Monday, May 29, 2017

Rumors Persist that Trump is Cleaning House, and Throwing Out the Baby with the Bath Water!

By Nicholas Stix

Steve Bannon is one of the few aides loyal to Trump; Sean Spicer appears to be a Trump loyalist, too.

If the rumors are true, such a move will only hurt POTUS. He needs to get rid of McMaster, Priebus, and other Party hacks, and Ivanka and her wife, but it doesn't look as though he will. He certainly isn't going to send his pushy, liberal daughter to the corner.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Godfather Part II: What Happened to Clemenza?! A Video Interview with Francis Ford Coppola

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Up-to-Date Political Dictionary (Cartoon)

By an Old Friend

Vindication in Tulsa! Read This Report by America’s Greatest Investigative Journalist on the Failed Attempt to Railroad White Tulsa Cop Betty Shelby


Al Sharpton, left, and Benjamin Crump

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Jury Acquits Tulsa Cop in Shooting Death; Sharpton, Other Activists Cry “Racism”

By Carl Horowitz
May 25, 2017

It’s not easy to stand in the shoes of a police officer in immediate danger. But an Oklahoma jury proved it was up to the task. Last Wednesday evening, following nine hours of deliberation, jurors acquitted Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby of first-degree manslaughter in the death last September of a PCP-fueled black male suspect, Terence Crutcher. That confrontation, caught on video, gained national attention following accusations that Shelby, who is white, was racially motivated. Yet evidence indicates that any cop, regardless of race, would have acted similarly. That hasn’t dissuaded “civil rights” brigades, from Al Sharpton to Black Lives Matter activists to Crutcher family members themselves, from insisting that a hate crime and cover-up were committed. Their accusations have no basis in fact.

National Legal and Policy Center described this incident and its context early last October, along with a similar one occurring during that time in Charlotte. Each incident involved a police officer fatally shooting an unruly black crime suspect. Though the cop in the Charlotte case was black, that made no difference to radical anti-white activists, such as Reverend Al Sharpton, or to the hundreds of blacks who rioted for three straight nights in that city’s downtown area. Sharpton had called for an investigation in that case, but otherwise was not materially involved. By contrast, he was materially involved in Tulsa, coaxing his friend, Benjamin Crump (in center of photo, flanked by Sharpton) to serve on the Crutcher family legal team.

Benjamin Crump, operator of a Tallahassee, Fla. boutique law firm with his partner, Daryl Parks, is a piece of work. He’s the most recent addition to the parade of lawyers over the decades recruited by Al Sharpton to represent aggrieved black families. And like his predecessors (to say nothing of Sharpton himself), he has a penchant for making wild, inflammatory accusations. His profile sharply rose several years ago when he represented the families of two deceased black teenagers, Trayvon Martin and Kendrick Johnson. Crump very loudly had insisted that each had been murdered and that police hid key evidence. This was nonsense. Trayvon Martin, without provocation, had assaulted a white neighborhood anti-crime patrol volunteer in Sanford, Fla., and might well have killed him were it not for the would-be victim, George Zimmerman, using his licensed handgun in self-defense. Zimmerman eventually would be found not guilty of murder and manslaughter by a state jury in July 2013. Kendrick Johnson, a high school student in Valdosta, Ga., died in a freak accident in his high school gym in January 2013. There was not a shred of evidence, contrary to the pumped-up assertions of Crump and Johnson’s parents, that a white classmate had murdered him or that police had orchestrated a cover-up. Last June, federal prosecutors, after a seemingly endless discovery process, announced they would not file any criminal charges.

Al Sharpton and Benjamin Crump, ever the racial politicians, weren’t about to let go of their Tulsa campaign. For months, they have been citing the death of Terence Crutcher as yet another manifestation of official white racism. Yet they had an ally in Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, who a mere six days after the incident charged a white cop on the scene, Betty Shelby, with first-degree manslaughter. Flanked by Crump and members of the Crutcher family, Sharpton held a press conference from his Harlem-based nonprofit group, National Action Network, to declare that prosecuting Shelby was merely a good start:

The first-degree manslaughter charges against this officer are a swift step in the right direction as we pursue justice in the death of Terence Crutcher. But we also look forward to a further investigation of all officers at the scene when this tragedy occurred and we are anxious to know whether the conduct of these other officers will be subject to disciplinary actions or legal proceedings.

Don’t try and smear this young man in death as you smeared his blood on that highway. We demand immediate justice! There ought to be an immediate trial, and an immediate trying of the evidence, and stop the judicial stalling. Because justice delayed is justice denied.

The Reverend Al and his Benjamin Crump were convinced this was a wanton killing and cover-up. They pointed to police helicopter video footage ostensibly backing up their claim. Crump, though not a prosecutor, would prove invaluable to the Crutcher family, instructing them to cooperate as little as possible with investigators. As befits a Sharpton ally, he saw this incident as a white-on-black “hate” crime. The full range of facts point to a much different conclusion.

Terence Crutcher led a troubled life. Since the mid-Nineties, the 40-year-old Tulsa native, a father of four, had amassed a long string of convictions for offenses that included petty larceny, driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest, drug trafficking and public intoxication. By the end of last August, he had three outstanding arrest warrants for drug trafficking, public intoxication and resisting a police officer. Part of the problem lay in his chronic use of drugs, especially PCP, a hallucinogen capable of inducing severe and dangerous changes in behavior. Clinical descriptions of its influence bear a strong resemblance to Crutcher’s behavior during the last minutes of his life. That also was the opinion of Officer Betty Shelby, who was trained to recognize the warning signs of PCP use.

A little after 7:30 P.M. on Friday, September 16, Tulsa police received a pair of “911” calls about an abandoned Lincoln Navigator idling in the middle of 36th Street North just west of Lewis Avenue. The doors were wide open. And the black driver, Terence Crutcher, had gotten out of the vehicle and was making a scene. Here’s how one caller described it: “It’s an SUV. It’s like in the middle of the street. It’s blocking traffic. There was a guy running from it, saying it was going to blow up. But I think he’s smoking something. I got out and was like, ‘Do you need help?’ He was like, ‘Come here, I think it’s going to blow up.’” The other caller similarly stated: “There is a car that looks like somebody just jumped out of it and left it in the center of the road on 36th Street North and North Lewis Avenue…The driver-side door is open like somebody jumped out. It’s on the yellow line, blocking traffic. Nobody in the car.” The police dispatcher was justified in calling a squad car to the scene. This was a matter of public safety.

Two cops arrived. One was Betty Jo Shelby. She actually had been on her way to a separate, domestic violence-related call, but along the way encountered Crutcher standing near his car. The second officer to arrive was Tyler Turnbough. Shortly after, a police helicopter arrived and hovered over the scene, recording video footage. At least one police vehicle dashcam also was operating. Shelby pulled her cruiser over, stopped and got out. She then asked Crutcher, “Hey, is this your car?” Crutcher did not respond, and instead drooped his head and placed his hand in his left pocket. Officer Shelby responded: “Hey, please keep your hands out of your pocket while you’re talking to me. Let’s deal with this car.” Once again, Crutcher did not respond. And once again, Shelby ordered him to get his hands out of his pocket. This time he complied. He then raised his arms even though he was not under arrest.

Officer Shelby again tried to coax Crutcher into talking. The suspect responded only with a stare and some unintelligible words, and then walked to the edge of the road. He then turned to look at her, his hands still in the air, and then put his hands down and began reaching into his pocket again. Shelby once more ordered him to get his hands out of his pockets. It was at this point, said her lawyer, that she suspected he was high “on something,” likely PCP. She radioed the dispatcher and said that she had a suspect “who is not following commands.” Believing Crutcher had a gun, she pulled out her service revolver and ordered him to drop to his knees. The suspect, rather than comply, walked toward his SUV with his hands up. Shelby and three other officers on the scene followed with weapons drawn.

This is where the confrontation turned lethal. According to the helicopter video, Crutcher headed toward his SUV with his hands still in the air. “As a police officer,” said Shelby’s attorney days later, “You have to wonder – why would someone ignore commands at gunpoint to get to a certain location?” Suddenly, Crutcher lowered his arms, turned to face the car, and reached into the driver’s side window with his left hand. At that moment, Officer Shelby fired her gun at Crutcher, hitting him in the chest. Barely a second later, Officer Turnbough used his Taser gun to further subdue the suspect. Crutcher was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital, but died later that evening. In a subsequent interview with homicide detectives, Shelby said that it appeared Crutcher was reaching into his car to retrieve a weapon. “I was never so scared in my life as in that moment right then,” she remarked. As it turned out, there was no weapon inside the vehicle. Yet more to the point, Shelby had good reason to believe there was a weapon.

