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Monday, May 21, 2018

Moronic, Evil, Kelly Clarkson: We Need to Disarm All Law-Abiding Gun Owners, and Turn Everywhere into a Kill Zone!

 


“Host Kelly Clarkson speaks onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada”
 

By Nicholas Stix

Clarkson wants action? Here’s some: Eliminate all “gun-free” zones.

Some people will object to me calling Clarkson “evil.” Well, The Boss once argued that one of the distinctions between wickedness and evil, is when you murder someone. Well, supporting “gun-free” zones and so-called gun control entails supporting murderers, because criminals will always have access to guns, and people who want to engage in wholesale slaughter will always be drawn to areas with large numbers of unarmed prey. “Gun-free” zones are more accurately called kill zones.

Kelly Clarkson, who was born in Fort Worth, is an example of a politically correct Southerner. The racial socialist media love to feature such people as “representative” of the South. Louisiana-born-and-bred Terry Bradshaw is as pc as they come, and that’s why he’s been welcome as a studio NFL talking head.

In 2000, when his Pittsburgh Steeler teammate, quarterback Joe Gilliam died, Bradshaw said on camera, choking up, “The racial profiling of black quarterbacks has got to stop.”

What the heck was Bradshaw saying? That Gilliam should have had four Super Bowl rings, and Bradshaw should have warmed the bench?

Nobody “racially profiled” Joe Gilliam. If anything, he got more of a shot than he deserved. And he blew it, by becoming a drug addict. But that’s the kind of pc propaganda the suits demand from Southerners.

If Clarkson weren’t pc, she would not have been given the plum job of hosting the Billboard Awards last night. When Hank Williams Jr. criticized the John Doe calling himself “Barack Obama,” ABC summarily fired him from doing the opening musical sequence to Monday Night Football, after 22 years.
 

Kelly Clarkson Asks for Action Instead of a Moment of Silence at the Billboard Music Awards
By Andrea Park
May 21, 2018, 12:25 P.M.
CBS News

Kelly Clarkson refused to ask for a moment of silence at the Billboard Music Awards to honor the Texas school shooting victims on Sunday night, but the show's host said she had her reasons. Instead, the singer said that she wanted real change, and she did not think a moment of silence would accomplish that.

Clarkson, who has spoken out before against gun violence, talked about how she was from Texas. She said, "Once again, y'all, we're grieving for more kids that have died for just an absolute -- no reason at all."

Clarkson continued, "They wanted me to do a moment of silence. I'm so sick of moments of silence. It's not working. Like, obviously."

She paused as she choked up, "So why don't we not do a moment of silence? Why don't we do a moment of action, why don't we do a moment of change? Why don't we change what's happening? Because it's horrible."

"I wasn't surprised, I was just scared," Texas high school student says after shooting

The audience applauded, and Clarkson talked about being a mom of four.
"Mamas and daddies should be able to send their kids to school, to church, to movie theaters, to clubs — you should be able to live your life without that kind of fear. We need to do better. We're failing our communities, we're failing their families," she said.

"Instead of a moment of silence, I want to respect them and honor them with tonight," she said. "Y'all, in your community where you live, your friends, everybody -- let's have a moment of action, let's have a moment of change."

Then Clarkson introduced Ariana Grande to the stage to perform.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Grand Rapids Anonymous’ Waking News Media Nightmare

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 1:20:00 P.M. EDT

One of the morning TV shows, I believe it was Sharyl Attkisson, ran a story about a Muslim terrorist—who supposedly has changed his ways—and is now working with US authorities to deprogram radicalized nutjobs.

Question: “Many people believe, once a terrorist—always a terrorist. Is that true?”

“Reborn terrorist's” answer (in Arabic): “No.”

My answer: Look at history. When have Muslims—as a group—NOT wanted to spread its religion and doctrine (with war and annexation of Christian countries thrown in, at no charge)?

Stories like this one, and many others, broadcast on a monthly basis, attempt to sedate the viewer's minds long enough to allow immigration to work its magic, before we grasp what's happening.

“Don't worry, white America, these people (Mexicans, Muslims, MS-13) are not violent—and if they are, we can change them to be good neighbors.”

That fraudulent theme and its dishonest strategy has already been attempted with blacks portrayed as “harmless,” “misunderstood” and “victims,” by liberal politicians and the MSM.

Their mantras have paved the way for “harmless” blacks to invade white, middle-class areas, with the resulting Pandora's Box of woes unleashed in those areas. White drug addiction, previously safe, financially sound neighborhoods turned into crime-infested ghettos within a couple years.
There was a documentary, on NatGeo last night, called Prison Nation—and a particular segment, describing how blacks and Mex prisoners, when they were on the outside—targeted whites for drug dealing.

I already knew that, but the powers that be (who must know it, too) only speak of inequities against blacks, and not the miserable ramifications of blacks living in white areas.

Lesta Holt has a daily “Inspiring America” report on “Negro Nightly News,” which is nothing but a pro-black PR segment.

Amazingly, one day, I turned off Lesta's propagandist feature, about a black female who graduated college, and turned on CBS—only to see the SAME black woman!

So as usual, it's us (white America) vs. them (you know who they are).

As a side note: Lesta told us the birthrate of the United States is at a 40-year low (he stated this while showing a photo of a black woman holding a black baby).

Can you believe THAT? I repeat, whites have GOT to start reproducing, or the black woman Lesta showed, will singlehandedly turn the entire country into a black ghetto (you can be sure HER birthrate is not at a 40-year low).


To Die for Diversity: Murder Explodes, Up 44 Per Cent, in Clooney/Khan/Acosta’s London, Amidst "Troubling" Rise in Serious Crime

 


One, two, or all three of these photos depict the mayor of London
 

By Reader-Researcher R.C.
 


