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One of the more striking phenomena of recent years is the trend toward making certain news articles duller, vaguer, and more insignificant sounding. Stories used to be written to begin with the five W’s — Who, What, Where, When, and Why — as close to the top as human verbal ingenuity could manage. But lately, many stories are constructed to bore the casual reader into moving on to the next story before he has much of a clue what this one is about.

From the Washington Post news section:

Portland protesters set fire inside county building as tensions continue to escalate

By Katie Shepherd
August 19, 2020 at 3:32 p.m. PDT

PORTLAND, Ore. — A crowd of protesters marched to a county building in southeast Portland on Tuesday night, where a handful of people in masks and all-black outfits threw rocks through windows and lit a small fire inside

Just a small fire.

, marking the 83rd night of protests in Portland that have led to millions of dollars in damage to city property, officials said.

Several hundred people participated in the peaceful protest

See, it was a peaceful protest.

before a smaller group broke off

Small, smaller, smallest.

, police said, lighting fires in dumpsters in the street to block traffic and slow down police who later tried to clear the scene. Some sprayed anti-police graffiti on the county building and scrawled instructions to “aim here” across the windows on the first floor. A few masked people threw rocks through window panes, and someone tossed a flaming newspaper into the building, according to reports.

The fires lit inside the building remained relatively small

Small!

, leaving behind scorched curtains and piles of ash on desks near the shattered windows. The flames did not burn for long, but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system, officials said. Police made two arrests Tuesday: Peter Curtis, 40, on charges of criminal mischief and reckless endangering, and Jesse Hawk, 23, on eight common protest-related charges: riot, interfering with a peace officer, resisting arrest, unlawful use of a weapon, assaulting a public safety officer, harassment, disorderly conduct and attempted escape.

Small charges. Anyway, these sound like boring personalities of no interest to reader:

When are certain terms first mentioned in this article?

“Black Lives Matter” — 11th paragraph

“Trans…” — never

“Antifa” — never

“Arson” — never

 
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  1. The adjective “small” is not reassuring when combined with the word “fire”. “There’s a small fire in your house/apartment/office/car” is not the sort of statement that puts one at one’s ease. The use of this qualifier by the media to downplay acts of arson is comically inept.

    • Agree: Old Prude
    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    @Rob McX

    The use of this qualifier by the enemy to downplay acts of arson is comically inept. FIFY.

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Rob McX

    "The flames did not burn for long but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system..." Who is she trying to bullshit? The alarm system should go off at the first little whiff of smoke, so something can be done early, and the sprinkler heads that get warm enough open up. The fire detection/protection worked as planned. See, the "protestors" just set some very little fires that, unfortunately with fuel around, GREW. Who knew? They just set LITTLE FIRES.

    I also really wonder about that "piles of ash" bit. It takes more than a small fire to create piles of ash.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Alden, @vhrm

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Rob McX


    The adjective “small” is not reassuring when combined with the word “fire”. “There’s a small fire in your house/apartment/office/car” is not the sort of statement that puts one at one’s ease. The use of this qualifier by the media to downplay acts of arson is comically inept.
     
    "Mr. X was temporarily detained for firing a small bullet into the head of Mr. Y."

    Replies: @Sam Malone

    , @SunBakedSuburb
    @Rob McX

    "comically inept"

    Hillary's attempt last night to prove the monkey on her back has nothing to do with baby's blood.

  2. @Rob McX
    The adjective "small" is not reassuring when combined with the word "fire". "There's a small fire in your house/apartment/office/car" is not the sort of statement that puts one at one's ease. The use of this qualifier by the media to downplay acts of arson is comically inept.

    Replies: @Redneck farmer, @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @SunBakedSuburb

    The use of this qualifier by the enemy to downplay acts of arson is comically inept. FIFY.

    • Agree: bomag, YetAnotherAnon
  3. I’m thinking of putting together a news network called the tl;dr Post.

  4. This kind of stuff makes you wonder if we aren’t in for a repeat of the “shocking” 2016 election results. The MSM and Democrats alternate between ignoring, downplaying and tacitly approving and justifying the violence this summer. But you have to think there must be a fair number of moderate Democratic voters appalled by all of this.

    Portland, Seattle and NYC riots won’t change the election results, but it won’t take many Democrats in Philly, Minneapolis and Madison staying home to alter the results in November. If I were Trump, I’d find a way to recreate this classic ad from Nixon’s ‘68 campaign. Law and order is Trump’s best shot at winning.

    • Replies: @B36
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    It's astounding that the Republicans haven't already run such ads. Are they just incompetent (augmented by Trump's scattered attention) or playing their usual Washington Generals role?

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    , @Negrolphin Pool
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Trump should run highlight reels of the shocking destruction unleashed by BLM: miles of boarded up windows on some of America's ritziest streets, hardworking shop owners cleaning up the remnants of their destroyed businesses and jogger POCs predators kicking white victims' heads in while they lie defenseless on the ground. These ads should be run aggressively in Republican and swing-state markets. Say, "This is what Democrat orchestrators have planned for every Main Street in America."

    Goad Touchy Magoo and Willie Brown's Fleshlight into having to defend their law-and-order bona fides. Then when they are forced to react to charges that they approve of the blood curdling mayhem unleashed in city after Dem-run city, start running ads featuring their own admissions of Treason to the Cause in every Marxist hotspot from coast to coast. The communists can hear straight from their candidates' own mouths about their steadfast dedication to locking up Men of Color who dindu nuffin and their enthusiastic ground-level perpetuation of systemic racist white supremacist patriarchy.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Gary in Gramercy

  5. “Tabitha Poppins” Transvestite antifas? Those are the most vicious! Lol!

  6. before a smaller group broke off

    VADER to IMPERIAL PILOTS: “Several transvestites have broken off from the main group. Come with me!”

    • LOL: Muggles
  7. You’ve gotta give Katie credit for using the active voice at least, from the excerpts here, at least. She does sound like she in sympathy with the protestors that have been rioting (or the rioters that have been protesting) and is trying to minimize everything that happened. With long term inflation, even the “millions of dollars of damage” seems like a pittance. Nobody’s neck hairs rise up until they hear “BILLIONS!” anymore.

    The Washington Post must have had the Elaine Beses talk with Miss Katie Shepherd, and Miss Shepherd took it to heart:

  8. Transvestites and ex-military BLM supporters.
    You can’t make this stuff up.
    Interesting that these wackos dare to indulge in such vandalism precisely in cities that are most hospitable to their presence: Seattle, Portland, NYC, LA, SF.

    • Replies: @Ripple Earthdevil
    @Escher

    Actually other than some statues taken down in GG Park awhile back there's been no vandalism in SF. Radicalism in the Bay Area tends to center across the bay in Oakland with some spillover into Berkeley but other than a couple flareups it's been pretty quiet here especially compared to Portland and Seattle.

    , @Kratoklastes
    @Escher


    ex-military BLM supporters
     
    Hmmm... you're being unacceptably non-hagiographic.

    "Ex-military" is the ultimate signifier for Yankish flag-lickers - it requires immediate uncritical fawning and obeisance from mouth-breathers from sea to shining sea.

    So don't dare take their names in vain by trying to be puckish... be a good serf and say "Thank you for your service" to the hero, or the terrrrrrrrrrists win.

    Say "Thank you for your service" to the hero. SAY IT.
  9. @Rob McX
    The adjective "small" is not reassuring when combined with the word "fire". "There's a small fire in your house/apartment/office/car" is not the sort of statement that puts one at one's ease. The use of this qualifier by the media to downplay acts of arson is comically inept.

    Replies: @Redneck farmer, @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @SunBakedSuburb

    “The flames did not burn for long but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system…” Who is she trying to bullshit? The alarm system should go off at the first little whiff of smoke, so something can be done early, and the sprinkler heads that get warm enough open up. The fire detection/protection worked as planned. See, the “protestors” just set some very little fires that, unfortunately with fuel around, GREW. Who knew? They just set LITTLE FIRES.

    I also really wonder about that “piles of ash” bit. It takes more than a small fire to create piles of ash.

    • Replies: @ic1000
    @Achmed E. Newman

    > “The flames did not burn for long but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system…”

    The Antifa and Black Lives Matter arsonists were thwarted when the sprinkler system doused their fires, leaving scorched curtains and piles of ash on desks near the shattered windows.

    While the rioters’ violent acts prevented first responders from quickly reaching the scene, none of the building’s occupants burned to death. Still, millions of taxpayer dollars will be earmarked for repairing smoke and water damage, relocating public servants to temporary offices, and covering increased insurance premiums.