The wheels of law and order would move quickly. On September 20, the Tulsa Police Department placed Officers Shelby and Turnbough on routine administrative leave, pending an investigation. And on September 22, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, perhaps fearing an outbreak of rioting by blacks of the sort engulfing Charlotte, charged Officer Shelby with first-degree manslaughter. The following morning, Shelby turned herself in to the county jail, where she was booked and released on a $50,000 bond. The feds also got into the act. On September 19, three days before the state charge, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it had opened a probe into possible violations of Crutcher’s civil rights. Local Black Lives Matter activists gathered at the county courthouse to demand prosecutions. And, of course, up in New York City, the Reverend Al was making his splashy statement, accompanied by members of the Crutcher family and their legal maestro, Benjamin Crump. These “civil rights” activists were convinced that this was a hate crime. Yet their campaign was as misguided and demagogic as earlier ones calling for the imprisonment of the “murderers” of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown. Here are a few salient realities.

There was no apparent racial motive on Officer Betty Shelby’s part. While Sharpton and his allies have insisted from the start that Shelby had killed Terence Crutcher because he was black, there is no evidence of that. She did not exhibit any racial animus during the confrontation nor had she done so during previous encounters with criminal suspects. She shot Crutcher because she believed, rightly or wrongly, that her life was in danger. There was no evidence that she would have reacted differently had the suspect been white.

Terence Crutcher was high on PCP. There was no question that Crutcher had a long-term problem with PCP (formally known as phencyclidine, colloquially known as “angel dust”). Indeed, his own father had admitted as much in a 2012 police interview. Police lab tests following the shooting, in fact, showed that the interior of his vehicle contained a vial of PCP. And an autopsy revealed traces of the drug in his system. Most crucially, Crutcher’s behavior that fatal evening was consistent with the clinical literature on the effects of PCP. Short-term markers of its use include numbness, slurred or nonexistent speech, loss of motor coordination, a false sense of invincibility and generally erratic behavior. All this describes Terence Crutcher.

Officer Shelby’s behavior was not out of line with how other police would have behaved. A successful prosecution would have had to meet a high hurdle here. Back in 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Graham v. Connor that police officers who use force in an emergency situation must be judged according to the full range of circumstances leading up to the moment of its use. Any prosecution must meet a standard of “objective reasonableness.” The guiding question must be: Would a similarly trained officer in an identical set of circumstances have reacted the same way? Using that standard, there is ample reason to believe that Shelby, age 43, a 10-year veteran of the Tulsa police force, behaved in a manner consistent with that of other cops faced with such a situation. The suspect had behaved in a wildly erratic manner, repeatedly refusing to respond to her requests. Observing the suspect reaching into his vehicle, she had a justifiable fear that he was going for a gun with the intention of using it. It would be a stretch to believe that a cop, even a black one, would have spurned any possibility of using force at that moment.

The trial jury had to consider these and other factors. Officer Shelby’s fate was in their hands. If convicted, she faced anywhere from four years to life in prison. The defense had its work cut out. The prosecution, as one could have expected, made race an issue. Steve Kunzweiler, the district attorney, told jurors that “skin color is an issue in this case.” Moreover, Shelby’s emotional state came under scrutiny. During opening statements on May 10, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Gray depicted her as an overly emotional cop with an irrational fear of Crutcher that caused him to bleed out in the street for more than two minutes before someone came to his aid. A fellow officer, David Montgomery, appeared to corroborate this view in testimony for the prosecution. He stated that Shelby became overtly emotional while waiting for police investigators to take her weapon and photograph and had asked repeatedly: “Why wouldn’t he listen? Why wouldn’t he follow commands?” Moreover, prosecutors pointed out, citing video footage, that while Crutcher’s behavior was erratic, it was not combative and hence not an immediate threat to life.

Lead defense attorney Shannon McMurray presented an alternative scenario. First, she said, video footage provided only a partial picture. In the two minutes prior to its commencement, Officer Shelby repeatedly ordered Crutcher to stop walking away from her and drop to the ground. In other words, her use of force was not a spur-of-the-moment decision. Moreover, this was the first time in her entire decade on the force in which she had discharged her service weapon in the line of duty. And while Crutcher’s behavior was not overtly aggressive, there was reason to fear him notwithstanding. Not less than three people previously had called police earlier that day to report his erratic behavior, though Shelby was not aware of those reports at the time she encountered the suspect. Officer Tyler Turnbough, the cop who tasered Crutcher only seconds after the shooting, also testified, “It was obvious there was something that transpired before I arrived…The situation made me a little uneasy, a little edgy.” Defense Attorney McMurray also stated that prosecutors had misrepresented the testimony of one of her expert witnesses.

The 12 jurors, nine white and three black, deliberated for a little over nine hours, a clear sign they took the case seriously. On May 16, around 9:50 P.M., they walked into the courtroom and read the verdict: not guilty. While Officer Shelby may have erred in judgment, she did not commit a crime. Crutcher family members in the room reacted with shock and disgust. “Let it be known that I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder,” declared Terence Crutcher’s father, Reverend Joey Crutcher. His twin sister, Tiffany, added that “a cover-up was exposed” during the trial, though she did not elaborate. Family members also insisted that Tulsa police had attempted to “demonize” him over drug possession – as if being high on angel dust had nothing to do with his behavior. Meanwhile, several dozen Black Lives Matter activists had gathered in a plaza outside the courthouse following the verdict, chanting: “No justice, no peace. No racist police.” Others sarcastically chanted, “Hands up! Don’t up!” The crowd eventually broke up a little after midnight.

Al Sharpton already had weighed in during a visit to downtown Tulsa at the invitation of the Crutcher family while the trial was in progress. Speaking at a nighttime rally on May 10, the Reverend Al told the crowd of about 300 at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame: “We are in court in Tulsa about an unarmed man who was killed. That’s what the trial is about.” He asked the audience a question: “What is before this jury is this: “Is it legal for an unarmed man to be shot with his hands up?” And he added: “I came to pray. I came to rally. I came to mend broken hearts.” Reverend Rodney Goss, pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church, said before the rally that he was taking stand for justice. “I want justice to be justice,” Goss said. “We are not anti-police. We’re anti-injustice.”

The Reverend Al and his associates may accuse, shout, plea and cry all they wish, but there was no injustice done. Betty Shelby had good reason to believe that her life was in danger. She did not shoot Crutcher out of wanton motive, racially-related or not. Those who invoke the term “civil rights” so as to make it impossible for white cops to defend themselves are doing nobody any favors. A defendant in a criminal case, regardless of race, is entitled to a presumption of innocence. And the bar for a conviction remains “beyond a reasonable doubt.” It’s true that Officer Shelby might have avoided resorting to lethal force. Unlike the shooting deaths of, say, Patrick Dorismond, Sean Bell or Michael Brown (each hyped by Sharpton to extreme lengths), this was not a clear case of self-defense against a violent suspect. Notwithstanding, the verdict was the right one. As for Betty Shelby, she’s back on the job, though not on a patrol assignment.

See Part II of a Classic COMBAT! Story, S. 2 Ep. 5: “The Long Way Home,” (1963), Guest Starring Richard Basehart (Complete Video, Without Commercial Interruptions!)


[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

“See Richard Basehart Play an SS Captain in a Classic, Two-Part COMBAT! S. 2 Ep. 5: “The Long Way Home,” Part 1 (1963) (Complete Video, Without Commercial Interruptions!)”

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix


Published on Mar 13, 2012 by GR160289.
The second of a two-part episode written by Edward J. Lakso and directed by Ted Post, with Vic Morrow, Richard Basehart, Jack Hogan, Pierre Jalbert, Tom Lowell, Dick Peabody, Conlan Carter, Simon Oakland, Woodrow Parfrey, Sasha Harden, Glenn Cannon, Arthur Batanides, James Sikking, Michael McDonald. Original air date: 8 October 1963.

N.S.: This is a classic episode of the series that is a short-list contender for the title of greatest TV drama.

Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

Time Limit (1957) [Full Movie, Starring Richard Widmark and Richard Basehart, Directed by Karl Malden]”;

Combat! Season I, Episode 9: “Cat and Mouse,” Classic Story Guest Starring Albert Salmi, Directed by Robert Altman (“Shoe Clerks”)”;

COMBAT! Season 1, Episode 16: “The Volunteer” (1963) (Complete, High-Quality Video of a TV classic!)”; and

“See Richard Basehart Play an SS Captain in a Classic, Two-Part COMBAT! S. 2 Ep. 4: “The Long Way Home,” Part 1 (1963) (Complete Video, Without Commercial Interruptions!)”

See Richard Basehart Play an SS Captain in a Classic, Two-Part COMBAT! S. 2 Ep. 4: “The Long Way Home,” Part 1 (1963) (Complete Video, Without Commercial Interruptions!)

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Published on Mar 13, 2012 by GR160289.

The first of a two-part episode written by Edward J. Lakso and directed by Ted Post, with Vic Morrow, Richard Basehart, Jack Hogan, Pierre Jalbert, Tom Lowell, Dick Peabody, Conlan Carter, Simon Oakland, Woodrow Parfrey, Sasha Harden, Glenn Cannon, Arthur Batanides, James Sikking, Michael McDonald. Original air date: 8 October 1963.
N.S.: This is a classic episode of the series that is a short-list contender for the title, greatest TV drama.

I was tempted to title this “See the Great Richard Basehart…,” but thought better of it. The hyperbole would have undermined the claim.

The most extreme case of such hyperbole I know of comes from The Great Ta-Nehisi Coates:

Last month the actor Forest Whitaker was stopped in a Manhattan delicatessen by an employee. Whitaker is one of the pre-eminent actors of his generation, with a diverse and celebrated catalog ranging from “The Great Debaters” to “The Crying Game” to “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.”
If Whitaker were as famous as Coates claimed, the entire, 33-word second sentence would have been unnecessary.

Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

Time Limit (1957) [Full Movie, Starring Richard Widmark and Richard Basehart, Directed by Karl Malden]”;

Combat! Season I, Episode 9: “Cat and Mouse,” Classic Story Guest Starring Albert Salmi, Directed by Robert Altman (“Shoe Clerks”)”; and

COMBAT! Season 1, Episode 16: “The Volunteer” (1963) (Complete, High-Quality Video of a TV classic!)”

Saturday, May 27, 2017

TCM's Memorial Weekend Film Noir is Journey into Fear (1942)



By David in TN
Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 6:53:00 P.M. EDT

TCM's Memorial Weekend Film Noir is Journey into Fear (1942), at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 28.

Joseph Cotten plays an American ballistics expert leaving Turkey for the USA, along with his wife (Ruth Warrick). A Turkish police chief (Orson Welles) places Cotten on a steamship, without him saying goodbye to his wife. Naturally, there are plenty of Nazi spies and other characters on the ship.

Orson Welles and Cotten wrote the screenplay. And Welles supposedly "co-directed" with Norman Foster.

On Memorial Day Weekend, Turner Classic Movies Recalls Our Fighting Men with Classic War Pictures, with a Focus on "The Forgotten War," Korea

By David in TN
Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7:08:00 P.M. EDT

On Memorial Day Weekend, TCM always shows several days of war movies. This Saturday, May 27, "The Forgotten War," Korea, is featured with seven films.

Target Zero (1955) with Richard Conte and Charles Bronson. Peggie Castle appears to give the audience a female character.

The Hook (1963) stars Kirk Douglas. A group of American soldiers has to decide whether to kill a POW.

One Minute to Zero (1952) stars Robert Mitchum as a colonel who finds "romance and danger."

The Rack (1956) is one of Paul Newman's first big roles. He plays an American officer who supposedly "turned traitor" in the Communist prison camps. This was a big theme in the 1950's.

Men in War (1957) has Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray, who portrayed the tough NCO so well. Ryan plays a platoon commander trying to keep his men alive, a more sympathetic character than Ryan usually played. Ray's character isn't likable, but his combat instincts save the outfit again and again. Vic Morrow plays a weak soldier, the opposite of his characterization in the later Combat TV show.

The Steel Helmet (1951) was directed by WW II combat veteran Sam Fuller. It has the themes Fuller always liked, better than The Big Red One in my opinion. Gene Evans is excellent as a cynical WW II veteran NCO.

Battle Hymn (1957) is an exercise in Douglas Sirk sentimentality with Sirk's favorite star, Rock Hudson.

The Rack, Men in War, and The Steel Helmet are the best of the group. The last one is considered one of the best war films of all time, but I think Fuller's Fixed Bayonets (another Korean War film) is as good or better. Evans played the sergeant again with Richard Basehart as the lead.

Friday, May 26, 2017

CNN Activist Jim Sciutto is the Newest Duranty-Blair Laureate, for Recycling Fake News (i.e., a Hoax) that Had Already been Debunked Months Earlier; Congratulations, Jim!

By Nicholas Stix

On Wednesday, May 24, I saw a CNN roundtable of activists doing the usual—trashing President Trump.

Jim Sciutto showed a clip of Sen. Al Franken asking witness Sen. Jeff Sessions if the latter had had any context with the Russians, and Sessions saying no.

In an attempt to insinuated that Sessions had perjured himself, Sciutto then pointed out that Sessions had indeed met with the Russians during the transition.

What Sciutto didn’t say was that Jeff Sessions had not met with the Russians in his capacity as a member of the Trump team, which was the point of Franken’s question, and that he had only met with the Russians in his function as U.S. senator at the behest of then-President Barack “Obama.”

The fake news story, whereby Sessions had “perjured” himself had been debunked months ago, yet Sciutto hoped either that CNN viewers were too lazy to know, had forgotten, or didn’t care about the truth.

It’s bad enough promoting a hoax, but I don’t know quite what to call someone who revives a hoax.

This is Jim Sciutto’s first Duranty-Blair Award for Journalistic Infamy, but something tells me it won’t be his last. His CNN colleagues Symone Sanders, Don Lemon, and Kate Bolduan preceded him in perfidy.

Previous Duranty-Blair winners are:

CBS News producer Mary Mapes in 2004;

seven reporters and editors at the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 2006;

ABC News reporter Brian Ross in 2012;

Peter Berger, of The American Interest, in 2013;

Associated Press operative Tom Hays, in 2014;

New York Times Farhad Manjoo in September, 2016; and

CNN’s Symone Sanders (2), Don Lemon, and Kate Bolduan (2), in November 2016; and

New York Times Propaganda Officer Francis X. Clines in March 2017.

The Duranty-Blair Award recognizes those journalists whose work embodies the spirit of Walter Duranty and Jayson Blair, two of the most notorious journalists in the history of the Fourth Estate. It is no accident that both men worked for the New York Times.

Walter Duranty wrote a series of early 1930s dispatches from the Soviet Union, where he was Times Moscow bureau chief, in which he lied about the Ukrainian Holocaust, in which Stalin deliberately starved millions of Kulaks (farmers) to death, through a man-made famine. Instead of reporting the truth, Duranty reported that the peasants were happy and well-fed, and was rewarded for his lies with a Pulitzer Prize.

Jayson Blair (here, here, and here) was an early 2000s black affirmative action hire, who alternately plagiarized reporters at other newspapers, and fabricated articles out of whole cloth, all for stories set hundreds and even thousands of miles away, while he sat in New York City cafés.

In 2004, CBS News producer Mary Mapes sought to win the presidential election for socialist Democrat challenger, Sen. John Kerry, by perpetrating a hoax, various dubbed “Memogate” and “Rathergate,” using forged Texas Air Force National Guard documents, provided by Bush-hating former reserve officer Bill Burkett, charging future president George W. Bush with going AWOL during the Vietnam War.

In 2006, New Orleans Times-Picayune reporters Brian Thevenot, Gordon Russell, Jeff Duncan and Gwen Filosa; managing editors, news, Peter Kovacs and Dan Shea; and editor Jim Amoss, won for their September 26, 2005 attempt to “untell” the story of the savage, black violence that befell New Orleans just before and after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29 of that year (1,900-word version; two-part, 3,900-word version (here and here); and 9,900-word version).

In 2012, ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent” Brian Ross, won for his 2002 campaign, on behalf of the Justice Department/FBI, to railroad innocent weapons scientist Dr. Steven J. Hatfill for the fall, 2002 anthrax murders; and for falsely asserting, in 2012, that Aurora, CO movie theater mass murderer, James Holmes, was a member of the TEA Party.