 

Murder Surges 44% in Khan's London Amidst "Troubling" Rise in Serious Crime

Sadiq Khan’s London has seen an “appalling escalation” of serious crimes including murder, violent robbery and home burglary in the last year, according to new police data.

www.breitbart.com

 


 

Hear the Most Complete Version of Aaron Copland’s Score to the Movie Version of Thornton Wilder’s Play, Our Town (1940)

 

 

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

About 30 years ago, I heard that Our Town, then 50 years old, was the most often produced play by American schools.

Thornton Wilder won one of this three Pulitzer Prizes for Our Town, back when the Pulitzer was the gold standard, rather than the dross it is today.

Our Town was so popular, because it cost virtually nothing to produce, with the “set” consisting of a bunch of folding chairs, and because of the elemental power of its story, which is anchored in the narrator and the heroine, Emily.

It’s set in Grovers Corners, a New Hampshire town in a story in which the drama derives from quotidian matters of life: Birth, childhood, courtship, marriage and death.

To enjoy the story, one must identify with, or fall in love with Emily.

All over America, there were surely thousands of tear-stained copies of Our Town.

Terms of Endearment (1983) works in a similar fashion. One must identify with, or fall in love with the heroine, Emma (Debra Winger), for the picture to work. If you take Emma into your heart, the picture’s a masterpiece. If not, it’s a waste of two hours.

Wilder supposedly wrote the play as a Valentine of thanks to the town of Peterborough, where he had spent a year as a visiting writer, and which served as the model for Grovers Corners.

Today, most schoolchildren have probably never even heard of this masterpiece, and God only knows what plays the schools are producing. Race propaganda? Sex propaganda?
 

Aaron Copland was one of the men who revolutionized movie music in the 1930s and ‘40s.

During the silent era, my understanding is that while some pictures (e.g., Birth of a Nation in 1915, or Metropolis, in 1927) had a dedicated musical score, others had music done quickly by orchestra conductors or organists for different movie theaters, such as Page Cook recounted the young Ken Darby (1909-1992) doing, in her introduction to Darby’s Hollywood Holyland: The Filming and Scoring of The Greatest Story Ever Told.

After his graduation from Santa Monica High (for which he wrote the alma mater still in use today), Ken took a postgraduate course in advanced composition with Doris Moon, together with classes in Junior College. He worked at a job in a gas station from 2 to 8 a.m., slept from 8:30 until 2 p.m., attended classes until 5, practiced till 9, played the pipe organ at the Forum Theater from 9:40 till closing, and on Sunday evenings, scored the silent flicks at the swank Uplifters Club on an outdated Skinner organ. Ken recalls: “I’m not a little appalled by the effrontery of that skinny youth who dared match his improvisations to the films shown there. Such is the naïve confidence of the young. It was heady stuff to be tolerated by those celebrities. They never complained, but they never increased my salary: $10.00 per film, no questions asked.”
The talkie era immediately brought musicals with it, but somehow there was a problem with movie music for non-musicals. Many of the early pictures had little or no music (e.g., It Happened One Night, in 1934).

That changed radically, with Max Steiner’s ambitious score for King Kong, in 1933. Steiner was joined, in short order, by fellow émigré Erich Wolfgang Korngold (e.g., Captain Blood (1935)), and by the late 1930s, music for non-musicals was a major part of every big studio, with its own Oscar categories.

Copland scored his first feature, Of Mice and Men, in 1939, for which he was nominated for two Oscars. He was up for another two Oscars for Our Town, the following year, one for The North Star (1943), a communist propaganda flick made as a good will gesture to our Soviet allies, and won his first and only Oscar for The Heiress (1949).

(For my money, Copland’s composed his greatest movie score for The Red Pony (1949), for which he was not nominated.)

However, Heiress director Willi Wyler butchered Copland’s score. Copland responded by refusing the Oscar, and fleeing Hollywood for 13 years.

Marxists took advantage of the situation by weaving one of their blacklisting myths around Copland’s departure from Hollywood.

 

 


Rodders
Published on Jan 25, 2018

1. Main Title
2. Story of Our Town
3. Off to School
4. Introducing the Professor
5. Grover's Corners
6. Emily in Love
7. The Town at Night
8. The Letter
9. Grover's Corners Again
10. George and Emily
11. The Drugstore Scene
12. The Hill Top
13. The Crisis
14. Scene in the Cemetery
15. Emily's Dream
16. The Epilogue
17. Cast of Characters

Performed by the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Mogrelia.
 

 

Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

“American Anthems: The Music of Aaron Copland”;

“Aaron Copland’s Complete Masterpiece Score Album to The Red Pony (1949)”;

“Hear Aaron Copland’s Intense, Academy Award-Winning Score to The Heiress (1949)”;

“Video: Appalachian Spring, as Conceived, Choreographed, and Performed by Martha Graham; Music by Aaron Copland: Part I of IV”;

“Aaron and Martha: Appalachian Spring, Part II of IV, Ballet and Music (Video)”;

“Part III of IV of Aaron Copland and Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring (Video)”; and

“The Fourth and Concluding Section of Aaron Copland and Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring (Video).”








From Tom Wolfe’s 1976 essay, “The Intelligent Coed’s Guide to America”

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

[See also, at WEJB/NSU:

“Tom Wolfe was Our Zola, Our Trollope, and … Our Mencken: An Appreciation.”]
 

From Tom Wolfe’s 1976 essay, “The Intelligent Coed’s Guide to America”
Via Scurvy Oaks

“The next thing I knew, the discussion was onto the subject of fascism in America. Everybody was talking about police repression and the anxiety and paranoia as good folks waited for the knock on the door and the descent of the knout on the nape of the neck. I couldn’t make any sense out of it. I had just made a tour of the country to write a series called “The New Life Out There” for New York magazine. This was the mid-1960’s. The post-World War II boom had by now pumped money into every level of the population on a scale unparalleled in any nation in history. Not only that, the folks were running wilder and freer than any people in history. For that matter, Krassner himself, in one of the strokes of exuberance for which he was well known, was soon to publish a slight hoax: an account of how Lyndon Johnson was so overjoyed about becoming President that he had buggered a wound in the neck of John F. Kennedy on Air Force One as Kennedy’s body was being flown back from Dallas. Krassner presented this as a suppressed chapter from William Manchester’s book Death of a President. Johnson, of course, was still President when it came out. Yet the merciless gestapo dragnet missed Krassner, who cleverly hid out onstage at Princeton on Saturday nights.

