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Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage in 'Virtuous Victim Signaling,' Says Study

Plus: Protesters sue over alleged mistreatment by arresting officers, a new ruling on robocalls, and more...

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New study links virtue signaling to "Dark Triad" traits. Being accused of "virtue signaling" might sound nice to the uninitiated, but spend much time on social media and you know that it's actually an accusation of insincerity. Virtue signalers are, essentially, phonies and showoffs—folks who adopt opinions and postures solely to garner praise and sympathy or whose good deeds are tainted by their need for everyone to see just how good they are. Combined with a culture that says only victimhood confers a right to comment on certain issues, it's a big factor in online pile-ons and one that certainly contributes to social media platforms being such a bummer sometimes.

So: Here's some fun new research looking at "the consequences and predictors of emitting signals of victimhood and virtue," published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The paper—from University of British Columbia researchers Ekin Ok, Yi Qian, Brendan Strejcek, and Karl Aquino—details multiple studies the authors conducted on the subject.

Their conclusion? Psychopathic, manipulative, and narcissistic people are more frequent signalers of "virtuous victimhood."

The so-called "dark triad" personality traits—Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy—lead to characteristics like "self-promotion, emotional callousness, duplicity, and tendency to take advantage of others," the paper explains.

And "treated as a composite, the Dark Triad traits were significant predictors of virtuous victim signaling."

This held true "even when controlling for factors that may make people vulnerable to being mistreated or disadvantaged in society (i.e., demographic and socioeconomic characteristics) as well as the importance they place on being a virtuous individual as part of their self-concept," the researchers note.

They point out that virtue signaling is defined as "the conspicuous expression of moral values, done primarily with the intent of enhancing one's standing within a social group."

Meanwhile, victim signaling "may be used as a social influence tactic that can motivate recipients of the signal to voluntarily transfer resources to the signaler," they explain. More from the paper's theoretical background section:

An emerging literature on competitive victimhood documents the prevalence of victim signaling by various social groups and provides evidence for its functionality as a resource extraction strategy. For instance, victim signaling justifies victim groups seeking retribution against alleged oppressors. Retribution often takes the form of demanding compensation through some kind of resource transfer from nonvictims to the alleged victim. Claiming victim status can also facilitate resource transfer by conferring moral immunity upon the claimant. Moral immunity shields the alleged victim from criticism about the means they might use to satisfy their demands. In other words, victim status can morally justify the use of deceit, intimidation, or even violence by alleged victims to achieve their goals. Relatedly, claiming victim status can lead observers to hold a person less blameworthy, excusing transgressions, such as the appropriation of private property or the infliction of pain upon others, that might otherwise bring condemnation or rebuke. Finally, claiming victim status elevates the claimant's psychological standing, defined as a subjective sense of legitimacy or entitlement to speak up. A person who has the psychological standing can reject or ignore any objections by nonvictims to the unreasonableness of their demands. In contrast to victim signalers, people who do not publicly disclose their misfortune or disadvantage are less likely to reap the benefits of retributive compensation, moral immunity, deflection of blame, or psychological standing and would therefore find it difficult to initiate resource transfers.

The effectiveness of victim signaling as a resource transfer strategy follows the basic principles of signaling theory. Signaling theory posits that the transmission of information from one individual (the sender) to another (the receiver) can influence the behavior of the receiver. Signals can refer to any physical or behavioral trait of the sender, and are used by the senders to alter the behaviors of others to their own advantage.

Their results suggest that:

  • "a perceived victim signal can lead others to transfer resources to a victim, but that the motivation to do so is amplified when the victim signal is paired with a virtue signal" and "people high in the Dark Triad traits emit the dual signal more frequently."
  • "a positive correlation between the Dark Triad scores and the frequency of emitting the virtuous victim signal."
  • "evidence of how these signals … can predict a person's willingness to engage in and endorse ethically questionable behaviors …. frequent virtuous victim signalers are more willing to purchase counterfeit products and judge counterfeiters as less immoral compared with less frequent signalers, a pattern that was also observed when using participants' Dark Triad scores instead of their signaling score," and "frequent virtuous victim signalers were more likely to cheat and lie to earn extra monetary reward in [a] coin flip game."
  • "that a dimension referred to as amoral manipulation was the most reliable predictor of virtuous victim signaling."
  • "frequent virtuous victim signalers were more likely to make inflated claims to justify receiving restitution for an alleged and ambiguous norm violation in an organizational context."

