Suppose you found a bargain so incredible
you stood there stunned for a moment
unable to believe that this thing could be
for sale at such a low price: that is what happens
when you are born, and as the years go by
the price goes up and up until, near the end
of your life, it is so high that you lie there
stunned forever. – Ron Padgett
“I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” White Fright is a belief that whites are secretly organizing to overthrow the current order and impose some sort of pale patriarchy on the country. These white supremacists are everywhere and look just like normal everyday white people, so any white person could possibly be one of them. These people can, at any moment, turn into a violent spree killer, if exposed to certain kinds of content called “hate speech” which is found on-line. The similarities to medieval witch-hunting are too obvious not to notice. The adversary is not something that appears in material form. Like Old Scratch, white supremacy is an evil spirit that works through the infected. Once under the control of white supremacy, the person no longer has agency. Not surprisingly, like the accused witches in Salem, the modern white supremacist is most likely to be someone that vexes the moral authorities, either by their presence or by their actions.
The long lingering caress of the gay curse: As with many things gay, the trend started with AIDS. The disease did not, as was gleefully predicted by some homophobes, wipe out the fags. But it destroyed gay culture. In its place, we got Grindr, gay marriage, RuPaul on TV, prepubescent drag kids whose parents haven’t got a clue, and a preachy LGBT activist elite that prioritizes pronouns over the realness and rhapsody of human sexuality.
Nice Supreme Court you’ve got there. Wouldn’t want anything to happen to it.Dem Senators to Supreme Court: Rule our way on 2nd Amendment case, or face possible restructuring The closing paragraph was at best a thinly-veiled threat (emphasis added): The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be “restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.” Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal.
After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.
— Alexis De Tocqueville
Failure has consequences. Decades of demonizing all nationalism as Nazism fails to recognize that what defeated Nazism was Americans fighting for America, the British fighting for Britain, and the Russians fighting for Russia.
The mystery teens strike again! Police: 7-Eleven customer shot 2 suspects during robbery, killing 1 – Story Police say the two teenage suspects, identified as Qwanterrius Stafford and Brenna Harris, first robbed the customer of his wallet before turning their attention to the store clerk.
The Semi-Pause that refreshes: In praise of the semicolon, a most maligned punctuation mark | Spectator USA ‘I loved this book. I really did. (Too abrupt.)’
‘I loved this book, I really did. (Too rushed.)’
‘I loved this book: I really did. (Too planned.)’
‘I loved this book — I really did. (Too afterthoughty.)’
‘I loved this book… I really did. (Too uncertain.)’
‘I loved this book; I really did.’
Ah, that’s more like it. The semicolon gives me the best of both worlds. It helps me pause, and have a think, and yet pushes me forward to what I want to say next. It separates and unites simultaneously. It does a job that no other punctuation mark does.
They’re on the ropes this time! “The first reason I mentioned was: ‘we are winning.’ I am confident of this because of a number of things I have observed. The first is the number of progressives who have gone from openly attacking Trump to openly attacking Trump supporters. The attacks usually go something like this: “Trump is a racist, a white supremacist, and a despicable human being. And if you intend to vote for him, then so are you.” This is not the well-considered argument of a reasonable person. This is desperation. This is panic. You can smell the flop sweat. They’re not going to win over potential voters by screeching at them. What they’re trying to do, I guess, is to shame you into not voting for Trump. But that’s not going to work.
Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing older than the universe, the Big Bang. “We do not know what dark matter is, but if it has anything to do with any scalar particles, it may be older than the Big Bang. With the proposed mathematical scenario, we don’t have to assume new types of interactions between visible and dark matter beyond gravity, which we already know is there,” explains Tenkanen.
Lock and Load: The Final Solution to the Baltimore Question – Mainstream conservatives will continue to spew their fairy-tale solutions (“Oh boy, Spanky—a scrap metal drive!”) and leftists will continue to spew theirs (“Reparations! More welfare!”). But in the end, like it or not, we’re heading for the age of the de facto “urban reservation.” The salvageable people will get out, the salvageable surrounding land will be gentrified, and the remaining detritus will be boxed in and forgotten. The fact that most Americans expressed outrage at the recent spate of mass shootings while continuing to ignore gun crimes in black inner cities shows the increasing popularity of “What happens on the reservation is none of my business.”
INCOMING!!! The Coming Migration out of Sub-Saharan Africa: The most serious heresy in Smith’s book is this: The extraordinarily disruptive mass movement of labor and humanity from Africa to Europe, should it come, will bring Europe no meaningful benefits. Narratives of Europe’s enrichment by migration are post facto rationalizations for something that Europe is undergoing, not choosing.
More Norming the Perverted:
Children are being taught to twerk by drag queens pic.twitter.com/yvVt4TpNIt
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) August 11, 2019
Refuge and Prospect: The Front Porch Here in Oxford, Mississippi, where I live, porches are central to our famously fun Halloween. All down Lamar and South 11th, residents perch on porches, exclaiming over children’s costumes. It’s homecoming, family reunion, and parade, a multi-generational, anti-ageist trick-or-treat: While kids know who hands out full-sized Hershey bars, their parents know who pours a chilled chardonnay in your red solo go-cu looking at you, Leighton McCool — and who refreshes your old fashioned –keep on muddling, John. T. and Blair. B
The gay lies of the soul: How can these people say such lies? Because lying is not an issue when truth is not a value. LGBTQ organizations care about lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders as much as communists cared about workers. They use them as a cover for their real agenda: dismantling civilization as we know it.
Big Mouth Bass: How a Robotic Singing Fish Made $100m in One Year Pellettieri and Gemmy maintain a CIA-like secrecy when it comes to divulging the fish’s financials. But it has been rumored that Big Mouth made the company over $100m in revenue, and sold more units than the popular red furry fellow from Sesame Street (Tickle Me Elmo) during its 9-month run in 2000. I
Happy is he who still loves something that he loved in the nursery: he has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and has saved not only his soul but his life. “Not two men, but one” | G.K. Weekly
The left is the New York Times’ executive editor The bottom line is that the New York Times is making editorial and personnel decisions based on the dictates of the left — both the Twitter left and the paper’s leftist staff members. The Times probably needs to do this to stay afloat. The left constitutes the Times’ core readership. It must be appeased. However, at this rate, the left might soon constitute virtually the paper’s only readership. That’s my hope, anyway.
Crab rangoon is, after all, a preposterous dish. Many of the responses I got in my survey were sheepish, or seemed overly proud, as if to mask the problem of loving a dish that is utterly uncool, wildly outdated, and not even in the same ballpark as authenticity. But that notion is even more preposterous than the dish. Making this crazy thing took years of work, ingredients from around the world, and who knows how many restaurateurs. Those little packets are strangely, psychotically perfect, designed to appeal to our base instincts: creamy and fatty and crispy and sweet and sour and savory, all at once. No modern food conglomerate would ever come up with something as deranged as crab rangoon, and if it was new today, nobody would buy it. And yet somehow it survived, watching food trends be born and die, outliving them all.