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.
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.
#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 ||
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
[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.
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07/18/2021 06:35 ||
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[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.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.