Suddenly I heard myself blurting out over my microphone: “My God, what are you talking about? We’re in the middle of a … Happiness Explosion!”

That merely sounded idiotic. The kid up in the balcony did the crying baby.
The kid down below did the raccoon … Krakatoa, East of Java … I disappeared in a tidal wave of rude sounds … Back to the goon squads, search-and-seize and roust-a-daddy …

Support came from a quarter I hadn’t counted on. It was Grass, speaking in English.

“For the past hour I have my eyes fixed on the doors here,” he said. “You talk about fascism and police repression. In Germany when I was a student, they come through those doors long ago. Here they must be very slow.”

Grass was enjoying himself for the first time all evening. He was not simply saying, “You really don’t have so much to worry about.” He was indulging his sense of the absurd. He was saying: “You American intellectuals—you want so desperately to feel besieged and persecuted!”

He sounded like Jean-François Revel, a French socialist writer who talks about one of the great unexplained phenomena of modern astronomy: namely, that the dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.”


Saturday, May 19, 2018

News Update: School Shooter from Yesterday is Still at Large, with the Help of Local Media and Police!

 


Drawing of shooter
 

[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

“Never Again! Another School Shooting--It was a High School Graduation, and Time to Settle Some Scores... or Something... or Nothing.”]
 

This morning, WSB-TV (Cox Media) asserted: “So far, there has been no arrest in the case because there has been no sign of the alleged shooter.”

Garbage. Both then and now, WSB-TV has refused to provide any description of the shooter. How can the cops catch him, if nobody knows what he looks like? And that’s the whole point. The folks at WSB-TV are aiding and abetting a killer who, if not caught, may well kill again.

WSB-TV has since deleted that line.

“Police told Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon the graduation was being held for the Perry Learning Center in Clayton County.

“After the ceremony, investigators said an argument broke out in the parking lot outside Mount Zion High School.

“That argument led to two women being shot, one fatally.

[“That argument” didn’t “lead” anywhere.]

“The woman who was killed was shot multiple times in the chest. The other woman was shot in the leg and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of her wounds.

[Note the use of the passive voice, so as to protect the killer. ]

“Police told Channel 2 Action News names and charges will not be released at this time due to additional charges pending.

[That is so ridiculous. The police don’t refrain from id’ing fugitive murder suspects, “due to additional charges pending.”]

“In a news release Saturday, Clayton County Public Schools said the people involved in the shooting were not involved with the graduation ceremony that has just let out….”
Here at WEJB/NSU, we contacted our expert consultant, scrappy koala, who explained that when the media and/or the cops refuse to provide the public with any information on a violent fugitive still at large, they’re informing the public that the fugitive is a black male.

Is Bailey Reed This Year’s Jackie Coakley? SIUE Alumna Insists of Man Who Had Sex with Her in Her Dorm Room, “He knew he didn’t have consent and he did it anyways”

 


Bailey Reed
 

By Nicholas Stix

SIUE stands for Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

“He knew he didn’t have consent and he did it anyways.”

Apparently, Reed’s charge amounts to the “rapist” not having gotten her to sign his affirmative consent form.

The feminists in the school’s “Title IX” office found that no “sexual assault” had taken place, and also spoke of rape as one form, among others, of “sexual harassment.” Thus, “rape” = “sexual assault” = “sexual harassment.”

A tip ‘o the hate to the Countenance Blogmeister.

At Fox2 St. Louis.

Hayden. Carey. Bronson. De Toth. TCM's Film Noir of the Week at Midnight ET Saturday Night-Sunday Morning (and 10 a.m. Sunday!) is the Warner Brother’s Classic, Crime Wave (1954)

 

 

Italian poster
 

By David in TN
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 4:10:00 PM EDT

 

Sterling Hayden
 

TCM's Film Noir of the Week at Midnight ET Saturday Night-Sunday Morning is Crime Wave (1954).
 

The Bad Guys planning the job
 

Crime Wave has a great cast. Sterling Hayden is a no-nonsense LAPD detective. Ted de Corsia is a Fifties-Style crook leading a small gang, which includes Timothy Carey and a beginning actor named Charles Buchinsky (later Charles Bronson) as psycho types. De Corsia and Bronson are San Quentin escapees who kill a cop, while robbing a downtown L.A. gas station.
 

Phyllis Kirk and Gene Nelson
 

Bronson might have more dialogue in this film as a supporting actor than he did as the lead in Hard Times (1975).
 

Phyllis Kirk, Gene Nelson, and a young Charlie Buchinsky, later known as Charles Bronson
 

Movie theater lobby poster
 

Gene Nelson (usually a song and dance man) plays a ex-con trying to go straight when the crooks come to his apartment and rope him into their bank robbery scheme. Phyllis Kirk plays his loyal wife whom the gang holds hostage to get Nelson to go along.
 

 

Andre De Toth directed. Warner Brothers wanted Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner but De Toth went with Hayden and Kirk. A very enjoyable B film, which I highly recommend.
 

Timothy Carey was an eccentric character actor who made few movies, and died young. However, some of those pictures were Stanley Kubrick classics (Paths of Glory (1957) and The Killing (1959), and Carey somehow managed to inspire his own cult.
 

Crime Wave repeats on TCM at 10 a.m. ET Sunday morning, May 20.
 

 

Spanish poster
 

Crime Wave was also released as The City is Dark
 

The Constitution State Joins Movement to Burn the Constitution

By Nicholas Stix

At The Daily Signal.

