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Syrian President Bashar Assad is sworn in for a fourth seven-year term
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-Great Cultural Revolution
Black Rifle Coffee Co Goes All Starbucks
[CFP] Black Rifle Coffee called supporters of Kyle Rittenhouse ’repugnant’ and labeled Proud Boys as ’racists.’

"It’s like the worst of American society, and I got to flush the toilet of some of those people."
Since you say you'd be willing to pay to get rid of me, I want my buyout in unmarked $20's
Posted by: Cleque Snuque5062 || 07/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [416 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I can't tell you how many of friends and family just dropped their subscription to BRC.
Woke/Broke
Posted by: Spoter B || 07/18/2021 0:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Wow! There goes my subscription.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/18/2021 1:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Is their coffee any good?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/18/2021 1:56 Comments || Top||

#4  This has been coming for a long time.
Posted by: badanov || 07/18/2021 2:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Recently ran a few cups thru my Keurig 350. Not that impressed. McCafé® is my latest favorite.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2021 4:45 Comments || Top||

#6  ^That's what I thought - people who have good product don't need to tie it to ideology. Mind you, their YouTube videos are entertaining.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/18/2021 4:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Local (MN) Caribou Coffee Obsidian - pretty good, though not as good as the coffee I got when I was living on Kaua'i. Never tried BRC, but if this moke will pay me, I promise never to.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/18/2021 6:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Red State wonders if there is a gotcha based on an incomplete quote, and :

Wall Street doesn’t like conservative companies, especially ones with a political face. The mopes that will flock to Black Rifle’s board of directors will be left-leaning types who won’t like the way it is run and its zero-f***s-left-to-give attitude. If the company does go public, then Hafer will be dancing to the tune of a bunch of gutless wonders who are afraid to offend anyone.

Going back to Hofer’s aphorism, I’d like to add Robert Conquest’s Second Law of Politics, that is, “Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.” (Check out the conservative media landscape and look at the outlets and think tanks that were doctrinaire conservatives a decade ago but today are defending Joe Biden and who tried to defeat President Trump twice.)

Just as Black Rifle Coffee is on the cusp of changing its financial structure, it is also arriving at a philosophical decision point. Will it stay conservative and cater to the people that made it successful? Will it go “woke”? Will it complete the transition from a cause to a grift? Unfortunately, the signs aren’t all that great.


I’m leery of making a judgement based on anything the New York Times reported, so I’ll await more information before deciding.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/18/2021 8:11 Comments || Top||

#9  Their coffee, like starcuck's, is pretty much undrinkable anyway...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2021 8:18 Comments || Top||

#10  I’m leery of making a judgement based on anything the New York Times reported, so I’ll await more information before deciding.

Yeah, what tw said. Given the prevalence of low-rent disinformatsia these days, I apply the 24 Hour Rule to every report of the latest outrage.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/18/2021 9:18 Comments || Top||

#11  /\ Good point Steve. Let's let it steep for a while.

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2021 9:25 Comments || Top||

#12  I get the green beans shipped in from SweetMarias.com and roast my own. Comparable price to store bought even with shipping and tax. Much better than Charbucks. I swear they use inferior beans and over roast.
Posted by: Warthog || 07/18/2021 9:44 Comments || Top||

#13  Best I ever had was from a now out of business place called Kick Ass Coffee Company in Hawaii. Found it when I was on a trip to see the Keck Telescopes.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2021 9:51 Comments || Top||

#14  Kick ass coffee returns something different for me M. Perhaps Bad Ass coffee in Hawaii? Thx for sharing and always enjoy the opportunity for a nice cup of Kona
Posted by: Everyday a Wildcat (EMAW) || 07/18/2021 10:41 Comments || Top||

#15  Disappointment that Black Rifle went all Starbucks. I guess they can do what they want just as buyers can do what they want.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/18/2021 10:42 Comments || Top||

#16  Death Wish Coffee
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2021 11:02 Comments || Top||

#17  #14, you have made my day! I want more of that good stuff. Looking under the wrong name was thwarting me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2021 12:02 Comments || Top||

#18  I don't trust the NYT but...
Black Rifle Coffee did have an interview with NYTs and they've had over 24 hours to make a statement about the quotes, clarifying or correcting them and have remained silent.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/18/2021 23:09 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
COVID 19/21 Doing Basic Math
Source: Johns Hopkins University (JHU) COVID-19 Dashboard managed by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). (Update at 7/18/2021, 6:22 AM)

Taking the data at face value, which I and others have some difficulties. I see Worldwide there has been to date, 190,089,665 Covid-19/21 cases and 4,084,395 Deaths.

The US accounted for 34,070,262 (17.92%) of those in infections and 608,898 (14.91%) of all those deaths.