The authors stress that they "do not refute the claim that there are individuals who emit the virtuous victim signal because they experience legitimate harm and also conduct themselves in decent and laudable ways."


FREE MINDS

Female protesters sue over alleged abuse, mistreatment by arresting officers.
Two women arrested after a May 31 protest in Indianapolis are suing local police in federal court for allegedly excessive force. The pair were arrested for supposedly resisting law enforcement, but the charges were dropped. Video of the incident shows officers pushing one of the women to the ground and hitting another one with a baton.

In California, a gender-nonconforming woman arrested by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers following a recent protest there is also suing over her treatment, alleging that the officers referred to her as "it" and groped one of her breasts.

"Josh Rubenstein, an LAPD spokesman, said at least three complaints have been formally submitted to police about 'inappropriate touching during a pat-down' amid curfew arrests, and all are under investigation," reports the Los Angeles Times.


FREE MARKETS

New ruling on robocalls. To fix an unconstitutional provisional in a federal law regulating robocalls, Supreme Court justices decided to ban the bad part rather than strike down the whole law. "The bottom line of Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants: The consultants 'still may not make political robocalls to cell phones,'" reports The Washington Post. "Also banned as a result of Monday's decision are previously allowed automated calls made to collect debts owed to or guaranteed by the federal government, such as student loan and mortgage debts."


QUICK HITS

• Three percent of American adults have moved since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Amy Cooper—a white woman who called the cops on a black man in Central Park and made a false report that he was threatening her—has been arrested. Writer and advocate Josie Duffy Rice, president of The Appeal, has a good thread on why cheering on her arrest is wrong:

• Conservatives "long insisted that they weren't anti-immigration, they were just anti-illegal immigration," writes Reason's Shikha Dalmia. "Now the Trump administration is reaching a point where it wants to kick out immigrants for no reason except that they are immigrants."

• Decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms and plants may be on the ballot in D.C. this November.

• Here's another case of federal agents ensuring the security of our homeland by helping secure misdemeanor (state) prostitution charges against Asian women working at massage parlors. (See also: "Robert Kraft and Florida Massage Workers Are Still Fighting Unconstitutional Surveillance Video.")

• Family members of Isak Aden, a young Somali American man killed by police in Minnesota last July, filed a "lawsuit … in federal court on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of Aden's death. It seeks $20 million in combined damages from the cities of Bloomington, Burnsville, Eagan and Edina," notes KSTP.com

• Good news on occupational licensing reform in Pennsylvania.

• "This clause" in the user agreement for new-ish social media app Parler "should make Ted Cruz and every other Parler user huge supporters of Section 230," writes Mike Masnick at Techdirt.

NEXT: Part II: Barr v. AAPC and Content-Based Discrimination

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  1. Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage in ‘Virtuous Victim Signaling,’ Says Study

    Study suggests also that the sky is blue.

    1. Hello.

      “Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage in ‘Virtuous Victim Signaling,’ Says Study”

      File under: Things normal people saw from a mile away. Right next to the ‘Foreseeable consequences of over reacting to Coronazilla’ file.

      1. And fat people. Not just narcissists.

        1. Oh boy. Another 100 posts from Jeff, frothing that you all should die, while whining that everyone’s mean to him for no reason.

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        2. Sorry. Didn’t mean to flag. Was trying to close the pop-up window

      2. It’s almost as predictable as Democrat politicians avoiding blame for the decades of mismanagement and malfeasance through cries of racism.

        Even more predictable? Reason playing along with them.

    2. I’m honestly surprised this study was allowed to happen. The pendulum really must be swinging against social justice.

      1. Protestors hardest hit.

        1. Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators

          Am I missing something? Everything in the universe is about Trump, except a study on narcissists, psychopaths, and manipulators.

          Holy shit, I have actually crossed over into Bizarro world.

          1. Chuck, agreed! An amazing number of Trump-adoring comments are to be found here, and VERY few of them are from any kind of individual-freedom-loving perspective. Few real libertarians here, then, sad to say…

            A fave illustration of the severe character flaws of the Trumpster, that I like, is to be found here…

            http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/donald-trump-scandals/474726/

            “The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet”

            1. Have anything other than the usual nonsense from The Atlantic – a once proud publication that now employs Janelle fricken Hill?