Never Again! Another School Shooting--It was a High School Graduation, and Time to Settle Some Scores... or Something... or Nothing

 

 

By Prince George’s County Ex-Pat
 

“WASHINGTON, D.C. (Circa) — Multiple people have been shot near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. The police chief stated that two people were shot in parking lot after high school graduation ceremony.”


Report: Multiple people shot near Mount Zion High School in Clayton County, Georgia

Multiple people have been shot near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. The police chief stated that two people were shot in parking lot after high school graduation ceremony.One woman was killed after being shot multiple times near the Clayton County...

wjla.com


There’s Really Good News Coming Out of Ann Arbor… Which is Really Bad News

By Grand Rapids Anonymous said...
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 12:40:00 A.M. EDT

Today in Grand Rapids, the police department was given a report on progress concerning police treatment of minorities. Whattayaknow... they passed! The independent group said, “Police had improved on many issues, especially the disparate stopping of minorities in automobiles.”

That's tremendous news, and Grand Rapids will be a better city to live in because of it (loads of sarcasm).

I hope the report is a scam, because if police ARE cutting down on confronting potential black absconders (criminals), police are not being allowed to protect me and other law abiding citizens—which, to me, is a crime in itself (similar to Oakland's mayor warning illegals of ICE raids).

Our liberal mayor, Rosalynn Bliss, must bear responsibility for any decrease in law enforcement. We're keeping count of the murders and crime, and her desire to provide a huge increase of low-income housing on my side of town. She'll have the black vote, but not mine in the next election. It all depends on whether she can get them off their porches to vote for her—or not.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Oklahoma City School Suspensions

By "W"
Fri, May 18, 2018 2:31 p.m.

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article about the “challenge” of reducing black elementary school suspensions, focusing on an elementary school in Oklahoma City. As you know, an Obama directive ordered schools to ensure that discipline doesn’t fall “disproportionately” on blacks and Hispanics. The WSJ and educators just won’t come out and admit that black and Hispanics are simply more disruptive than whites. We live in the Land of Lies.

Oklahoma City School Suspensions at DuckDuckGo.

Investigators Use DNA, Genealogy Database to ID Suspect in 1987 Double Homicide

By “W”

At The Seattle Times.

Bavarian Interior Minister: Migrants Must be “Repelled at Border,” if Refugee Centers Plan Fails

By Reader-Researcher R.C.
 

Migrants must be ‘repelled at border’ if refugee centers plan fails – Bavarian interior minister

Germany must start turning potential asylum seekers back at its borders if a new refugee centers initiative championed by federal authorities fails to work as planned, the Bavarian Interior Ministry head said.

www.rt.com

Santa Fe, Texas Student Slaughters 10, Wounds 10 More at His High School

 


“Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a police officer.” Pagourtzis appears to have put on quite a bit of weight of late.
 

By Grand Rapids Anonymous and A Texas Reader
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 2:42:00 P.M. EDT

Student arrested, identified by CBS as Dimitrios Pagourtzis—wearing a trench coat with USSR sewn on the back. It appears the majority of school shootings are being carried out by certain ethnic fringe types-possibly having anti-American philosophies.

Nikolas Cruz, Syed Farook in San Bernadino, Omar Mateen in Orlando, Seung Hui Cho in Blacksburg, Va., are just examples of non-WASP/White Catholics doing most of the murdering.

The Las Vegas mass shooting by Stephen Braddock has not been solved—no motive attributed, though there appeared to be an anti-white theme to his choice of potential murder sites.

The more that these types are allowed in, the more you risk people finding out that America may not be the panacea for foreigners—that they may be better off in their own countries.

There will be more dissatisfied individuals wanting to lash out at our citizens, blaming them for their unsuccessful lives—much of it because they can't assimilate—due to low intelligence, a lack of English speaking ability, etc.

They are growing in numbers—thanks to immigration (legal and illegal).

This can only continue and increase, as the USA's demographics deteriorate to a less European population.

More to come.
 

At KHOU.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Reporters Hate Their Readers, the Feeling's Mutual, and It’s been that Way for a Long Time

By An Old Friend
 

Those darned readers: The gap between reporters and the general public is huge
By John Leo
April 19, 2000 /14 Nissan, 5760
Jewish World Review

http://www.jewishworldreview.com -- WHY DO SO MANY AMERICANS distrust what they in read in their newspapers? The American Society of Newspaper Editors, which met last week in Washington, is trying to answer this painful question. The organization is deep into a long self-analysis known as the Journalism Credibility Project. Sad to say, this project has turned out to be mostly low-level dithering about factual errors and spelling and grammar mistakes, combined with lots of head-scratching puzzlement about what in the world those darned readers really want.

But the sources of distrust go way deeper. For a better focus, ASNE might want to listen to columnist Michael Kelly and Peter Brown, an editor at The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel. Kelly writes, almost casually, that "most journalists learn to see the world through a set of standard templates into which they plug each days's events." In other words, there is a conventional story line in the newsroom culture that provides a backbone and a ready-made narrative structure for otherwise confusing news.

Peter Brown's work finds a social and cultural disconnect between journalists and their readers. It also helps explain why the "standard templates" of the newsroom seem alien to many readers. With the help of a professional pollster, Brown sent questionnaires to reporters in five middle-sized cities around the country, plus one large metropolitan area, Dallas-Fort Worth. Then residents in these communities were phoned at random and asked the same questions.

Replies show that compared with other Americans, journalists are more likely to live in upscale neighborhoods, have maids, own Mercedes [?] and trade stocks, and less likely to go to church, do volunteer work or put down roots in a community. Journalists are overrepresented in ZIP code areas where residents are twice as likely as other Americans to rent foreign movies, drink chablis, own an espresso maker, and read magazines such as Architectural Digest and Food & Wine.

Remember, these aren't reporters for The New York Times or The Washington Post. The gap is between reporters and their neighbors in Dayton, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Roanoke, Va.; and Chico/Redding, Calif., plus Dallas and Fort Worth.