    (Duranty Pulitzer goes to Katie Shepherd and not to me, sigh.)

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Alden
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Right, several candles in a small low ceiling room can set off smoke alarms. Or food burning on the top of the stove. They’re very sensitive.

    What I dislike is how general news articles are. What county departments are in the building. What neighborhood is it in. They’re useless. One thing I’m glad to see. Newspapers are shrinking. They used to be about 80 percent advertisements 20 percent content. With fewer and fewer ads, they’re getting thinner and thinner. I hope they all disappear and soon.

    , @vhrm
    @Achmed E. Newman


    The flames did not burn for long, but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system,

     



    and the sprinkler heads that get warm enough open up
     
    I'd like to dwell on the sprinklers a minute longer.

    As you say, an alarm system is triggered, but, unlike all movies, a sprinkler SYSTEM isn't triggered, a specific sprinkler head is. And the way it's triggered is that a metal piece in the head itself melts (or a glass bulb breaks due to expansion of its content) to allow the valve to open.

    So there has to be significant heat reaching the sprinkler head on the ceiling to cause it to deploy.
    More than a burning newspaper's with of heat.

    Not a great vid but gives the idea (demo starts at 3:15):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyCJ29EWe78

    And that's in a 6 foot box, not an office building with 9' or 10' ceilings, no curtains and the sprinkler heads not near the wall.

    Replies: @Faraday's Bobcat

  10. Well, Tabitha, let’s start with the good news. Your eyeshadow matches your dress. But your lipstick is all wrong. Pink lipstick and purple eyeshadow can work together, but that shade is way too pale.

    And your hair … ugh. Girl, I have two words for you: absolute disaster. It’s about as far from supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as you can get. You might as well get a wig. If you’re having trouble scrounging up enough change to buy beauty supplies, try Dollar Tree, where everything is still $1.

    If you’re going to LARP as a female, Tabby – can I call you Tabby? – then at least do it right. There are thousands of tranny makeover videos on YouTube. Watch them and learn. You’ll thank me later.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    @Stan Adams

    Brilliant, except for “can I call you Tabby?” instead of “may I call you Tabby?”.

    Replies: @Stan Adams

  11. @NJ Transit Commuter
    This kind of stuff makes you wonder if we aren’t in for a repeat of the “shocking” 2016 election results. The MSM and Democrats alternate between ignoring, downplaying and tacitly approving and justifying the violence this summer. But you have to think there must be a fair number of moderate Democratic voters appalled by all of this.

    Portland, Seattle and NYC riots won’t change the election results, but it won’t take many Democrats in Philly, Minneapolis and Madison staying home to alter the results in November. If I were Trump, I’d find a way to recreate this classic ad from Nixon’s ‘68 campaign. Law and order is Trump’s best shot at winning.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AmYjIsw6u7U

    Replies: @B36, @Negrolphin Pool

    It’s astounding that the Republicans haven’t already run such ads. Are they just incompetent (augmented by Trump’s scattered attention) or playing their usual Washington Generals role?

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @B36


    It’s astounding that the Republicans haven’t already run such ads. Are they just incompetent (augmented by Trump’s scattered attention) or playing their usual Washington Generals role?
     
    Indeed. Every Republican ad should feature video (by now there's lots of video to chose from) of white prople being assaulted in the streets, mobs tearing down statues of George Washington and other worthies, and BLM and antifa creeps yelling out obscenities and threats. Imagine what Lee Atwater could do with what's available now. I guess Trump is too busy touting his "criminal justice reform" creds.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt

  12. What strikes me about the guys in Portland is that they all have some combination of cluster B personality disorders (Which can be visually assess so easily in current year from things like septum piercings, certain kinds of tattoos and hair dye as well as acts like histrionic screaming and antisocial personality disorder and the guy who sucker kicked the ‘racist rammer’. That guy also had a septum piercing and seemed to have that pained BPD look in his eyes. Maybe he was mixed race and had identity issues.) that this meshes fine with the zeitgeist of the power users of Tumblr and social media who have so much influence and enjoyed both the public performativeness and also hectoring and attacking of ‘heretics’ that has come to characterise so much of the dominant expression of SJW politics.

    Is this all applied BPD?

  13. Stories used to be written to begin with the five W’s — Who, What, Where, When, and Why

    Unless the Who is White. Then his name, address, place of employment and close family members are revealed.

    Like if a White person disrespects a Black person by asking them to obey the law.

  14. I vaguely remember that it is a problem for one or other side in the Theory of Meaning that a small elephant is not small.

  15. How would the Washington Post report a “small” fire set by a “protester” in their own reporters’ offices? Or at their homes?

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Herp McDerp

    "Democracy dies in Small Fires"

    , @Jack D
    @Herp McDerp

    Your asking the wrong question. The question for them is not whether the fire is "big" or "small" (there are no "small fires" - every fire that consumes a building or even an enormous forest starts with a "small" fire) but WHO set the fire and WHOM the property that is being consumed belongs to. If the exact same size fire was set by a bunch of white guys in KKK robes and the property that was being burned was say a black church or a synagogue, would the Washington Post ever in a million years concern itself with whether the fire was "big" or "small"?

  16. @Herp McDerp
    How would the Washington Post report a "small" fire set by a "protester" in their own reporters' offices? Or at their homes?

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jack D

    “Democracy dies in Small Fires”

  17. “He’s in the military” I wonder how much of the crazy is being funded by veteran’s benefits.

    https://www.instagram.com/tabithapoppins/

  18. When I was in high school, I took journalism as an elective. We used an old-school textbook that stressed the 5 W’s. It also stressed that all news stories be written as an inverted pyramid, which means that the most important information should be at the beginning, with the story getting less-and-less important as it goes on. That way, if the story has to be cut, you can start cutting at the bottom and work your way up.

    Now, however, it’s like journalists fancy themselves as fiction writers and they want to paint a picture and construct a narrative, rather than just reporting the facts.

    • Replies: @Mark in BC
    @ScarletNumber

    For that last couple decades I've realized the real money quotes are in the last paragraph or two.

    , @Harry Baldwin
    @ScarletNumber

    journalists fancy themselves as fiction writers and they want to paint a picture and construct a narrative, rather than just reporting the facts.

    As someone observed recently, "The news used to tell you that something happened, and you had to decide how you felt about it. Now it tells you how to feel about something, and you have to decide if it actually happened."

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @Ben tillman

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @ScarletNumber


    Now, however, it’s like journalists fancy themselves as fiction writers.
     
    They all think they are Hunter S. Thompson. But while it might be fun to read his drug induced, subjective impressions, you wouldn't want to bet the ranch that he is faithfully reporting exactly what happened.
    , @Dube
    @ScarletNumber

    Here's the stylebook. Start with focus on a selected person with whom the readers will laugh or cry. Go on and on with sensitive, beautiful prose; you're not a g.d. reporter, you're a writer. Your editor will give you some terms to introduce in the light of your featured character's attitudes; these terms otherwise would be misunderstood as blunt facts. Introduce them only when tone is established.

  19. And then there is this headline from WaPo describing the horrific attack on that man in Portland a few nights ago. [He’s still unconscious, btw).

    F*cking outrageous.

    Man seriously injured in attack after crashing his truck during Black Lives Matter protest in Portland

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/08/17/truck-crash-protest-assault/

  20. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Rob McX

    "The flames did not burn for long but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system..." Who is she trying to bullshit? The alarm system should go off at the first little whiff of smoke, so something can be done early, and the sprinkler heads that get warm enough open up. The fire detection/protection worked as planned. See, the "protestors" just set some very little fires that, unfortunately with fuel around, GREW. Who knew? They just set LITTLE FIRES.

    I also really wonder about that "piles of ash" bit. It takes more than a small fire to create piles of ash.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Alden, @vhrm

    > “The flames did not burn for long but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system…”

    The Antifa and Black Lives Matter arsonists were thwarted when the sprinkler system doused their fires, leaving scorched curtains and piles of ash on desks near the shattered windows.

    While the rioters’ violent acts prevented first responders from quickly reaching the scene, none of the building’s occupants burned to death. Still, millions of taxpayer dollars will be earmarked for repairing smoke and water damage, relocating public servants to temporary offices, and covering increased insurance premiums.

    (Duranty Pulitzer goes to Katie Shepherd and not to me, sigh.)

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @ic1000

    Next time they will be smart and disable the sprinkler system before they start the fire.

    As long as these criminal actions are tolerated and excused by Democrat leadership and the press, they will only continue to grow in scope and in the amount of damage that they cause. The only way to break the cycle is to hunt down and arrest as many of the criminals as can be identified (and you can identify most of them if you try - you don't even have to try very hard), try them for arson and sentence them to long sentences in state or federal prison. Right now, setting "small" fires is all good fun. If an evening of good fun costs you 10 years in a high security prison that changes the calculus of what is good fun.

