.

  193. Pericles says:
    @El Dato

    I’d say CERN is doing experiments that generate evidence, even if it’s by the somewhat indirect route of statistical inference. They work at it until they arrive at a value for particle mass with a certainty of … is it six sigma?

    When using statistics and statistical methods, it does seem common to torture what little data there is to arrive at conclusions upheld by only weak evidence. Those can be refuted by failing to replicate, for example.

    (Vulgar bayesianism is detected by use of jargon like priors but seldom manages to fit the mathematical framework.)

  194. botazefa says:
    @Supply and Demand

    I don’t see how one can seriously dislike AOC apart from pure tribal reasons.

    Seeing a middling intellect like hers get so much political support is unnerving.

  195. @Thirdtwin

    And look how fast we went to a cashless society.

    That has not taken place, however. The status of cashh has not altered. I’ve seen some click-bait articles about coin shortages, but when you make a purchase using cash, you receive your change in the usual manner.

    • Replies: @Thirdtwin
    , @duncsbaby
  196. @Jack D

    Helmets, asbestos suits and five-point harnesses are “functional,” but I’d still rebel if they tried to require me to wear all that just to drive my car.

    I don’t think most people’s primary objection is that the masks are not functional. I think most people who object believe they are an overreaction.

    • Replies: @hhsiii
  197. @Jack D

    “Me, I would just like to buy some nice 3M N95s at the Home Depot for a normal price but here we are 5 months into this and you still can’t find them on the shelves. ”

    The N95s are terrible in warm weather. Get something else if you can’t take your mask off outside when walking around.

    • Replies: @Prester John
  198. BenKenobi says:
    @Not Only Wrathful

    This type of thing is now to be expected from Cuck Island / Airstrip One. The sun has most certainly set.

    • Replies: @Not Only Wrathful
  199. FPD72 says:
    @Ben Kurtz

    I said at the time and I still maintain that Covid is in many ways Democrat Disease.

    In that respect it is very much like AIDS.

    • Replies: @Ben Kurtz
  200. @Jim Don Bob

    I read all of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales as a kid and loved them. It’s too bad more of them have not been made into movies like Last of the Mohicans.

    Have you been to Cooperstown? I attended a couple of burials there in the past decade. Cooper’s own grave is right in front of the church.

    There is plenty of stuff in Cooperstown for the baseball widow(er). The state historical society is headquartered in the village.

  201. @Jack D

    Actually there is a third tribe, the bandanna/kerchief people. Would be interesting to study where they fit sociologically somewhere between the mask and no-mask tribes.

    Mask use in general seems to be rising in my area, even though virus deaths and cases have pretty much hit a complete lull. I realize that’s a potential Fox Butterfield moment but I think it’s odd to wear one out on a thinly populated bike path

    • Agree: hhsiii
  202. FPD72 says:
    @Alexander Turok

    We’ve been hearing for months that the lockdowns are gonna lead to this massive increase in crime from the morans in this comment section.

    I bet most of those “morans” know how to spell “morons.”

    • Replies: @Alexander Turok
  203. Forbes says:
    @James Speaks

    Why I refer to her as Occasionally-Crazy…is no mystery.

  204. @JimB

    Your post made me wonder which IQ’d be useful if you wanted to be able to make her statement in the video. – Leave’s me clueless, by and large. Maybe -110? – 105? 100? Dunno.
    I’m sure I’ve hear 90 IQ people talk like that at great lengths. Maybe even 85ers – but then with a clinical condition like confabulation or some such.

  205. Hello Steve, here some breaking news which I think is a significant moment in all this cultural war for the USA

    One of the most noted liberal pundits, James Howard Kunstler, classic Obama voter etc., has just quite bravely today, openly declared for Trump, due to all the Democratic party insanity, censorship, internet banning, and street violence it is helping sponsor

    https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/position-statement/

    • Thanks: Dieter Kief
    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  206. Old Prude says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Gotta hand it to the broad: That’s some world class trolling.

  207. Mr. Anon says:
    @Polynikes

    BLM guns down a white girl in Indianapolis. Her Hispanic bf fires back but misses. They’re conservatives apparently. I’m surprised the iSteve crowd isn’t all over this. It seems tailor made.

    It’s sad that she was murdered. But there might be more to this story. Young mom and her beau strolling along the canal at 3:00 in the morning? Something sounds fishy.

  208. botazefa says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Whoever put his kid up for this is evil.

    But, yeah, AOC’s mentality is that of a pre-teen girl who just grew out of her horse love phase and is now interested in more substantive topics.

  209. @JohnnyWalker123

    She’s confused being Jewish with being … Sarah Silverman.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
  210. Mr. Anon says:
    @Alexander Turok

    We’ve been hearing for months that the lockdowns are gonna lead to this massive increase in crime from the morans in this comment section.

    It did.

    You moron.

  211. Had to shut it off shortly after after “Let me make this SUPER clear for everyone.” All I could think of was Dick Nixon if he came from the barrio (ok, she grew up in leafy Yorktown Heights, NY but never mind). Anyway, this is, like, ya know, America’s future?

    By the way, is she one of Biden’s puppeteers?

  212. @Joe Stalin

    Heard somewhere that most of them were sent to China.

    Chinese Lives Matter!!!

  213. Forbes says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    Grocery stores are open, so smashing windows not required to enter.

    On the other hand, my local grocery store must have 50 surveillance cameras, with gigantic screen TV monitors in plain sight so every customer knows the cameras are there. One-way entrances, one-way exits. Smash and grab not really an option.

    One more reason why socialists hate property rights–people tend to protect them.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  214. @Clyde

    “Mohicans” is one of those books that I know I had as a kid but can never remember if I read the whole book. This movie version was excellent, especially Wes Studi as Magwa.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  215. usNthem says:
    @Anonymous

    Nice big mouth – fairly toothy though. Just needs to use it less for inane yacking…

  216. @Jack D

    I think the masks are like gang colors – either you are part of the mask gang or you’re in the other gang. This is why people who are not in the mask gang get so upset about it …

    I think you’re on target here Jack.

    But i think there are two issues beyond just gang colors. One obvious, the other i think a bit more subtle.

    1) Freedom — obvious but important
    The mask no mask thing plays naturally into the deep sentiments of the two tribes. The people who happen to be on the no-mask side are also those who viscerally chafe at being told what to do. Especially by the bullying state.

    (I very much share that viscera and would thumb my nose at most of the establishment’s response, but i’m a rationalist and think masks make sense in these close quarters environments.)