Brown found that the disconnect carries over to social attitudes: Journalists are far more likely than other Americans to approve of abortion, to express disdainful attitudes toward suburbs and rural areas, and to identify strongly with people who see themselves as victims of society.

Reporters tend to be part of a broadly defined social and cultural elite, so their work tends to reflect the conventional values of this elite. The astonishing distrust of the news media isn't rooted in inaccuracy or poor reportorial skills, but in the daily clash of world views between reporters and their readers. Brown says of journalists: "They simply do not share political, religious or monetary values with the general population."

[“The astonishing distrust of the news media isn't rooted in inaccuracy…” Au contraire: Lefty media operatives routinely lie, and readers know this.]

This is an explosive situation for any industry, particularly a declining one. Here is a troubled business that keeps hiring employees whose attitudes vastly annoy the customers. Then it sponsors lots of symposiums and a credibility project dedicated to wondering why customers are annoyed and fleeing in large numbers. But it never seems to get around to noticing the cultural and class biases that so many former buyers are complaining about. If it did, it would open up its diversity program, now focused narrowly on race and gender, and look for reporters who differ broadly by outlook, values, education and class.

The values of accountants and plumbers don't matter much to customers, but those of reporters are crucial. They determine which stories are selected and omitted, and how important the stories will feel to readers. The brutal torture-murder of Matthew Shepard was a big story and deserved to be. But shortly after, two homosexuals were charged with committing a crime just as horrendous -- kidnaping, torturing and murdering a young Arkansas boy -- with almost no national media coverage at all. Probable explanation: This was another "standard template" in action; in the newswoom culture, important and newsworthy violence is the kind conducted by the powerful (whites, straights, males, the West) against members of groups considered weak. Since the boy's murder didn't fit the template, it had no symbolic value and went unreported.

The same filter applies to good news. After racial preferences were ended at state universities in California and Texas, the numbers of blacks and Hispanics attending these colleges dipped briefly, then rebounded to the old levels. Great news if you could find it. But it didn't fit the relevant newsroom story line -- that racial justice absolutely requires preference programs -- so the story was widely delayed, omitted or stuffed way back in the paper.

[I beg to differ here with Leo. If racial preferences were ended in California and Texas, yet black and Hispanic student numbers quickly bounced back, it’s because university administrators were stealthily breaking the law.]

These are the distortions to expect when the newsroom comes to look like a monoculture. It's time to try some diversity.



Tom Wolfe was Our Zola, Our Trollope, and … Our Mencken: An Appreciation

 

"Tom Wolfe arrives [sic] a Time Magazine dinner in 2005"
 

By An Old Friend

... notable mostly because of this author's summing-up of what goes on in literature courses -- "deconstruction" is what I think they call it.

The Great One
By Kyle Smith
May 15,2018
National Review

Tom Wolfe wrote a culture-defining book, and then he did it again, and then he did it again.


Thirty years ago, B.T.W. (before Tom Wolfe), I was an aspiring postmodern novelist. An undergraduate in the Yale English department, I marinated in the wordplay of James Joyce. I steeped myself in Thomas Pynchon. I would write novels that would sell in the tens. On the side, I would deconstruct other people’s novels, locate the damning signifiers that were hidden deep within, undetected even by their authors. Then a friend gave me a stack of unwanted books from a class she had completed. One of them was The Right Stuff.

To this day, no book has ever hit me harder. The acuity of Wolfe’s social analysis, the depth of his reporting, and most of all the mad, exhilarating gallop of his prose style rerouted my mind, redirected my intentions. Wolfe’s impassioned admiration for the courage and ingenuity of test pilot Chuck Yeager and the Mercury space-program astronauts jarred all my ironic, postmodernist, Ivory Tower assumptions. I was a Mike Dukakis–loving liberal Democrat, but in the book’s jovial respect for what would later be known as red-state culture (it was Wolfe who popularized the phrase “good ol’ boy”) came the first low rumblings that I might someday become patriotic, maybe even conservative.

I was taking a class in the Literature department. Literature was completely different from English. In English we read books. In Literature we “decoded” “texts.” In English our purpose was to suss out the author’s meaning. In Literature our purpose was brutally to impose our own meanings on the author. If the author couldn’t possibly have meant what we claimed, it just made our arguments that much cleverer. Then I read Wolfe’s book-length 1975 essay of art criticism, The Painted Word. In barely 100 pages, Wolfe essentially dismantled everything Yale was teaching me about art and criticism. Wolfe exposed how critics think, how they determine taste for a gullible but intellectually insecure broader public. He proved it was possible, if only for a supremely self-confident observer such as himself, to maintain common sense and ignore the experts’ shallow, socially needy, self-serving standards, their vacuous quest for “authenticity” and their fatuous attachment to bohemia, what he famously dubbed radical chic in still another book I devoured.

Wolfe, who had both attended Yale (where he got a Ph.D. in American Studies) and been a reporter for my hometown newspaper (the Springfield Union in Massachusetts), also turned out to be the Class Day speaker at my 1989 graduation. He was my new role model, and so he would remain. I ditched Joyce and Pynchon and turned my sights to journalism, criticism, contrarianism — Wolfeism. Never again would I take it on faith that what my betters were telling me was true or right. Always I would question prevailing orthodoxy.