In 2013, Peter Berger, of The American Interest, was recognized for his support of, and cover-up of the ongoing genocide against South African whites.

In 2014, AP reporter Tom Hays won for his 2004 “Boosgate” hoax. In his contribution to the John Kerry for President campaign, Hays had fabricated an incident out of whole cloth, in which Republican voters at a Bush re-election rally booed news from President Bush II, of President Clinton’s illness.

In September 2016, New York Times operative Farhad Manjoo became a Duranty-Blair laureate, in recognition of his perfidy, as an unofficial Hillary Clinton operative, in calling on Google to censor stories which covered Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s health problems, and which raised questions about her physical fitness for the highest office in the land.

In November 2016, CNN’s Symone Sanders (2), Don Lemon, and Kate Bolduan (2) became Duranty-Blair laureates for promoting post-election hate crime hoaxes.

Finally, in March 2017, the New York Times’ Francis X. Clines was recognized for his yeoman work back in 2001, when he applied propagandistic alchemy, in order to transform the 2001, Cincinnati riot from an orgy of violent black racism against whites into a non-violent exercise in righteous black indignation.

And Now for the Really Bad News: In the NL Least, the Mets Get the Worst Bang for the Buck

By “W”

At The Bleacher Report.

A Drop of Justice for Etan Patz


Etan Patz and his confessed killer, Pedro Hernandez

[Previously, at WEJB/NSU: “IQ and the Etan Patz Case.”]

By David in TN

Pedro Hernandez was retried and convicted in February 2017. A month ago, he was sentenced to “25 years to Life” for the murder of Etan Patz.

For a long time, one Jose Ramos was thought to be Etan Patz's killer. Ramos was a known pedophile who was convicted in Pennsylvania in 1991 for child molestation in that state. He served a 20-year sentence, but is back in prison for not reporting as a sex offender.

Oddly, Hernandez's trial and conviction for what was a high profile murder in its time didn't get much national publicity.

(N.S.: Meanwhile, the MSM give saturation coverage to every anti-white race hoax. Funny, that.)

“Etan Patz – boy on the milk carton – gets justice: Man convicted in 1979 murder”

Etan Patz became one of the most visible symbols for missing children.

David in TN: The low IQ card didn’t work this time.


Anonymous said...
Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9:20:00 P.M. EDT

Etan didn't even make it to school for his first day. I for some reason think about that all the time.

N.S.: My little boy is now 17, and about four inches taller than me. I took him to school his first day, and I took him to school today, just like every other day. I don’t have any back-up kids.

Jared Kushner, Jamie Gorelick, and the Ties that Bind

By “W”

Jared Kushner's lawyer is Jamie Gorelick, who was Bill Clinton's Assistant AG. She is very left-wing, defended Duke University against suits by the Duke lacrosse players who were falsely accused of rape, and was responsible for creating the “wall” that kept the FBI from sharing intelligence with the CIA, without which 9/11 might have been prevented, and for serving on the 9/11 commission, in spite of her conflict of interest.

Will Texas Crime Issue in Texas Justice? Man Arrested in Murder Near TCU also Raped, Killed Plano Woman Found in Lake, Police Say

By A Texas Reader

In the Dallas Morning News.

Obituary and Visitation Information for Jessica Bailey


An undated photo of Jessica Bailey, who was 19 at the time of her death

[Previously, at WEJB/NSU: “A Mysterious Death in Grand Rapids: Jessica Bailey.”]

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:02:00 P.M. EDT

Jessica Danielle Bailey was born on March 17, 1998 and passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017. Jessica was a resident of Michigan. Jessica graduated from Greenville High School with the class of 2016. Visitation will take place on May 30, at Hurst Funeral Home from 5 to 8 PM and June 1 from 4 to 5 PM at Impact Church. Private burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville.

GRA: So scratch that previous assertion about Facebook, it appears. She WAS 19.

Just going to wait for details now.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:29:00 P.M. EDT

Jessica Danielle Bailey, age 19, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Cedar Springs passed away Monday May 22, 2017, in Grand Rapids. She was born in Grand Rapids March 17, 1998, the daughter of Susan K. Hansen Mora and Steven F. Bailey.

Jessica graduated from Greenville High School with the class of 2016, where she participated in orchestra and drama with her love of music and the violin. She also was a member of the St. Cecilia Youth Symphony in Grand Rapids.

She was giving in all aspects of her life, especially with her family, whom she loved with all of her heart. She was employed at Jackson Financial [and was active in NA (Narcotics Anonymous)].

She is survived by her parents, Susan (Dennis) Mora, Steve (Val) Bailey and Brian Belliel; her siblings, Steven Bailey Jr., Adrianna Bailey, Gabrielle Bailey, Vanessa Belliel; grandparents, Lowell and Kay Hansen, Karen Belliel and Harvey and Sharon Bailey; uncles, Michael Hansen, Jonathan (Johna) Hansen and David (Rachel) Hansen, Edward Bailey; cousins; Oliver, Malcolm, Toby, Violet, Tessa, Jeremiah; other family members, Amanda Tolar, Brice Mora, Colton Mora, Kylee Thompson and Amelia Moore.

Funeral services will be June 1, 2017 at 6 PM at Impact Church, 1070 N. Hudson, Lowell with Pastor Jon Bell officiating. Visitation will take place on May 30, at Hurst Funeral Home from 5 to 8 PM and June 1 from 4 to 5 PM at Impact Church. Private burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville. Memorial contributions may be given to Greenville High School Orchestra. Memories and messages of condolence may be sent via

GRA: Notice in this different obit the reference to NA. Now we have to wait and see if [other] Anonymous’ allegations are true.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wikipedia Can’t Even Give a Simple, Scientific Definition!

By Nicholas Stix

It’s all the Countenance Blogmeister’s fault!

A definition may not contain the term to be defined. Otherwise, it will be circular, i.e., it will define nothing.


Ungulates (pronounced /ˈʌŋɡjəleɪts/) are any members of a diverse group of primarily large mammals that includes odd-toed ungulates such as horses and rhinoceroses, and even-toed ungulates such as cattle, pigs, giraffes, camels, deer, and hippopotamuses....

Grand Rapids: Local Rumor Regarding the (Murder) of Jessica Bailey May Have Legs


An undated photo of Jessica Bailey, who was 19 at the time of her death

[Previously, at WEJB/NSU: “A Mysterious Death in Grand Rapids: Jessica Bailey.”]

By Nicholas Stix

Although I do not know the reader below from Adam, my gut (and that of my man in Grand Rapids, GRA’s) says to go with his statement, which I have posted unedited.

My hunch is that Todd, the suspect, is black.

By Anonymous Reader
Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:53:00 A.M. EDT

This man is on parole for kidnapping armed robbery and possession of heroin he was jess ex boyfriend who recently relapsed off herroin jess had 7 months clean and wanted nothing to do with TODD anymore. He said he was gonna commit sucide friday night so she went alone to help him. I never seen her after that. Todd stole 1500.00 out of jess account after she was passed. He killed her

Grand Rapids Anonymous:
Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 12:37:00 P.M. EDT

How about that for inside info? Nothing on the local media yet. Was the guy white or black?

Why Defend Trump Anymore from His Seditious Enemies? He’s Already Surrendered! Trump and Sessions Cave in on Sanctuary Cities, and Betray ICE Agents

By Nicholas Stix

Thanks to Reader-Researcher “W” for the Debbie Schlussel article.

At Debbie Schlussel.

N.S.: Trump’s response to the backstabbers conspiring to run him out of office in a putsch, is to sharpen the knife for them.

Let me guess—he thinks he’s being super clever, and outsmarting his enemies.

I am convinced that Trump saw The Godfather Part II, and took away from it the wrong lesson. That cute line that Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) quotes from his late father, Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando)—“Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer” is cute, but stupid. It led to him hiring the likes of Reince Priebus, John Kelly, and H.R. McMaster.

Keep close tabs on your enemies, but do not let them in your house.

A much better line from that picture is from the great speech that Hyman Roth (based on Meyer Lansky, and played by Lee Strasberg) gives about the late Moe Green (based on Bugsy Siegel, and played in the first picture by Alex Rocco): “This is the business we’ve chosen.”

