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True but Forbidden 38: Bargains, Progtards, and Crab Rangoon

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.

Jeff Epstein had a portrait of his buddy, Bill, hanging in his living room.

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:

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

Who farted? Our Galaxy’s Supermassive Black Hole Has Emitted a Mysteriously Bright Flare

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.

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  • Anon August 15, 2019, 8:38 AM

    The threat against the Supreme Court was made by the left because they fear the court will uphold the 2nd amendment. This is more evidence of the urgency the left is putting on gun confiscation. And why the urgency for gun confiscation? It is not about saving lives as everyone agrees gun crimes will still happen and may in fact increase after confiscation of guns from honest people. It is about oppression pure and simple. You cannot oppress armed people, well at least it is a really stupid blunder to try to. Watch Hong Kong. Watch what the left here in America want for you.

  • Marica August 15, 2019, 10:18 AM

    I managed to avoid that stupid blue dress the entire day yesterday.

  • Sam L. August 15, 2019, 10:20 AM

    I wonder: could Qwanterrius spell his name?

  • Tom Hyland August 15, 2019, 11:44 AM

    When the news media describe the chaotic violent actions of “teens” attacking and destroying with blatant disregard for property and humanity…. this is NOT Reggie and Jughead and Archie doing this.

  • ghostsniper August 15, 2019, 12:39 PM

    You’re right, Tom, and everybody knows it and a lot of people are ignoring it while pushing a false agenda.

    Similarly:

    Revenge of the Millennials

    Perhaps it was Starbucks, or perhaps some obscure Minneapolis coffee store in the 90’s, but I’m pretty sure the first instance of a company using politics as advertising was a coffee store. I didn’t understand it at first as I thought it was common sense you didn’t introduce politics or religion into business because…well…it was bad for business.

    Why alienate 1/2 of your potential customer base with politics?
    Why alienate 4/5ths of your potential customer base with religion?

    Not only was it bad business talking about politics or religion when you’re trying to sell somebody something, but it’s also rude to sermonize or lecture your clients about anything. Serve them their cup of joe, do it for a fair price, do it with a smile, and leave them the fuck alone about politics, religion or anything else personal in their lives.

    But now corporations sermonizing the rest of the world about leftist politics has gone viral. And it behooves the question why. Why would corporations take such a risk? Why would corporations be so foolish? And you can call me an ole fuddy duddy, by why are corporations so arrogant and rude? How dare you assholes lecture me about anything outside the purchase of your product or service, you smug, cocky, arrogant assholes?

    At first I speculated it was because republicans and conservatives are not only pussies, but lazy. Republicans will never boycott their precious Starbucks. Conservatives will never give up their precious Apple products. They can’t wait to mortgage their house so their precious children can attend worthless liberal arts colleges to brainwash their own children to hate them. It’s almost as if Republicans hate themselves so much they can’t wait to prostrate themselves in front of corporations that arguably hate them more.

    But this is only part, if any of the explanation. There’s no advantage to “punish” or “mock” non-leftists from a marketing sense. So why risk bringing politics into it at all? There had to be a reason, an upshot, a positive side to choosing socialist/leftist politics, alas there was something more afoot. Something compelling corporations to take (what would seem a foolish) action and bring politics into their advertising.

    And there was.

    The Millennials.

    A Valueless (Though Highly Profitable) Generation

    Millennials are the largest generation alive today. They are also in that “sweet spot” of being young enough to still be “hippish,” BUT also old enough to make money to spend (well…ok, let’s be honest, BORROW money to spend). They are the largest consumer group in the US and the western world both by numbers and dollar volume amount. They should be the most targeted group of consumers by corporations around the world, and they are. But for all their youth, numbers, and purchasing power, they have one tragic and horrific flaw.

    They have no value.

    The Millennials by all accounts are a failed generation. A failed crop. The butt-end of a joke in American history. They’re so bad, it’s now tiring and old hat to make fun of them. Like the boomers, it’s almost perfectly legal to discriminate against them. And now that most of them are out of college and into the real world, most of the non-Millennials don’t even bother making fun of them because life is kicking the ever-living shit out of them. About the only true thing that is annoying about them is their constantly whining for a bail out of money they fully intended to steal from other people in the form of student loans, but this aside and bar a Super Bowl-51-Tom-Brady-esque comeback, they will die a generation, arguably more pathetic than the Baby Boomers.

    They are truly valueless.

    Monetarily.
    Philosophically.
    Morally.
    Intellectually.
    Familially.
    Socially.
    Artistically.