Tom Wolfe wrote a culture-defining book, and then he did it again, and then he did it again, and maybe even yet again. At the end of 1968’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, he captured the disillusionment of hippie utopianism in three words he set down from Ken Kesey: “We blew it.” Borrowed by Peter Fonda for the following year’s hippie blockbuster Easy Rider, they became the self-chastening summation of a decade of wasted youth. When The Bonfire of the Vanities hit in 1987, everyone who had been struggling to define Eighties New York knew they had been bested. The dead center of the target had been struck. Wolfe caught the metropolis in between two covers, with his merciless Al Sharpton lampoon the Reverend Bacon, his British tabloid hack Peter Fallow (sometimes said to be based on Christopher Hitchens, but more likely the party-page fixture Anthony Haden-Guest), his “social X-rays” who were “starved to perfection.” Walking around this preposterous and prodigious city, I often think of Rawlie Thorpe’s words to Sherman McCoy: “If you want to live in New York, you’ve got to insulate, insulate, insulate.” Nearly matching Bonfire’s panoramic scope is 1998’s equally Zola-tinged novel A Man in Full, reckoning with race, real estate, and debt in Atlanta. No student of Wolfe should put off reading this masterpiece either.

Six years later came what turned out to Wolfe’s last essential novel and the one that is most pertinent today: the campus saga I Am Charlotte Simmons, which upon its appearance in 2004 was derided by the New York Times’ enduringly useless critic Michiko Kakutani in a calculated preemptive attack well before the book’s publication. Kakutani claimed, in one of the most obtuse reviews in a career ardently dedicated to being wrong, that Wolfe “does not tackle the zeitgeist” but merely belabored the obvious: “that students crave sex and beer, love to party.” Writing for the New York Times Book Review under the derisive headline “Peeping Tom,” Jacob Weisberg also suggested Wolfe was a naïve old prude and mocked him for perceiving any problems with college partying, saying Charlotte’s point of view boiled down to “And — oh my God! — They’re havin’ say-yex!” Adds Weisberg, “The omniscient narrator refrains from explicit condemnation of what Charlotte surveys, but disgust is evident in his sober stare.” He goes on to ask, incredulously, “Is this hellish vision of sex, drunks and gangsta rap the real life of American college students today?”

What really drove the Left crazy about Wolfe was his habit of wicked, ruthless noticing of the foibles of so many of their most cherished icons.

In fact I Am Charlotte Simmons was and is blisteringly on-point. It’s a portrayal of a flourishing girl who is sent reeling into depression after being used like a disposable sex doll by the fraternity-ruled hookup culture at a Duke-like southern university. The entire novel is an early air-raid siren for what feminists today call “rape culture” and what parents of daughters most fear: That their girls’ sense of self-worth will be destroyed by the predatory sex scene. That a then-74-year-old author was able to identify and illuminate this alarming cultural trend even as cultural commandants insisted there was nothing to see here stands as one of the most astounding feats of journalism this century.

Wolfe was on more than one occasion an honored guest of National Review or National Review Institute, giving (for instance) the address at the William F. Buckley Prize dinner in New York City last October in one of his last public appearances, but his conservatism was overstated. He voted for Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama and habitually voted for the winner in every presidential election, except when he picked Mitt Romney in 2012 and Ross Perot in 1992. What really drove the Left crazy about Wolfe was his habit of wicked, ruthless noticing of the foibles of so many of their most cherished icons, and how he trained his satiric force on them. For half an American century he scythed through folly, from the Merry Pranksters on the West Coast to the Pantheristas in Leonard Bernstein’s penthouse on Park Avenue. It’s a commonplace to say he was our Zola, our Trollope. But he was also our Mencken.


Kyle Smith —
Kyle Smith is National Review’s critic-at-large.
@rkylesmith
 

• [N.S.: After just under 36 hours, the NR commissars have only permitted two comments to be posted.]
 

NatsFan
1 day ago
A beautiful tribute, worthy of its subject.
 

csuprenant
1 day ago
Ah, may he rest in peace. There are books all over my house, including each of the works mentioned in this reflection. I enjoyed each of them. Funny, "The Bonfire of the Vanities" had somehow migrated up to bookshelves in our exercise room -- I did mention there are books all over our house. A couple of times recently, I've found myself running and looking at its spine, wondering what Tom Wolfe was up to these days. As it turns out, getting older.




Sexual Psychotics Take over Brazilian Beauty Contest!

By Jerry PDX
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 12:31:00 A.M. EDT

When diversity ideology and political correctness dictates that I must look at a man's hindquarters with lust in my heart then it's time for violent resistance. There's no negotiation here, and no drawing of new lines in the sand. End of discussion.

Brazil has a beauty pageant called the Miss Bumbum contest, and it's pretty much what the title suggests. Women line up and are judged by the quality of their derriere. This year there are two "transgender" contestants: Paula Oliveira and Giovanna Spinella. Some contestants are (rightfully) complaining that it's a contest for women, not for men who have been surgically altered to resemble women, and I couldn't agree more.

Here is the rationalization for allowing men to compete with women “as women.” This from the article:

Unfortunately for Santana and Porto (two contestants that have publicly complained), this year’s theme for the competition is “diversity,” with organizers encouraging participants to “break the mold.” Furthermore, Miss Bumbum’s officials have threatened to disqualify the angry entrants, if they continue to “prejudice” their transgender peers.

“As long as these women have undergone sex reassignment surgery, and have become fully women, there is nothing that prevents them from taking part. The truth is that, by the law, they are 100 percent women,” Miss Bumbum founder Cacau Oliver said.

So it's true because the law SAYS SO?! What's that old saying? Then the law is an ass. Actually, the law is not only an ass, it's flat out wrong because it was written by deranged gender nazis who want to force homosexuality on normal people. The law can say whatever it wants, but it cannot change biological fact: These men do not have female organs and cannot bear children, they can get all the surgery they want, and imitate female mannerisms but they will always be men.

If I went to a contest like that, I wouldn't want to see men up there on stage, I'd rather attend a plus size beauty pageant, I prefer my women on the slender side but I'd rather look at an authentically female big woman over a man pretending to be one, no matter how real he looked on the surface.

At Fox News.

