Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Arne Duncan: ‘School Guns for Me, but Not for Thee’ (Michelle Malkin)

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Crapweasel of the Week: Educrat Arne Duncan
By Michelle Malkin
May 18, 2018

Educrat (ED-yoo-krat) noun, usually pejorative. A government school official or administrator whose primary function is to spend tax dollars telling other parents what to do with their children.

Beltway education bureaucrats abhor families who choose to keep their kids out of public schools — unless it's to grandstand over gun control.

Behold Arne Duncan, longtime pal of Barack Obama and former U.S. Department of Education secretary, who called last weekend for parents nationwide to withdraw students from classes "until gun laws (are) changed to keep them safe."

Emotions are still raw after a teen shot 10 classmates and teachers to death in Texas last week. But Duncan has no excuse for his cynical, made-for-cable-TV exploitation of the Santa Fe High School massacre. Existing state laws banning minors under 18 from purchasing or possessing guns didn't stop the shooter. Neither did laws against possessing sawed-off shotguns or pipe bombs.

And contrary to hysterical early reports, the accused 17-year-old gunman did not use "assault rifles." So a "common sense" ban on "assault weapons" would not have saved lives, either.

But effective solutions to maximize students' safety and well-being seemingly aren't Duncan's goals. His mission is airtime. Publicity.
Entertainment. Provocation for provocation's sake. Show time — for the children, of course.

School boycotts are a "radical idea," he admitted to MSNBC. "It's controversial. It's intentionally provocative." Praising teacher walkouts and student protests, Duncan told The Atlantic he supported parent-initiated school shutdowns for gun control because "we are not protecting our kids... And the fact that we're not doing that — we're not willing to think radically enough to do it — I can't stomach that."

Ah, the royal, unstomachable "we."

Here's another thing I find hard to swallow: Education overlord Arne Duncan now championing the radical idea of parents exercising their autonomy to do what's best for their children.

As Obama's meddling power-hungry education secretary, Duncan attacked "white suburban moms" and their children who turned to homeschooling in protest of the top-down Common Core "standards"/testing/data-mining program. Duncan sneered that he found it "fascinating" that the grass-roots anti-Common Core revolt came from "white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were."

This elitist control freak revealed his fundamental disdain for rabble-rousing parents who've taken educational matters in to their own hands. By characterizing the movement against Common Core as "white" and "suburban," Duncan also exposed his bigotry against countless parents "of color," like myself, who've long opposed Fed Ed's sabotage of academic excellence, local control and student privacy in school districts across the country.

Note that newly minted parents' rights advocate Arne Duncan never once advocated boycotting Chicago public schools, which he ran for eight years, for their abject failure to quell rampant school violence.

Nor has Duncan called for parents to demand their districts withdraw from the disastrous "PROMISE" alternative discipline program that he helped create. (After Duncan's protege, Broward County school superintendent Robert Runcie, initially denied that Parkland, Fla., shooter Nicholas Cruz had benefited from the program, he sheepishly acknowledged last week that Cruz had in fact been referred to the program and avoided criminal prosecution for school vandalism as a result.)

Nor has Duncan said a peep about systemic coddling of abusers in the classroom by teachers' union presidents in New Jersey and Ohio, as exposed over the past month by undercover investigative journalists at Project Veritas.

Instead, Duncan has won high praise and more media interviews for his phony boycott proposal. "My family is all in if we can do this at scale," he nobly tweeted.

But what his slavering fans in the liberal media won't tell you is that Duncan's wife works at and his own children attend the exclusive, private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in tony Hyde Park, which a Lab Schools brochure brags is "patrolled by the University of Chicago Police Department and private security."

Armed, of course, for thine and thee, Arne. But not for we.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

“If I can't go to Las Vegas - Neither can y'all”: Catch This Video of a Righteous Black Woman!

By Jerry PDX
Monday, May 21, 2018 at 5:30:00 P.M. EDT

Prescient words shouted by black (alleged) female Safira Allen to Spirit Airline passengers after she barged past a ticket counter after arriving late and caused a disruption that caused the plane to be evacuated. Yes, it is the fat hideous negress yet again blessing us with an epic, racist rant for the ages. Here is Fox News’ coverage of the incident.

The Fox News story doesn't have the full video, though. You can see it at the bottom of this page.

