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Qassim Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds force, zapped in Iraq
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Ghislaine Maxwell's powerful contacts protecting her in safe houses
[Page Six] Ghislaine Maxwell ‐ the British socialite who’s long been accused of serving as Jeffrey Epstein’s madam ‐ is hiding in a series of safe houses and is being "protected because of the information she has on the world’s most powerful people."

Maxwell, 58, allegedly procured young women and groomed them to have sex with Epstein and his wealthy pals, but she has remained out of public view after the convicted sex offender’s re-arrest last year and his death in jail in August. She has always denied any wrongdoing.

On the heels of a Reuters report that Maxwell was the main focus of an investigation by the FBI into several "people who facilitated" the dead pedophile’s alleged sexual abuse, a source tells Page Six: "Ghislaine is protected. She and Jeffrey were assets of sorts for multiple foreign governments. They would trade information about the powerful people caught in his net ‐ caught at Epstein’s house."
Yes, we gathered that. Jeffrey's massive, unexplained wealth sort of gave that one up. Bilateral intelligence operative was the obvious default.
The source added of Ghislaine, who has homes in Manhattan and London, "She is not in the US, she moves around. She is sometimes in the UK, but most often in other countries, such as Israel, where her powerful contacts have provided her with safe houses and protection."

The source added that Britain’s disgraced Prince Andrew had begged Maxwell to come forward and give an interview to protect him after he was accused of having sex with one of Epstein’s most vocal accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, which he strongly denies. But Maxwell refused, forcing the prince to conduct his own disastrous interview. The source said: "Andrew pleaded with Ghislaine to publicly defend him. She carefully considered it, but decided no good would come of it (if she came forward). It isn’t in her best interests." Lawyers for Maxwell didn’t get back to us.

The source also added, "If the US government was really interested in bringing in Ghislaine, the IRS would have looked at her tax returns and the income she may have got from Epstein and perhaps some of his powerful associates."
Emphasis added.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2020 04:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6503 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The source also added, "If the US government was really interested in bringing in Ghislaine, the IRS would have looked at her tax returns and the income...

No US Gov't interest, or interest by any other "government" for that matter.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2020 4:28 Comments || Top||

#2  ...I'm sure any and all available IRS personnel are too busy going over the Orange Man's since 2016 and before.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/02/2020 6:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Why Israel? I guess she and Epstein were with Mossad all along.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/02/2020 7:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Annina:
Monsieur Rick, what kind of a man is Captain Renault?

Oh, he's just like any other man, only more so.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2020 8:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Many who used the services breathed a sigh of relief when Epstein took the deep sleep. Likely, they would be relieved if Maxwell followed suit. I'd think the feds already have a great deal of info about this high-rolling pimping-blackmail operation. if they want to use it.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/02/2020 8:15 Comments || Top||

#6  #3 - Reflexively Joo hatin' Herb, read again:
"The source added of Ghislaine, who has homes in Manhattan and London, "She is not in the US, she moves around. She is sometimes in the UK, but most often in other countries, such as Israel, where her powerful contacts have provided her with safe houses and protection.""

But our troll instantly picks up the Juice Scent
Posted by: Frank G || 01/02/2020 8:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Why the UK? I guess they were British assets all along.

Why other countries? I guess they were assets of those countries all along.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/02/2020 8:20 Comments || Top||

#8  exactly
Posted by: Frank G || 01/02/2020 8:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Wonder if she watched the videotapes with Epstein. Where are those, anyway?
Posted by: Lex || 01/02/2020 8:28 Comments || Top||

#10  COSTCO doesn't care who buys. It's only concern is that you 'buy.'

COSTCO's secret weapon.

I don't recall hearing of any wealthy Russians visiting Little Saint James Island. Perhaps they were not welcome, or simply knew enough to stay away ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2020 8:42 Comments || Top||

#11  ^Or Epstein didn't like Polonium tea?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/02/2020 9:13 Comments || Top||

#12  The Russians are too smart to fall for a kompromat scheme like Epstein's. Theyre pretty good at detecting film-flam men i.e. people like him who have huge amounts of money that can't be connected to any real source.