    As I say in my other comment, if these guys were white (non-tranny) males and they were setting "small" fires in black churches the entire FBI would be out there trying to find and arrest each and every one of them and anyone who ever had a beer with them for good measure. And the church burnings themselves would be front page news in every major paper and the lead story on the national TV news and there would be 24/7 coverage on CNN.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  21. Don’t pretty much all fires, including those leading to much death and injury (like Califormia wildfires), start off as ‘small”?

    This fire is believed to have started with a discarded cigarette. It killed 56 people.

    I believe Mr Van der Lubbe, another antifa type, only started a small fire in the Reichstag.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    @YetAnotherAnon


    Don’t pretty much all fires, including those leading to much death and injury (like Califormia wildfires), start off as ‘small”?
     
    "But officer, all I did was light the fuse! That one match was such a tiny little fire, it should barely count as anything. I dindu nuthin,' really."
  22. Ngo’s tweet says “transvestite.” That’s not a man who thinks he’s a woman. It’s a man who knows he’s a man but gets a sexual kick from wearing dresses (in this case in public).

  23. If you are participating in protests that turn violent and destructive every single night, then you are part of the violence, even if you aren’t part of the “smaller” break-off group. You’re like the Muslims who come across Ahmed and Sulejman building bombs in the mosque but say nothing to the cops. Does the MSM make excuses for them?

    Oh wait, I guess they do.

    Incidentally, isn’t it interesting how much less Islamic violence we’ve been seeing in the West these past few years ? In the last term of the Obama Administration there was something almost every single month. It’s almost as if by showing a little self-respect and casting a lot of votes for right-wingers the West showed Muslims that we are ready to put them in their place. I suspect Trump’s “racist” travel ban, and reduction of refugee admissions, hasn’t hurt.

    • Replies: @Federalist
    @Wilkey

    Why has Muslim terrorism seem to have gone on hiatus?

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

  24. “Black Lives Matter” — 11th paragraph

    I feel like there should be some variant on the term “inverse pyramid” (woke pyramid?) to describe this sort of phenomenon. Of course, it is hard because they often leave out race entirely.

  25. A small bullet entered the skull and left a small tract behind in the cerebrum before making a small hole in the middle cerebral artery. See how easy that is?

    • Replies: @vhrm
    @Dan Smith


    A small bullet entered the skull and left a small tract behind in the cerebrum before making a small hole in the middle cerebral artery. See how easy that is?
     
    The small explosion shifted the metal bucket less than two meters.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Boy
  26. @Wilkey
    If you are participating in protests that turn violent and destructive every single night, then you are part of the violence, even if you aren’t part of the “smaller” break-off group. You’re like the Muslims who come across Ahmed and Sulejman building bombs in the mosque but say nothing to the cops. Does the MSM make excuses for them?

    Oh wait, I guess they do.

    Incidentally, isn’t it interesting how much less Islamic violence we’ve been seeing in the West these past few years ? In the last term of the Obama Administration there was something almost every single month. It’s almost as if by showing a little self-respect and casting a lot of votes for right-wingers the West showed Muslims that we are ready to put them in their place. I suspect Trump’s “racist” travel ban, and reduction of refugee admissions, hasn’t hurt.

    Replies: @Federalist

    Why has Muslim terrorism seem to have gone on hiatus?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @Federalist


    Why has Muslim terrorism seem to have gone on hiatus?
     
    The fate of General Soleimani may have something to do with it.

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/D2AA/production/_113303935_36a2041e-c9f1-4341-869c-2cfc54843ce2.jpg

    Replies: @Known Fact

  27. @ScarletNumber
    When I was in high school, I took journalism as an elective. We used an old-school textbook that stressed the 5 W's. It also stressed that all news stories be written as an inverted pyramid, which means that the most important information should be at the beginning, with the story getting less-and-less important as it goes on. That way, if the story has to be cut, you can start cutting at the bottom and work your way up.

    Now, however, it's like journalists fancy themselves as fiction writers and they want to paint a picture and construct a narrative, rather than just reporting the facts.

    Replies: @Mark in BC, @Harry Baldwin, @Hypnotoad666, @Dube

    For that last couple decades I’ve realized the real money quotes are in the last paragraph or two.

    • Agree: ScarletNumber
  28. I surprised they didn’t use, “small fires, like those used by children to make s’mores, were lit…”

  29. … small …
    … small …
    … small …

    Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.”

    —Auric Goldfinger

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    @PiltdownMan

    "Auric Goldfinger"

    Goldfinger picks the crud out of the corner of his eye and flicks it in the air as he issues his first threat to Sean Connery. Boss move.

  30. “…Meanwhile somewhere in deplorableland small murders continue… Back to you, Jane!…”

  31. Got to admire a “gal” who can run from cops in heels. And years ago this guy was a cross dresser, not trans.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    @Buffalo Joe

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh39tNa4Etg

    , @Enemy of Earth
    @Buffalo Joe

    And I have to admire the ability to find a bit of humor in such a depressing, delusional, and sad individual. Years ago this guy was a Sodomite and a degenerate but now he is a candidate for story time at the local library.

    "And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done."

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @Buffalo Joe


    Got to admire a “gal” who can run from cops in heels.
     
    While holding a beer, no less.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

  32. Totally hypothetically, why are the cops bothering with this silly arrest and release charade?

    Antifa have medics and ambulances. Just damage the most obnoxious rioters and leave them for Antifa medical staff to clean up.

    • Replies: @Farenheit
    @The Wild Geese Howard


    Totally hypothetically, why are the cops bothering with this silly arrest and release charade?

    Antifa have medics and ambulances. Just damage the most obnoxious rioters and leave them for Antifa medical staff to clean up.
     

    Seems to me the better move would be to scoop up as many as possible every night, take them to one of those rolling police offices and sit them down and make them a deal to become police informants.

    Most won't go for it, but it will be a cancer to the cohesion of the group. Everyone the cops sit down and make the pitch to will become suspect.

    Then a couple strategic arrests in the middle of the day, with a handsome police spokesman saying on the local evening news that they were tipped off by an informant in the local antifa chapter.

    LARPing with "friends" you can't trust gets old fast.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

  33. Smaller than small?

    “A few masked people…”

  34. @Buffalo Joe
    Got to admire a "gal" who can run from cops in heels. And years ago this guy was a cross dresser, not trans.

    Replies: @Cortes, @Enemy of Earth, @Hypnotoad666

  35. @Herp McDerp
    How would the Washington Post report a "small" fire set by a "protester" in their own reporters' offices? Or at their homes?

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jack D

    Your asking the wrong question. The question for them is not whether the fire is “big” or “small” (there are no “small fires” – every fire that consumes a building or even an enormous forest starts with a “small” fire) but WHO set the fire and WHOM the property that is being consumed belongs to. If the exact same size fire was set by a bunch of white guys in KKK robes and the property that was being burned was say a black church or a synagogue, would the Washington Post ever in a million years concern itself with whether the fire was “big” or “small”?

  36. @ScarletNumber
    When I was in high school, I took journalism as an elective. We used an old-school textbook that stressed the 5 W's. It also stressed that all news stories be written as an inverted pyramid, which means that the most important information should be at the beginning, with the story getting less-and-less important as it goes on. That way, if the story has to be cut, you can start cutting at the bottom and work your way up.

    Now, however, it's like journalists fancy themselves as fiction writers and they want to paint a picture and construct a narrative, rather than just reporting the facts.

    Replies: @Mark in BC, @Harry Baldwin, @Hypnotoad666, @Dube

    journalists fancy themselves as fiction writers and they want to paint a picture and construct a narrative, rather than just reporting the facts.

    As someone observed recently, “The news used to tell you that something happened, and you had to decide how you felt about it. Now it tells you how to feel about something, and you have to decide if it actually happened.”

    • Agree: El Dato, Nicholas Stix
    • Thanks: Hypnotoad666
    • LOL: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Harry Baldwin

    See, now that's what I'm talking about! (my other comment to you just now). That is the proper attitude we should have toward the Lyin' Press. I would bet our media are well farther gone that the USSR's Pravda - as we near Peak Stupidity, they can get away with a lot more than the Soviet "reporters" in 1975.

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Harry Baldwin


    As someone observed recently, “The news used to tell you that something happened, and you had to decide how you felt about it. Now it tells you how to feel about something, and you have to decide if it actually happened.”
     
    That's good.
    , @Ben tillman
    @Harry Baldwin

    Good one.