Ms. Allen is reveling in the attention she is receiving. She recorded everything herself, and posted on Youtube and Facebook. The last thing I want to do is add to her hit count, so I looked for a Youtube video that wasn't associated with her personally, or one of her race hoax collaborators.

However, I couldn't resist sneaking a peek at her Facebook page. This troglodyte actually has the nerve to call herself a modern day “Rosa Parks.” There are also plenty of racist blacks supporting her, though some of her fellow blacks are calling her out on her BS. You can spot the comments before she deletes them.

Also on the video, there seem to be only around a dozen or so black passengers on the plane but about 1/2 the people that called her out vocally as they were de-boarding were black. So much for solidarity with her own kind.

Warning: She is as hideous as they come, as well as obese, and possesses a voice that is worse than chalk on a blackboard. If you can't stomach the sight of her, just listen to the audio. You might survive that with your sanity intact… maybe.

The rant goes on for 20 minutes, and it is filled with racist comments, bizarre stream of consciousness assertions, insults toward everything and everybody, and she contradicts herself throughout. She also mentions having a daughter. Yes, it has bred and reproduced. Horrifying.

She claims that the airline shut the boarding down early and let a white woman in after it closed, while denying her the same privilege. That she is lying I have no doubt. What happened was that she arrived late, and made up the story of the white woman getting in before her.

What we are seeing here is the next stage in the evolution of black race hoaxes. There's no real staged hoax; you just break a rule, act like a psycho racist lunatic, film the whole thing, and then proudly claim to be a victim.

I can't even begin to comment on all that came out of this monster's mouth but go to 16:00 on the video, where she starts going on about how: If a white was acting up, how long would it take the poh-lice to get here, then she looks at the camera with that knowing look in her eyes and says “I been acting up for 30 minutes (and they ain't here yet)!” This bell curver doesn't even realize she wants to claim that cops are right on the scene when blacks are involved but then dilly-dally when it's whites acting up (but what's takin’ them so long?). Don't take my word for it. Listen for yourself, the whole thing all the way through... if you dare!


Published on May 11, 2018

A woman flying out of an Atlanta airport refused to get off a Spirit Airlines flight when asked by police. Safira Allen, 25, was flying to Las Vegas when she claims that the cabin crew closed the gates 20 minutes early, causing her to miss her flight. Afterwards the airline told her to get off the flight. At this point, Allen took her phone out and began recording the situation. She began going on an obnoxious and racist rant. She said there wasn’t anything “holy” about Spirit Airlines. Allen said: “Y’all going to use Jesus’ name the Holy Spirit? No, that’s got to change, y’all need to be called something else, y’all need to change y’all name because nothing Holy Spirit about this airline, no. But y’all say ‘you-all represents God. Y’all need to quit playing with Jesus, and I’m not getting off this plane.” Allen caused the entire flight to be evacuated because of her behavior. In a Facebook Post Allen apologized for making all of the passengers deplane. Allen said: “I apologize if I inconvenienced anyone on that PLANE! But at the same TIME! I am standing up for people who have to deal with companies ripping them OFF and Making you the Suspect; when you Paid for their services.” Watch her bizarre rant Above:

The Three Things You Need to Do in Life

By Nicholas Stix

Work fast.
Change speeds.
Throw strikes.

From pitching coach, Ray Miller, via the fellas (Ron Darling?) during the broadcast of tonight’s Mets’ loss to the Marlins.

New Book on Race Only Gets Two Topics Wrong



Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Those topics would be nature and nurture. Not only does the author, Gene Dattel, not reckon with natural differences that give blacks a low average IQ, VQ (virtue quotient), future orientation and work ethic, but he also ignores blacks’ cultural orientation: Some 90% of them have a genocidal hatred of whites, and accordingly refuse to ever assimilate to white norms.

Reckoning Without Race
By Raymond Wolters
May 18, 2018
American Renaissance


Integration will make blacks act like whites

Gene Dattel is a white man who was born and reared in a majority-black cotton county in Mississippi. He attended Yale University and Vanderbilt School of Law, and then worked for 20 years at Solomon [sic] Brothers and Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Dattel’s first book, The Sun That Never Rose (1994), described Japan’s structural economic problems at a time when many analysts thought the Japanese economy was an unstoppable juggernaut. In his most recent book, Reckoning with Race: America’s Failure (2017), Mr. Dattel attributes America’s current racial problems to the disproportionate failure of blacks to assimilate the mores and standards of American whites. Rather than place most of the blame on blacks, however, Mr. Dattel maintains that whites are primarily responsible for this failure.