The Russians would have been immune to his Gatsbyesque parties - they don't need the money and they have their own yachts and caviar and girls - and would have laughed at his ridiculous Harvard/Stephen Hawkins intello virtue-signaling BS. They probably pegged him for a perv from the get go.
Posted by: Lex || 01/02/2020 9:15 Comments || Top||

#13  Ref #12: The Russians are too smart to fall for a kompromat scheme like Epstein's.

My take as well. Yes, very smart. They invented "Kompromat schemes."
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2020 9:23 Comments || Top||

#14  Whose assets were they?

We know that Clinton and Epstein were close. We also know the likes of Clinton, Obama, Clapper, Brennan and Comey are totally without scruples. I mean, if they're bad enough to participate in an attempted coup against a duly elected United States President, they're pretty bad. The list of suspects is long. And they could have been independent operators, selling bits of kompromat to the highest bidder, or bidders, whoever they were. My own personal guess is that Bill Clinton would know better than anyone else but he'll never tell.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/02/2020 13:19 Comments || Top||

#15  My guess is while they may have started as assets for Israel (it is a fit given her father's linkages in the arms trade/intelligence periphery) they moved into a number of realms both for profit and as assets for mutually beneficial relationships. No matter where she is cloistered, poor outcomes seem inevitable. Undoubtedly she has some forms of insurance, but whatever they are, they will be voided and then she goes into the memory hole somewhere....
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/02/2020 18:08 Comments || Top||

#16  On top of it all she's hiding from the Clintons?

Not likely as I'm sure she has backup videos of the Clintons buggering little girls.

Both the Clinton mind you.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/02/2020 19:34 Comments || Top||

Authored By America, The Doha Plot To Arm The Afghan Taliban
[KhaamaPress] It is an international plot against Afghans. It is hatched in Doha. It is authored by America. It is facilitated by the Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
i government. It will destroy women’s liberty. Stay with me. I explain.

Until the 1970s, Afghan women, dressed in miniskirts, breathing in the air of liberty, upholding their personal individualism, walked the streets of Kabul, into offices, schools and universities. Kabul was the most cosmopolitan city. Delhi was a village of orthodoxy, irrational ideas and obscurantism. From Afghanistan to Pakistain and India and beyond, Afghan women were the first to get the right to vote as early as in 1919. American women were not yet allowed to vote.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 01/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Until the 1970s, Afghan women, dressed in miniskirts, breathing in the air of liberty, upholding their personal individualism, walked the streets of Kabul, into offices, schools and universities.

And, in the countryside?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/02/2020 7:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Very clever use of facts and rhetoric to deceive. It is rare to find such talent in the muzz. Anyway, the truth is, some shady intelligence inputs and media hype has propagated the idea that the taliban leadership is somehow now based in Doha.

That is a lie.

The control is still in Quetta. In 2010, when the taliban intensified attacks on NATO forces, the 'Stain realized they could no longer be overtly associated with them. Qatar provides all jihadi organizations these services : banking, money laundering, access to arms merchants and 'neutral' meeting spaces with interlocutors and lackeys of govts. This became an efficient solution in 2013, when they made a 'taliban daftar' in Doha the real estate for taliban was provided by a Umayr al-Nuaymi, known facilitator of jihad. Pakistain could not host them overtly and keep clearing the watchdog lists. Pak still had to receive aid for 'fighting extremism' and play victim of taliban, for the US.

The democratic Afghan govt, and other sympathetic agencies submitted all proofs, actionable intel to Washington. They tried to convince the US to stop negotiating with taliban and instead arrest any elements in Doha, to sanction Qatar and further investigate Pakistain's Quetta Shura. But that slick bastard Obama was determined to subvert and commandeer American resources for his muslim brothers. Condoleeza Rice was sensible and had understood these dynamics and knew the implications of what was happening, but that bitch Hillary was in her place now and just wouldn't listen to us. We gave up on the US and continued going after them ourselves, but covert actions in a hostile nuke-state can only be so effective. Recently, Akhundazada's brother bought the ticket meant for him. Trump has been great for morale, and America could do this so much better; but you have to know where to get 'em. Quetta.