    2) Establishment Incompetence

    The response from our establishment was ridiculously incompetent.
    — They weren’t the least prepared for something we all knew was coming.
    — Gave us the globohomo, SJW bullshit–quarantines don’t work! we have to guard against bias!
    — Democrats literally told people “go hug a Chinaman!” in January
    — … then in March were “shut it all down”
    — Stay home–don’t go outside! (Killer sun!)
    — Don’t visit a park!
    — Golfocaust! (The Jews should sue.)
    — Beach-o-caust!
    — In March the CDC gives mostly useless advice: wash your hands 25 times a day and don’t touch your face!
    — and outright lies: “People don’t need masks”, “Masks are ineffective for ordinary people”.
    — Then by late April: “Masks may help”
    — Then by May “Everyone must wear a mask, it’s the most important thing you can do!”
    — Reopening is dangerous. Stay inside.
    — Then June … you people going outside are killing people!
    … but if you’re rioting, it’s ok to not to social distance. Cause rioting is important! …

    Trump’s real estate huckster personality is just ill suited to dealing with this sort of epidemic management. (“Epidemic … it’s gonna be great!”) But compared to the establishment Trump looks like a font of steadiness: it’s no biggie; it will kill <1%; let's keep going and make America great!

    I think a fair number of conservatives have just concluded that "the authorities" are full of shit–don't know what they are talking about… and just like dicking them around. It's hard to argue that that take is wrong.

  217. anon[428] • Disclaimer says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    why would Trump make Nazi dogwhistles?

    Because he’s a Nazi, of course. Haven’t you paid attention during the last 4 years? There’s not many cards in their deck that they can play, and “Drumfpf is a NAZI” is one of the more popular.

    It doesn’t have to make sense, it just has to make hate. Remember who the intended audience is for such odious lying:

  218. @Known Fact

    BTW I am about the least Jewish Jew you could ever meet, so the Jew slurs were often kind of a non-sequitur; just a handy off-the-rack insult like homo or retard. But I did gradually realize they often had something to do with me being a snarky asshole, and when I wasn’t being a snarky asshole the Jew cracks miraculously went away.

    Known Fact, you sound like a pretty smart, level-headed, on-the-ball guy.

    So i regret to inform you that, you are an anti-Semite and “self-hating Jew”. It is a known fact that all hatred and abuse and criticism of Jews has absolutely nothing to do with Jewish behavior.

    Anti-Semitism is a virus–like the Xi Jinping–that just wafts in the air and infects people who aren’t wearing masks. It is literally unique among all racial/ethnic animosities in having no behavioral cause.

    Jews dindu nuffin.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  219. @Old and Grumpy

    We’re losing to the likes of this this big boobed bimbo. We can laugh all we want, but she’s so far winning. That in itself is depressing.

    We’re losing the demographic contest, which is why this “big boobed bimbo” can be elected to high office in the first place.

    Do you really think that there is a coherent rhetorical approach appealing to reason which can beat “I’m brown, you’re brown – vote for me” in her Congressional District?

    We’re never going to be able to argue our way out of this, O&G.

    It’s becoming a naked demographic headcount.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  220. Tex says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Godwin’s Law in action. You know who else wore his hair over his forehead, HITLER that’s who!

  221. @black sea

    They tried to do this with Hillary, but she only very reluctantly played along and eventually rebelled. A strange reaction from someone who in other ways was so willing to say or do anything to win the election.

    This reminds me of a story during the 2016 election: Hillary’s speechwriters complained to a major newspaper that, after they had crafted a great speech with good catchphrases and excellent rhythm, she would read it, say that she liked it, and then immediately take a pen and “edit”, removing all the great phrases and screwing up the rhythm with over explanation.

    Hillary is her own worst enemy.

    Part of it is Hillary’s arrogance and inability to admit her faults: she simply isn’t a good politician like Bill is , but desperately wants to believe she is, and thus she thinks she “knows ” what a good speech would be. She’s too feminist-infused to believe herself to be inferior to any man on anything, including her own husband. She can’t admit she rode Bill’s coattails in her career.

    The other part is Hillary’s natural defense lawyer ability to make everything boring, and thus uninteresting. This talent worked very well for her in making all of her and Bill’s scandals seem overly complicated and thus people lose interest; in winning that rape case so long ago; and in covering up her pay-for-play.

    She’s great on defense. But what’s great on defense in politics is often bad on offense—on winning a tough election.

  222. Kronos says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    I think we were referring to Arnold while in his physical prime. Somewhere between the 1960s-2003. There were quite a few non-white film babes in his films upon closer examination. (Maybe he received a bigger financial cut if lesser known female actresses were employed?)

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
  223. syonredux says:

    …..And the Woke obsession with casting a BIPOC Bond continues…..

    Casting A Non-White Actor As #JamesBond Would Allow The Franchise To Be More Unapologetically Aspirational After 25 Years Of “Is 007 Still Relevant?” Deconstructions.

  224. Altai says:

    OT: New review of research into the effects of ethnic heterogeneity (Particularly ‘illegitimate’ kinds formed by immigration). Charles Murray seems to think it was particularly good though there have been bothers. Behind a paywall but scihub has you covered.

    https://sci-hub.tw/https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-polisci-052918-020708

  225. Forbes says:
    @Oliver Elkington

    On the checks–the rule is you had to be formerly employed–laid off, furloughed, due to C-19. Most/many weren’t “employed.”

  226. Anonymous[312] • Disclaimer says:

    “Capitalism destroyed Detroit”

    “Socialism destroyed Detroit”

    Suppose there are two park policies.

    Policy 1: You can harvest fruits and berries.

    Policy 2: You can’t harvest fruits and berries.

    A man gets mauled by a grizzly bear and…

    “Policy 1 led to the mauling”

    “Policy 2 led to the mauling”

    They talk about changing the policy from 1 to 2 or 2 to 1, but no one mentions the bear, and other visitors also get mauled by bears.

  227. Just envision this brainless maniac multiplied by thousands, male and female, and they are running the show and creating pandemonia, mayhem and bloodshed, and you then have the vision of the US in the near future.
    They , the Democrat crazies, are simply invincible, invulnerable and are backed by huge assets starting with GS and the army of billionaire Marxists , WB, TS, BG, etc.
    I simply, inspite of my Mensa status, cannot conjure up enough imagination so as to figure out just how any one voter could possibly pull the lever for such a dissolute, perverse freak, as JB, and the only possible explanation being then the accessment of the greatest American mind in the last century : This is an insane planet.

    AJM

  228. J1234 says:
    @Mr Mox

    Marksmanship is going to hell in a handbasket and nobody seems to care.

    LOL! Someone took my, “I never seem to come up with meaningful societal insights until I watch Dirty Harry” comment to heart! Thanks!

  229. J1234 says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    flattering still photo

    Because of her small frail stature, it’s not hard for me to imagine her being 50 years older than she is now. So she comes across like a RBG with a younger and less sinister face. Dark straight hair adds to that effect. Net assessment: unappealing.