              Like, stuff done in OFFICE and not 40 years ago?

              Love how Obama’s past private life was off limits but Trump isn’t.

              1. Also how Obama’s college age daughters were off limits but Trump’s school age son is not.

            2. SQRLSY One
              July.2.2020 at 5:11 pm
              Port-a-potties ARE buffets

              1. SQRLSY One
                July.2.2020 at 5:11 pm
                Port-a-potties ARE buffets, for Tulpa-Satan-Mary-“.”-Mary’s Period! Port-a-potties are ALSO where she likes to hungrily slurp down her yeast-infected twat juices! She TOLD us so!

                Lying scum-sucking bottom-dwelling shit-posters post shitty lies! Who knew?!?!

                1. SQRLSY One
                  July.2.2020 at 5:11 pm
                  Port-a-potties ARE buffets

                2. She TOLD us so!

                  Cite?

                  1. He doesn’t have one, he said something stupid and he’s a desperate Lying scum-sucking bottom-dwelling shit-poster posting shitty lies

                    .

                    1. So he did say port-a-potties ARE buffets, and when he realized he totally fucked up his big idea was to simply LIE?

                      Sounds like him. He’s been lying about not being Á àß äẞç ãþÇđ âÞ¢Đæ ǎB€Ðëf ảhf for a long time.

                    2. And of course he said he wants to eat shit.

                  2. You, lying D Pizzle who loves to suck on the clit of Tulpa-Mary, have repeated the lie that I have said that I eat shit! So as soon as you prove your lie, I will prove that Tulpa has said that she likes to slurp down her yeast-infected twat juice!

                    Out-of-context, impartial quotes are the tools of intellectually bankrupt liars, you know!

                    1. So you don’t have a cite and your WERE lying then?

                      You, lying D Pizzle who loves to suck on the clit of Tulpa-Mary, have repeated the lie that I have said that I eat shit!

                      Cite?

                      Um, you posted your claim first guy.

                    2. He’s so upset about being outed as a shit eater that he confused you with me

                    3. You need to call your psychiatrist and get a med adjustment buddy.

                  3. Hey, I’ve been hijacked. I guess that means I’ve finally arrived.

            3. SQRLSY filling out the personality [like me/not like me] inventory that goes with the Brown article:
              Like me – check
              Like me – check
              Like me – check
              Like me – check

              1. Self-esteem is an entirely healthy attitude for a psychologically healthy person (like me) to have. Unlike a LOT of assholes around here, I do NOT believe in the theory that goes like this: The more that I denigrate others, and take away their dignity, the more dignity I have for MEEEE… The search for dignity CAN be a “win-win” game! It does NOT need to be “zero sum”!

                I only call “assholes”, those who act like assholes. Asshole is as asshole does, asshole! MAYBE a few of them can learn NOT to be assholes, after they see what their assholery gets them!

                Karma is a bitch, asshole!

                1. SQRLSY One
                  July.2.2020 at 5:11 pm
                  Port-a-potties ARE buffets

            4. I’ve never met an honest leftist.

          2. Everything in the universe is about Trump…Only to those suffering from TDS- the rest of us don’t fixate on the president, because we have lives and a sense of proportion. Join a club, take up a sport, learn a new skill. Fender.com is giving free access to guitar lessons during “these difficult times”.

      2. I’m not surprised that the study was done, just that it was released to the public.

        Anyway, it’s only confirming what’s been obvious to everyone with eyes to see and ears to hear since the advent of social media–these are basically dopamine addicts who are constantly chasing the next hit, and they’re enabled in their pathologies by mainstream journalism, Big Tech, the Democratic Party, global consumer and mass media corporations, and even nominally neutral parties like the US military. Don’t expect a lot of attention to be paid to this until the neo-Red Guard starts becoming more trouble than they’re worth, though.

        1. Or just the reaction to Trump’s election. Youtube has channels that wonderfully captured the many meltdowns.

        2. That addiction is actually social media’s entire business model. I have never been addicted to social media, but sheepishly admit to a candy crush soda addiction. I am fighting it one day at a time.

    3. This totally explains why I’m seeing so many BLM signs in rich white prog suburbs. You don’t get rich in America after all without the ability to manipulate others and climb to the top.