By 2013, the taliban knew they had America hooked. Even after Obama, they could keep their immediate CIA benefactors and Pakistain pleased with proceeds from the opium trade. In connivance with corrupt Afghan bureaucrats and ministers they could feed the US forces any intel they wanted. Have them kill civilians if they wanted, have them use their UAVs to take out rival factions, even militia allied with NATO, or just goat herders for upping numbers. And the taliban made money for all their friends, they cleared large settlements south of Kabul for illegal mining, they enslaved farmers, civilians and took over state resources for production and smuggling of heroin hydrochloride. Obama played up an anti-drug angle when some NGOs and activists came close to exposing it all, with opium bans and much kabuki. Pakistain hosted the taliban throughout this and Quetta, Balochistan became a fortress meanwhile. Peshawar in Pakistain was the conduit for hawala transactions to shell companies in European countries, after the Herat and Helmand businessmen had to shut shop from 2010-2013. They continued paying out 'the cut' to shell cos, 170 companies were identified by international agencies with billions in A/cs that lie unclaimed. Who owned these ? How many deepStatists and how many Paki generals and ministers got rich before 2016, who knows ?

It was not expected that a Donald Trump would arrive and rattle the convenient, by now well-oiled machine. Such an anomaly could not have been foreseen by the deepState. But after 2016, when faced by a man who dared to seek facts, they panicked. There was a tying of loose ends that appeared as an escalation in the war effort. If you remember, in 2016 there was a news about the 'ISIS destroying tonnes of Afghani opium'. The five sided box, Democrat senators and their bureaucrats, the MSM owners - all have tried to mislead Trump from the beginning about the taliban, to obfuscate the Pakistain connection and the real reason the taliban still thrive. Even down to just where in the fuck they are.

That Doha is the new base for taliban leaders is just one more of their deceptions. Qatar would never base them there. Taliban shadow figures may turn up in Doha occasionally; they may even have some burnout ex-warlords playing the real leaders, showing up at the 'Taliban Talks' in expensive Doha hotels. But the real leadership, those who ideologically control the jihad are still in Quetta, some in Karachi. They provide the tanzeems, the markaz that trains the grunts, they provide the fodder, the guidance, the intelligence, logistics, connections with enablers. There's a reason. If they leave Quetta, other factions will gain power and start claiming the leadership. There is a complex dynamic of calvin-ball and islamic assholery in this too. Paki jihadis do not wish to be led by pashtun outsiders; they think of themselves as the legitimate leaders who fight for Allan, and pashtuns as idiot nomads who fight for idiocy, meant to be used. The ISI with great difficulty gets them to get along with Afghan taliban.

I repeat. There is nothing in Doha. Just a facade, an 'Emirate Office'. It legitimizes taliban rule, provides some funding and lends a safe cover to laundering and investment activities for taliban. It misdirects the US from the real fight by providing an address and promise of negotiability. You think 'At least we know they're here, our negotiations have brought them to this table'.

The leadership was always in Quetta, protected by a piddly Pakistain army and Obama appointees. And they cannot be negotiated with for anything. Their aim is to squeeze kaffir resources, kill as many of you as they can, and demonstrate the futility of fighting against islam to America. They shall continue to die in vast numbers if their controllers tell them it's working. The whole world witnesses uneducated tribal mujaheddin fight advanced 1st world armies and prevail. And this is enough for them. Enough for Qatar, enough for Turkey, Pakistain, Iran,the Arabs...

"We have sucked America down to our own hell for 18 years ! There is despair and frustration in them over us constantly. They came here for revenge. We must keep them here, inshaallah until they give up in shame and run. Let it be their Vietnam, even worse !"