  230. @AnotherDad

    Yeah, my feeling is that if someone wants to insult me they might have good reason, but if they insult me over being Jewish that shoe just doesn’t fit very well. Aside from some crafty verbal abilities I’m a somewhat generic American male, a healthy mix of Felix and Oscar. Fairly athletic and masculine looking so people generally do not assume I’m Jewish — they always seem to expect Alan Dershowitz or Woody Allen.

    What seriously does concern me is the seemingly never-ending parade of high-profile Jews in the News who are such bad role models, to put it mildly. I do get pretty anti-semitic myself at times. Not self-hating, though

  231. BB753 says:
    @Spud Boy

    “I used to think AOC was kind of hot, but she does not look good at all in this video.”

    She used to be hot in College. Time hasn’t been kind to her.

  232. @BenKenobi

    Some Americans really don’t like the British. Is it because of how the English accent so easily seduces women?

    • Replies: @syonredux
    , @Muggles
    , @duncsbaby
  233. @Anonymous

    TwoTwoTwo, I volunteered at an inner city soup kitchen until the COV-19 ended my involvement. We gave out lunch and dinner six days a week and gave away surpus food items . The one thing we always had was bread and baked cooks to use and give away. Wegman’s would donate hundreds of day old sub rolls and baked goods, as did the other local grocery chains. I once watched a man load a tote size garbage with loaves of bread. He told me he had a large family. Buffalo PSD is still providing lunches and Chicago provides school lunches across the city to any one age 2-18 no questions asked. But, you have to go get the lunch. so there’s that hurddle.

    • Replies: @cityview
    , @Jack Armstrong
  234. @Chrisnonymous

    Chris, a pack of name brand cigarettes in NYS exceeds $11 a pack with taxes! Shoplifted cigs are big business and a huge tax loss to the state.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Jim Don Bob
    , @anon
  235. Jack D says:
    @Supply and Demand

    She knows that this gravy train is coming to end real soon, and if some jewish businesses along Roosevelt Boulevard need to get looted, so be it!

    It’s not 1950 anymore. The businesses along Roosevelt Avenue ( Roosevelt Blvd is in Philly) haven’t been Jewish owned for a long time. They are owned by various flavors of Latinos (Ecuadorians, Colombians, etc.) , E. Asians, S. Asians, Arabs, every possible immigrant group on the planet but Jews not so much.

    You can loot them now and then next year you can complain that you live is a “food desert” because all the shops have closed. Looting is the very epitome of high time preference because you make an immediate gain but the neighborhood that you live in is damaged for years and you have to live with the consequences. It’s like selling the copper water pipes and wiring of your house for scrap and then having to live without plumbing and electricity.

    • Agree: Redman
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  236. Thirdtwin says:
    @Servant of Gla'aki

    Anecdotally speaking, Almost every business I have patronized for the last two or three months, in several states, has a sign stating that they will not accept cash payment. Previous to the covid, this was deemed discriminatory against the poor, and it was the most powerful argument against going cashless.

    Now, with EBT and the covid, nobody seems interested in advocating for cash transactions, except drug dealers, and once they find their workarounds, cash will be nothing more than a relic of a bygone era.

  237. Jack D says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    and a huge tax loss to the state

    Aren’t the tobacco taxes paid at the wholesale level, such that if the cigarettes are stolen from the retailer the tax is paid anyway? What is a big loss is the trade in untaxed cigarettes that get smuggled in to NY without paying the tax.

  238. peterike says:
    @syonredux

    Twain was a better writer than Cooper. Cooper had great ideas and themes, but his skills as a wordsmith were not quite up to the challenge of setting them down on the page.

    Twain was a better stylist, but Cooper is vastly more important to American Literature. Had there been no Twain, American Literature would be much the same. Without Cooper, it would be an entirely different thing, likely unrecognizable from what it became.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    , @syonredux
    , @FPD72
  239. @Buffalo Joe

    I was in a bodega on 9th Avenue in NYC one midnight last autumn and a bunch of 20 somethings were complaining about a pack of cigarettes costing $16. One said his grandpa used to buy smokes for $0.75 a pack. I told them I was probably older than his grandpa and bought smokes for $0.30 a pack once upon a time. You could get a carton for $2 in NC. I had a buddy who swore he was gonna quite when a pack got to $0.50.

    So yeah, you can make a lot of money smuggling smokes to NYC.

    • Replies: @RAZ
  240. Prosa123 says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    Powdered baby formula is a commonly shoplifted item, so much so that many supermarkets keep it locked up, but not because impoverished mothers steal it to feed their infants. Drug dealers steal it to use as an extender for cocaine.

  241. @syonredux

    syon, thanks for the comment, but define crime. Murder and mayhem are up in the big cities and they are not hold ups gone wrong. People don’t move because the Dollar Store is losing bread. They flee the bodies in the streets.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  242. 216 says:
    @Hearts on Fire

    That’s what happens when the person who actually won her election is the pajeet to whom she outsourced her talking points.

    The district will never elect a Republican. She won more or less because she has a Hispanic name, and she mobilized (and later backstabbed) the far-left voters.

  243. @peterike

    I had to read Tom Sawyer in high school and never could see what all the fuss was about. I read all of JFC on my own.

  244. syonredux says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    syon, thanks for the comment, but define crime. Murder and mayhem are up in the big cities and they are not hold ups gone wrong. People don’t move because the Dollar Store is losing bread.

    Yeah. That’s what Wilson was saying:

    But the notion that unemployment causes crime runs into some obvious difficulties. For one thing, the 1960s, a period of rising crime, had essentially the same unemployment rate as the late 1990s and early 2000s, a period when crime fell. Further, during the Great Depression, when unemployment hit 25 percent, the crime rate in many cities went down.

  245. syonredux says:
    @peterike

    Twain was a better writer than Cooper. Cooper had great ideas and themes, but his skills as a wordsmith were not quite up to the challenge of setting them down on the page.

    Twain was a better stylist, but Cooper is vastly more important to American Literature. Had there been no Twain, American Literature would be much the same. Without Cooper, it would be an entirely different thing, likely unrecognizable from what it became.

    You’ve gotta be joking…….

  246. syonredux says:
    @Not Only Wrathful

    I know a lot of gals who are massively turned off by Brit accents…..

