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True But Forbidden #4

“The ordinary modes of human thinking are magical, religious, social, and personal. We want our wishes to come true; we want the universe to care about us; we want the approval of those around us; we want to get even with that s.o.b. who insulted us at the last tribal council. For most people, wanting to know the cold truth about the world is way, way down the list.” ― John Derbyshire, We Are Doomed

Jussie Smollett bought the rope to hang himself. Jussie Smollett allegedly promised to pay his two pals $4,000 to stage his racist and homophobic assault — which the trio even rehearsed beforehand, according to a new report. The embattled “Empire” star paid $3,500 to bodybuilding brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo before they left for Nigeria the day of the Jan. 29 attack, and promised another $500 upon their return to the US, sources told CBS Chicago. The brothers told cops that the alleged attack in Chicago was supposed to happen before Jan. 29 and that they practiced it in the days before it happened. Smollett, 36, also allegedly paid for the rope, which was purchased from the Crafty Beaver Hardware Store in the Ravenswood neighborhood the weekend of Jan. 25.

Blackface: What’s the Big Deal? –     If you desire a media that is entirely free of blackface, you will likely have to erase everything from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Once-revered performers who will likely be “unpersoned” to make way for some dim notion of “racial justice” because they once appeared in blackface include Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, George Jessel, Sophie Tucker, David Niven, Buster Keaton, Joan Crawford, Jack Benny, Irene Dunne, George M. Cohan, Doris Day, Milton Berle, Peter Lorre, Hedy Lamarr, Douglas Fairbanks, William Holden, Edgar Kennedy, Mario Lanza, Marion Davies, Myrna Loy, Betty Grable, Paul Muni, Eddie Cantor, Laurel and Hardy, Gracie Allen, Elizabeth Taylor, The Three Stooges, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Sophia Loren, Judy Garland, and, but of course, Al Jolson.

Are the Democrats Bent on Suicide?   Air travel consumes huge quantities of carbon-producing jet fuel. What will replace it? Perhaps progressive Democratic candidates will set an example by not flying, and then by voting to end production of private aircraft and to ground all corporate jets. Let the elites sail to Davos.

Technology And Social Trust    Every internet drama seems to involve one party publishing chats, video or audio of another party. Supervillain Jeff Bezos is an obvious example. He broke the cardinal rule of supervillains. Never write when you can speak. Never speak when you can nod. Most important, never send pics of your wiener to people. He was cavalier about being recorded and now is the world’s silliest supervillain.

You know what I think would make a big, negative environmental impact? If everybody stopped eating meat. How come no one’s exploring that? Could you just imagine? These discussions surface about eating-meat, and people automatically think about cows. Every now and then I’ll come to learn about the actual throughput of chickens, though, and it’s hard to fathom. Hundreds and hundreds, per day, in one tiny little restaurant…what if we were all to quit, uh, cold-turkey. All those chickens that would’ve been butchered every day instead just strutting around making more chickens.  House of Eratosthenes

I think the oddest thing about the advanced people is that, while they are always talking about things as problems, they have hardly any notion of what a real problem is. – G. K. Chesterton

‘Social Justice’ Is for Homos :    Without getting too deep into the etiology of homosexuality, permit me to observe that Abby is a familiar type — sexually precocious, she’d had both boyfriends and girlfriends before she was old enough to get a driver’s license and, while she’s reasonably attractive, she’s somewhat pudgy. Speculative discussion of why Abby (or anyone else) engages in homosexual behavior would be a waste of time, but what I wish to call to the reader’s attention is that Abby is a recognizable type, both in terms of her personal backstory and her physical appearance including (a) her purple-dyed undercut hairstyle and (b) her pierced nostril. When you factor in her Tumblr blogs devoted to (c) “social justice” politics and (d) astrology, Abby is a 21st-century stereotype.

W. E. B. Du Bois’s Modernist Data Visualizations of Black Life   For the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, African American activist and sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois led the creation of over 60 charts, graphs, and maps that visualized data on the state of black life. The hand-drawn illustrations were part of an œExhibit of American Negroes,  which Du Bois, in collaboration with Thomas J. Calloway and Booker T. Washington, organized to represent black contributions to the United States at the world’s fair.