When you sit with barely conversant, gruff kaffir-killers at the table, when you see to their comforts and sensibilities, your personnel standing guard in the plush Doha hotels, that is their victory. Mullah Baradar, who should've died in a dank cell sits here and faces you like a man and the summbitch knows even if he dies now, his war is won.

And now I'm off for a drink.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/02/2020 12:16 Comments || Top||

#3  And now I'm off for a drink.

Enjoy. That'd be difficult if you were in Quetta.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/02/2020 13:33 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Democrats and their masks
First Kurt of 2020
Since the 2018 elections, we have seen a lot of stupid people electing Democrats in state and local elections, and since the garbage Democrats have the garbage Midas touch ‐ everything they come in contact with turns to a Scat Francisco sidewalk ‐ these dumb voters are now suffering the consequences of their misguided trust in these aspiring authoritarians. Democrats win when rich donors pump money into races behind candidates who pretend not to be the gimps of the hard-left cabal that actually runs the party. And the radicals who got elected pretending to be not-insane are getting into office and doing all the insane stuff we warned the voters they would do.

There are no "moderate" Democrats. All Democrats are dangerous to your life, prosperity and freedom. They prefer churchgoers die rather than be able to defend themselves. They want newly-prosperous frackers to learn to code. They want you jailed for denying the climate cult or the fact that there are men and there are women and there is nothing else.

...Let’s look at the House. Over 30 Democrats got elected with the promise to be bipartisan and work together to solve problems and all that other mushy goo goo nonsense suckers lap up at election time. But the only "problem" they have worked to solve was that there was no Democrat in the White House. Except for a couple of courageous rebels, every one of those hacks who came into office promising the voters "No, I won’t be Nancy Pelosi’s gimp," has totally been Nancy Pelosi’s gimp.

...Let’s talk criminals. Democrats prefer them to you. Crazy? Are the Democrats always talking about how mean we are to crooks, or about the effect of crooks on your life? In California, idiot voters essentially decriminalized crime. Steal under $950 a day and you’re fine ‐ they would even bother to file charges. Oh, and feel free to shoot up on the sidewalk and leave the needles around ‐ remember, it’s the junkies who are the real victims. You, the normal people, have no recourse and no one has your back. You get to deal with bums, hobos and derelicts on your streets ‐ just make sure that when you step around them you don’t topple over into a pile of human dung.

...In Virginia, the state is about to declare war on normal people for the crime of exercising their Second Amendment rights. Remember, this is the state where the Democrat governor (the old one, not the one who put on blackface) restored the voting rights of thousands of convicted criminals. Now Governor Jolson wants to make hundreds of thousands of Virginians, none of whom were committing a crime ‐ and who, in most other states would not be committing a crime ‐ into felons.

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/02/2020 12:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Calling people stupid and deplorable will not work
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/02/2020 18:11 Comments || Top||

Democrats Are Communists Waging War On Our Republic
[News with Views} Communists LIE‐YOU DIE

Democrats are determined Communists dedicated to the overthrow of our Republic, and the theft of all resources, leaving us as slaves. They are already very close to stealing everything. Under Communism, regardless of promises there will be no support for Social Security, Medicare, Real Money, Police Protection, Food, Jobs, and etc. People living under Communism have no rights and there is no private property. Under our Constitution your rights are from God and your property is secure. We must quickly kick these Deadly enemies, and all of their supporters, out of government, into jail, or, out of our country. Make no mistake, we are very close to defeat, and the loss of everything dear to us, including our lives. Communists have killed many millions of their own people to retain power. If we do nothing to stop them now, millions will die on both sides.

American Patriots are in a red hot rage over the Communist war to replace our Constitution, and rule over us as if we were Chinese slaves. Our rulers continue milking us like cows, stealing billions and destroying people. Obama bought a home for 12-15 million while minorities are shot down like dogs in his Communist Sanctuaries. We have no intention of allowing this Treason to continue. We have the absolute Constitutional right, ability and imperative for self defense. So sorry, you Communist SOBs, who call yourselves Democrats, you failed to get our guns, so when you start a shooting war, we will kill you with no regrets.