As a boy growing up in the Mississippi Delta, young Mr. Dattel noted that a disproportionate number of blacks worked in the cotton fields, while most whites had other work. More recently, racial separation has continued, with most blacks living in predominantly black areas and most whites living among whites. According to Mr. Dattel, this separation explains black failure to assimilate mainstream American values. He is especially worried by black deviation from mainstream values with respect to marriage and the family.

This emphasis on the importance of integration was presaged as far back as 1954 when Harvard psychologist Gordon W. Allport published an influential book, The Nature of Prejudice. Allport held that members of different races would become friendly and assimilate if they mingled, but he warned that mingling must be between groups of “equal status.” Allport predicted that race relations would deteriorate if—as Mr. Dattel recommends—middle- and upper-class whites were forced to accept large numbers of lower-class blacks in their schools and places of business.
In 1964, another professor, James S. Coleman, then at Johns Hopkins University, produced an especially influential report, “Equality of Educational Opportunity.” He noted that black students who attended predominantly white schools got better grades than blacks who attended mostly-black schools. Coleman went on to become one of the most influential advocates of court-ordered busing for racial balance. Like Mr. Dattel today, Coleman thought racial mingling was the best way to teach mainstream values to blacks.

Later, however, Coleman came to believe that busing-for-racial-balance was wrong. He acknowledged that his earlier report had failed to recognize that the higher-scoring black youngsters who had attended predominantly white schools in the 1950s and 1960s were not representative; they were either the children of well-to-do blacks who lived in predominantly white neighborhoods or highly motivated students who volunteered to take long bus rides to get to a better school.

In the mid-1970s, Coleman withdrew his earlier support for court-ordered busing. He said that once black enrollment reached a “tipping point,” many whites would leave integrated schools. Speaking informally to a news reporter, Coleman said the departures stemmed from “the degree of disorder and the degree to which schools . . . have failed to control lower-class black children.” It was “quite understandable,” he said, for middle-class families “¬not to want to send their children to schools where 90 percent of the time is spent not on instruction but on discipline.” Mr. Dattel does not mention the work of Professors Allport and Coleman. He simply repeats his main theme: that massive integration is the best way to ensure that blacks adopt mainstream values.

Mr. Dattel knows a great deal about the history of race relations and the American economy. He argues that slavery was on the road to extinction when George Washington was inaugurated in 1789. There were only 700,000 slaves in the United States, and most were producing tobacco, indigo, sugar, and rice—crops that had a dark future because of competition from the Caribbean. But when Eli Whitney invented (or perfected) the cotton gin, English textile mills developed an insatiable appetite for American cotton. Consequently, by the time Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860, the number of black slaves had increased to more than four million. Cotton accounted for 60 percent of all American exports, and continued to reign as the single most valuable export until 1937.


King Cotton

In addition to fostering the growth of slavery and the economy, the cultivation of cotton also fostered racial separation. In many counties, most blacks hoed and picked cotton, while most whites had other jobs. After Emancipation, this separation became a formal system of segregation that, according to Mr. Dattel, prevented blacks from assimilating mainstream white culture.

Mr. Dattel notes that some blacks and many well-intentioned whites believed the freed former slaves should be resettled elsewhere. This was the goal of the American Colonization Society, whose members constituted a who’s who of antebellum America: James Madison, James Monroe, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Andrew Jackson, and many more. Their purpose was to establish a home for freed slaves in Liberia.

During the Civil War, many influential abolitionists and anti-slavery leaders favored colonization. One was Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Another was President Lincoln, who asked an African American delegation, in 1862, “Why should the people of your race be colonized?” He answered his own question: “You and we are different races. . . . You suffer very greatly by living among us while we suffer from your presence.” Lincoln told another group of emancipated blacks, “There is an unwillingness on the part of our people, harsh as it may be, for you free colored people to remain with us.”

Mr. Dattel notes that after the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War, many prominent Americans continued to explore the possibility of black emigration. In 1871, for example, General Benjamin Wade, an abolitionist Republican, traveled to Santo Domingo (now the Dominican Republic) with America’s most prominent black, Frederick Douglass to explore the possibility of annexing Santo Domingo as a home for freed slaves. The negotiations failed, however, in large part because black workers were needed in the South to satisfy the demand for cotton.