      1. Even black people are all ‘whatchyou ‘talkin’ ’bout, Willis?’ seeing this crap.

        1. Yeah, it seems like they were somewhat amused and puzzled by the pandering for a while. I think they’re starting to get a little offended. As they should.

          1. The black middle class was amused until they realized they too would be swept by force into socialist purgatory.

      2. And it perfectly captures religion and the flag fanatics.

        1. No it doesn’t.

          1. It really doesn’t. Religion is all about establishing acceptable behaviors and the vast majority of adherents are sincerely engaged. The ‘dark triad’ are only imitating behaviors. Trump holding that Bible in front of the church is a perfect example.

            If anything impedes him come November, it will be his inability to shut the fuck up when his opposition is showing their true colors. Particularly if he engages in efforts as half-assed and insincere as that display of pablum.

            1. “Religion is all about establishing acceptable behaviors and the vast majority of adherents are sincerely engaged.”

              You’re describing ISIS and every version of psychopath who claimed they were speaking for a God. How about a little humility? The Abrahamic God is an asshole and his behavior, beliefs and demands reflect the beliefs and demands of a fucked ancient culture. Don’t you understand that religion is created by men?

              1. So, in your deranged view, the vast majority of adherents are sincerely engaged, translates to:

                ISIS and every version of psychopath who claimed they were speaking for a God

                How about a little humility? The majority of people in the world right now and the majority of the people throughout human history have engaged in religion or used religious doctrine as a means to unite nations under common principles. Based on the actual number of persons killed by zealots, Communism is by far the most fatal of all ideologies.

                Don’t you understand that Science! is created by men?

              2. Oh, and fuck off, Hihn.

            2. And I’m not saying that there aren’t good Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc doing good works out there. And if it makes you feel better to believe in it then that’s fine by me. And I get it too. When people lose loved ones it’s comforting to believe that you’ll see them again. The particulars of those religions are just not for me. I can’t associate myself with it in good conscious. That’s not say that I don’t leave room for the supernatural. The universe amazes me. It feels like there’s a purpose to it all but I would never claim to know what that purpose is in exact detail. I just try to act with kindness most of the time and humility.

              1. Lord of Strazele
                July.7.2020 at 1:31 pm
                The universe was created just for you! You’re so special!

                I just try to act with kindness most of the time and humility.

              2. The particulars of those religions are just not for me.

                It’s quite clear that you know nothing of the particulars of any religion.

                1. Or much of anything at all

                2. Your line is equally true without the last six words.

              3. Seems reasonable.

                So, your original comment about “religion and flag fanatics” was just virtuous victim signaling?

              4. Nobody cares about your sophomoric beliefs regarding religion. Seriously, how old are you?

        2. Thanks for admitting that BLM is taking on the trappings of a quasi-religious movement–except this one doesn’t actually offer any hope of forgiveness, and sin has to be paid for generation after generation while requiring endless indulgences to stave off damnation.

          1. Bringo

            1. Is that how a gringo says bingo? Racist!

          2. Red Rocks, there is so much that we have in common.

            1. Not really.

              1. You’re both carbon based life forms. Eh?

                1. Used to be. True believers on the Left have been de-carbonizing themselves.

                2. If so, he’s a complete waste of the molecule.

        3. You mean BLM and Antifa?

      3. During the protests, approximately 3/4 of the protesters have been white liberals. Initial urban destruction aside, most of the non-white participants in these riots/protests are basically limited now to the usual astroturfed professional activists. It appears a lot of the early non-white protesters have settled now into trying to navigate the new environment that came out of the cities getting torn up. The ones still starting shit now are almost all middle-class prog white kids who have nothing else to do with their time.

    4. Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage in ‘Virtuous Victim Signaling,’

      Especially when you tell them “Learn To Code.”

      1. Journalists who talk about racism in comics, doxx people, blather on about injustices etc. and double down (with requisite claims of death and rape threats) after being called our near or are at the top of that chart.

        I think they’re rank liars who live an alt-universe.

        1. Journalism is no longer the home of the curious analytic who seeks to learn, inform others, and hold government accountable.

          That estate has been inherited by the self-righteous ivory tower narcissist in short-pants who is sure the world is entitled to his view of the world and feels entitled to his position as a platform for virtue signaling and political propaganda. News has been dead for a long time.