The Communists by acts of War, already control by force, and subversion many of our cities, counties and states, which they call Sanctuaries. There is little protection by U.S. law in these conquered and rundown areas. Communists have also taken over The House of Representatives as demonstrated by the Star Chamber Impeachment. The Communists are supported by traitors in all levels of education, media, the military industrial complex, big business and finance, federal management level employees in the Administrative State, RINOs, tax free foundations, and the Establishment Families, who control everything. These gangsters also support Communist China and other enemies of our Republic. This treason is lowering our standard of living and defense, while increasing their power and theft. Their ultimate objective is a One World Order, with the USA as a Communist Slave State.

President Donald J. Trump will be recognized as our most effective president for making our country the greatest on earth. His major problem in draining the swamp, is that the government is run by mostly Communists (members of the Council on Foreign Relations and neocons ), who do everything to overthrow him. President Trump should erect a public gallows for traitors in the capital to contemplate. Federal employees and others, who oppose our Constitution should as a minimum, lose their jobs and citizenship. The FBI, DOJ, IRS, and State Department are so Communist, and anti Constitutional, that they must be terminated and replaced. There must be a quick return to equal justice for all citizens, not just the rulers, or the people will revolt.

About the author: Andrew C. Wallace is a former Kentucky State Trooper, Kentucky Native, Korean War Veteran, Commercial Pilot in Alaska, University of Kentucky Undergraduate in Business, Four years of Graduate School in Economics and Marketing at University of Kentucky and University of Iowa., Assistant Professor, Thirty years as Director of Marketing Firm developing and implementing national Marketing programs for manufacturers and now retired doing research and writing. E-Mail: natlmktg@gte.net
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2020 09:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It is rare to find someone such as Wallace in academia.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/02/2020 10:05 Comments || Top||

#2  So, McCarthy was right?
Posted by: Angaiting Pheans5604 || 01/02/2020 11:58 Comments || Top||

#3  ...yeah, but his grandstanding and, like some other congresscritters, produced very little evidence. Back then 'Deep State' was still on our side instead of their own, they already knew about it.

The whole issue should have been addressed when the Wall came down. All those who had supported the Soviet Union and its message should have been treated like the Tory Loyalists after the American War of Independence. Turning the other cheek got us to this point today.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/02/2020 12:07 Comments || Top||

Bernie Rakes It In
He's a socialist; of course he's great at getting OPM (Other Peoples' Money)
[CNBC] Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign shrugged off a health scare and took in more than $34.5 million in the fourth quarter, a massive haul in the final stretch before nominating contests start.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/02/2020 08:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  NH primaries are just under six weeks away; it'll be fun playing 'Dem Presidential Death Pool' to see who drops out, and when.
Posted by: Raj || 01/02/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#2  $34m is quite the haul. Bernie-Squeaky is the one to watch. Looks like another Corbyn v BoJo matchup -- except our Jeremy's looking at ferocious opposition from the DNC and Hillarity crowd. The nominating Convention should be fun.
Posted by: Lex || 01/02/2020 9:37 Comments || Top||

#3  NY Post: Trump campaign raises $46M in fourth-quarter fundraising

The [Trump] campaign said in a statement that the final three months of the year marked their best fundraising quarter to date in this election cycle, and left the team with $102.7 million in cash on hand.

It’s so good of the donors to the various Democratic campaigns to push their money into the economy for the benefit of us all, for which Donald Trump will get the credit
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/02/2020 13:52 Comments || Top||

#4  NY Post: Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg raised $24 million in final quarter of 2019
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/02/2020 14:19 Comments || Top||

#5  $970 million more and Bernie will have himself jailed and taxed.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 01/02/2020 20:00 Comments || Top||

The Media Is Lying About The Attacks On The Embassy In Baghdad
[The Federalist] You can tell that the Obama administration’s legacy in the Middle East is in danger because the media, as the self-appointed janitors of that legacy, have gone into overdrive obfuscating the timing, context, and significance of this week’s attack on the United States embassy in Baghdad. Although President Donald Trump has gone a long way to dismantling Obama’s legacy in the region, much more remains to be done, including a halt to American taxpayer money that has been flowing into Iranian-controlled governments in Iraq and Lebanon.