  247. Anonymous[119] • Disclaimer says:

    Speaking of semi-prestigious stream-tainment, look at how the NYT profiles the ditzy-sounding “Brave New World 2020: Braver and Newer” rebootification:

    The novel’s utopian vision, with its ugly flares of racism and misogyny, also required renovation. “The book’s hugely problematic,” Wiener said. So the show pivoted toward equality, race-bending and gender-flipping several of the supporting characters.
    “It turns out there’s nothing about those characters that necessarily needed to be white or male,” Wiener said.
    The main characters have undergone some changes, too. Lenina, a cheerful sex bunny in the book, has been granted interiority. Pompous Bernard has softened. In the novel, John is prissy and deeply neurotic, anti-sex and anti-fun

    http://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/13/arts/television/brave-new-world-peacock.html

    Can’t wait till media mitosis reaches the point of delivering era-specific reboots. A ’70s-throwback interpretation of BNW would need to cast Iron Eyes Cody as the Noble Savage. In the early ’00s capitalist-glamour version, Mustapha Mond would be a soulful former soma dealer/hip-hop artist from West Philly.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @vinteuil
  248. @Kyle

    Here in New Jersey my 52 year-old neighbor had COVID19 , he was very sick for 2 weeks but fully recovered. His wife and children also got sick with minor symptoms. His wife tested positive for CV , but the children were never tested. On Friday they had the children (both teenagers) tested for the antibodies , results have not arrived yet.

    I may have had it back in March. Had some of the symptoms, sore throat , laryngitis , fatigued. Lasted about 8 days. Tried to give blood to get the free antibody test last week, made an appointment on Tuesday but Red Cross cancelled my appointment as I was driving to the location on Friday, they Claimed they were short staffed and could not take my blood.
    The Next available appointment is August 15 in my county. I guess they are getting plenty of blood donations and have little need for my O negative blood.

  249. @Forbes

    A local Home Depot in a Hispanic area has cameras with small monitors that are motion activated in some aisles so you can see that you are being watched. Must be a lot of shrinkage to justify that expense.

  250. @brabantian

    I saw this as well.

    I’m not too surprised because JHK’s reasoning regarding the built environment and lousy architecture was always sound.

    He’s not wrong about the Long Emergency or the need to decentralize and relocalize. I don’t think he realized how much fracking would improve the US’ oil situation over the short and medium term.

  251. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    It’s becoming a naked demographic headcount.

    As Marc Steyn often says, “The future belongs to those who show up for it.”

    More seriously, vibrants are being paid to breed with tax money stolen from Whites.

    Ending those vibrant subsidies would be a great first step.

  252. @Alexander Turok

    But the null hypothesis when you have medical treatments that haven’t been tested should be that they aren’t gonna work.

    Okay, but masks have been tested for respiratory infections and shown to work, as daily demonstrated by their use at hospitals.

  253. @syonredux

    Actually, this is one of the peculiarities of the English tongue. As far as I know, major European languages (Italian, Spanish, Russian, German, French,…) don’t possess that characteristic. True, standard form of a language is valued, but there are no “specially attractive” qualities attached to it.

    Also- all those languages (including Hungarian, Czech, Ukrainian, Dutch,..) are somehow more “natural” than English in their growth & final crystallization, so that frequent referencing to dictionary in search of exotic or indecipherable lexemes (loanwords, newly minted words) is atypical: new words are formed out of old, already existing lexical material & are immediately recognizable & understandable by the entire language community.

    William Faulkner said that reading Hemingway never prompted him to reach for a dictionary. Such an expression would be unthinkable for, say, Mann in relation to Kafka or Musil.

  254. @syonredux

    syon likes to fake a Brit accent to try and pick up college girls; it doesn’t work. Syon: It must be the accent!😂

  255. anon[321] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kronos

    Is this what “literally shaking” actually refers to?

    • Replies: @Kronos
  256. JimB says:
    @Almost Missouri

    I dunno. I still think microcephaly is in the mix with AOC.

  257. @Jack D

    It’s like selling the copper water pipes and wiring of your house for scrap and then having to live without plumbing and electricity.

    When that old lady stole copper wires in Georgia, it was Armenia that was cut off from the Internet.


    Georgian woman cuts off web access to whole of Armenia

    How one woman and a garden spade cut off the internet for an entire COUNTRY

  258. cityview says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Buffalo Joe, Chicago was (not sure whether they still are; if so, you are more up to date than I am) handing out food to anyone under 18, no questions asked, but not in every neighborhood. I checked, and I am several miles from the nearest site. I think most of the U. S. has participated in the under-18 breakfasts/lunches.

    New York City, though, has been handing out food to anyone of any age, I think in all neighborhoods, and I think that’s still going on. It is an astonishingly generous thing to do, but I wonder what the cost must be by now.

    • Replies: @hhsiii
  259. @JohnnyWalker123

    I saw a comedy roast a while back which featured Jonah Goldberg cruelly mocking Silverman for losing the ability to have children,due to her age.
    It was as mean as it was funny. She laughed,but the laughter was forced.
    Silvermans last chance to build a family came with Jimmy Kimmel. It failed,as he wound up marrying a nice shiksa and having two kids.
    So…in lieu of having kids,Sarah is now a warrior for the Jewish people. Oy.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  260. Kyle says:
    @Thirdtwin

    Yes I agree that we’re going to have to wear masks forever. I’m just realizing that as I read your comment; simultaneously governor Gretchen Hitler is using the state emergency broadcast apparatus to scold us on our own phones. Businesses are required to refuse costumers who aren’t wearing masks. And a new one “Michiganders are required by executive order to wear masks in crowded outdoor spaces.” On the bright side it will reduce respiratory viruses , covid, the flu and the common cold. This will never go away and we’re going to have to wear masks forever. This sets the precedent that we have to wear masks in perpetuity because of previously extant viruses, flu, H1-n1, common cold. What great fun. The world my children grow up in is going to be interesting.

    • Replies: @Getaclue
  261. @Kronos

    I think it was his casting couch preference.

    Also, as an Austrian with a thick German accent, he was probably very concerned with anyone making any accusation of his being racist/National Socialist, especially in (((Hollywood))). If he could make it be known that non-white females were welcome to be in his movies in abundance, that would mitigate any direct accusations.

    Before you scoff, remember that Arnold has been extremely shrewd in all of even his minute actions in his public life. During his bodybuilding heyday, he had a a darker-skinned rival from Cuba. Arnold would get bodybuilding event planners to change the background color on stage to certain shades so that it made Arnold’s muscles look better than his rivals. And in Pumping Iron, Arnold seized the opportunity to deliberately play a villain on camera by embodying a super-cocky jerk persona to a T (whether it was acting or not, Arnold deliberately made the choice to allow himself to be filmed being extremely that way).

    Arnold also used to tell a ribald story about a black female coming into a bodybuilding training center and getting so turned on that she got every bodybuilder in the gym to g ang b ang her. It not only headed off accusations of racism, it also skillfully made bodybuilders seem both straight and as having great lives, thus deflating accusations of the rampant h om osexuality in bodybuilding and making people think him to be hot s hi t by getting groupies to go wild.

    So Arnold choosing non-white actresses to play love interests and co-stars in his early films to head off accusations of National Socialism/racism isn’t far fetched.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
  262. @syonredux

    I’m sorry, Twain was definitely an SJW of his day: hated small time America, hated Christianity, wrote stories that depicted small town Americans and Christians (even foreign Christians) as stupid rubes and/or jerks who got what was coming to them. He moved to Hartford and held court in the big cities around the world, and his celebration of blacks as the Poor Oppressed Nobles laid the ground work for all depictions to come.