The speech is a bookend to the dialogue in the first picture, where Michael insists that killing the Irish police captain McCluskey (Sterling Hayden), who had led a detachment of assassins to murder The Don, and who broke Michael’s jaw, when the latter put the kibosh on the assassination is “strictly business, nothing personal.”

Both speeches are exercises in misdirection, in which the gentlemen doth protest too much. Michael Corleone’s murder of Capt. McCluskey is purely personal. Likewise, Hyman Roth’s talk about “business” is to veil the love and grief he feels for Moe Green, and the homicidal rage he feels towards Michael, whom he unsuccessfully seeks to murder.


However, saving President Trump’s battered presidency is going to take more than his getting his understanding of the first two Godfather pictures straight.

Mexican Irony

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

I’ve been going through the tedious work of re-reading a 2013 race hoax by the Great Black Genius, Ta-Nehisi Coates, in the New York Times, as well as numerous comments (most of them execrable, and devoid of irony) I’d reprinted from the Times, and came to the best comment.

o Carlos
o Texas

I doubt anyone will make it to this comment (who can blame them?) but I thought I'd share a story.

My dad is a dark skinned Mexican American who lives in an old money neighborhood in San Antonio. One day he was pushing his lawn mower up the sidewalk getting ready to cut his grass when an old white guy pulled up in a nice car and asked h in broken Spanish how much he charged to mow lawns.
My dad thought that was hilarious. Here he was a prominent professor/psychiatrist being asked to mow lawns because he's Mexican pushing a mower in front of his own house.

Two weeks later in his own neighborhood he sees a Mexican guy chainsawing some branches off a tree and he pulls over to ask (in Spanish) how much the guy charged for tree work.

Yeah, it turned out it was his house, and the guy was a doctor too. They both cracked up.

VIDEO: Black Female School Employees Caught Fighting over a Man in Classroom in Front of Students

By A Texas Reader



Published on May 23, 2017


[From Youtube repost.]

Middle school students screamed in science class as a teacher and a staff member got into a fist fight right in front of their desks.

“Everyone was screaming like stop, stop, stop,” A student said.

The brawl happened on May 19 at Stone Mountain Middle School, which is northeast of downtown Atlanta.

A student recorded most of the fight on her cell phone.

The women are throwing punches and pulling hair, and another adult had to get in the middle to break it up.

“From what I think I know the teachers were arguing about a teacher, a male teacher, and they started arguing and it went on for about three to five minutes,” A student said.

CBS46 asked if any of the students were concerned for their safety.

“I would say about two students who were really close to them. One of them was pushed up against the wall because they were so close to hitting her,” A student said.

Julia Berry's daughter was inside the classroom and watched the fight unfold. Berry wants these women fired, saying that they set a horrible example for students.

After the fight was finally broken up, students say school officials came into the classroom, went through their cell phones and made them delete any evidence of it.

“Nobody apologized they just came in and were like who videotaped this and stuff like that,” A student said. “I think they were trying to push it under the rug so nobody would know about it and the school’s reputation wouldn’t be messed up."

The DeKalb County School District says it's not aware of staff going through the student's phones. The communications director did say he would send CBS46 a statement, but only after we sent him a copy of the video so he could review it.

The statement says, in part, for those involved in the fight, "Those staff members that participated in the conduct have been removed from the learning environment. Following our process, DCSD will act swiftly and decisively to hold those employees accountable for their actions."

The school district confirmed that the two employees involved in the incident had been disciplined, but would give details.

After CBS46 kept pressing the school for answers, Berry says Stone Mountain Middle School sent out a letter saying, "Safety and security procedures are in place to help maintain a safe campus. Anyone who creates an unsafe learning environment for our students receive swift disciplinary actions."

“I couldn’t believe it because they’re supposed to be role models, they’re supposed to set an example for us and they always tell us violence is never the answer,” A student said.

CBS46 contacted the chairman of the DeKalb County School Board Melvin Johnson for a statement and he did not respond. We also reached out to the Organization of DeKalb Educators who represent thousands of school system employees and they did not want to comment.

VIDEO: School employees caught fighting in classroom in front of students

Two school employees were caught fighting on camera in a classroom full of students.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Twitter Suspends News Agency for Tweeting about Donna Brazile's Involvement in the Seth Rich Murder Case

By Nicholas Stix


To My Facebook Friends

By Nicholas Stix

I haven’t responded to any of you for over a month, because the thread Nazis at Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook shut me down. I still get notifications, but can’t access any of them.

To My Twitter Followers

By Nicholas Stix

If you’re bothered by my having ignored you for over three months, it’s because Twitter (Jack Dorsey) blocked me on February 21.

A Mysterious Death in Grand Rapids: Jessica Bailey


An undated photo of Jessica Bailey, who was 19 at the time of her death

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2:33:00 A.M. EDT

The police are being their usual secretive selves in this case. Does a 19-year-old just die behind an apartment building for no reason?

Man wanted in connection to death investigation in custody
Evan Dean and 24 Hour News 8 web staff
May 23, 2017, 1:45 p.m.
Updated: May 23, 2017, 6:13 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 30-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection to a death investigation following a search on Grand Rapids’ northeast side Tuesday.

Family members identified the woman found dead behind the Lake Forest Apartments complex on Monday as 19-year-old Jessica Bailey. Police said there are no signs of foul play and the man is not a suspect in her death. However, they wanted to find him because they said he took Bailey’s car from the scene.

[The “man” is a convict and parole absconder. The GRPD has refused to reveal his name, or conviction.]

The man, who is only being called a person of interest in the case, was seen around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday running behind the Arby’s in the 1200 block of Leonard Street NE. That sparked an all-out manhunt, which forced temporary lockdowns at some nearby schools, police said.

[Since “person of interest” is such a notorious euphemism for “suspect,” it has become a synonym for it. The GRPD lied, in denying that the “man” is a suspect. The only question is what crime or crimes of which he is suspected: Murder, Grand-Theft Auto, etc. They are awaiting a cause of death, before determining the charges.]

Two hours later, the man was found inside Bailey’s vehicle near Leonard Street and Ball Avenue NE, where he was taken into custody without incident.

GRPD Sgt. Terry Dixon said the man is also a parole absconder. Investigators are now trying to figure out what he knows about Bailey’s death.

“We believe [since he was found inside said vehicle, you KNOW] that he had taken the vehicle. He was in the vehicle and had taken it from the scene. But we are still looking into the specifics regarding whether he was there, what was his role, the whole thing,” Dixon said Tuesday afternoon.

Police have not yet released the name of the man taken into custody. They also haven’t said exactly how he knew Bailey — or why he was on parole in the first place.

24 Hour News 8 spoke with Bailey’s father Tuesday afternoon, who was heartbroken over the loss of his daughter. He said she was loving, caring and a talented violinist.

Investigators are awaiting toxicology results to determine exactly how Bailey died.

GRPD’s Major Case Team is investigating the incident.

GRA: Any pertinent info will be posted.

N.S.: Thank you.

Snopes Does Damage Control, Spinning Racially Segregated, Harvard Graduation Ceremony as Somehow Not Racially Segregated

By Nicholas Stix


Harvard University is segregating graduation ceremonies based on race in 2017.





Black graduates at Harvard University are holding a separately organized Black Commencement ceremony.

N.S.: In English, “separately organized” by one race for that race, means racially segregated.

At Snopes.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mugger is Caught in the Act on Video!

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Have You Seen This Perp?


This was posted on Youtube on May 28, 2015. When the incident occurred, is anyone’s guess.

Britain Raises Terror Level to Critical

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:43:00 P.M. EDT

(NPR) One day after a bombing claimed at least 22 lives at a concert venue in Manchester, England, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the U.K. is raising its terror threat level. The move declared Tuesday evening means members of the British military will be deployed throughout the country to supplement its police forces.

"It is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack," May said. "It is now concluded, on the basis of today's investigations, that the threat level should be increased for the time being — from 'severe' to 'critical.' "

She added: "This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely, but that an attack may be imminent."

GRA: The talk is this is just the tip of a more organized and murderous plot—that is yet to unfold.

The Frontlash Has Begun! Lefties are Already Blaming Patriotic Christians for Moslem Attack, and Charging Them with “Islamophobia”

By Nicholas Stix

The Countenance blogmeister immediately predicted this last night.