Earlier this week Iran-backed militias stormed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, chanting "Down, down USA!" and hurling water bottles and smashing security cameras. The attackers breached parts of the embassy and were only disbursed the next day, after Trump deployed Marines to ensure the safety of our embassy personnel and property.

The attacks have been building for months, including roughly a dozen attacks on U.S. assets by these militias and American retaliatory strikes against five locations in Iraq and Syria belonging to the Iranian-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah. The group represents an ongoing replication of the "Islamic revolutionary model" that Iran first "exported" to and "perfected" in Lebanon in the early 1980s.

The New York Times has labeled the attackers "mourners" responding to the U.S. strikes, while the front page of the first Washington Post edition of 2020 labeled them "protesters." The latter is a particularly pernicious mislabeling. The media has done its best to conflate the attacks with anti-Iran protests that have been happening across Iraq for the last three months, but of course those actual protesters are pro-Iraqi sovereignty demonstrators fed up with the corruption and the broad perception that the Iraqi government is controlled by Iran.

Confirming exactly that accusation, the Iraqi government has repeatedly attacked the anti-Iran protesters, killing hundreds and wounding thousands, while giving a free pass and ready access to the Iran-backed fighters who stormed our embassy.

The media’s goal is to characterize the protests as a wholesale rejection of Trump’s policies in the region, hence the wall-to-wall disinformation about mourning and protesting. What’s actually at stake is Obama’s legacy. The Iran Deal was a bargain in which Iran would be handed control over the Middle East in exchange for some temporary limitations on nuclear activities.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2020 04:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  The media attempted to frame the event at "Trump's Benghazi." It did not work.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2020 4:12 Comments || Top||

#2  When are they not lying?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/02/2020 7:21 Comments || Top||

#3  The MSM is lying? That's what they do. Why pay for them to lie?

The Iranian-rent-a-mob left the embassy early? They had intended to stay for longer. Who were their ultimate paymasters?
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/02/2020 8:04 Comments || Top||

#4  They were quietly being detained by the Iraqi authorities for.... further questioning. One here, one there. Finally someone in authority noticed their absence.

My guess, and only guess.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/02/2020 8:14 Comments || Top||

#5  I love the term Trump's Benghazi because it reminds everyone of the Benghazi failure and contrasts it to what could have happened if some Marines were sent in support.
Posted by: ruprecht || 01/02/2020 8:35 Comments || Top||

#6  The Media Is Lying About The Attacks On The Embassy In Baghdad

Fixed: Courtesy of The Redundancy Police
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/02/2020 9:38 Comments || Top||

#7  I love the term Trump's Benghazi because it reminds everyone of the Benghazi failure and contrasts it to what could have happened if some Marines were sent in support.

The distinguishing feature of The Shitshow is the SS clowns' unfailing refusal to recognize how stupid and absurd their antics are.

They truly believe their BS, and cannot imagine any other reality than the one enclosed by their absurd little SS tent.
Posted by: Lex || 01/02/2020 9:52 Comments || Top||

#8  What ruprecht said at #5.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/02/2020 12:21 Comments || Top||

#9  Demedia Lied,
No diplos died
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/02/2020 18:12 Comments || Top||

#10  A truth is that the Shites were setting up a seige and then they suddenly left 'for some reason'.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 01/02/2020 19:35 Comments || Top||

#11  Jihad's Dream PR Dhimmi Team. PMSMSNBC:
By Bombing Hezbollah, Trump Is Bombing ‘War Heroes’…