    His one sticking point was his hatred of Native Americans, but it was the only group he had direct contact with and actually saw up close in his young life doing bad things and threatening his own life, and there was no abolitionist-propaganda press for Native Americans to give him a rationalization as to why Native Americans were really noble but only did evil because of whitey.

    Twain was a great writer, but its forgotten how he wrote really crappy sequels to Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. He even had one where they were both in a hot air balloon. Not a single English teacher I ever had mentioned these terrible pulp sequels, and if you read them and some of his Abroad travelogues you can really see his small-minded proto-SJW mindset coming through and watch his legend be diminished.

    • Replies: @anon
  263. @Chrisnonymous

    “Wikipedia says.”

    That’s like citing the DNC as an authority.

  264. Kyle says:
    @Alexander Turok

    I’m one of the “morans” who predicted an increase in crime due to the lockdowns. I stand correct. I believe I stated “idle hands are the devils workshop.” The lockdowns will lead to recession but that is irrelevant. I don’t quite follow your logic. You must not be a native English speaker. Idle hands are the devils workshop. Do you get it? Black bodies lead to crime. The lockdowns lead to idle black bodies. Do you get it?

  265. @Chrisnonymous

    The lady’s name is Lindgren. That alone speaks volumes.

    You could grow old and die waiting for the traffic lights to change in Woodbury. It’s grown so fast that next-door Lake Elmo defends its anti-growth policies simply with “We don’t want to be Woodbury”.

    The city isn’t diverse, but that Walmart is.

    https://worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities/woodbury-mn-population

  266. Ben Kurtz says:
    @FPD72

    And Dr. Fauci was at the center of the action for both. What a guy.

  267. J.Ross says:

    Steve, did you double-post the Soros one (or two) after this one? Should resolve before comments get lost.
    ——
    Is it true that you cannot walk a mile in a German forest without seeing someone? Asking for a friend.

  268. CPK says:

    Every hypothetical in my Criminal Procedure-2 class this spring, some idiot (usually but not always female) came up with something like this.

    “This is the suspect’s 10th arrest for burglary…”

    Suppose she’s stealing to feed her kids? When you think about it, she’s taking a huge risk to provide for her children — that shows what a good person she is…

    “Um… the hypothetical says she’s a heroin addict and was stealing to get money for smack.”

    She’s struggling with a heroin addiction AND going to such lengths to provide for her kids? That’s even more impressive…

    So being a heroin-addicted home invader makes someone better than the rest of us.

    And in another year or two these kids will be clerking for judges. Oy.

  269. Kronos says:
    @anon

    Yes, but it typically refers to sleep deprived parents shaking a baby until it stops crying (or living.) I’ve heard stories of heavy metal fans shaking their heads so hard their neck snaps.

  270. Kronos says:
    @R.G. Camara

    It’s certainly plausible. Maybe that’s bought him some flak shielding against the SJW shakedown artists. Toxic masculinity is a 1st degree misdemeanor while any racism is a 1st degree felony.

  271. Muggles says:
    @Not Only Wrathful

    >>Some Americans really don’t like the British. Is it because of how the English accent so easily seduces women?<<

    Not if they've ever been to England.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  272. Muggles says:
    @Thirdtwin

    .>>Now, with EBT and the covid, nobody seems interested in advocating for cash transactions, except drug dealers, and once they find their workarounds, cash will be nothing more than a relic of a bygone era.<<

    On every paper bill it says "This bill is legal tender for all debts public and private." Merchants and others may claim they don't accept cash, but that is illegal. Even the IRS begrudgingly accepts cash though makes it difficult.

    If some store says no cash accepted, just pick up what you are purchasing and slap down the closest approximation of what they are charging, tax included. And leave. They might not like it, or give you change, but due to the legal tender status you can't be charged with non payment, shoplifting, etc.

    I would really like someone (not me) to put this to a public legal test. Make some loon take you to court. This "no cash" is crazy. So far as I am aware the US Treasury hasn't made any "pandemic" exception either.

  273. anon[309] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Didn’t the whole BLM “movement” start in Ferguson, MO because the POC strong-arm robbed cigars or cigarillos from a convenience store?

  274. J.Ross says:
    @Muggles

    The British have this practice of being as verbally severe as possible as a kind of endearment. When I was briefly with some foreigners from several countries in China our Chinese friends wanted to know why the British (referring to local British individuals and not the historical power) were so mean.

    • Replies: @black sea
  275. J.Ross says:
    @Alexander Turok

    I agree that a recession itself does not cause or inherently lead to crime, but obviously a recession by itself is not what any of us are talking about.

  276. J.Ross says:
    @Anonymous

    This is not from the Babylon Bee? They’re literally rewriting one of the great negative utopian novels to force it into a new standard?

    • Replies: @duncsbaby
  277. anon[309] • Disclaimer says:
    @R.G. Camara

    You make really good points about Twain’s many hatreds and especially his hatred of Indians.

    Twain and Lincoln were alike in having contact with Indians in their younger years and growing up hating them as a result and keeping that hatred of them throughout their lives. Lincoln’s first fame came from his fighting in the Black Hawk war in IL (Jefferson Davis participated in these wars as well).

    Their experiences with black people were completely different; they in fact had no real experience with black people. Like most white people without experience with blacks, Twain and Lincoln assumed that blacks were simply like white people except maybe better.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  278. Anonymous[249] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    You can’t be histrIonic without one more “I.”

  279. Getaclue says:
    @Kyle

    It’s just the warm up — getting compliance to Masks (the actual studies all state they are basically useless as to CVirus and may in fact cause infection, but who cares about the truth anymore when just parroting the bs the “Experts”/Mainslime Media put out will do?…here is the actual run down of all relevant studies on Face Masks: https://www.technocracy.news/censored-a-review-of-science-relevant-to-covid-19-social-policy-and-why-face-masks-dont-work/?fbclid=IwAR3hkKC6h_6PKNiSp_rJCWC5UAnGp5oFRfs5jWKPetuX0Tn6SyhIF9F52C0 ) — it’s all leading to forced “vaccinations”/poisoning and culling of the herd– “depopulation” and a controlled existence for every remaining Peon on Earth, NO RIGHTS — all the rest of the authoritarian Agenda of “911 part 2” is just waiting to be rolled out in the near future….– none of this “just happened” — all been planned for years and no, it isn’t going away — it’s just beginning: https://www.corbettreport.com/gates/

  280. @Alden

    Throwing pennies on the floor to laugh at greedy Jews picking them up is a Jewish lie as old as the first public school in America.