  37. In every war, most soldiers do not see combat. They are support troops, who enable those on the front line to do their job. “Peaceful protesters” are the support troops for Antifa.

    • Agree: Hibernian, ic1000
    • Replies: @ic1000
    @Harry Baldwin

    Videos of the protests show lots of people with cameras, wearing vests proclaiming "PRESS," mingling freely and welcome everywhere. They record plenty of high-production-value police brutality scenes. But the footage of Good Samaritans being sucker-punched and kicked comes from random shakycam smartphones, instead.

    "Support troops, who enable those on the front line to do their job" -- a simple explanation.

    Then there are plenty of amateur-filmed scenes of less-sympathetic journalists like Andy Ngo getting hassled and assaulted, whatever their vests do or don't say. That doesn't elicit much interest from the mainstream press.

    Enemy combatants getting what they deserve, I guess.

  38. @Harry Baldwin
    @ScarletNumber

    journalists fancy themselves as fiction writers and they want to paint a picture and construct a narrative, rather than just reporting the facts.

    As someone observed recently, "The news used to tell you that something happened, and you had to decide how you felt about it. Now it tells you how to feel about something, and you have to decide if it actually happened."

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @Ben tillman

    See, now that’s what I’m talking about! (my other comment to you just now). That is the proper attitude we should have toward the Lyin’ Press. I would bet our media are well farther gone that the USSR’s Pravda – as we near Peak Stupidity, they can get away with a lot more than the Soviet “reporters” in 1975.

  39. @ic1000
    @Achmed E. Newman

    > “The flames did not burn for long but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system…”

    The Antifa and Black Lives Matter arsonists were thwarted when the sprinkler system doused their fires, leaving scorched curtains and piles of ash on desks near the shattered windows.

    While the rioters’ violent acts prevented first responders from quickly reaching the scene, none of the building’s occupants burned to death. Still, millions of taxpayer dollars will be earmarked for repairing smoke and water damage, relocating public servants to temporary offices, and covering increased insurance premiums.

    (Duranty Pulitzer goes to Katie Shepherd and not to me, sigh.)

    Replies: @Jack D

    Next time they will be smart and disable the sprinkler system before they start the fire.

    As long as these criminal actions are tolerated and excused by Democrat leadership and the press, they will only continue to grow in scope and in the amount of damage that they cause. The only way to break the cycle is to hunt down and arrest as many of the criminals as can be identified (and you can identify most of them if you try – you don’t even have to try very hard), try them for arson and sentence them to long sentences in state or federal prison. Right now, setting “small” fires is all good fun. If an evening of good fun costs you 10 years in a high security prison that changes the calculus of what is good fun.

    As I say in my other comment, if these guys were white (non-tranny) males and they were setting “small” fires in black churches the entire FBI would be out there trying to find and arrest each and every one of them and anyone who ever had a beer with them for good measure. And the church burnings themselves would be front page news in every major paper and the lead story on the national TV news and there would be 24/7 coverage on CNN.

    • Agree: lavoisier, ic1000
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Jack D


    The only way to break the cycle is to hunt down and arrest as many of the criminals as can be identified ... , try them for arson and sentence them to long sentences in state or federal prison
     
    We are well above the threshold of armed sedition and armed insurrection, in other words, acts of WAR on the United States.

    Treating acts of WAR as routine law enforcement issues is a serious mistake and inevitably leads to the emergence of alternative para-military power centers as is in Mexico, Liberia, Sierra Leone etc.

  40. Oh Katie, just another member of the F.O.G. (Friends of Goebbels) or fog, whatever you prefer.

    That’s what I call them.

    MSM gives off some air of superiority over us proles that is not warranted.

    I was taught that Josef?; Joseph?; Joey G? was the greatest propagandist of ALL time! So, the scribes of today should take pride in being in the company of such a great man!

    It might make the Pharisee’s at the times/post a little squeamish but I am sure they would relish the irony.

    Not certain it’s original; feel free to use the term and spread it far and wide.

  41. Keep those newsroom layoff, news stories coming.

  42. Peter Wilson Curtis, aka “Tabitha Poppins,”

    Was he named for California’s governor?

    Peter Wilson Curtis = Lo! Wurst’s recipient! Twirls up secretion.
    Tabitha Poppins = Tip: pants phobia. Banish Poppa Tit.

    When are certain terms first mentioned in this article?

    “Black Lives Matter” — 11th paragraph

    Katie Shepherd = Her 💩 peaked!

    • Replies: @Wielgus
    @Reg Cæsar

    There has been a definite decline in the quality of journalism over the past two decades.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  43. The eight charges on which Mr. Hawk was arrested (eleven, according to Andy Ngo) were “common protest-related charges.” In other words, the kind of charges that peaceful protesters just happen to attract incidentally in the course of their pacific activities.

  44. The flames did not burn for long, but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system, officials said.

    They “did not burn for long” because the sprinklers worked.

  45. @Rob McX
    The adjective "small" is not reassuring when combined with the word "fire". "There's a small fire in your house/apartment/office/car" is not the sort of statement that puts one at one's ease. The use of this qualifier by the media to downplay acts of arson is comically inept.

    Replies: @Redneck farmer, @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @SunBakedSuburb

    The adjective “small” is not reassuring when combined with the word “fire”. “There’s a small fire in your house/apartment/office/car” is not the sort of statement that puts one at one’s ease. The use of this qualifier by the media to downplay acts of arson is comically inept.

    “Mr. X was temporarily detained for firing a small bullet into the head of Mr. Y.”

    • Replies: @Sam Malone
    @Mr. Anon

    And the gun was mostly peaceful, it only fired for one second.

  46. He’s in the military …

    (per Mr. Ngo)

    Present tense

    If he’s active duty, it’s a court martial offense.

    If he’s in the Reserves, there might be some immediate administrative action.

    Most likely he’s Oregon NG, and they’ll avoid doing anything as long as they can.

    Or maybe Mr. Ngo is misinformed.

  47. @Harry Baldwin
    @ScarletNumber

    journalists fancy themselves as fiction writers and they want to paint a picture and construct a narrative, rather than just reporting the facts.

    As someone observed recently, "The news used to tell you that something happened, and you had to decide how you felt about it. Now it tells you how to feel about something, and you have to decide if it actually happened."

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @Ben tillman

    As someone observed recently, “The news used to tell you that something happened, and you had to decide how you felt about it. Now it tells you how to feel about something, and you have to decide if it actually happened.”

    That’s good.

  48. @Harry Baldwin
    @ScarletNumber

    journalists fancy themselves as fiction writers and they want to paint a picture and construct a narrative, rather than just reporting the facts.

    As someone observed recently, "The news used to tell you that something happened, and you had to decide how you felt about it. Now it tells you how to feel about something, and you have to decide if it actually happened."

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @Ben tillman

    Good one.

  49. @B36
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    It's astounding that the Republicans haven't already run such ads. Are they just incompetent (augmented by Trump's scattered attention) or playing their usual Washington Generals role?

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    It’s astounding that the Republicans haven’t already run such ads. Are they just incompetent (augmented by Trump’s scattered attention) or playing their usual Washington Generals role?

    Indeed. Every Republican ad should feature video (by now there’s lots of video to chose from) of white prople being assaulted in the streets, mobs tearing down statues of George Washington and other worthies, and BLM and antifa creeps yelling out obscenities and threats. Imagine what Lee Atwater could do with what’s available now. I guess Trump is too busy touting his “criminal justice reform” creds.

    • Agree: AnotherDad
    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    @Mr. Anon

    I wouldn't make it explicitly racial like that. My ad: "Kneel. Or Rise."

    Show people how they are to live if the D's win. I'd include Nancy Pelosi kneeling with
    Schumer for BLM, and also the video of the white woman kneeling for the BLM activist.

    Once you've shown that, just some wording about not living on your knees ought to be enough. Rise... with Trump, counteracts the image, even though there's no wall rising, or H1B unemployment rate rising.

  50. https://popularmilitary.com/radicalized-former-marine-mp-turned-soldier-starts-riots-assaults-officers-in-portland/

    Has served as Marine MP, claimed recently in social media to be presently a “JAG assistant” (they were called paralegal specialists when I retired from the NG) in the Army, almost certainly Guard or Reserve if it’s even true.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Hibernian

    Whatever the guy's MOS, the most troubling aspect of the entire incident is that 20-something enlisted guys are falling prey to BLM, "radicalization."

    That simply would not happen in a strong, healthy military.