Where are the Surest Places to Get Shot? Funerals for Gang Bangers, Anti-Violence Demonstrations, Any Streets Named after MLK, and Vigils for the Victims of “Gun Violence”

By “W”

3 people shot at vigil for Memphis teen who was killed by stray bullet last year |

“Shots rang out”….


44,053: That’s the Number of Democrat E-Mails Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich Reportedly Shared with Wikileaks

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

For months, I refused to play along with the “Seth Rich was the Wikileaks DNC Leaker” story. Then Fox News ran a story, summarized below, supporting the story, a week ago.

Today, Fox News has recanted its own May 16 story, so if you hit the link to it below, you’ll get error message.

So, why am I re-posting Zero Hedge’s blog item on it? First of all, because I can no longer access the Fox News original. “But that’s been discredited, so why even care about it?”

I try to protect the health of my ankles, by not jumping on and off every bandwagon that comes through. I refrained for months form jumping on the Seth rich bandwagon. Now that I’m on it, I’m not going to suddenly jump off it, just because someone applied pressure to Fox News to pull its story.

As Ricky Ricardo would say, Fox News has some ‘splainin’ to do.

Plus, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is offering a reward for any information that would crack the Rich case that has been variously described as being $20,000 or $130,000. Assange has, to my knowledge, never done that before.

Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich Shared 44,053 Democrat Emails with WikiLeaks: Report

By Tyler Durden
May 16, 2017
Zero Hedge

For the past several months, Democrats have based their "Resist 45" movement on unsubstantiated assertions that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian intelligence officials to undermine the 2016 Presidential Election thereby 'stealing' the White House from Hillary Clinton. Day after day we've all suffered through one anonymously sourced, "shock" story after another from the New York Times and/or The Washington Post with new allegations of the 'wrongdoing'.

But, new evidence surfacing in the Seth Rich murder investigation may just quash the "Russian hacking" conspiracy theory.  According to a new report from Fox News, it was former DNC staffer Seth Rich who supplied 44,000 DNC emails to WikiLeaks and not some random Russian cyber terrorist, as we've all been led to believe. 

According to Fox News, though admittedly via yet another anonymous FBI source, Rich made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, an American investigative reporter and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time. According to Fox News sources, federal law enforcement investigators found 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments sent between DNC leaders from January 2015 to May 2016 that Rich shared with WikiLeaks before he was gunned down on July 10, 2016. 

The Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down on July 10 on a Washington, D.C., street just steps from his home had leaked thousands of internal emails to WikiLeaks, law enforcement sources told Fox News.

A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report detailing the contents of DNC staffer Seth Rich’s computer generated within 96 hours after his murder, said Rich made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.

“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and Wikileaks,” the federal investigator told Fox News, confirming the MacFadyen connection. He said the emails are in possession of the FBI, while the stalled case is in the hands of the Washington Police Department.

Then, on July 22, just 12 days after Rich was killed, WikiLeaks published internal DNC emails that appeared to show top party officials conspiring to stop Bernie Sanders  from becoming the party’s presidential nominee. As we've noted before, the DNC's efforts to block Sanders resulted in Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning as DNC chairperson.


These new revelations seem to be consistent with the findings of Rod Wheeler, a former DC homicide detective and Fox News contributor, whose private investigation firm was hired by Rich’s family to probe the case.

"My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks," Wheeler told Fox News. "I do believe that the answers to who murdered Seth Rich sits on his computer on a shelf at the DC police or FBI headquarters."


“My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward,” Wheeler told Fox News. “That is unfortunate. Seth Rich’s murder is unsolved as a result of that.”


The botched robbery theory, which police have pursued for nearly a year, isn’t panning out, Wheeler said. Two assailants caught on a grainy video tape from a camera posted outside a grocery mart, shot Rich twice in his back, but did not take his wallet, cell phone, keys, watch or necklace worth about $2,000.

As you'll recall, Rich's death has been shrouded in mystery from the start as he was reportedly shot from behind in the wee hours of the morning but was not robbed of the nearly $2,000 worth of cash and jewelry on his body at the time.

Rich had been at Lou’s City Bar a couple of miles from his home until about 1:15 a.m. He walked home, calling several people along the way. He called his father, Joel Rich, who he missed because he had gone to sleep. He talked with a fraternity brother and his girlfriend, Kelsey Mulka.


Around 4:17 a.m., Rich was about a block from his home when Mulka, still on the phone with him, heard voices in the background. Rich reassured her that he was steps away from being at his front door and hung up.


Two minutes later, Rich was shot twice. Police were on the scene within three minutes. Rich sustained bruising on his hands and face. He remained conscious, but died at a nearby hospital less than two hours later.

Shortly thereafter, Julian Assange implied that Seth Rich was, in fact, a source for WikiLeaks and offered a $130,000 reward for information leading to his killer.


Per the Washington Examiner, Rich's family issued the following statement, via a 'spokesman', regarding the recent Fox News reports saying they have seen no evidence of the alleged emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks:

"As we've seen through the past year of unsubstantiated claims, we see no facts, we have seen no evidence, we have been approached with no emails and only learned about this when contacted by the press," the statement said. "Even if tomorrow, an email was found, it is not a high enough bar of evidence to prove any interactions as emails can be altered and we've seen that those interest in pushing conspiracies will stop at nothing to do so."


"We are a family who is committed to facts, not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth's murderers. The services of the private investigator who spoke to the press was offered to the Rich family and paid for by a third party, and contractually was barred from speaking to press or anyone outside of law enforcement or the family unless explicitly authorized by the family."

But, as WikiLeaks noted, the family's "spokesman" is none other than Democrat crisis PR consultant Brad Bauman.


Seems that not everyone within the FBI is on board with the "Russian hacking" narrative and are finally starting to come forward.

Finally, we find it 'shocking' that while the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, etc are all too eager to regurgitate each others anonymously sourced stories that are critical of Trump, not a single one of them had a single reference of this Fox News bombshell on their website at the time this article was published.

The Same Treasonous Deep State that Destroyed Nixon Seeks to Destroy Trump (Pat Buchanan)



Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Nixon and Trump, Then and Now
By Patrick J. Buchanan
May 8, 2017

For two years, this writer has been consumed by two subjects.

First, the presidency of Richard Nixon, in whose White House I served from its first day to its last, covered in my new book, Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.

The second has been the astonishing campaign of Donald Trump and his first 100-plus days as president.

In many ways, the two men could not have been more different.

Trump is a showman, a performer, a real estate deal-maker, born to wealth, who revels in the material blessings his success has brought.
Nixon, born to poverty, was studious, reserved, steeped in history, consumed with politics and policy, and among the most prepared men ever to assume the presidency.

Yet the “mess” Trump inherited bears striking similarities to Nixon’s world in 1969.

Both took office in a nation deeply divided.

Nixon was elected in a year marked by the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, race riots in 100 cities, and street battles between cops and radicals at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

By the fall of 1969, Nixon had buses surrounding his White House and U.S. Airborne troops in the basement of his Executive Office Building.
Trump’s campaign and presidency have also been marked by huge and hostile demonstrations.

Both men had their elections challenged by the toxic charge that they colluded with foreign powers to influence the outcome.

Nixon’s aides were accused of conspiring with Saigon to torpedo Lyndon Johnson’s Paris peace talks. Trump aides were charged with collusion with Vladimir Putin’s Russia to disseminate stolen emails of the Democratic National Committee. The U.S. establishment, no stranger to the big lie, could not and cannot accept that the nation preferred these outsiders.

Nixon took office with 525,000 troops tied down in Vietnam. Trump inherited Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history, and wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen.

Nixon pledged to end the Vietnam War with honor and begin an era of negotiations — and did. Trump promised to keep us out of new Mideast wars and to reach an accommodation with Russia.

Nixon and Trump both committed to remake the Supreme Court. Having pledged to select a Southerner, Nixon saw two of them, Judges Clement Haynsworth and Harrold Carswell, savaged by the Senate.

While Nixon was the first president since Zachary Taylor to take office without his party’s having won either house of Congress, Trump took office with his party in control of both. Thus, Trump’s nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, made it.

Probably no two presidents have ever faced such hostility and hatred from the media. After his 1969 “Silent Majority” speech on Vietnam was trashed, Nixon declared war, authorizing an attack on the three networks by Vice President Spiro Agnew.

Trump has not stopped bashing the media since he came down the escalator at Trump Tower to declare his candidacy.