    I knew a mischievous bartender who liked to glue quarters to the floor outside of the women’s restroom. But that was many a moon ago and I’ve changed my evil ways.

    • LOL: Kyle
  281. MB says: • Website

    Just like the mayor of Seattle, she needs some hungry and starving looters and rioters to show up at her front door for a dinner date and the tune would change real quick.
    Or maybe not, but at least she would shut up.

  282. black sea says:
    @J.Ross

    I had a friend from Lancaster who managed and at one time owned a car dealership. At a sales conference led by some trainer from the south of England, he was instructed in how to warmly greet a repeat customer. My friend explained that in his neck of the woods, this would never work.

    “So, how would you greet such a customer?” asked the trainer.

    He said that he would pointedly ignore him for a while, and then, when the customer wandered near his desk, he would look up, frown, and say “what’s the likes of you doing fucking around here?”

  283. duncsbaby says:
    @Servant of Gla'aki

    The status of cashh has not altered. I’ve seen some click-bait articles about coin shortages, but when you make a purchase using cash, you receive your change in the usual manner.

    Not the case. I’m seeing signs for “exact change or debit/credit card payment only” in my mid-size, mid-west city. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to get cash out of my local fee-less ATM twice over the last two weeks. The company I work for stopped taking cash at the beginning of March and there are no signs that’s going to change anytime soon. Initially the reasoning for this was that Covid-19 could be spread by paper money but as we are finding out this is not the case – still no effort is being made to accept cash as payment by my company. The only reason I can see is money is in short supply, either artificially or actually, I don’t know why, but it’s real.

  284. duncsbaby says:
    @Alexander Turok

    Is there a “Never reveal the meaning behind the meme” meme?

  285. duncsbaby says:
    @Not Only Wrathful

    Speaking as someone of pretty recent Brit heritage, there are any number of reasons why Americans don’t like Brits. Having said that, I think more often than not, most Americans actually like the British or at worst, benignly tolerate them.

    • Replies: @Not Only Wrathful
  286. @duncsbaby

    Absolutely, I was just winding them up

  287. hhsiii says:
    @Cloudbuster

    Wearing a bandana around your mouth (I use a torn t-shirt) isn’t at all like a harness or hazmat suit. Speaking of which a guy tried to get into Lenox Hill the other day wearing an ersatz yellow hazmat suit. They wouldn’t let him in. The discussion at the front door was pretty funny.

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
  288. @Giancarlo M. Kumquat

    I saw a comedy roast a while back which featured Jonah Goldberg cruelly mocking Silverman for losing the ability to have children,due to her age.

    I would watch a comedy roast in which Jonah Goldberg was cruelly mocked for his inability to influence national policy, due to his track record.

    • Replies: @Giancarlo M. Kumquat
  289. @anon

    Lincoln assumed that blacks were simply like white people except maybe better.

    Lincoln also thought they should be sent back to Africa.

  290. duncsbaby says:
    @J.Ross

    ” They’re literally rewriting one of the great negative utopian novels to force it into a new standard?”

    It is, quite literally, dystopian.

  291. RAZ says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    In the mid 70’s I was driving north from FL with a friend (he and his family heavy smokers) and in NC filled his trunk with 100 cartons of cigarettes. Think they were $2/carton. Not to sell. For them to smoke.

    Sopranos had a few references to running cigarettes to NJ. Not sure if just buying them in NC or VA works well anymore. May have to buy from Indian Reservations.

  292. FPD72 says:
    @peterike

    My high school English teacher my junior year said that Twain was the first truly American novelist because his characters were genuine American types, not English living on our side of the Atlantic.

    I don’t know; were there English Mohicans? Maybe his white characters were English but I doubt that was the case for his Native Americans.

    • Replies: @Gianni in Guernsey
  293. FPD72 says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Thanks to AOC and the other Squad members, the GOP has the perfect foils; there is no need for straw men, they can argue against the real thing.

  294. @R.G. Camara

    I think it was his casting couch preference.

    As I’ve said before, the carmelitas are where it’s at.

  295. Oh, and NYC’s “uptick” continues — drive-by shoot-outs are back! And with at least 17 reported shootings it was weekend-level mayhem on a Monday

  296. @hhsiii

    I would not take it as a given that a bandanna or torn t-shit qualifies as a functional mask. I doubt any respectable trials have been done on the disease-prevention efficacy of going around looking like an old-West train robber. I have, however, seen articles that point out that wearing a spit-soaked germ trap on your can in a number of ways be detrimental both your health and the health of others.

    But beyond that, what’s the goal here? At a certain point restricting the spread of the disease among healthy people in public ceases to be a public good. We’ve “flattened the curve.” Especially vulnerable populations need to be treated differently. That does not mean forcing special restrictions on the entire population. The economic and social damage we’re doing is vast.

    There are any number of communicable diseases that are killing people every day for which we don’t take these measures. I object to the “your freedom ends at my airspace” argument. It’s an argument based on neuroticism.

    • Agree: Kyle
  297. Ragno says:
    @Supply and Demand

    She wins for two reasons.

    Hart-Celler. Right about here I’d crow thanks, Jews! (the look on your apolitical friend’s face when he discovers “Celler” was a guy named Emmanuel) – except the further damage imposed by gentile fools (Catholic Charities, United Church of Christ, ad nauseum, instantly metastasized the tumor.
    Of course, those charities, like the rest of society, have long been thoroughly, culturally Judaized after nearly a century of Jewish domination of media and public education lobbies and unions.

    Total Voter Apathy. Decades of rightly noting that voting accomplishes nothing means that AOC got in the first time with 15% of the registered voter-total (and God only knows how many people no longer bother to register). Unfortunately now it DOES matter, albeit for all the worst-possible reasons. However, I strongly believe the American voter is not stupid but apathetic (and until recently, that apathy was entirely deserved) and so I fully expect that a motivated-like-never-before white electorate will turn out in record numbers this November. Just remember to completely dismiss Leviathan news reporting that week, as it now almost entirely consists of lies and selective half-truths; believe nothing until you can independently verify it from a unconnected third party

    • Agree: Kyle
  298. @Kyle

    3 close relatives got it. They said it was the worst thing they ever experienced.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/global-coronavirus-cases-top-13-million-us-7-day-average-hits-record-highs-live?utm_campaign=&utm_content=ZeroHedge%3A+The+Durden+Dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_source=zh_newsletter

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/07/14/now-do-you-get-it/

    From Paul Craig Roberts, a real fire-breathing liberal:
    Remember Covid Is a Hoax, No One Died, No Precautions Necessary

    American Military Bases Don’t Have Nursing Home Populations so Why Shut Them Down if Only the Elderly Are Endangered?