The World Population is about 7.9 Billion and the USA population is about 340 Million (counting illegals). So the USA population represents 4.30% of the world population. But accounts for 17.92% of all infections to date and 14.91% of all deaths? Something does not seem to add up.

With the USA a Top 10 Healthcare System in the world. Logic would seem to say the USA should have at the least Infection and mortality numbers closer to the population percentages that it represents in the world.

So why the 250+/- % added difference and this is with official sources telling us over 54% of the population has been vaccinated.

Interesting Note:
Looking at other top 10 major Non-Communist/Socialist nations, we see similar unusually high numbers.

SO THE QUESTION IS:
Was the WUHAN Covid-19/21 release an accident? Or a planned?


Bonus Question:
What do the 11 top states for infection/death numbers have in common?

#1 California 3,858,391 | 64,093
#2 Texas 3,039,664 | 52,816
#3 Florida 2,450,344 | 38,388
#4 New York 2,125,535 | 53,765
#5 Illinois 1,399,946 | 25,790
#6 Pennsylvania 1,220,385 | 27,790
#7 Georgia 1,145,976 | 21,558
#8 Ohio 1,116,808 | 20,437
#9 New Jersey 1,028,503 | 26,536
#10 North Carolina 1,022,876 | 13,523
#11 Michigan 1,003,432 | 21,109








Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/18/2021 08:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Question answer: Stupid, careless accident.

Bonus Question answer - A lot of old people?

According to Coronavirusbellcurve, 39 states report deaths in assisted-living/nursing home. 51% (average of 39) of the COVID deaths are in those facilities. Which includes Sonny Cuomo's "20%" in New York - 'best' of the 39 states..

Just for comparison, Minnesota reported 81% of COVID deaths in assisted-living facilities.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/18/2021 11:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Deliberate and planned.
Posted by: Solomon Snaitch2307 || 07/18/2021 14:50 Comments || Top||

#3  clever way to decrease Social Security drain and increase Death taxes
Posted by: Warthog || 07/18/2021 18:19 Comments || Top||

#4  ...and kill off the fat people.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2021 23:13 Comments || Top||


Pinkerton: What the Tech Tycoon Space Race Means for the Rest of Us
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2021 06:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's substantially different from railroad tycoons having private rail cars because these mooks aren't actually going anywhere.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2021 8:17 Comments || Top||

#2  D. D. Harriman to the white courtesy phone.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/18/2021 9:21 Comments || Top||

#3  It is not their going that I mind, but their return that is so vexatious.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/18/2021 9:31 Comments || Top||

#4  We should be spending more money on strategic defense.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/18/2021 10:30 Comments || Top||

#5  #2 Thanks, mods.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/18/2021 11:26 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Still Report 3634, Coup Ringleader Exposed (Video)
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under:

#1  For a coup similar to the last presidential election to be successful, you must have the military leadership fully on board.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2021 4:35 Comments || Top||




#5  ^That's what Trump should've done before the elections.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/18/2021 6:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Miley = Coup
Posted by: Airandee || 07/18/2021 7:32 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Haiti needs international help more than ever
Op-ed piece by two Haitian academics. Worth a read as it covers a lot of the background of the past 30 years to explain why Haiti continues to be a failed country.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under:

#1  elected in the first round of the November 2016 presidential elections, Moïse only garnered 590,927 votes, about 10 per cent of the electorate

Easy enough.
80% of the population didn't believe in/participate in/care for/understand, a popular vote solution. Or were starved of their motivation.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2021 5:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Focus now on 'free stuff' is it? What happened to the investigation of the assassination? Media, Deep State Department, Bueller, anyone ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2021 5:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Remember when the American ruling class was selling spreading 'democracy' in the world, at the same time they were engineering its destruction at home. True representative government is a rare thing throughout history. It doesn't naturally spring forth in the temporary absence of other governing rituals.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/18/2021 7:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Yhe US ruling class defines 'democracy' as our guys in charge as opposed to anybody else. Doesn't matter what is done, as long as they get to give the orders.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/18/2021 11:49 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey accused of bulldozing cemetery to create 'mass grave' - analysis
[Jpost] Turkey’s state media claimed last week that a “mass grave” of 61 bodies was found in Afrin in Syria, an area that Turkey illegally occupies and which it ethnically cleansed of Kurds in 2018. The Turkish state media claims, without any evidence that “the victims were executed by the US-backed PKK/YPG terrorist organization.”

In fact, say many Kurds, the victims were people killed by Turkey who had been buried in rows of marked graves until Turkey bulldozed the grave markers in 2018. Now Ankara has discovered a grave it allegedly desecrated and is inventing false reports.