In Trump’s first major victory on Capitol Hill, the House voted narrowly to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. Only with a tiebreaking vote by Agnew in August 1969 did Nixon win his first big victory — Senate approval of a strategic missile defense.

Though Nixon had backed every civil rights law of the 1950s and ’60s, he was charged with pursuing a racist “Southern strategy” to capture the South from Dixiecrats, whose ilk had ruled it for a century.

Trump was also slandered for running a “racist” campaign.

Trump and Nixon were supported by the same loyalists — “forgotten Americans,” “Middle Americans,” “blue-collar Democrats” — and opposed and detested by the same enemy, a political-media-intellectual-cultural establishment. And this establishment is as determined to break and bring down Trump as it was to break and bring down Nixon.

Yet though Trump and Nixon ran up similar Electoral College victories, Nixon at the end of 1969 was at 68 percent approval and only 19 percent disapproval. Trump, a third of the way through his first year, is underwater in Gallup.

[America was about 85 percent white then. Today, it is about 65 percent white. And the Treason Lobby has continually extended its power since then. For example, circa 1969, my big sister’s social studies teacher in Long Beach, New York, was fired for being an open communist. Today, communist school teachers receive awards.]

Nixon’s achievements in his first term were extraordinary.

He went to Beijing and opened up Mao Zedong’s China to the world, negotiated with Moscow the greatest arms limitation agreement since the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922, and withdrew all U.S. forces from South Vietnam.

He desegregated the South, ended the draft, gave the vote to all 18-year-olds, indexed Social Security against inflation, created the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, named four justices to the Supreme Court, presided over six moon landings, declared a “war on cancer,” proposed a guaranteed annual income, created revenue sharing with the states, took America off the gold standard, and let the dollar float.

He then won a 49-state landslide in 1972, creating a “New Majority,” and setting the stage for Republican control of the presidency for 16 of the next 20 years.

But in June 1972, a bungled bugging at the DNC, which Nixon briefly sought to contain and then discussed as the White House tapes were rolling, gave his enemies the sword they needed to run him through.

The same deep state enemies await a similar opening to do to Trump what they did to Nixon. Rely upon it.

Are You “Woke”?

By Nicholas Stix

The True Purpose of the Term ‘Woke’
It enforces political correctness.
By Scott Beauchamp
May 16, 2017
The American Conservative

The online Catholic Encyclopedia has a predictably extensivedefinition of Gnosticism. What comes as a surprise, however, is how closely its sweeping definition also describes the animating logic of so much online progressivism—contemporary, identity-based, for the young. The first sentence alone could be a bumper sticker on the car of some hypothetical millennial, assuming he or she was one of theshrinking number of young people who actually drive: “The doctrine of salvation by knowledge.” The Encyclopedia goes on to define with a barely perceptible disapproval:

it is markedly peculiar to Gnosticism that it places the salvation of the soul merely in the possession of a quasi-intuitive knowledge of the mysteries of the universe and of magic formulae indicative of that knowledge. Gnostics were “people who knew”, and their knowledge at once constituted them a superior class of beings, whose present and future status was essentially different from that of those who, for whatever reason, did not know.

That encapsulates the logos of millennial progressivism in our time. Analytical argument is out. Overly simple in/out group bifurcation is in. Andrew Sullivan captures this in writing about what social justice theory calls “intersectionality”—the barely coherent claim that people’s identities are almost entirely formed by an overlapping hierarchy of social oppressions. He considers it akin to religion and emphasizes its particularly odious us/them oversimplifications: “If you happen to see the world in a different way, if you’re a liberal or libertarian or even, gasp, a conservative, if you believe that a university is a place where any idea, however loathsome, can be debated and refuted, you are not just wrong, you are immoral.” Ah, but those who “know” are truly blessed. And in the clownish vulgate of online progressive culture, forged in the inchoate fires of a shrill Gnosticism, we can identify members of the flock by the slang term “woke.”

What does it mean to be woke? That it’s conventionally the past tense of “wake” is a clue. Someone who has been woken is finished with sleep. In millennial political slang, it means someone who has awoken to the progressive truths of intersectionality. Amanda Hess, writing in the New York Times,explains: “Think of ‘woke’ as the inverse of ‘politically correct.’ If ‘P.C.’ is a taunt from the right, a way of calling out hypersensitivity in political discourse, then ‘woke’ is a back-pat from the left, a way of affirming the sensitive. It means wanting to be considered correct, and wanting everyone to know just how correct you are.”

[Then “woke” is not the inverse of “politically correct,” but a synonym of it. Thirty years ago, “politically correct,” or “correct,” for short, was a compliment among Marxists. Once neocons learn of, and began mocking it beginning circa 1989, Marcists needed to come up with new euphemisms.]

This new adjective woke is a stamp of approval, a self-congratulating label, a goal, a challenge. Most importantly, it’s a boundary line separating people. The word is a floating signifier serving as a PC litmus test while concealing the often shifting requirements to pass.

It also has a history deeper than the typical superannuated focus of internet subcultures.Writing in Fusion, Charles Pulliam-Moore traces the origins of the word’s use in pop culture to Erykah Badu’s 2008 song “Master Teacher,” with a roughly similar meaning to its current use—staying aware of the continuing political struggles of African-Americans. After a brief hibernation, the word experienced a popular resurgence around 2012 following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Even then, the word was tethered tightly to a fairly coherent group of political objectives centered on police reform and an acknowledgement of systemic racial oppression. But around 2014, writes Pulliam-Moore, the word got hashtagged and memed. Even if you disagreed with the politics behind the original usage, the word was then at least bound to subjects which required serious moral consideration. By 2014 it was used to describe almost anything. Your “inner hoe.”Justin Bieber. The Footlocker website. Matt McGorry.

After woke drifted into the miasma of what Rod Dreher calls “Weimar America,” a funny thing happened to it. It was simultaneously diluted of specific meaning while maintaining a kind of informal authority by virtue of its association with African-American culture. The linguist and professor John McWhorterexplains:
Even if on a certain level we think of black casual speech as riddled with “errors”—though, we shouldn’t—on another level we hear it as truth. The white pop singer who wants to become famous must enunciate with a Southern black cadence to some extent. Have you noticed how many voiceover artists for faceless institutions, like banks and medicines, are now black ones?

[First of all, black American speech is of course riddled with errors. Second, we don’t hear any “truth” in black slang. We hear the voice of crime, of racism, of stupidity, of lies.]

McWhorter frames this as a victory for African-American culture [no; it’s affirmative action.]. As he puts it, “Black Language Matters.” [No, it doesn’t.] But the more broad association between the pop-rebellion of hip progressive culture and its appropriation of African-American slang isn’t a new one. Norman Mailer wrote about it in his 1957 article for Dissent,“The White Negro,” a garrulous rant that was more an incandescent exhibition of linguistic heat than intellectual clarity. Nevertheless, while drawing his broad-stroke sketch of why mid-century hipsters came to appropriate elements of African-American culture, he had more than a few useful insights about the “language of Hip” giving “expression to abstract states of feeling which all could share, at least all who were Hip.”

Mailer notes the variety possible within a closed solipsistic loop when he writes about how the semantics of African-American vernacular are so fungible that a word such as “dig” could have countless meanings but could be interpreted only by someone who was on the same cultural page as the speaker. The word could be literally referring to any number of things, but the final question it posed was always: Are you hip? Are you like me? Language like this isn’t meant to be precise or to persuade. It is meant to draw an us/them binary and judge experience from within experience, or based on “what one feels at each instant in the perpetual climax of the present,” according to Mailer.

[Translation: Such language creates a friend/enemy relationship.]

Thus woke is more than a throwaway word. It’s a slang term working as a cultural clue. It signals that cultural progressivism is a secular spirituality in want of a coherent theology. In the catechism of this ersatz religion, woke is a kind of creed. It epitomizes the decay of deep engagement with cultural and moral issues into a cheap buzzword which mutes debate and confounds discourse. “Are you woke?” is a question meant to be answered with a simple yes or no, but the correct answer is always yes.

[The foregoing was a solid, pander-free paragraph.]

To not be woke is to be regressive, straining against the current of moral history. As the goalposts constantly move on what might constitute political and social wokeness, it’s helpful to keep in mind the late Italian philosopher Augusto Del Noce’s description of modern progressive secular ideology as “the idea that man is capable of self-redemption, i.e., of achieving salvation through action” and the belief that “the advent of perfection on earth will be achieved as the outcome of human initiative.” Anything standing in the way of this terrestrial utopia tethers us to the “nightmare” of tradition, the “hell” of rooted memory. Or, as Marx pithily put it, “Everything that exists deserves to die.”