Muslim terrorist and Democrat terrorist sympathizers call them war heroes, us humans just call them terrorist.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/02/2020 19:42 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
The K-pop Wars is Red Pilling Normies: It's Okay To Be White Trends #1 on Twitter
For those who don't follow these things too closely, fast forward to 8:02 or read on. K-Pop is a super-overproduced kind of pop music from Korea. It's spread out of its target market and gotten a following in the West for some stupid reason. Now, white people are starting to perform K-pop and an intra-Left fight has broken out over it being cultural appropriation.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, the South Koreans (along with the Japanese, Taiwanese, and Singaporeans) have appropriated adopted element of successful Western Civ that has allowed their people to prosper to first world status. Of course the Left would hate that since they hate anything Western Civ (other than all the amenities and tech that allows their lives to exist above poverty level).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/02/2020 2:23 Comments || Top||

#2  "Yo' booty is sho' big and wan,"
Purred a cat from the land of the Don,
"But you know no Korean
Be black European
Like me, so quit puttin' it on!"

Uh... yeah. Just an excuse for...

Posted by: Chavimble Glirong9671 || 01/02/2020 4:11 Comments || Top||

#3  ...gotten a following in the West for some stupid reason.

It's the dancing chicks in slutty clothing - works for me!
Posted by: Raj || 01/02/2020 8:55 Comments || Top||

#4  ..and me.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/02/2020 9:15 Comments || Top||

#5  "Soft power" in all its glory!
"You make my head hurt, Yankee fry-boy!"

Imagining that K-Pop must be fodder for lots of PhD dissertations in the academy's version of Shitshow.
Posted by: Lex || 01/02/2020 9:45 Comments || Top||

#6  ..and it sells in China.

NB - the English on the floor and front of the stage.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/02/2020 11:57 Comments || Top||

The New York Times ran a disturbing op-ed. But the backlash misses the mark. (i.e. don't boycott the NYT! Keep journalist jobs safe!)
[TheGuardian] The op-ed in question, by columnist Bret Stephens, was called "The Secrets of Jewish Genius," and the white supremacist Stephens invoked ‐ from ignorance, one hopes, rather than malice ‐ was the late anthropologist Henry Harpending. Harpending’s work has been repeatedly and spectacularly debunked by far better scientists, and most recently rejected as unfounded in March 2018 on the pages of the New York Times itself. It’s too much to expect Stephens to read the newspaper for which he works, I suppose.

Within a day, the Times appended an editors’ note to Stephens’ piece, explaining that it removed the reference to Harpending’s paper and to Ashkenazi Jews in general. The bizarre note also denied the column said what it said: that Ashkenazi Jews are inherently superior to others, including Sephardic Jews.
Intelligence is a heritable trait. But now we get to the real meat of the argument: don't boycott the NYT.
Although the harsh criticism of Stephens and the Times was completely warranted, in other respects the response – especially the calls for boycott – was misguided. Such posing not only simulates real political action, it displaces it, satiating one's need to feel like one has done something. This is an example of a non-boycott boycott, narcissistic stunts we have seen emerge with targets like Starbucks and Facebook in recent years.

Before anyone says "What about South Africa?" or "What about the lunch counters during the civil rights movement?", yes, specific, targeted, organized boycotts that generate real financial harm and demand serious sacrifice or risk by participants can effect change. But none of that is happening with these hashtag eruptions.

Potentially effective boycotts are focused, local, disciplined, and have specific, articulated goals and demands. They must bring public shame and measurable financial harm to a firm. A few people tweeting "I'm going to stop subscribing to the Times because of Bret Stephens" does not rise to the level of successful social movements or tactics.
He's afraid that a successful boycott of the NYT would harm his side.
If one believes, in the absence of evidence, that a few dozen Twitter users canceling subscriptions to the New York Times would affect decisions at the Times, one does not understand the incentives embedded in the attention economy. The Times, like most other globally available web publications (including Breitbart and any number of white supremacist sites), benefits from umbrage as much as applause.