The claims by Turkey and its state media, that often behaves as a propaganda arm of Turkey’s ruling AKP party, is not the first time Ankara has invented stories about Afrin. On the eve of a meeting with US President Joe Biden and Turkey’s President, Turkey invented a story of a “YPG/PKK terror attack on hospital” in Afrin in mid-June. Turkish media, such as Anadolu, pushed the story until after the June 14 meeting, and then it suddenly stopped covering it, as if the attack had never happened. It is still not clear who bombed the hospital.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/18/2021 06:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [66 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Olde Tyme Religion
France Learns About Islam’s 1,400-Year Assault
A taste:
[PJMedia] Editor’s note: PJM contributor Raymond Ibrahim’s book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, was recently translated into French and released in La Belle France. Arnaud Imatz of the French magazine La Nef interviewed him about it (online version here). The full English version of that interview follows (a much shorter version appears here).

The American Raymond Ibrahim has just published a fascinating and erudite history of the centuries-old conflicts between Islam and Christianity: L’épée et le cimeterre (Jean-Cyrille Godefroy Editions). This book is the almost exhaustive account of the fourteen centuries of antagonisms and fights, major or minor, which took place since Yarmuk (636), until the end of the Barbaresque wars (1830), through the famous battles of Guadalete (711), Poitiers-Tours (732), Manzikert (1071), Hattin (1187), Las Navas de Tolosa (1212), Koulikovo (1380), Constantinople (1453), Malta (1565), Lepanto (1571) and Vienna (1683).

A historian, linguist and philologist, and a specialist in oriental languages, Ibrahim has methodically exploited first-hand sources, both Moslem and "Western", and has consulted numerous manuscripts from the Library of Congress in Washington. His book is not only a detailed chronicle of the battles, it is also and above all a rigorous analysis of the intentions and strategies of the various warring leaders. Ibrahim shows that the Moslem forces were essentially obeying a religious, messianic, expansionist, conquering logic, whereas the Christian armies wanted above all to recover territories that for centuries had been Roman, Greek and Christian. He also shows that the religious fervor of today’s Islamists overlaps exactly with ancestral Islamic dogmas, that Western reactions are 1400-year-old self-defense mechanisms, and that current rivalries are the reflection of a very old existential struggle. We interviewed him for La Nef.

La Nef: Is the hostility between Islam and Christianity an accident of history or is it part of the continuity of Islamic history?

Ibrahim: It is most certainly part of a continuum. The problem is that modern historians tend to sideline this religious aspect, and focus instead on national identities. For example, we know that for centuries, a great array of "Eastern" peoples invaded and sometimes conquered portions of Christendom. Modern historians give them a variety of names—including Arabs, Moors, Berbers, Turks, and Tatars; other times they are called Umayyads, Abbasids, Seljuks, Ottomans, etc. What modern historians fail to do, however, is point out that all these groups relied on the same exact jihadist logic and rhetoric that contemporary terrorist groups such as the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
do today. Whether it was the Arabs (or "Saracens") who first invaded Christendom in the seventh century, or the Turks and Tatars who terrorized Eastern Europa
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
into the eighteenth century—all of them justified their invasions by citing Islamic teaching, namely, that it is Islam’s "destiny" to rule the whole world through the means of jihad. They also followed the classical juridical injunctions of, for example, offering the "infidels" three choices before battle—conversion to Islam, acceptance of dhimmi status and payment of tribute (jizya), or death. And, once they conquered a Christian area, they immediately destroyed or transformed churches into mosques, and sold whichever Christians were not slaughtered into abject, and often sexual, slavery.

The degree to which the modern West fails to realize this is evident in its claim that groups like the Islamic State are not behaving according to Islamic teaching and doctrine. In fact, not only are they acting in strict accordance with Islam’s traditional worldview—hating, combating, killing and enslaving infidels—but they often intentionally emulate the great jihadists of history (such as Khalid bin al-Walid, the "Sword of Allah") whom the West tends to know nothing about.

La Nef: In your opinion, the term "West" masks the real history because it suggests that the "Eastern" and North African lands conquered by Islam (Syria, Egypt, Asia Minor, North Africa), that is to say two thirds of the original Christian territories, were not really part of the Greco-Roman Christian heritage, contrary to what is usually said of the Christian regions of the Balkans or Hispania. Why do we always refer to the Byzantine Empire and never to the Greek-Roman Christian Empire?

Ibrahim: Yes, just as post-Christian Europe and its offshoots (America, Australia, etc.) fail to understand Islam’s true history, so too do they fail to understand their own true history—especially as impacted by Islam. What is now referred to as "the West" was for centuries known and demarcated by the territorial extent of its religion (hence the older and historically more accurate term, "Christendom"). It included all the lands you mention and more; they had become Christian, many centuries before Islam arrived and were part of the same overarching civilization. Then Islam came and violent mostly peacefully conquered the majority of those territories, some permanently (the Middle East, North Africa, Anatolia), some temporarily (Spain, the Balkans, the Mediterranean islands). During this time, most of Europe became the last and most redoubtable bastion of Christendom not to be conquered though constantly attacked by Islam. In this (forgotten) sense, the term "the West" becomes ironically accurate. For the West was actually and literally the westernmost remnant of what was a much more extensive civilizational block that Islam permanently severed. Overall, however, the term "the West" shortchanges its own history with and truncation by Islam. It further implies that all those "Eastern" lands conquered by Islam were never part of "Western civilization," when in fact they were the original inheritors of its Greco-Roman and Christian heritage.