    Replies: @Orchestal_Xandros, @J.Ross

  51. @Escher
    Transvestites and ex-military BLM supporters.
    You can’t make this stuff up.
    Interesting that these wackos dare to indulge in such vandalism precisely in cities that are most hospitable to their presence: Seattle, Portland, NYC, LA, SF.

    Replies: @Ripple Earthdevil, @Kratoklastes

    Actually other than some statues taken down in GG Park awhile back there’s been no vandalism in SF. Radicalism in the Bay Area tends to center across the bay in Oakland with some spillover into Berkeley but other than a couple flareups it’s been pretty quiet here especially compared to Portland and Seattle.

    • Agree: Alden
  52. Perhaps we could tie these Antifa nihilists to a street sign and then start a small fire between their feet.

    BTW, the street sign would be some variant of Cross Dressing Ahead. Or something.

    • Agree: Kolya Krassotkin
  53. Wm Barr continues to demonstrate that he’s probably Trump’s biggest success and is in step with if not a reader of iSteve:
    “The police do — get the suspect and get the evidence,” he continued. “The system falls apart in the prosecution and trial and the sentencing stage. And what’s happening these days in the country is we’re going back to some of the old practices we followed in the ’60s and ’70s where there’s revolving-door justice and people are not being held. They’re not being held before trial when they’re dangerous.”
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/08/19/william-barr-targets-revolving-door-justice-says-simple-fix-could-cut-violent-crime-in-half/

  54. This Transtifa bidness has presented me with a puzzlement of Gordian complexity, to wit: in my past anti-terrorist training we were always told to shoot the women first. Does this still apply, or does a re-ordered pecking order now obtain?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @captflee

    Why shoot the women first?

    Replies: @Muggles, @captflee

  55. President Harris has a plan. Send anti fa to you! Your future White man will be getting kicked in the head every day by anti fa. Who are the police. The real ones.

    • Replies: @fish
    @Whiskey

    Shut up Hudson.....

  56. @Reg Cæsar

    Peter Wilson Curtis, aka "Tabitha Poppins,"
     
    Was he named for California's governor?

    Peter Wilson Curtis = Lo! Wurst's recipient! Twirls up secretion.
    Tabitha Poppins = Tip: pants phobia. Banish Poppa Tit.


    When are certain terms first mentioned in this article?

    “Black Lives Matter” — 11th paragraph
     

    Katie Shepherd = Her 💩 peaked!

    Replies: @Wielgus

    There has been a definite decline in the quality of journalism over the past two decades.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Wielgus


    There has been a definite decline in the quality of journalism over the past two decades.
     
    "Journalists" aren't worthy of sharpening the pencils of true reporters.
  57. @Harry Baldwin
    In every war, most soldiers do not see combat. They are support troops, who enable those on the front line to do their job. "Peaceful protesters" are the support troops for Antifa.

    Replies: @ic1000

    Videos of the protests show lots of people with cameras, wearing vests proclaiming “PRESS,” mingling freely and welcome everywhere. They record plenty of high-production-value police brutality scenes. But the footage of Good Samaritans being sucker-punched and kicked comes from random shakycam smartphones, instead.

    “Support troops, who enable those on the front line to do their job” — a simple explanation.

    Then there are plenty of amateur-filmed scenes of less-sympathetic journalists like Andy Ngo getting hassled and assaulted, whatever their vests do or don’t say. That doesn’t elicit much interest from the mainstream press.

    Enemy combatants getting what they deserve, I guess.

  58. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Rob McX

    "The flames did not burn for long but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system..." Who is she trying to bullshit? The alarm system should go off at the first little whiff of smoke, so something can be done early, and the sprinkler heads that get warm enough open up. The fire detection/protection worked as planned. See, the "protestors" just set some very little fires that, unfortunately with fuel around, GREW. Who knew? They just set LITTLE FIRES.

    I also really wonder about that "piles of ash" bit. It takes more than a small fire to create piles of ash.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Alden, @vhrm

    Right, several candles in a small low ceiling room can set off smoke alarms. Or food burning on the top of the stove. They’re very sensitive.

    What I dislike is how general news articles are. What county departments are in the building. What neighborhood is it in. They’re useless. One thing I’m glad to see. Newspapers are shrinking. They used to be about 80 percent advertisements 20 percent content. With fewer and fewer ads, they’re getting thinner and thinner. I hope they all disappear and soon.

  59. @Buffalo Joe
    Got to admire a "gal" who can run from cops in heels. And years ago this guy was a cross dresser, not trans.

    Replies: @Cortes, @Enemy of Earth, @Hypnotoad666

    And I have to admire the ability to find a bit of humor in such a depressing, delusional, and sad individual. Years ago this guy was a Sodomite and a degenerate but now he is a candidate for story time at the local library.

    “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”

  60. @NJ Transit Commuter
    This kind of stuff makes you wonder if we aren’t in for a repeat of the “shocking” 2016 election results. The MSM and Democrats alternate between ignoring, downplaying and tacitly approving and justifying the violence this summer. But you have to think there must be a fair number of moderate Democratic voters appalled by all of this.

    Portland, Seattle and NYC riots won’t change the election results, but it won’t take many Democrats in Philly, Minneapolis and Madison staying home to alter the results in November. If I were Trump, I’d find a way to recreate this classic ad from Nixon’s ‘68 campaign. Law and order is Trump’s best shot at winning.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AmYjIsw6u7U

    Replies: @B36, @Negrolphin Pool

    Trump should run highlight reels of the shocking destruction unleashed by BLM: miles of boarded up windows on some of America’s ritziest streets, hardworking shop owners cleaning up the remnants of their destroyed businesses and jogger POCs predators kicking white victims’ heads in while they lie defenseless on the ground. These ads should be run aggressively in Republican and swing-state markets. Say, “This is what Democrat orchestrators have planned for every Main Street in America.”

    Goad Touchy Magoo and Willie Brown’s Fleshlight into having to defend their law-and-order bona fides. Then when they are forced to react to charges that they approve of the blood curdling mayhem unleashed in city after Dem-run city, start running ads featuring their own admissions of Treason to the Cause in every Marxist hotspot from coast to coast. The communists can hear straight from their candidates’ own mouths about their steadfast dedication to locking up Men of Color who dindu nuffin and their enthusiastic ground-level perpetuation of systemic racist white supremacist patriarchy.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @Negrolphin Pool


    Trump should run highlight reels of the shocking destruction unleashed by BLM: miles of boarded up windows on some of America’s ritziest streets, hardworking shop owners cleaning up the remnants of their destroyed businesses and jogger POCs predators kicking white victims’ heads in while they lie defenseless on the ground. These ads should be run aggressively in Republican and swing-state markets. Say, “This is what Democrat orchestrators have planned for every Main Street in America.”
     
    This is the appropriate soundtrack of such a film:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENSXK-iKdNM
    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Negrolphin Pool


    Trump should run highlight reels of the shocking destruction unleashed by BLM:
     
    He already has an ad on YouTube juxtaposed with Dem soundbites about, "Peaceful Protests."
    , @Gary in Gramercy
    @Negrolphin Pool

    "Willie Brown's Fleshlight." That's the best description of her I've heard or read. I wish I'd thought of it. Seriously, gold box material.

  61. Since a fire can grow exponentially, calling it ‘small’ doesn’t mean much. All arson starts with a single lit match.

  62. @Rob McX
    The adjective "small" is not reassuring when combined with the word "fire". "There's a small fire in your house/apartment/office/car" is not the sort of statement that puts one at one's ease. The use of this qualifier by the media to downplay acts of arson is comically inept.

    Replies: @Redneck farmer, @Achmed E. Newman, @Mr. Anon, @SunBakedSuburb

    “comically inept”

    Hillary’s attempt last night to prove the monkey on her back has nothing to do with baby’s blood.

  63. @PiltdownMan
    ... small ...
    ... small ...
    ... small ...


    Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

    —Auric Goldfinger

    Replies: @SunBakedSuburb

    “Auric Goldfinger”

    Goldfinger picks the crud out of the corner of his eye and flicks it in the air as he issues his first threat to Sean Connery. Boss move.

  64. Tabitha seems nice.

  65. @Hibernian
    https://popularmilitary.com/radicalized-former-marine-mp-turned-soldier-starts-riots-assaults-officers-in-portland/

    Has served as Marine MP, claimed recently in social media to be presently a "JAG assistant" (they were called paralegal specialists when I retired from the NG) in the Army, almost certainly Guard or Reserve if it's even true.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    Whatever the guy’s MOS, the most troubling aspect of the entire incident is that 20-something enlisted guys are falling prey to BLM, “radicalization.”

    That simply would not happen in a strong, healthy military.