Futility aside, to threaten to withhold revenue to any respectable news publication at this moment in history is hard to justify. We need quality journalism, expensive investigations, and bright commentary more than ever. The Times, for all its flaws, overwhelmingly delivers all of these things. The Times has serious lapses in judgment and reporting – like any publication, including The Guardian – but we should not wish for a day when The New York Times does not exist.
THIS paragraph was the real argument. We journalists are in trouble and don't you dare cancel your subscription. We will tell you to STFU and learn to code when your job gets replaced, but OUR jobs are sacred!
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6524 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Interesting how the Left denounced the Bell Curve, but acts in a manner that actually supports its premise, that is minorities can't compete and must always have various programs to make up for that deficiency not based upon skill but based upon an adjectival descriptive of the group.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/02/2020 2:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Shitshow, Part Infinity
Posted by: Lex || 01/02/2020 2:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Why pay someone to lie to you? The Grey Lady needs to fail. WAPO is another. I'd put more faith in the National Enquirer to give you the truth. O.K., if you take with a grain of salt the Martian, UFOs and alien stories.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/02/2020 8:24 Comments || Top||

#4  . The Times, like most other globally available web publications (including Breitbart and any number of white supremacist sites), benefits from umbrage as much as applause.

Maybe. Maybe not. That strategy depends on who's taking the umbrage.

A bit of recent history is in order. Let's stroll down Memory Kane, shall we?

2019: Dean Basquet makes it crystal clear in the recent staff meeting that the Times is now nothing more than a one-note propaganda organ. The first note, per Basquet, was the grand Boris Badenov-fractured-fairy-take, the Russia Hoax, but then "the story changed."

So now it's racism-round-the-clock ("I feel like racism is everything," in the moronic phrasing of one of Baquet's young cadres).

Bret Stephens is not with the pogrom, er, program. Token GOP Never Trumper and Deplorable-kicking snobthat he is, Stephens is useful for trashing Trumpism.

Yet Stephens nonetheless retains his neoconservatism which, people forget, arose in the mid-1960s with Daniel Moynihan's devastating report on the impending collapse of the "negro family."

Herb et al, take note: Neoconservatism, the movement that nurtured Stephens, was primarily a domestically-focused liberal New Yorker reaction to the crime wave and other urban ills which Moynihan, Irving Kristol, Norman Podgorerz and others traced to the welfare state and its effects on black family stability in the 1960s.

Nothing could be more diametrically opposed to the Shitshow/NYT's new race-obsessed "1619" hallucinations. Stephens' musings on Ashkenazi jews' evident cognitive superiority - deny it all you like, haters; eppur si muovo - makes Stephens Worse Than Trump.

Stephens has a sharp tongue, a way with words, and a disdain for cant-- in contrast to his pathetic "kick me please" fellow NYTNT-er David Brooks. Stephens shows a fierce refusal to engage in the most absurd of the Shitshow's racist nonsense and mau-mauing, and for that, the Shitshow's jacobins will decree that he must be destroyed.

He'll be gone from the Times twice-weekly columnist ranks by Summer.
Posted by: Lex || 01/02/2020 8:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Futility aside, to threaten to withhold revenue to any respectable news publication at this moment in history is hard to justify.

You might want to take up that discussion with your (former) advertisers before you start badgering your readership.
Posted by: Raj || 01/02/2020 9:06 Comments || Top||

#6  By the way - nice comment, Lex - keep 'em coming!
Posted by: Raj || 01/02/2020 9:08 Comments || Top||

#7  Thank you Mr Raj. Awaiting the next installment of your forensic accounting report re Lil' Crackpipe's (pace Kurt S.) money trail.
Posted by: Lex || 01/02/2020 9:18 Comments || Top||

#8  we should not wish for a day when The New York Times does not exist

Takeaway is, we don't have to wish. We can make it not exist. Thanks.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/02/2020 12:46 Comments || Top||

#9  Well, I've perused Rantburg. I think I'm gonna go read Breitbart now.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/02/2020 14:16 Comments || Top||

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