Frederick Douglass

Mr. Dattel also notes that the vast majority of blacks stayed in the South until white workers leaving for military service during the First World War caused labor shortages in the North. Northern employers then encouraged blacks to fill the vacancies, and about one million Southern black workers moved to the North—a phenomenon that often is called “The Great Migration.” The same pattern recurred, in even greater numbers, during and after the Second World War. Then, during the second half of the twentieth century, Mr. Dattell writes, “the full implementation of farm machinery and chemicals finally displaced the blacks in the cotton fields.”

Most Northern whites accepted blacks at work but opposed social mixing. They steered blacks into black neighborhoods, and, as a great deal of research on “white flight” has shown, they fled from communities and schools that accommodated more than a small minority of blacks.

This white flight bothers Mr. Dattel. He criticizes “unenlightened” whites for their “all-consuming fear” of racial integration. He pays no need to evidence that white fear was not irrational; that it was a reaction to a pattern of decline and decay that accompanied integration again and again.

Like most historians, social scientists, public leaders, and mainstream journalists, Mr. Dattel adheres to the Standard Social Science Model. He believes that “history” and “culture” account for any disparities in the way different groups behave. Nowadays, as University of Iowa historian Marshall Poe has noted, DNA researchers are “talking about intelligence, temperament, and a host of other traits.” They are saying that “the races . . . are differently abled in ways that really matter.” But Mr. Dattel sticks to the dogma that history and culture alone are responsible for group differences in behavior.

Mr. Dattel, however, does not give blacks a free pass. He thinks that in modern America blacks themselves are responsible, in large part, for their plight. He believes civil rights legislation has removed the major external barriers to upward mobility. He notes that educators and employers have gone beyond “non-discrimination” and have established thinly disguised racial preferences that are intended primarily to benefit blacks. He notes that America has declared war on “microaggressions” that allegedly have so traumatized blacks that they have not been able to take advantage of their opportunities. He dismisses the impact of “systemic racism,” “implicit bias,” and “stereotype threat,” and opposes yet more assistance in the form of a New Marshall Plan or expensive “school reform.” Instead, Mr. Dattel reports that “trillions of dollars” have already been wasted in a futile effort to assuage various “grievances” and close the racial gap in test scores. Instead, Mr. Dattel recommends massive integration as the sine qua non for spreading mainstream American values into the black community.

Mr. Dattel also argues that it is time for “a serious effort to change the elements of black culture.” Blacks should work to solve a “fundamental problem” that the black sociologist E. Franklin Frazier wrote about for decades: “the inability of the black male to enter the economic mainstream, which in turn prevented his ability to be a father and husband, which in turn prevented a stable family structure.” Mr. Dattel believes that thorough racial integration will solve all these problems.

Mr. Dattell writes clearly and has an appealing presentation. But there is unconscious irony in the title of his book, Reckoning with Race. Mr. Dattel does not reckon with race. He does not even consider the possibility that Mother Nature, not racial segregation, causes racial differences in behavior, success, and failure.


Hate Crime in Baltimore County: 4 Black Thugs Arrested for Murdering White Policewoman: Judge Calls Officer's Murder Suspect “One-Man Crime Wave”


War crime victim, Officer Amy Caprio

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 5:24:00 P.M. EDT

Black thugs arrested for murdering white policewoman in Baltimore

All four teenagers sought by police after the killing of a Baltimore County police officer Monday are in custody.

Dawnta Harris, 16, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the death of Officer First Class Amy Caprio, charging documents state.

Judge calls officer's murder suspect “one-man crime wave”
Memorials pay tribute to fallen Baltimore County police officer
Parents express thoughts on delayed school dismissal during police manhunt
Baltimore County police officer killed in line of duty; Police make arrests


Three teenage males -- ages 15, 16 and 17 -- were also taken into custody, police said Tuesday morning. Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said they believe they can charge the other three teenagers with felony murder. As of Tuesday afternoon, they had not yet been charged.

Caprio was responding around 2 p.m. to a call for a suspicious vehicle and a burglary in progress on Linwen Way in Perry Hall. Charging documents state that a 911 caller reported a suspicious vehicle in the area.

Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan said Caprio arrived and saw black a Jeep. She followed it into a court, where it stopped and turned around. Caprio got out of her car and ordered the driver of the Jeep to get out.

Charging documents said Harris admitted that he "drove at the officer."