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Orchestal_Xandros
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    VDARE's article on the brass' support for the BLM tells me all I need to know. I wonder how many cat ladies the DoD employs today.

    , @J.Ross
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    A short while back there was a West Point cadet boasting about his marxism on social media; supposedly he was not kicked out, but shunted into a "window seat." He photographed himself at his graduation hiding Marxist imagery and giving the fist salute in uniform.

    Replies: @Hibernian, @S

  66. @Negrolphin Pool
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Trump should run highlight reels of the shocking destruction unleashed by BLM: miles of boarded up windows on some of America's ritziest streets, hardworking shop owners cleaning up the remnants of their destroyed businesses and jogger POCs predators kicking white victims' heads in while they lie defenseless on the ground. These ads should be run aggressively in Republican and swing-state markets. Say, "This is what Democrat orchestrators have planned for every Main Street in America."

    Goad Touchy Magoo and Willie Brown's Fleshlight into having to defend their law-and-order bona fides. Then when they are forced to react to charges that they approve of the blood curdling mayhem unleashed in city after Dem-run city, start running ads featuring their own admissions of Treason to the Cause in every Marxist hotspot from coast to coast. The communists can hear straight from their candidates' own mouths about their steadfast dedication to locking up Men of Color who dindu nuffin and their enthusiastic ground-level perpetuation of systemic racist white supremacist patriarchy.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Gary in Gramercy

    Trump should run highlight reels of the shocking destruction unleashed by BLM: miles of boarded up windows on some of America’s ritziest streets, hardworking shop owners cleaning up the remnants of their destroyed businesses and jogger POCs predators kicking white victims’ heads in while they lie defenseless on the ground. These ads should be run aggressively in Republican and swing-state markets. Say, “This is what Democrat orchestrators have planned for every Main Street in America.”

    This is the appropriate soundtrack of such a film:

  67. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Hibernian

    Whatever the guy's MOS, the most troubling aspect of the entire incident is that 20-something enlisted guys are falling prey to BLM, "radicalization."

    That simply would not happen in a strong, healthy military.

    Replies: @Orchestal_Xandros, @J.Ross

    VDARE’s article on the brass’ support for the BLM tells me all I need to know. I wonder how many cat ladies the DoD employs today.

  68. @ScarletNumber
    When I was in high school, I took journalism as an elective. We used an old-school textbook that stressed the 5 W's. It also stressed that all news stories be written as an inverted pyramid, which means that the most important information should be at the beginning, with the story getting less-and-less important as it goes on. That way, if the story has to be cut, you can start cutting at the bottom and work your way up.

    Now, however, it's like journalists fancy themselves as fiction writers and they want to paint a picture and construct a narrative, rather than just reporting the facts.

    Replies: @Mark in BC, @Harry Baldwin, @Hypnotoad666, @Dube

    Now, however, it’s like journalists fancy themselves as fiction writers.

    They all think they are Hunter S. Thompson. But while it might be fun to read his drug induced, subjective impressions, you wouldn’t want to bet the ranch that he is faithfully reporting exactly what happened.

  69. @ScarletNumber
    When I was in high school, I took journalism as an elective. We used an old-school textbook that stressed the 5 W's. It also stressed that all news stories be written as an inverted pyramid, which means that the most important information should be at the beginning, with the story getting less-and-less important as it goes on. That way, if the story has to be cut, you can start cutting at the bottom and work your way up.

    Now, however, it's like journalists fancy themselves as fiction writers and they want to paint a picture and construct a narrative, rather than just reporting the facts.

    Replies: @Mark in BC, @Harry Baldwin, @Hypnotoad666, @Dube

    Here’s the stylebook. Start with focus on a selected person with whom the readers will laugh or cry. Go on and on with sensitive, beautiful prose; you’re not a g.d. reporter, you’re a writer. Your editor will give you some terms to introduce in the light of your featured character’s attitudes; these terms otherwise would be misunderstood as blunt facts. Introduce them only when tone is established.

  70. @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Hibernian

    Whatever the guy's MOS, the most troubling aspect of the entire incident is that 20-something enlisted guys are falling prey to BLM, "radicalization."

    That simply would not happen in a strong, healthy military.

    Replies: @Orchestal_Xandros, @J.Ross

    A short while back there was a West Point cadet boasting about his marxism on social media; supposedly he was not kicked out, but shunted into a “window seat.” He photographed himself at his graduation hiding Marxist imagery and giving the fist salute in uniform.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @J.Ross

    He was eventually kicked out; it wouldn't have happened if Hillary had been elected.

    , @S
    @J.Ross


    A short while back there was a West Point cadet boasting about his marxism on social media; supposedly he was not kicked out, but shunted into a “window seat.”
     
    It's happened before.

    Towards the tail end of the Vietnam War (circa 1970 and years immediately after) discipline really deteriorated in the military, with soldiers setting up 'councils' wanting to 'democratize' the military , only obeying officer's orders 'if they felt like it' in many instances.

    Some branches fared better with the discipline situation such as the Air Force and the Navy's Marine Corps. How many of the malefactors were open self proclaiming Marxist at the time, I wouldn't know, though I imagine they existed.

    Oswald was a fairly open Marxist in the US marines in the late 1950's' and was not kicked out for it.

    http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/oswald2.gif

    Replies: @Hibernian

  71. @Buffalo Joe
    Got to admire a "gal" who can run from cops in heels. And years ago this guy was a cross dresser, not trans.

    Replies: @Cortes, @Enemy of Earth, @Hypnotoad666

    Got to admire a “gal” who can run from cops in heels.

    While holding a beer, no less.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @Hypnotoad666

    I see a reality show in Tabitha. She could be the next Tiger King.

  72. @YetAnotherAnon
    Don't pretty much all fires, including those leading to much death and injury (like Califormia wildfires), start off as 'small"?

    This fire is believed to have started with a discarded cigarette. It killed 56 people.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTZ93W5wsqk

    I believe Mr Van der Lubbe, another antifa type, only started a small fire in the Reichstag.

    Replies: @Hypnotoad666

    Don’t pretty much all fires, including those leading to much death and injury (like Califormia wildfires), start off as ‘small”?

    “But officer, all I did was light the fuse! That one match was such a tiny little fire, it should barely count as anything. I dindu nuthin,’ really.”

  73. @Negrolphin Pool
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Trump should run highlight reels of the shocking destruction unleashed by BLM: miles of boarded up windows on some of America's ritziest streets, hardworking shop owners cleaning up the remnants of their destroyed businesses and jogger POCs predators kicking white victims' heads in while they lie defenseless on the ground. These ads should be run aggressively in Republican and swing-state markets. Say, "This is what Democrat orchestrators have planned for every Main Street in America."

    Goad Touchy Magoo and Willie Brown's Fleshlight into having to defend their law-and-order bona fides. Then when they are forced to react to charges that they approve of the blood curdling mayhem unleashed in city after Dem-run city, start running ads featuring their own admissions of Treason to the Cause in every Marxist hotspot from coast to coast. The communists can hear straight from their candidates' own mouths about their steadfast dedication to locking up Men of Color who dindu nuffin and their enthusiastic ground-level perpetuation of systemic racist white supremacist patriarchy.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Gary in Gramercy

    Trump should run highlight reels of the shocking destruction unleashed by BLM:

    He already has an ad on YouTube juxtaposed with Dem soundbites about, “Peaceful Protests.”

  74. @Federalist
    @Wilkey

    Why has Muslim terrorism seem to have gone on hiatus?

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Why has Muslim terrorism seem to have gone on hiatus?

    The fate of General Soleimani may have something to do with it.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    @Jim Don Bob

    Iran has just named a new ballistic missile after the dear departed general, so there's still a chance he can enjoy some revenge, served cold.

  75. @captflee
    This Transtifa bidness has presented me with a puzzlement of Gordian complexity, to wit: in my past anti-terrorist training we were always told to shoot the women first. Does this still apply, or does a re-ordered pecking order now obtain?

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Why shoot the women first?

    • Replies: @Muggles
    @Jim Don Bob

    >>Why shoot the women first?<<

    I'm not the original poster nor have I had any formal anti terrorist training.

    My guess: since in hard core Islamic countries (where, amazingly, most terrorism occurs) women are often covered head to toe in long black gowns and head scarves. Accordingly, it is easy for a male terrorist to pose as a cloaked woman in such garb.

    Any male doing that is, in a threat situation, likely a terrorist with a bomb, etc.

    I think such advice is given in scenarios where you believe terrorists are approaching barricades, roadblocks, etc. You won't just start shooting women (or dressed as such) randomly on the street. Nor would you shoot a male unless you believe them a threat. Also there are a few female Muslim terrorists willing to become "martyrs."