    In every way, shape, and fashion, the Millennials have no value, core, soul, or purpose. The generation truly offers nothing of value to society or history.

    How Do You Sell to Nobody’s?

    This presents a problem to corporations. How do you sell to the largest consumer group that has no values? How do you sell to a generation that has no definition? On what grounds do you promote and propagate your wares to a generation who’s only defining characteristics are living at home, demanding bailouts, worthless college degrees, tattoos, and soy? And the answer is very clear.

    Politics.

    In every generation before the millennials, it was pretty clear what grounds marketers and corporations would advertise their products based on. Strength, excellence, beauty, achievement, wealth, successful, fashion, and ease. Your product would make you more beautiful. More sexy. More intelligent. More manly/feminine. The products would IMPROVE you as a person (or at least sell you on those grounds). But the millennials have no traditional core values that used to drive humanity. They do not care about excellence, they care about acceptance. They do not care about beauty or physique, they care about fat acceptance. They do not champion toil and overcoming hardship, but hand-me-outs and BGI. And they do not value beauty. They merely value the lowest common denominator. And the reason they value the lowest common denominator is because the only value they’ve ever been given has been leftist politics. Politics of envy. Politics of laziness. Politics of parasitism. Politics of sloth.

    You can’t even say it’s politics as much as it is really just a rationalization to excuse not having to work for a living. And since they’ve been given nothing else in life. all they celebrate is their politics. It is the only thing of “value” they have. It is their only religion.

    And corporations know this.

    A Very Special Hell

    The problem is corporations don’t care about this hypocrisy or laziness or utter worthlessness of politics as a “core value” to a generation or society. Worse, these marketers know that the largest consumer group today is a generation of people who only have politics as their sole value in life. SO while to old fuddy duddies like us who want products advertised to us on their merits and how they will improve our lives, corporations do not care since we are no longer the largest consumer market. They will be rude, they will be insulting, and they are going to force feed politics into every ad, every job posting, every commercial, and every advertisement you see. While the rest of us have jobs, careers, families, love, physique, excellence, or achievements in life, we are currently doomed to be assaulted with advertisements for

    “going green”
    “orgainics/gluten free/non GMO”
    “fair/free trade”
    “open borders/Anti-Americanism”
    “anti-freedom/anti-capitalism”
    “anti-male/pro-feminist movements”

    because that is all the millennials have in life. Their worthless religion of politics

    Sadly, it’s not going to be relegated to commercials or super bowl ads. Because nearly every major institution and industry in the US also wants a piece of that millennial borrow-and-spend money.

    Advertisers
    Hollywood
    Government
    Education
    Colleges/universities
    The Democrat party
    Media
    They psychology profession

    They all want the millennials to part with their money. And the only way they can achieve that is by playing to the only thing MIllennials have in life – socialist politics.

    This means for the rest of us adults, we are going to be forced to tolerate, endure, suffer, and listen to a cacophonous and complete echo chamber of childish, parasitic socialist politics in nearly every aspect of life. The media, our movies, our TV shows, our education system, our government, and yes, every your groceries or morning cup of joe. It is guaranteed that instead of respecting us as adult consumers, they are going to force feed leftist politics into every facet of our lives because that is the only way they can get millennials to part with their money.

    I personally avoid most of this by being am minimalist. I do not shop at Target. I do not attend sports games. I go to an increasingly rare movie. I do not watch TV or news. And I will never attend a sexual harassment training seminar. I simply refuse to accept or tolerate a company or any other institution lecturing me about politics in a thinly veiled marketing attempt to dupe dopey millennials out of their money. But even then, it is so thorough and complete (because the brainwashing of the millennials in K-college education was also so thorough and complete) it is pretty much unavoidable. You, me, and every other non-millennial American are doomed to be pelted and berated with condescending leftist politics for the rest of our days because millennials need said politics to have any point or purpose in life.

    Well Played Millennials

    It is here I must tip my hat to the millennials. Because as much as I hate their parasitic asses (and they are parasitic because socialists always are), they never stood a chance given the horrific, if not outright absent parenting their baby boomer and Gen X parents failed to give them. The millennials did not grow up in a vacuum. They were molded and formed by they-yet-as-of-then shittiest generations America had ever generated. Parents simply refused to parent. Parents simply refused to tell them hard truths. Parents didn’t want to spank or punish or put in the hard work that was required to be “bad cop.” And parents did absolutely NOTHING in terms of preparing millennials for financial and personal fiscal management. In short, the parents of millennials simply wanted to fuck, breed, and then leave their kids to the government or the schools to be raised (because remember, education and careers are more important than your children). And the results can hardly be shocking. Surprise, surprise, when you don’t have stable nuclear families, and outsource your kids to the public schools, all that generation will know is government care, not parental care. It’s no shock socialism is all they have.