Media Promote Disgraced, Outlaw, Blackmailing, Former Acting AG Sally Yates, as Guardian of Democracy, and as Political Timber

 



The MSM see in corrupt, pompous Sally Yates (above) the real-life equivalent of leftwing, Hollywood politician Joan Allen


 

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix
 

Media Laps Up Yates’ Talk of Threatening Democratic Norms, Ignores Her Role in Doing Same

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general fired by President Trump for insubordination and refusal to carry out a lawful order, said on Tuesday she worries about “normalization” of behaviors that threaten democratic norms and the rule of law, according to a story in the Washington Post.

She appeared with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) at a policy conference at the Center for American Progress and talked about the “wall between the White House and the Department of Justice when it comes to investigations and prosecutions.”

Lobbing criticisms at the administration has become Yates’ job since Trump fired her for refusing to carry out the ban on immigration from seven countries identified by Obama administration officials as too dangerous to admit immigrants from.

The Post and the rest of the mainstream media love her for it. “Yates – who has rejected the suggestion to run for political office – remains one of the most (if not the most) impressive speakers” Democrats have, the Post wrote – unwittingly acknowledging she had used her position to threaten norms against partisanship among Justice Department leaders.

“Her singular focus on preservation of democracy, matched with the considerable expertise and a low-boiling, righteous anger, givers her a stature most politicians lack,” the Post reported. “Perhaps her refusal to consider political office will fade.”

Her political ambitions may remain under wraps for other reasons, among them that Yates herself might be in trouble. She is implicated in the Michael Flynn investigation, now so widely regarded as botched that Flynn’s guilty plea for lying to the FBI may be thrown out.

In May 2017, Yates testified before a Senate panel looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election, that she warned the White House not to keep Flynn on board because he was under threat of blackmail from the Russians, who allegedly knew he had lied to White House colleagues about meetings with then-Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

Paul Sperry reported in the New York Post this week that Trump fired Yates, rather than Flynn, because “it was Yates who was blackmailing him.”
President Obama and his holdovers in the new administration “had a morbid fear” of Flynn, “and were gunning for him early in the transition, long before rumors he was involved in any alleged Russian conspiracy,” Sperry wrote.

The information Yates used to try to get Flynn fired came from the unmasking of National Security Administration intercepts of the Russian ambassador. Those on the right have long suspected Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser was responsible. But “just days after the inauguration … Yates used those same NSA transcripts to try to get Flynn fired, by warning the White House that he was ‘vulnerable’ to Russian extortion.”

But, as Sperry said, “that makes no sense. Any ‘leverage’ the Russians may have had over Flynn vanished the moment Yates informed the White House he lied.

Sperry also reported that when Yates, whose entire family was in Democrat political circles, defied Trump and got herself fired, she “overruled her own Office of Legal Counsel, which concluded the executive order was lawfully and properly written.”

So, not carrying out a lawful order from the president earns one praise from mainstream media. Her “sense of mission and optimism give one hope, but she makes a singular point: Aside from any specific legislation, the hardest and most essential effort remains the ongoing refusal to accept this president’s hostility to the rule of law.”

And that’s not all the normalizing Yates may have done of behaviors that threaten democratic norms. She blocked all oversight of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division from the department’s own inspector general. The inspector general promised a report on the Justice Department’s actions by Jan. 5. Now, he says the report is due in June.

At the least, Yates has normalized delaying justice if not denying it outright.
 

Brian McNicoll

Brian McNicoll is Editor of Accuracy in Media. He is a former newspaper editor, think tank writer and Capitol Hill staffer, is a conservative writer and editor in Reston, Va.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Teacher Accused of Giving Sex Toy to Student

 


 

By Reader-Researcher R.C.

Skool Daze
 

Teacher accused of giving sex toy to student
A substitute at Jimmy Carter Middle School is being investigated for giving a sex toy to a 14-year-old student.

At KOAT.com.



DACA Rebellion Picks up Steam in House

By Reader-Researcher R.C.

At The Washington Times.

Ann Coulter: The Irish aren't Red-Headed Mexicans

The Irish aren't Red-Headed Mexicans
May 16, 2018
By Ann Coulter
Anncoulter.com

In an interview with NPR last Friday, Trump's chief of staff John Kelly described the illegal aliens pouring across our border in the most gentle manner imaginable.

He said that illegal aliens aren't "bad people," but also "not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society." They are, he continued, mostly rural, poor, unskilled and illiterate. "They don't speak English," Kelly said. "Obviously, that's a big thing."

Kelly violated the civic religion of treating every non-American as better than an American -- a potential valedictorian, Medal of Honor winner and Nobel Prize recipient. Naturally, he was called a "racist."

So what was the point? You're going to be called a "racist" no matter what you say, so why not be honest: Illegals are self-entitled law-breakers and thieves, stealing jobs and government benefits meant for our own people.

Our cliche-driven media huffed and puffed about Kelly's presumed descent from immigrants.

CNN's Don Lemon said, "But like most Americans, Kelly comes from a family of immigrants, doesn't he?"

If you'd read "Adios, America!" Don, you'd know this is PC nonsense. As late as 1990 -- a quarter-century into Teddy Kennedy's plan to remake our nation into a Third World hellhole -- half of the population traced its roots to the Americans of 1790. We're a real country, made up of the people who created it, much like other countries.

There were Irish here at the time of our founding who fought in the Revolutionary War. I'm related to one.

CNN's John Berman said: "(I)f I remember my high school American history -- and I do -- America in the midst of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century was built on immigrants.”

It's as if nothing happened in America until 1850 -- no Jamestown, no Declaration of Independence, no Constitution, no creation of a brand-new civilization out of mud.

Long before America experienced its first immigrant wave in the 19th century, this was already a wildly successful country -- rich, literate and free (with one glaring exception, soon to be corrected in the only war ever fought to end slavery). We'd won a war with Great Britain, conquered the West, and invented electricity, refrigeration, suspension bridges and a democratic republic.

Twitter lit up in response to Kelly's inoffensive remarks, with idiots pointing out that THE SAME THING WAS ONCE SAID ABOUT THE IRISH!