    , @captflee
    @Jim Don Bob

    I believe that it was GSG-9 that popularized the notion, and it was near-dogma in the middle 80s, the last time I attended any AT training as a run and gun guy, with subsequent training concentrating on command activities and duties. Eileen MacDonald penned a book in the early 90s on the subject, but it's been kind of a commonplace, time out of mind, that women are more vicious. There's also the bonus of having one's male compatriots demotivated, if only for a second, by the female catching two two the forehead; close quarter battle is a game of milliseconds.

    Flavor of the month back then was far left, often Warsaw Pact supported, Eurotrash terrorists, yer Baader-Meinhofs, Red Brigades, ETA, etc., with just a little PLO thrown in. Given events in Beirut, one would have expected more on the emerging Islamist threat, but not so much. Well, it is hard to know the future.

  76. @The Wild Geese Howard
    Totally hypothetically, why are the cops bothering with this silly arrest and release charade?

    Antifa have medics and ambulances. Just damage the most obnoxious rioters and leave them for Antifa medical staff to clean up.

    Replies: @Farenheit

    Totally hypothetically, why are the cops bothering with this silly arrest and release charade?

    Antifa have medics and ambulances. Just damage the most obnoxious rioters and leave them for Antifa medical staff to clean up.

    Seems to me the better move would be to scoop up as many as possible every night, take them to one of those rolling police offices and sit them down and make them a deal to become police informants.

    Most won’t go for it, but it will be a cancer to the cohesion of the group. Everyone the cops sit down and make the pitch to will become suspect.

    Then a couple strategic arrests in the middle of the day, with a handsome police spokesman saying on the local evening news that they were tipped off by an informant in the local antifa chapter.

    LARPing with “friends” you can’t trust gets old fast.

    • Agree: fish
    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Farenheit

    Your plan is much better.

    Well played Farenheit, well played.

  77. @Mr. Anon
    @Rob McX


    The adjective “small” is not reassuring when combined with the word “fire”. “There’s a small fire in your house/apartment/office/car” is not the sort of statement that puts one at one’s ease. The use of this qualifier by the media to downplay acts of arson is comically inept.
     
    "Mr. X was temporarily detained for firing a small bullet into the head of Mr. Y."

    Replies: @Sam Malone

    And the gun was mostly peaceful, it only fired for one second.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
  78. @Negrolphin Pool
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Trump should run highlight reels of the shocking destruction unleashed by BLM: miles of boarded up windows on some of America's ritziest streets, hardworking shop owners cleaning up the remnants of their destroyed businesses and jogger POCs predators kicking white victims' heads in while they lie defenseless on the ground. These ads should be run aggressively in Republican and swing-state markets. Say, "This is what Democrat orchestrators have planned for every Main Street in America."

    Goad Touchy Magoo and Willie Brown's Fleshlight into having to defend their law-and-order bona fides. Then when they are forced to react to charges that they approve of the blood curdling mayhem unleashed in city after Dem-run city, start running ads featuring their own admissions of Treason to the Cause in every Marxist hotspot from coast to coast. The communists can hear straight from their candidates' own mouths about their steadfast dedication to locking up Men of Color who dindu nuffin and their enthusiastic ground-level perpetuation of systemic racist white supremacist patriarchy.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @The Wild Geese Howard, @Gary in Gramercy

    “Willie Brown’s Fleshlight.” That’s the best description of her I’ve heard or read. I wish I’d thought of it. Seriously, gold box material.

  79. By the way, I believe that tonight on the Joe Biden show the topic will be “guns, guns, guns” with pretty much every hoplophobic proposal of the last 50 years thrown against the wall to see if any of it sticks. Should be pretty predictable, really.

  80. @Whiskey
    President Harris has a plan. Send anti fa to you! Your future White man will be getting kicked in the head every day by anti fa. Who are the police. The real ones.

    Replies: @fish

    Shut up Hudson…..

  81. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Rob McX

    "The flames did not burn for long but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system..." Who is she trying to bullshit? The alarm system should go off at the first little whiff of smoke, so something can be done early, and the sprinkler heads that get warm enough open up. The fire detection/protection worked as planned. See, the "protestors" just set some very little fires that, unfortunately with fuel around, GREW. Who knew? They just set LITTLE FIRES.

    I also really wonder about that "piles of ash" bit. It takes more than a small fire to create piles of ash.

    Replies: @ic1000, @Alden, @vhrm

    The flames did not burn for long, but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system,

    and the sprinkler heads that get warm enough open up

    I’d like to dwell on the sprinklers a minute longer.

    As you say, an alarm system is triggered, but, unlike all movies, a sprinkler SYSTEM isn’t triggered, a specific sprinkler head is. And the way it’s triggered is that a metal piece in the head itself melts (or a glass bulb breaks due to expansion of its content) to allow the valve to open.

    So there has to be significant heat reaching the sprinkler head on the ceiling to cause it to deploy.
    More than a burning newspaper’s with of heat.

    Not a great vid but gives the idea (demo starts at 3:15):

    And that’s in a 6 foot box, not an office building with 9′ or 10′ ceilings, no curtains and the sprinkler heads not near the wall.

    • Thanks: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Faraday's Bobcat
    @vhrm

    That looks like Whistler's Mother except her head exploded into flames.

  82. @Dan Smith
    A small bullet entered the skull and left a small tract behind in the cerebrum before making a small hole in the middle cerebral artery. See how easy that is?

    Replies: @vhrm

    A small bullet entered the skull and left a small tract behind in the cerebrum before making a small hole in the middle cerebral artery. See how easy that is?

    The small explosion shifted the metal bucket less than two meters.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Boy

  83. @Jim Don Bob
    @captflee

    Why shoot the women first?

    Replies: @Muggles, @captflee

    >>Why shoot the women first?<<

    I'm not the original poster nor have I had any formal anti terrorist training.

    My guess: since in hard core Islamic countries (where, amazingly, most terrorism occurs) women are often covered head to toe in long black gowns and head scarves. Accordingly, it is easy for a male terrorist to pose as a cloaked woman in such garb.

    Any male doing that is, in a threat situation, likely a terrorist with a bomb, etc.

    I think such advice is given in scenarios where you believe terrorists are approaching barricades, roadblocks, etc. You won't just start shooting women (or dressed as such) randomly on the street. Nor would you shoot a male unless you believe them a threat. Also there are a few female Muslim terrorists willing to become "martyrs."

  84. @vhrm
    @Achmed E. Newman


    The flames did not burn for long, but they grew large enough to set off alarms and trigger the sprinkler system,

     



    and the sprinkler heads that get warm enough open up
     
    I'd like to dwell on the sprinklers a minute longer.

    As you say, an alarm system is triggered, but, unlike all movies, a sprinkler SYSTEM isn't triggered, a specific sprinkler head is. And the way it's triggered is that a metal piece in the head itself melts (or a glass bulb breaks due to expansion of its content) to allow the valve to open.

    So there has to be significant heat reaching the sprinkler head on the ceiling to cause it to deploy.
    More than a burning newspaper's with of heat.

    Not a great vid but gives the idea (demo starts at 3:15):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyCJ29EWe78

    And that's in a 6 foot box, not an office building with 9' or 10' ceilings, no curtains and the sprinkler heads not near the wall.

    Replies: @Faraday's Bobcat

    That looks like Whistler’s Mother except her head exploded into flames.

  85. @J.Ross
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    A short while back there was a West Point cadet boasting about his marxism on social media; supposedly he was not kicked out, but shunted into a "window seat." He photographed himself at his graduation hiding Marxist imagery and giving the fist salute in uniform.

    Replies: @Hibernian, @S

    He was eventually kicked out; it wouldn’t have happened if Hillary had been elected.

  86. @Farenheit
    @The Wild Geese Howard


    Totally hypothetically, why are the cops bothering with this silly arrest and release charade?

    Antifa have medics and ambulances. Just damage the most obnoxious rioters and leave them for Antifa medical staff to clean up.
     

    Seems to me the better move would be to scoop up as many as possible every night, take them to one of those rolling police offices and sit them down and make them a deal to become police informants.

    Most won't go for it, but it will be a cancer to the cohesion of the group. Everyone the cops sit down and make the pitch to will become suspect.

    Then a couple strategic arrests in the middle of the day, with a handsome police spokesman saying on the local evening news that they were tipped off by an informant in the local antifa chapter.

    LARPing with "friends" you can't trust gets old fast.

    Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    Your plan is much better.

    Well played Farenheit, well played.

  87. @Jim Don Bob
    @captflee

    Why shoot the women first?