The Art of Book Covers (1820–1914) –    Inspired by rising literacy rates and advancing technologies, the nineteenth century saw the book transform from a largely hand-made object to a mass-produced product. In this new environment the book cover took on added importance: it was no longer merely a functional protection for the pages but instead became a key platform through which to communicate and sell the book.

How a Dispute Over the N-Word Became a Dispiriting Farce –  This is not a case of a professor calling someone “nigger.” This is a case of a professor exploring the thinking and expression of a writer who voiced the word to challenge racism. This is not a case of a professor negligently throwing about a term that’s long been deployed to terrorize, shame, and denigrate African-Americans. This is a case of a professor who, attentive to the sensibilities of his students, sought to encourage reflection about their anxieties and beliefs.

How to Eat Caviar –   “Try to get the best for your budget. Grading is of course essential—the larger and the firmer the eggs are, the better it is. Making sure the caviar is sourced from pristine waters is very important. Caspian Sea caviar has become extremely rare, as most sturgeons are now farm-raised in France, Italy, Switzerland, and China. Caviar may be served on top of hot ingredients, but it should always be chilled,” says Sorci.

It Isn’t Your Imagination: Twitter Treats Conservatives More Harshly Than Liberals  Twitter debuted in 2006. Yet I could not find a case of the company suspending or banning a prominent person before May 2015. While this may be due to deficiencies in reporting, it also may reflect Twitter’s claim at the time that it was “the free speech wing of the free speech party.” The following chart shows the number of monthly suspensions from 2015 to January 2019. It is unthinkable that we would allow a telephone or electricity company to prevent those on one side of the political aisle from using its services. Why would we allow social media companies to do the same?

Extremist Pastor Attacks Cafe With Super Soaker, Dozens Baptized |   ORANGE, CA—Patrons at Winthrop’s Cafe in Orange found themselves victims of a random attack on Tuesday that will change their lives forever. The cafe-goers were enjoying their soups and salads when 35-year-old senior pastor of Everlife Community Church, Marty Muggins barged onto the premises armed with a Super Soaker and opened fire on the crowded cafe. “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit!!!” he was reported to have shouted along with other incoherent religious exclamations as he totally immersed his victims.

Just about every movie produced over the last twenty-five years is either a remake or made from a children’s comic book. The Z Blog

The Emperor’s New Clout –   While our society’s growing hate hysteria against straight white men may seem a bit demented, it is actually a logical requirement of the fundamental strategy of the Democratic Party: to mobilize a Coalition of the Margins comprising identity groups—such as blacks, transgenders, Muslims, and Jews—who don’t have much to unite them other than their resentment of old-fashioned Americans.

“The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.” — Paul Johnson

Why do army ants commit suicide? |    There’s a price for blindly following those in front of you. Take army ants for instance. These aggressive insects have a dangerous tendency to commit mass suicide just because they’re following the leader. This bizarre phenomenon — in which ants circle around and around until they all drop dead of exhaustion — is called an “ant mill.” More colloquially, it’s often referred to as an “ant death spiral.”

Snopes Introduces New ‘Factually Inaccurate But Morally Right’ Fact Check Result    “We were often running into situations were a truth claim was absolutely absurd, but it supported progressive causes,” said one Snopes editor. “So sometimes we just called it a ‘Mixture,’ but then people might get the idea that our favorite politicians are being slightly dishonest sometimes.” The editor then said that upon hearing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent statement that many people are more concerned with being factually accurate than morally right, the Snopes fact-checking team suddenly had an idea: they could label things as being morally laudable even though the facts upon which they were based are totally erroneous.


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  • Casey Klahn February 16, 2019, 4:41 PM

    Snopes! If anybody in the whole social cabal of today needed their ears boxed, it is for sure Snopes! If they now have a “factually wrong but morally right” category, then what does that make of their previous offerings? You guessed it: bullshit!