"He admitted that he partially opened the driver's door, but then shut it and drove at the officer," the charging …

A source familiar with the case said the officer's body camera video gives a clear view of her standing in street as the vehicle comes at her. She fired one shot and got hit by the vehicle and was thrown.

Sheridan said the Jeep struck Caprio and drove over her, seriously injuring her. Caprio was critically injured and was taken to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, where she died around 2:50 p.m.

The medical examiner ruled Caprio's death a homicide by multiple trauma to the head and torso.

GRA: Okay, Lesta, here are your four shadow prints.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00:00 P.M. EDT

Lesta declined to air this story. What a surprise... [chuckle].


Suspected war criminal Dawnta Harris


Drudge Said What?!



By Nicholas Stix

A tip ‘o the hate to the Countenance Blogmeister.

Breaking News: Willie Martin Bryant Jr.’s Alleged Crime Spree in Wyoming and Grand Rapids Leaves One White Woman Dead, One Raceless Woman Critically Wounded, and Possibly Two Other Shooting Vics


War crime victim Shannon Rozanski-Schoen (also cited as Shannon Schoen) is survived by four children and her ex-husband

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Monday, May 21, 2018 at 5:15:00 P.M. EDT

Breaking News: Another Victim of Diversity in Grand Rapids

49-year-old white woman Shannon Schoen was murdered in a robbery attempt today in a nearby Wyoming, Michigan gas station, by—it appears—
a black male. TV8 WOOD is reporting a standoff in the thick, black ghetto area of 900 Franklin Street.

Their reporter is quoting police as identifying the suspect as Willie Bryant. They also say Bryant's father is worried about Bryant's mental condition and the possibility of a fatal outcome.

The victim, Ms. Schoen, had worked at the gas station for seven years and had four children. I will keep you posted on the standoff.

Wyoming is a stone’s throw south of Grand Rapids, while the suspect is holed up in Grand Rapids proper.

Update: Monday, May 21, 2018 at 5:50:00 P.M. EDT

More about “the Standoff.”

As often happens (at least around here) when police surround a suspect’s house, when they finally decide enough is enough—and break in—no one is home.

Police had gotten information that a Cadillac had been the vehicle used in the escape, and found it on Franklin. Witnesses had said two blacks were in the Caddy and police made one arrest on Franklin, but the other suspect got away. The area is now the subject of a manhunt.

Other info on the robbery/murder.

One of the blacks entered the store and shot the woman. When the owner came out, he was told, “This is a robbery.” The owner said, “We have no money here” and the suspect shot the white female clerk again—NOT the owner.

That's the latest.

Update: Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:14:00 PM EDT

Further news:

The father of Willie Bryant Jr. was just on WOODTV, asking his son to turn himself in. The BIG news, was the info given by Bryant, that a female, living on Thomas Street, was critically wounded by gunfire last night—and that police suspect Bryant is responsible for that crime as well as today's robbery/murder.

The manhunt continues.

By the way—Willie Bryant Sr. is black as coal.

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:11:00 P.M. EDT

Overview article at WOODTV.

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10:03:00 P.M. EDT

MLIVE has some good pics of the ghetto, and accompanying reports of other shootings that Willie Bryant is suspected of.

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:05:00 P.M. EDT

...and arrested at a McDonald’s 4 miles away. Bryant may have shot as many as four people in the last three days, one dead, one in critical condition.

Three undated views of suspected war criminal Willie Martin Bryant Jr.

Monday, May 21, 2018

AISD Board President Resigns after Controversial Text Messages Surface

By A Texas Reader

"During a press conference Monday morning, Kendall Pace referred to her text messages as 'a stream of a conscious rant (sic) born out of frustration.'"


Mets Slated to Get Bombed Tonight by the Marlins

By Nicholas Stix

We’ve got Jason Vargas, 35, starting tonight. Vargas (0-3) has started three games, never lasted beyond the fourth, and has an era of 13.86.

That was not a typo.

Vargas gives up hits, walks, and homers. Outs, not so much.

Last year, Vargas had a career year, in which he went 18-11 and led the AL in wins. Before that, he was a bum, and now he’s a bum.

What does that make you think of?

Meanwhile, the Mets have only four arms, and some of them shaky, to fill out a five-man rotation: Jacob de Grom, Noah Syndergaard, Zach Wheeler and Steven Matz.

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.



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.



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...

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.

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.


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 -- 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.

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

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

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.