    Replies: @Muggles, @captflee

    I believe that it was GSG-9 that popularized the notion, and it was near-dogma in the middle 80s, the last time I attended any AT training as a run and gun guy, with subsequent training concentrating on command activities and duties. Eileen MacDonald penned a book in the early 90s on the subject, but it’s been kind of a commonplace, time out of mind, that women are more vicious. There’s also the bonus of having one’s male compatriots demotivated, if only for a second, by the female catching two two the forehead; close quarter battle is a game of milliseconds.

    Flavor of the month back then was far left, often Warsaw Pact supported, Eurotrash terrorists, yer Baader-Meinhofs, Red Brigades, ETA, etc., with just a little PLO thrown in. Given events in Beirut, one would have expected more on the emerging Islamist threat, but not so much. Well, it is hard to know the future.

  88. @Wielgus
    @Reg Cæsar

    There has been a definite decline in the quality of journalism over the past two decades.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    There has been a definite decline in the quality of journalism over the past two decades.

    “Journalists” aren’t worthy of sharpening the pencils of true reporters.

  89. Nice mug shot, Tabitha. Very Charles Manson-like. The eyes really are the windows to the soul.

  90. @Jim Don Bob
    @Federalist


    Why has Muslim terrorism seem to have gone on hiatus?
     
    The fate of General Soleimani may have something to do with it.

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/D2AA/production/_113303935_36a2041e-c9f1-4341-869c-2cfc54843ce2.jpg

    Replies: @Known Fact

    Iran has just named a new ballistic missile after the dear departed general, so there’s still a chance he can enjoy some revenge, served cold.

  91. @Stan Adams
    Well, Tabitha, let's start with the good news. Your eyeshadow matches your dress. But your lipstick is all wrong. Pink lipstick and purple eyeshadow can work together, but that shade is way too pale.

    And your hair ... ugh. Girl, I have two words for you: absolute disaster. It's about as far from supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as you can get. You might as well get a wig. If you're having trouble scrounging up enough change to buy beauty supplies, try Dollar Tree, where everything is still $1.

    If you're going to LARP as a female, Tabby - can I call you Tabby? - then at least do it right. There are thousands of tranny makeover videos on YouTube. Watch them and learn. You'll thank me later.

    Replies: @MBlanc46

    Brilliant, except for “can I call you Tabby?” instead of “may I call you Tabby?”.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    @MBlanc46

    Nobody's perfect.

    Replies: @MBlanc46

  92. @Mr. Anon
    @B36


    It’s astounding that the Republicans haven’t already run such ads. Are they just incompetent (augmented by Trump’s scattered attention) or playing their usual Washington Generals role?
     
    Indeed. Every Republican ad should feature video (by now there's lots of video to chose from) of white prople being assaulted in the streets, mobs tearing down statues of George Washington and other worthies, and BLM and antifa creeps yelling out obscenities and threats. Imagine what Lee Atwater could do with what's available now. I guess Trump is too busy touting his "criminal justice reform" creds.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt

    I wouldn’t make it explicitly racial like that. My ad: “Kneel. Or Rise.”

    Show people how they are to live if the D’s win. I’d include Nancy Pelosi kneeling with
    Schumer for BLM, and also the video of the white woman kneeling for the BLM activist.

    Once you’ve shown that, just some wording about not living on your knees ought to be enough. Rise… with Trump, counteracts the image, even though there’s no wall rising, or H1B unemployment rate rising.

  93. @Escher
    Transvestites and ex-military BLM supporters.
    You can’t make this stuff up.
    Interesting that these wackos dare to indulge in such vandalism precisely in cities that are most hospitable to their presence: Seattle, Portland, NYC, LA, SF.

    Replies: @Ripple Earthdevil, @Kratoklastes

    ex-military BLM supporters

    Hmmm… you’re being unacceptably non-hagiographic.

    Ex-military” is the ultimate signifier for Yankish flag-lickers – it requires immediate uncritical fawning and obeisance from mouth-breathers from sea to shining sea.

    So don’t dare take their names in vain by trying to be puckish… be a good serf and say “Thank you for your service” to the hero, or the terrrrrrrrrrists win.

    Say “Thank you for your service” to the hero. SAY IT.

  94. @MBlanc46
    @Stan Adams

    Brilliant, except for “can I call you Tabby?” instead of “may I call you Tabby?”.

    Replies: @Stan Adams

    Nobody’s perfect.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    @Stan Adams

    Indeed.

  95. @Hypnotoad666
    @Buffalo Joe


    Got to admire a “gal” who can run from cops in heels.
     
    While holding a beer, no less.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    I see a reality show in Tabitha. She could be the next Tiger King.

  96. S says:
    @J.Ross
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    A short while back there was a West Point cadet boasting about his marxism on social media; supposedly he was not kicked out, but shunted into a "window seat." He photographed himself at his graduation hiding Marxist imagery and giving the fist salute in uniform.

    Replies: @Hibernian, @S

    A short while back there was a West Point cadet boasting about his marxism on social media; supposedly he was not kicked out, but shunted into a “window seat.”

    It’s happened before.

    Towards the tail end of the Vietnam War (circa 1970 and years immediately after) discipline really deteriorated in the military, with soldiers setting up ‘councils’ wanting to ‘democratize’ the military , only obeying officer’s orders ‘if they felt like it’ in many instances.

    Some branches fared better with the discipline situation such as the Air Force and the Navy’s Marine Corps. How many of the malefactors were open self proclaiming Marxist at the time, I wouldn’t know, though I imagine they existed.

    Oswald was a fairly open Marxist in the US marines in the late 1950’s’ and was not kicked out for it.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @S


    ...the Navy’s Marine Corps.
     
    Never saw or heard it called that before. It's under the Department of the Navy.
  97. Update, Sat 8/21:

    Portland peaceful protesters now threaten use of car bombs against targets.

    https://my.earthlink.net/channel/news/article/top?guid=20200821/293824cc-523c-47b8-8a6e-7947b60c8f0cd

    Just like the peaceful protesters in Baghdad, etc.

    Your New Democratic Leadership now comes complete with car bomb making instructions. And pre-written angry press releases condemning Trump’s sending in of more federal security cops.

    Next up: “No Parking” signs sprout up along streets housing Dem city politicians, nationwide. “Enforcement will be rigorous” say Democrat officials.

  98. @S
    @J.Ross


    A short while back there was a West Point cadet boasting about his marxism on social media; supposedly he was not kicked out, but shunted into a “window seat.”
     
    It's happened before.

    Towards the tail end of the Vietnam War (circa 1970 and years immediately after) discipline really deteriorated in the military, with soldiers setting up 'councils' wanting to 'democratize' the military , only obeying officer's orders 'if they felt like it' in many instances.

    Some branches fared better with the discipline situation such as the Air Force and the Navy's Marine Corps. How many of the malefactors were open self proclaiming Marxist at the time, I wouldn't know, though I imagine they existed.

    Oswald was a fairly open Marxist in the US marines in the late 1950's' and was not kicked out for it.

    http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/oswald2.gif

    Replies: @Hibernian

    …the Navy’s Marine Corps.

    Never saw or heard it called that before. It’s under the Department of the Navy.

  99. Anonymous[254] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    @ic1000

    Next time they will be smart and disable the sprinkler system before they start the fire.

    As long as these criminal actions are tolerated and excused by Democrat leadership and the press, they will only continue to grow in scope and in the amount of damage that they cause. The only way to break the cycle is to hunt down and arrest as many of the criminals as can be identified (and you can identify most of them if you try - you don't even have to try very hard), try them for arson and sentence them to long sentences in state or federal prison. Right now, setting "small" fires is all good fun. If an evening of good fun costs you 10 years in a high security prison that changes the calculus of what is good fun.

    As I say in my other comment, if these guys were white (non-tranny) males and they were setting "small" fires in black churches the entire FBI would be out there trying to find and arrest each and every one of them and anyone who ever had a beer with them for good measure. And the church burnings themselves would be front page news in every major paper and the lead story on the national TV news and there would be 24/7 coverage on CNN.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    The only way to break the cycle is to hunt down and arrest as many of the criminals as can be identified … , try them for arson and sentence them to long sentences in state or federal prison

    We are well above the threshold of armed sedition and armed insurrection, in other words, acts of WAR on the United States.

    Treating acts of WAR as routine law enforcement issues is a serious mistake and inevitably leads to the emergence of alternative para-military power centers as is in Mexico, Liberia, Sierra Leone etc.

    • Agree: Alden
  100. @Stan Adams
    @MBlanc46

    Nobody's perfect.

    Replies: @MBlanc46

    Indeed.

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