    Undocumented weapons. Any documented weapons I may, or may not, have had were all lost in water crossings. A *documented* weapon is less than a weapon. It is a writ of disaster for the bearer, since as we speak any judge or LEO in this state may decide my weapons are somehow magically contraband. What is this situation? Nothing short of a counter-revolution, my friends.

    Carry on.

  • Marica February 16, 2019, 6:41 PM

    Derb? You’re quoting the Derb? I thought what the NRO folk did to the Derb was despicable, until I saw what they did to Steyn.

    I remember the first time I ever had real caviar just as vividly as I do the one and only time I had… what’s that uncooked beef called? You know, the stuff that melts in your mouth… beef tartar. My god, that was good. As was the caviar. With a dry martini.

  • ghostsniper February 16, 2019, 7:25 PM

    13 years ago someone broke into my storage units and stole some stuff and for the first time in my life I called the law, who naturally did nothing. So when I went to bed a couple years ago and accidentally left my front office door standing wide open and all my guns and some other stuff were stolen why in the world would I call the law? They have already proven themselves worthless to me.

    I ate caviar and drank champagne for the first time at a very upscale corporate party – they had a variety of walking and standing minstrels scattered about the voluminous building . Make that first and only time. What a disappointment. The caviar was like eating grit filled, flavorless, lumpy grease and the champagne tasted like over used anti freeze. I set that almost full glass down and went and grabbed a JB and coke double to get that nastiness out of my mouth. (shiver)

  • Rick February 17, 2019, 5:07 AM

    The Babylon Bee is a satire site like The Onion.

  • John the River February 17, 2019, 7:40 AM

    Better than The Onion. There are times when The Bee’s tongue in cheek stories are so believable that when you see them out of context you can be fooled into believing it’s fact.

  • Casey Klahn February 17, 2019, 8:34 AM

    They got me good!

  • Richard February 17, 2019, 10:02 AM

    Nothing is going to happen to Smollett, as he’s a bona fide member of two recognized victim groups. In a sane world, he’d not only be prosecuted and sentenced to the term associated with the “hate crime” he falsely claimed, but he would have made himself radio active in terms of future employment in his chosen field. The Sheeple, however, love them some spectacle, so he’ll come out of this just fine, thank you very much. As for having to live with his conscience? Well, that was never going to be a problem. The systemic rot runs deep in this culture and it’s far beyond my imaginative ability to see how it can be corrected. In so many ways we’re witnessing the fruition of the decades long march of the Frankfort School and Critical Theory. These miscreants haven’t put all of the necessary effort into getting here, simply to go away. Yippee ki-yay!

  • Casey Klahn February 17, 2019, 11:03 AM

    Go Smollett yourself!

    If you cannot find enough racial tension to support your world view, just make it up.

  • Howatd Nelson February 17, 2019, 11:30 AM

    ‘…for destruction … ice would be nice.’
    As we sink into the Global Sun Minimum now underway there will be snow, ice, volcanic action, earthquakes, flooding, and starvation aplenty. Mainly due to Sun-Earth-Moon unusual magnetic/gravitational field interactions coupled with orbital effects.
    Try googling David Dilley and John Casey utube offerings for the past two years.

  • ghostsniper February 17, 2019, 2:51 PM

    “Nothing is going to happen to Smollett….”

    Hold up hoss.
    That fag brought scorn to those 2 nigerians and they may suffer ramifications for it and if they do they may seek some straightenin’ from that hitchiker of the hershey highway. After all, they’ve already been accused and released. One can hope.

  • Snakepit Kansas February 19, 2019, 4:55 AM

    If guns are stolen I believe it is still worth calling Johnny Law and reporting it. Once you give them the serial number it will go into a national database of stolen guns. A few years back I had a few guns stolen in Salida CO when traveling through. About six months later one of them showed up in a police raid on a house in Paso Robles CA. Outside of the mountain of stupid paperwork I had to fill out to get my gun back, the CA cops were fantastic. I offered to drive to CA to get my M700 in 7mmWbyMag back. The cop said not to worry and even drove my rifle to a local gun dealer who could legally ship it to me.