    The Spanish Flu was a 3-year event, and the second wave was far more deadly than the first.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/release-money-us-covid-19-cases-top-60k-4th-straight-day-massive-protests-shake-israel?utm_campaign=&utm_content=ZeroHedge%3A+The+Durden+Dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_source=zh_newsletter

    • Thanks: Kyle
  299. @FPD72

    There were Mahicans and Mohegans , as in Mohegan Sun, but never any Mohicans.

  300. @Buffalo Joe

    I once watched a man load a tote size garbage with loaves of bread. He told me he had a large family.

    He runs a bodega?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  301. hhsiii says:
    @cityview

    When they charged it was $1.75 a meal for our kids in public school, but they stopped charging a few years ago. Imagine actual cost to City is somewhat less.

    I went to go get the free meals for our kids a month ago, but was told wrong school (although web site clearly said it was available at this school). Nearest one to me is about 1o blocks south and 2 blocks east. I didn’t bother to hike the extra blocks. I was mostly curious to see what was being served.

    Maybe I’ll go tomorrow. They say you can get as many meals as you want. The kids just started watching Detective Pikachu, so not gonna roust them now.

    • Replies: @cityview
  302. vinteuil says:
    @Anonymous

    And the chattering class used to make fun of the Victorians for rewriting Shakespeare to conform to contemporary taste.

  303. vinteuil says:
    @AnotherDad

    A.O.C. has two things going for her.

    OK, I’m not going there.

  304. @Harry Baldwin

    In sorry! I meant Jonah Hill,the obese comedy actor.

  305. @vinteuil

    @AnotherDad

    A.O.C. has two things going for her.

    OK, I’m not going there.

    Opinion from 1963.

    • LOL: JohnnyWalker123
  306. @Kyle

    Now a friend’s daughter has it, really bad. It gave her a-fib. She is already, already, into her second ablation. She is a 32-year-old nurse. She has 4 children. And she is fucked.

    You stupid fuckers don’t know anybody with it because you don’t know anybody. You are loser hermits who live in their basement and watch porn all day.

    • Replies: @bruce county
  307. PSR says:
    @AnotherDad

    Drive through any poor black neighborhood and you’ll see lots of chubby kids, but damned few starving kids.

  308. Dissident says:
    @Spud Boy

    (I used to think AOC was kind of hot, but she does not look good at all in this video. She looks like a little bug-eyed chihuahua.)

    And just how is The Cortez Broad’s (TCB) physical appearance and your personal aesthetic tastes relevant here? There’s so much to expose, criticize and condemn in these people (Democrats, most Republicans, The Woke, BLM, Antifa, and all their accomplices, enablers, supporters and allies). Why detract from one’s credibility and degrade the discourse by resorting to such cheap, gratuitous ad hominem?

  309. @vinteuil

    I wonder if anyone, oh, I don’t know … Tolstoy perhaps, ever answered Queen Victoria’s query about how he found English fiction by responding that he’d let her know as soon as he found any?

    • Replies: @Dissident
    , @vinteuil
  310. @AnotherDad

    A.O.C. has two things going for her.

    Obligatory visual aid:

  311. Anonymous[323] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Yeah, when Trump said he wasn’t going to wear a mask suddenly everybody started posting pictures of themselves on social media wearing masks. It became a tribal marker.

  312. @obwandiyag

    Wow Obi… you’re angry. Maybe you need to go back to the muddaland for some cultural enlightenment.

  313. @The Wild Geese Howard

    She isn’t hard to look at. But seriously.. tits are for babies.

    • Disagree: Chrisnonymous
    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  314. cityview says:
    @hhsiii

    hhsiii, thanks for your reply. That distance is a hike, and New York City blocks can be really long. If you go, please tell about it; I’m curious myself. Little Pikachu is adorable. (I know I’m really out of place here; I normally haven’t commented.)

  315. @Known Fact

    Looting a sushi bar would be stupid. 70% of sushi is the rice and the chef’s value-added, and real sushi is made on-demand, not pre-made. I couldn’t make good sushi at home. On the other hand, most of the best steaks I have eaten I made at home. The best steak I have ever had was at Keen’s Steakhouse in New York City, but numbers 2 through, say, 15 were ones I made myself.

  316. @The Wild Geese Howard

    I think they look bigger because they are in the upward phase of a bounce.

  317. @Chrisnonymous

    Yes, it’s entirely coincidence. (That looks extremely sarcastic, but it’s seriously not meant to be)

    But it shows that the entire design process was “We want something with a big angry chicken on it, like on the currency“. (The big angry chicken on the currency is also eyes-right).

    Given that every halfwit political partisan makes a habit of parsing everything everyone says for ‘easter eggs’ and ‘dog whistles’, it’s weird that nobody was tasked with ensuring that the design didn’t expose the campaign’s taint to the other side’s boot.

    But here we are, and it’s great fun to be able to rule out any claim that the campaign was trying to may some tribute to the American angry chicken.

    In a real sense, it undermines claims that the political class are obsessed with esoterica.

    It reminds me of numbskulls in the early 2000s who claimed that having the flag “backwards” (i.e., stars top-right) on right-shoulder insignia was a sign that they weren’t really US troops (DUN-DUN DUUUNNNNN!!!)

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  318. Dissident says:
    @Old Palo Altan

    I wonder if anyone, oh, I don’t know … Tolstoy perhaps, ever answered Queen Victoria’s query about how he found English fiction by responding that he’d let her know as soon as he found any?

    Were you perhaps thinking of the famous Gandhi quip that he made in response to being asked what he thought of Western Civilization?

    Are you of the opinion that English fiction pales in comparison to the Russian variety? Have you read the latter in the original Russian? Being completely unfamiliar with that language, I have not. I can just say that the thought of knowing a work only in translation seems odd to me. For I see, just from my limited familiarity with languages other than English, just how much is inevitably lost in translation.

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  319. Dissident says:
    @syonredux

    Speaking of revolutions,I’be been browsing through Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. I wonder if AOC has ever read it. If not, she might find this passage educational…

    Is it plausible that any of the Woke would be moved by Dickens?

    I have yet to see a mention here of Dickens’ other work of historical fiction, Barnaby Rudge. Perhaps my favorite of the Dickens works I have read, Centered around the Gordon Riots of 1780, Rudge is not without parallels to the present savagery of rioting, looting and terrorizing that is carried-out under pretext and cover of a noble cause. Link is to a delightful reading of the novel recorded for Project Librivox by the wonderfully talented Mil Nicholson.

  320. Dissident says:
    @Jack D

    The fact that Twain’s humor holds up over the distance of well over a century (and translates so well – Twain is beloved all over the globe, he was one of the most popular writers in the Soviet Union) is remarkable.

    For those who may be interested, many of Twain’s works are available as audiobooks from the Librivox Project. I specifically recommend those read by the superbly talented John Greenman. Librivox offers, free-of-charge, many books that are in the public domain, read by volunteers.