[“The idea that man is capable of self-redemption, i.e., of achieving salvation through action.” That ship has sailed. Any idea of “redemption” or “salvation” is long forgotten. The nihilism in Marx’ phrase, however, remains. I guess Marxism was always nihilistic.]

The immense weight of all of these progressive assumptions is carried by the single diminutive syllable of “woke.” As Andrew Sullivan suggests in his take on intersectionality and the attack on Charles Murray at Middlebury College, radical ideology trends toward stifling debate, usually on dubious “moral” claims. And despite all the parallels with gnosticism, this is where the metaphor ends. Ultimately, the progressive goal becomes not truth but power.

Scott Beauchamp is a veteran and writer based in Portland, Maine.

Mike Kuetes says:
May 16, 2017 at 11:43 p.m.

It seems odd to accuse liberals of smug self-elevation when the right is so widely enamored of the term “libtard”.

I notice there is no such corresponding term on the left to dismiss the right as innately mentally deficient. Similarly, the common comment-section claim that “liberalism is a mental illness” or “liberalism is a disease”, usually in just those words, is abundant internet-wide, yet no such explicit fundamental accusation about conservatism is anywhere near as widely seen.

It seems to me that you’re complaining about the speck in your neighbor’s eye while ignoring the plank in your own.

May 17, 2017 at 7:08 p.m.

[The censor—Scott Beauchamp?—permitted this comment to be posted.]

Mike Kuetes says:

“I notice there is no such corresponding term on the left to dismiss the right as innately mentally deficient.”


May 17, 2017 at 7:27 p.m.

[The censor also permitted this comment to be posted.]

The writer seemed to have something to say at the beginning and the end, but engaged in a 200-word-long exercise in pc triangulation, regarding Trayvon Martin, Black Lives Matter, African-American culture and John McWhorter. The resulting copy is a bloody mess.

Jacqueline Luqman says:
May 18, 2017 at 10:29 a.m.

Maybe – just maybe – most of us who have been using the term long before it became a popular buzzword actually mean it as it is used:
To be and remain aware of the truth that many refuse to see, acknowledge, and take the time to understand.

Yes, it is a little annoying that it is over-used and turned into almost a popular marketing tool now. That doesn’t negate what it does, and has always, meant to many who have been fighting injustice – especially racial injustice – in America for generations.

The same way you don’t want your views dismissed with a word, we are tired of having ours dismissed with the idea that just because it doesn’t happen to you, and you don’t understand it, that you don’t believe it, so it has no relevance at all.

[The censor sat on the following comment for three or four days, before sending it down the memory hole.]

N.S.: Those of us who dismiss the assertions of those who claim to be fighting “racial injustice” do not do so because “it doesn’t happen to you, and you don’t understand it.” Racial injustice is inflicted upon us every day, and we understand it perfectly well. The Left is not fighting any “racial injustice.” Rather, it is imposing its own lies and evil. Any decent, honest person of any race is bound to dismiss such a movement, just as one would dismiss Nazism, Communism, and Islam.

“People Could Go to Jail”: Three Obama Moles on White House Staff Caught Making Illegal Leaks

By Nicholas Stix

At Gateway Pundit.

Monday, May 22, 2017

When UT Denied This Valedictorian, She Got It to Change Admissions Rules |

By A Texas Reader


Too bad she's not a Latina.

Guess the Race and the Sex: Sentence for Murder… Five Years Probation

By Nicholas Stix

At Countenance.

The Racist Left Has Made Racism Respectable Again

By An Old Friend

Racism: The Last Refuge of Us All?
by David Cole
May 18, 2017

We’ve all heard Samuel Johnson’s famous adage about patriotism being the last refuge of a scoundrel, but I’ve always believed it’s racism that’s the last refuge of a scoundrel. Race is what you cling to when you have no meaningful achievements of your own to display. It’s a safe space for the unaccomplished. That’s why there’s been such an explosion of racism on the left, especially among some of its less successful demographic groups. When you have nothing to offer, or when you just don’t want to make the effort to be successful or productive, well…at least you have your skin. And the left has proved to be expert at making everything about skin. With so many layabouts, welfare cases, entitlement whores, and blame shifters among the masses, leftist intellectuals in politics, the media, and academia gain lots of traction by continually reassuring certain constituencies, “Hey, man, your skin color makes you special! Your skin color makes you deserving!”…

Bombs! 20 Dead, 100s Wounded in Terrorist Attack in Manchester, England at Ariana Grande Concert



By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:58:00 P.M. EDT

May 22, 2017 6:35 P.M.

NBC Summarizes:


— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 22, 2017

Update 4: Sky News reports another bomb located at Manchester's Victoria Metro Station - emergency units rushing. Bomb disposal units have arrived at the 'active crime scene' at Manchester Arena.

Manchester's Victoria station, which backs onto the arena, has been evacuated and all trains cancelled. National Rail said in an online statement: "Emergency services are dealing with an incident at Manchester Arena. As Manchester Victoria is located near the arena, the station has been evacuated and all lines closed.

"Trains are currently unable to run to / from Manchester Victoria. Some trains will be cancelled throughout or start / terminate at alternative stations. Disruption is expected to continue until end of the day."

British Transport Police confirmed the blast came from "within the foyer area of the stadium at 10.30pm this evening".

GRA: This had less coverage on NNN than the white on black murder. Amazing.

Parisiennes are Prisoners in the Neighborhood They’ve Lived Their Entire Lives in, Which Muslims Have Turned into a No-Go District



Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Parisian Women Face Constant Harassment by Migrants
By Chris Tomlinson
21 May 2017

Women in the east Paris district of Chapelle-Pajol are claiming that they cannot leave their homes without being subjected to verbal abuse from migrants in the area.

Over the past year or so the district has become a no-go area for women as migrants and drug dealers have flooded the area. Dozens of these groups of young men crowd the streets, harassing women who walk by wearing what they consider to be immodest clothing Le Parisien reports.

The situation for women has gotten so bad in the area that many women are effectively banned from cafes and bars. 50-year-old Natalie, who has been a resident of the area for 30 years said, “these are insults, incessant reflections. The atmosphere is agonising, to the point of having to modify our itinerary, our clothes. Some even gave up going out.”
An 80-year-old female resident is said to have totally stopped leaving her apartment after being sexually assaulted as she was returning home one day.

Aurélie, 38, who has lived in the area for 15 years said that the cafe below her apartment has turned into an exclusively male establishment. “I have to listen to a lot of remarks when I pass in front, especially since they drink a lot,” she said.

[There is no limit to Moslem hypocrisy. The Moslem men surely call the Frenchwomen “whores.” Meanwhile, the Moslem men treat all women like dirt, though in different ways, and outside of Moslem countries, accept no standards of conduct. When I lived in West Germany, most of the Moslem men not only obsessively chased Western girls, but were lushes, to boot. Feminists have somehow failed to catch on to Islam's misogyny. Then again, there is also no limit to feminists' hypocrisy. If only they cared about women.]

“A few days ago, the simply standing by my window triggered a flood of insults and I had to lock myself in my apartment. I used to walk down the Boulevard de la Chapelle from Stalingrad [metro station], even late at night … It’s unthinkable today,” she added.

The Stalingrad metro was the former location of a large makeshift migrant camp in Paris which was cleared and relocated to Porte de la Chapelle. Earlier this month Breitbart London visited the camp and talked to the migrants there. All blamed Europe for their situation and demanded handouts from the French government.

Another woman said she would not allow her 12-year-old daughter to walk the streets of the area alone anymore. She said that after getting off at the Chapelle metro station she ended up in the middle of a brawl of migrants who pulled knives out and threatened her with them. “I thought my last hour had arrived,” she said.

Due to mass migration, the situation in various parts of Paris has rapidly deteriorated over the last few years. Various suburbs of Paris, such as Seine-Saint-Denis, have become breeding grounds for radical Islam according to France’s top expert on the subject, Gilles Kepel.

The women of Chapelle-Pajol have said they will organise a walk around the area with female city officials in order to bring attention to the problem and perhaps find a solution.

So far newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron has not addressed the issue of safety in the French capital, using his first weeks as president to court the approval of German Chancellor Angela Merkel instead.

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