Which leads to the so-called "Byzantine Empire." In 330, Roman emperor Constantine the Great built a new capital for the empire, which he named "New Rome" (though it was later dubbed Constantinople in his honor). Although it was profoundly Christian; although it was Old Rome’s direct successor and survived the former’s fall by a thousand years; although everyone, friend and foe, called it "Roman"; and although it was Christendom’s easternmost bulwark against Islam for centuries, since 1857 it has been known as "Byzantium"—another neologism that severs the continuity and significance of the post-Christian West’s own history and heritage.

Collectively, all these terms—"the West," "Byzantium," etc.—do one thing: they remove the "C" word—Christianity—from the consciousness of the descendants of those who fought and died for it. They are part of the same trend that has supplanted terms such as B.C. (Before Christ) with B.C.E. (Before the Common Era)—even as one wonders in vain what differentiates the so-called "common era" from what came before it, other than Christ.

La Nef: The battle of Manzikert, which was for the Turks what Yarmuz was for the Arabs, is celebrated as a great victory of Islam by Erdogan and Ottoman Turkish dignitaries. On the other hand, the leaders of countries like La Belle France and Spain prefer to ignore or underestimate the historical importance of Tours-Poitiers or Las Navas de Tolosa. Many French scholars no longer consider the battle of Poitiers-Tour (732) as a "turning point" but rather as a "minor raid episode". Should we see in this attitude signs of the revival of fighting Islam and, conversely, of European pacifism and renunciation?

Ibrahim: Yes, you should most certainly see this, because that is precisely what these attitudes signify. But I would argue that, for the European elite, the matter is worse than merely "downplaying" their ancestors’ defensive victories against Islam. Some are actively condemning them. For a growing number of Spaniards, for example, the Reconquista—centuries of warfare to liberate Spain from Islam—is a source of shame, a reminder of how "intolerant" and "backwards" their forbears were, particularly vis-à-vis the supposedly "tolerant" and "advanced" Moslems of al-Andalus. In reality, the shame such elites have for their ancestors, and the praise they have for their ancestors’ enemies, is indicative of the degree to which they have been indoctrinated in a "history" that is antithetical to reality.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under: Devout Moslems

#1  Foolish French just learning in 2021? It's tough to support ignorance.
Posted by: Spoter B || 07/18/2021 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Better than those whom appear to never learn (read that our Washington D.C. elite). I'll have another very small slice of that Parisian Flan please.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/18/2021 4:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Where's Charles Martel when you need him.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/18/2021 10:30 Comments || Top||

#4  rolling over in his grave
Posted by: Chris || 07/18/2021 11:56 Comments || Top||

#5  The French have more courage and clarity these days than anyone in the US or U.K.
Posted by: Bertie Black5211 || 07/18/2021 20:40 Comments || Top||



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Sun 2021-07-18
  Syrian President Bashar Assad is sworn in for a fourth seven-year term
Sat 2021-07-17
  Former Libyan PM, Al-Sarraj Purchases Vanuatu's Passport
Fri 2021-07-16
  As economic conditions worsen in Leb, angry Beirut residents attack Leb army vehicles; elsehwere, PM-designate Saad Hariri resigns
Thu 2021-07-15
  Taliban Control Spin Boldak Crossing in Kandahar, and beyond
Wed 2021-07-14
  '261 Taliban Killed' in Past 24 Hours: MoD
Tue 2021-07-13
  Turkmenistan deploying troops, heavy weapon on border with Afghanistan
Mon 2021-07-12
  Anti-govt protests in Cuba
Sun 2021-07-11
  
Sun 2021-07-11
  Possibility of civil war in Afghanistan, sez Atta Muhammad Noor
Sat 2021-07-10
  Taliban claim to control 85 percent of Afghanistan
Fri 2021-07-09
  Heavy Fighting Around Ghazni City Reported
Thu 2021-07-08
  Ahmad Jibril, Syria-based Paleo terror group PFLP-GC #1, dead at 83; #2 Talal Naji new #1
Wed 2021-07-07
  Haitian President Jovenel Moise assassinated in his home
Tue 2021-07-06
  AI drone swarm ‘is used in combat for the first time as Israel deploy them to attack Hamas militants'
Mon 2021-07-05
  Nine Districts Fall to Taliban as Fighting Continues
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