    Incidentally, since Dickens was discussed in this thread, I recall reading that Mark Twain was not a fan of Dickens. Specifically, that after hearing a reading from David Copperfield, Twain responded, essentially, that he did not see what all the fuss was about.

  321. @Chrisnonymous

    On the other hand, most of the best steaks I have eaten I made at home.

    What’s your secret?

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    , @Chrisnonymous
  322. @Dissident

    No, I was echoing Wagner’s response to Queen Victoria when she asked him what he thought of English music.

    I agree with both the real Wagner and my imagined Tolstoy.

    Poetry and drama suffer in translation; I am glad to have read the Iliad in the original Greek.

    But the sort of novel which I admire, at any rate, is less about language than depth of understanding of the human condition. Here the Russians beat not only the English but everybody else.

    Napoleon was wrong when he called the English a nation of shop-keepers, as he learned to his cost. They are a nation of shop-keepers led by ruthless conquerers, conquerers even now choosing a new people to control for their own ends.

    I enjoy Dickens (although I prefer Thackeray and Trollope), but I go to Tolstoy for something much more and more lasting than mere enjoyment. I read him in English and do not doubt that reading him, not so much in Russian but as a fellow Russian, would add considerably to the experience.

    Genius is not the apex of talent, but something entirely on its own, a gift from heaven. The heavens, evidently, don’t seem to like England very much.

    • Thanks: Dissident
  323. Clyde says:
    @Prester John

    Wes Studi as Magwa is super lethal. He kills close and personal. Another slit throat is an afterthought to him. I liked the way Magwa died. The old Indian faked him out.

  324. @Chrisnonymous

    1) Forget the sushi chef, I’d just go for those big slabs of expensive tuna and yellowtail they keep hidden under the counter.

    2) I remember Keen’s! They were famous for their lamb chops too.

    3) If you like steak, look for a small cut called the chuck eye — if you can find one cut thick enough they live up to the nickname “poor man’s ribeye.”

    • Thanks: Chrisnonymous
  325. @Jim Don Bob

    Hey Jim Don Bob, I think the main secret to steak is getting one that’s thick enough so you can grill it fast and hard (on one side) while the inside stays rare and juicy. I don’t try to get a good char on both sides, just the side I’m going to serve face up. Do the bottom side very lightly. Liberal salt and pepper are important to get the good char on the topside.

    As I was telling Chrisnonymous, try looking for a small cut called the chuck eye — if you can find one cut thick enough they live up to the nickname “poor man’s ribeye.”

    And brush on a little Goya mojo, salsa or sofrito at the end to show solidarity!

    • Thanks: Jim Don Bob
  326. @Thirdtwin

    Anecdotally speaking, Almost every business I have patronized for the last two or three months, in several states, has a sign stating that they will not accept cash payment.

    Interesting. That definitely isn’t happening around here (Sioux Falls). Do you perhaps live in California, or some other “blue” state where the vast bulk of the population is either very well off, or living in a state of utter degradation?

  327. vinteuil says:
    @Old Palo Altan

    Good heavens – Tolstoy?

    I recently listened all the way through Anna Karenina, for the first time

    What an insufferable bore & prig & prick he was.

    I’m still struggling to make it through War & Peace without throwing my android at the wall, every few minutes.

    • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
  328. vinteuil says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    When Twain was good, he was very, very good. But when he was bad, he was awful.

    His Joan of Arc novel, on which he wasted a lot of time, is almost unbelievably bad.

  329. @bruce county

    But seriously.. tits are for babies.

    That’s a bit Freudian, but I’ll be the first to admit that I can be fairly infantile at times…so your contention makes some sense.

    Have a good one bro!

  330. @Jim Don Bob

    It’s mostly about starting with the right piece of meat. Steak is expensive, so it is usually cut thin to make it affordable, but you really need something in the 2 inches wide range. Usually, you have to get this specially cut for you. This width is necessary to keep the middle rare when the outside is grilled adequately. (If you can afford it, going to a specialty butcher to get a high grade of meat will make a difference too. It’s expensive, but the last time I did that, I paid $60 for a T-bone that fed 5 people. If you compare to the cost of buying 5 individual steaks in a restaurant, it’s reasonable.)

    I grill outdoors on a traditional Weber charcoal grill. Grilling is a skill you have to practice and develop to get the fire and the flipping right. I got into it by watching Steve Raichlin (sp?) on TV, snd he has some grilling technical books too.

    My favorite recipe is very simple:
    Get a serving platter large enough for your big steak. Cover the bottom with a layer of extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle leaves of sage into the olive oil. Take the steak off the grill and put it directly into the olive oil/sage leaves. Flip a few times to cover the steak in the mixture and then let sit until ready to serve. The heat from the steak will make the sage release its flavors into the olive oil. Carve, serve, and eat with good bread (use the bread to dip into/soak up the olive oil/sage/steak juices in the platter) and your preferred red wine.

    Note: I believe bread is unhealthy, but this is a case where it is totally worth it.

    • Thanks: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @Hhsiii
  331. @Kratoklastes

    I wonder if it’s possible that the campaign chicken has to be distinguished from official US presidential seal chickens for legal reasons, and switching the head orientation does the trick.

  332. @vinteuil

    I suspect that’s nothing much more than a case of lockdown fever.

    In any case, my point is not really about Tolstoy at all. You will have already understood that it is simply to point out that English fiction, although good and enjoyable, as was much English music of the period we are considering, just doesn’t rise to the Continental level, be it German, Russian, French, or Italian.

  333. @Jack Armstrong

    Jack, you are probably correct.

  334. Hhsiii says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    Keen’s mutton. Actually saddle of lamb I think. Classic. I’m partial to Sparks. I went there on 9/11. 😉

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  335. Hhsiii says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    Yeah, a board sauce. I do that. Raichlen does it with a big T-bone bistecca a la fiorentina. I love the leftover bone crisped up. I’ve actually gotten to doing ok on a little gas stove and oven indoors with a cast iron pan.

    The things that restaurants do most home chefs can’t is the industrial strength salamander grill etc. can sear and leave rare inside quickly without the sub layer of gray.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  336. I’ve actually gotten to doing ok on a little gas stove and oven indoors with a cast iron pan.

    How much heat do you use? Do you “grease” your pan?

  337. @Hhsiii

    Pittsburgh style? I attempted it at home once but it didn’t turn out well. I’ve only had it once at a local hometown steakhouse. I had to explain it to the waiter, but I think the chef understood. It was okay, but I want to try it at a better restaurant.

  338. vinteuil says:

    …my point is not really about Tolstoy at all. You will have already understood that it is simply to point out that English fiction, although good and enjoyable, as was much English music of the period we are considering, just doesn’t rise to the Continental level, be it German, Russian, French, or Italian…

    Good God, my friend – you thought you could slip that by me?

    Comparing English fiction & English music ? No way, dude!

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