Yes, and the people who said it were right. Let's not sugarcoat what wonderful immigrants the Irish were.

All immigrants have been a problem in their own way. Italian immigrants brought us organized crime, something America had never experienced before. Jewish immigrants brought us radicals, communists and anarchists, setting off bombs all over the place. Irish immigrants brought poverty and shocking levels of crime -- also William Brennan and Teddy Kennedy, the two men who did more than any others to wreck our country.

In the draft riots of 1863, New York City's Irish exploded in feral violence over the Emancipation Proclamation, fearful that they would soon have to compete with freed blacks for jobs.

The Irish ran wild, lynching blacks and burning black establishments to the ground. As described in Leslie M. Harris' book "In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626–1863," the Irish rioters "made a sport of mutilating the black men's bodies, sometimes sexually. A group of white men and boys mortally attacked black sailor William Williams -- jumping on his chest, plunging a knife into him, smashing his body with stones -- while a crowd of men, women and children watched."

Luckily for the Irish, there were no ethnic activist groups leaping in to excuse their bad behavior. President Lincoln sent in federal troops to crush the savage uprising. (Hey, President Trump! Lincoln is a very popular president!)

And these were European immigrants, most of whom spoke English, contrary to the claptrap you've heard in reaction to Kelly's remark this past week. Today we're getting peasants who not only don't speak English, they don't even speak Spanish and are also illiterate in their own dialects.

The Irish were driven out of their country by a one-time calamity -- the potato famine. This wasn't how they always lived. Starving poverty wasn't their culture.

Still, the Irish were -- at one time -- among the poorest immigrants we ever got and the slowest to assimilate. It took 120 years, by political analyst Michael Barone's estimate. (Imagine a time when our worst immigrants were the Irish!)

And they might still be a problem if The New York Times had demanded special rights for them, the ACLU had brought lawsuits on their behalf and the Southern Poverty Law Center had screamed "racism" whenever anyone noticed their bad behavior.

Instead, no-nonsense Irish priests knocked them upside the head and told them to sober up and go home to their wives. (Back then, the Catholic Church was not about "immigrant rights"; it was about cleaning up their own bums.)

By the 1950s, the Irish were outearning other Americans. Many reformed so well that they became Republicans.

That was then, this is now.


See This Choice Video of When a Member of the “Royal Family” of the Murderous, Racial Supremacist Nation of Islam Gets Caught Speeding, then Race-Baits the White Cop Who Stops Her, Who Has the Patience of Job

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 11:02:00 P.M. EDT
By Jerry PDX

Black NJ school board member gets stopped for speeding and goes through every black victim fetish cliché, while polite professional cop records the whole performance:

Her name is Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad and she is married to the great-grandson of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. No surprise, she is rabidly racist. First, she tries to use her school board status to manipulate the cop, then begins to sob and cry pretending to be "afraid" because cops "hurt black people," then when the cop asks if he should call an ambulance, she quickly switches into attack mode using profanity and more threats, forgetting she's supposed to be a traumatized victim. She continues to flip back and forth between modes, giving a truly Oscar-worthy performance. This is one black I think might actually be deserving of an Academy Award.

The piece de resistance was Ms. Lawson-Muhammad calling the police chief a "skinhead." Her daughter is with her in the car but eventually exits to get to school. One can see how negro children are indoctrinated into this victim ideology from childhood.

One could almost imagine the lies Ms. Lawson-Muhammad would have spun about the incident, if it hadn't been recorded. What they should have done was not release the recording and let Ms. Lawson-Muhammad go public with her contrived fairy tale, and wait for racist blacks and their white SJW lackeys to go through their contortions of outrage, then spring the recording.

Here is an abbreviated version of the incident on Youtube:
 

School Board Member Calls Police Chief a “Skinhead” over a Speeding Ticket
 

 

mooogg 2 hours ago
This is why I'm not a cop, because after dealing with a**holes like this lady. All my reports would end with the phrase "thats when I shot her."

At Fox News.


What Did He Do? What Did He Do?! SJW “Reporter” Seeks to Destroy Veteran Copper for Commenting While White

By Nicholas Stix

At KMOV.

A tip ‘o the hate to Countenance.

Meanwhile, if you want to be a cop, white, and a man (as opposed to a “disgraced former cop,” or a mangina), never, never, never post anything on line using your real name!

The perp’s name is Eric Cox.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Michael Williams to Visit Sanctuary Cities on "Deportation" Bus Tour, Roger Stone to Join

By Reader-Researcher R.C.

At Breitbart.


A 25-Year-Old Man was Arrested after Allegedly Posing as a Hurricane Harvey Evacuee and Enrolling as a Freshman at a Dallas ISD High School

 


Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, 25, aka Rashun Richardson, 14
 

By A Texas Reader
 

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley apparently enrolled at Hillcrest High School under the name Rashun Richardson…

25-year-old man posing as Harvey evacuee enrolls, plays basketball at Dallas ISD school

He was booked into the Dallas County Jail Friday on charges of tampering with government records and has since been released.

www.wfaa.com

N.S.: Note that Gilstrap-Portley enrolled at two different Dallas-area high schools in short order. I suspect that at the first school, he suspected that someone was on to him, and he switched.

Note, too that he was not outed by any staffers at the second school. Rather, his old high school basketball coach crossed paths with him, and blew the whistle on him. That school has to forfeit all the games it won with Gilstrap-Portley in the lineup.

We have yet to learn whether Gilstrap-Portley used his illicit advantage to commit statutory rape. Don't hold your breath, waiting on any investigations of that angle.







Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa Resigned Tuesday

 


Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa was caught committing tax evasion for multiple years. He must be thinking to himself, 'What about that white guy who worked for President Obama, Timothy Geithner? He didn't lose his job over a little bit of tax evasion. And Rev. Al has been doing it for years, without anyone talking about prosecutions.'
 

By Prince George’s County Ex-Pat

Soweto.

Baltimore.

What's the difference?

At MSN.