    But the rest of us will pay the price for failing to bring up the millennials properly. We will pay more in taxes (whether we bail them out of student loans or they die with a balance). We will pay the price in terms of socialism as they follow the thorough indoctrination and programming they were brainwashed to have. They will continue to value politics over human interaction, experience, and love. And yes, until most of us die, you can expect Nike to use Colin Kapernick to hate on America, Target to continue their hatred of white straight males, colleges and universities to be money scamming operations of Marxism, James Bond to become a black female, and Starbucks to insist we have a conversation about race. Every facet and corner of your life will be infected and infiltrated with leftist politics because that’s all the largest American generation has. And I’d like to say you didn’t bring it upon yourselves, but you did.

    Enjoy the decline.

    http://captaincapitalism.blogspot.com/2019/08/revenge-of-millennials.html

  • Skorpion August 15, 2019, 4:42 PM

    Excellent repost, @Ghostsniper. Never thought of the phenomenon as a targeted-marketing technique, but it makes perfect sense.

  • Walter Sobchak August 15, 2019, 7:26 PM

    “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.”

    Who has faith in things unseen? The “Scientific” people are contemptuous of those who hold to the faith of their fathers. But, they believe in Dark Matter, Black Holes, Dark Energy, and the inscrutable workings of blind chance. Who has faith in things unseen?

  • Tom Hyland August 15, 2019, 7:42 PM

    Ghost, you’ve described the abysmal advertising machine to a T. Once upon a time advertising was clever, funny and aimed to an intelligent adult world with keen discerning tastes. Now advertising is slapstick, violent and cruel. I haven’t watched TV now for about 20 years. I never made a concerted effort to quit TV…. it slowly quit me… and then it pretty much went off. I only turn it on if there’s a new Antiques Roadshow available. Maybe late autumn they’ll start running some new episodes. You and I are about the same age, I’ll be 64 in December. The corporations don’t care about us nor do they aim their product our way. But it’s gotta be a tough job selling brain-donor zombies the latest gadgets, credit cards and clothing lines. Do they buy cars? I don’t think so. They sure do smoke cigarettes and get inky at the tattoo shops… and buy lots of big greasy hamburgers and pizzas… the cheese always stretches three feet while they attempt to shove it into their faces. As George Carlin said, “When you’re born into this world you’re given a ticket to the freak show. And when you’re born in America you get a front row seat.”

  • aidan maconachy August 16, 2019, 2:12 AM

    “Now advertising is slapstick, violent and cruel.”

    That… and what is worse it’s become a social engineering machine with meta-messages hitting you from every angle. And of course “the message” is always progressive liberal bullshit pushing inclusive allness and idiot happiness nostrums.

  • Mike Anderson August 16, 2019, 4:13 AM

    Thank you, ghostsniper, for discovering that excellent and perceptive rant.
    Henceforth, when I order a cheeseburger, I’ll be sure to say “Hold the mustard–and the social justice sauce.”

  • ghostsniper August 16, 2019, 4:17 AM

    Tom, yes we’re about the same age – I’ll be 65 in Jan. That article cleared some things up for me too. No sat dishes around here, just over the air stuff and we almost never watch it. We only watch TV while eating supper and almost always it’s old 50’s and 60’s TV series episodes on one of our 5 DVD players. Last night it was a 1/2 hr epi of “Have Gun, Will Travel”, remember that one? Night before it was Perry Mason. But it was just a 30 min epi so we watched some Jeopardy (a rerun) and were assaulted by the commercials. The commercials are now so retarded that some of them never even mention the product/service they are promoting. Many times my wife and I have sat through a commercial slack jawed staring, only to look at each other after it was over and ask, “What was that commercial about?”

    If that is how the advertisers perceive the millennial’s, and there’s any truth to it, kinda scary that large groups of people like that are coming on board. Maybe I’ll be “out of here” by the time they take over. They will surely be the nail in the coffin.

  • H August 16, 2019, 5:37 AM

    A story from the trenches. Driving thru St. Louis a couple-three weeks ago, I saw a Jeep CJ with a spare tire cover emblazoned with a 5-speed shift pattern and the words “Millennial Anti-Theft Device.”

    Thinking that amusing, I’ve been passing that story around a bit and one youngster if about 40 or so asked (and he was dead serious) “was it a manual shift?”

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