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    6. Study also suggests Reason is a psychopathic manipulator that uses its virtue signaling to extract resources from the victims it finds, while maintaining moral immunity in its implicating of others.

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  2. The pair were arrested for supposedly resisting law enforcement, but the charges were dropped. Video of the incident shows officers pushing one of the women to the ground and hitting another one with a baton.

    The bygone era of unabashed hippie bashing.

    1. Doctor in Minessota is having his license reviewed for accurately speaking of the financial incentives of listing all deaths as Covid.

      “Hospital administrators might well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate. Why? Because if it’s a straightforward, garden-variety pneumonia that a person is admitted to the hospital for – if they’re Medicare – typically, the diagnosis-related group lump sum payment would be $5,000,” Jensen wrote on Facebook. “But if it’s COVID-19 pneumonia, then it’s $13,000, and if that COVID-19 pneumonia patient ends up on a ventilator, it goes up to $39,000.”

      https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2020/07/06/this-doctor-gop-state-senator-faces-investigation-for-covid-19-misinformation-recklessness-n609250

      1. Hmmm, is it a coincidence that the doctor they are investigating happens to be a GOP state senator?

        1. Does his argument have merit or not?

        2. Probably not a coincidence but not for the reasons you’re implying.

        3. Total accident, I’m sure. Anyhow, it shouldn’t be a surprise that medical institutions are trying to make up for the loss of revenue from other services by listing a whole bunch of shit as COVID-related. That’s simple financial incentive at work.

          It also shows the incentive to screech that ventilator stock is too low–despite the fact that you need trained techs to operate them, and people who go on vents have such a high probability of dying anyway that some patients are taking the initiative to dictate that they don’t get put on one no matter how bad the illness becomes.

          1. I have no medical expertise in ventilators, but logic says that they only give them to those who are really sick. Therefore it only makes sense that those who are on a ventilator have a much higher risk of death. Short of a double blind study in which large random groups of people are denied medical care because “we need statistics”, people talking about a greater risk from a ventilator are just talking out their ass.

    2. And a break down of some of the actual numbers of the Covid crisis:

      Fatality in Context (i.e. Risk): The risk of death for the general population of school and working age is typically in the range of a daily car ride to work.
      The CDC is also now combining PCR & Antibody tests, so the “new cases” could be some of the millions of cases from 4 months ago. NPR called them out on it.
      Risk & Symptoms: For every 100 people infected ~20-50 of them will show no symptoms (i.e. asymptomatic). Of the symptomatic, ~80% have mild symptoms. Even among 70–79 year olds, about 60% remain symptom-free.
      Highest Risk: In many states, up to two thirds of all extra deaths occurred in nursing homes
      Most of our leading forecasts suggest Covid19 will account for ~5% (150,000) of our typical annual deaths (~3,000,000).

      https://medium.com/analyticaper/covid-19-what-the-data-tells-us-in-detail-3640748bd049

      1. I linked to that before.

        The math simply doesn’t add up to the perception of fear.

        That’s my point about leadership or the lack thereof in North America. Other than a couple here or there, they’ve failed to help keep a healthy perspective on Covid for the population.

        Now the fear monster is out of the bag and even if they try they will be mauled with petitions from Karen.

        1. It just shocks me that the narrative can run so counter to the actual numbers. You would think those data driven writers at Vox would realize their narrative is out of sync… yet here we are.

          1. You would think those data driven writers at Vox would realize their narrative is out of sync… yet here we are.

            There comes a point where acceptance of the narrative is a loyalty test.

            1. We are well past that point, and into the realm of religious dogma. Now zealots are itching to burn heretics at the stake.

          2. Try reading the Washington Post articles about the pandemic (If you have a couple of hours a day). We’re all going to die horribly, and then come back to life so we can die again, horribly.

      2. It’s not really a surprise that nursing home deaths have been so high–these are people that are typically right on the edge of kicking off even under normal conditions, and the coof ends up giving them that final push over the precipice. The fact that these idiot governors allowed infected patients to be seeded in nursing homes basically caused about half the recorded deaths.

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    1. Only admitting it now so they can hold Trump’s 4th of July rally accountable for the next spike.

    2. But, but democrats are the party of SCIENCE! They can’t possibly be the ones spreading Covid-19. Their faith in SCIENCE will protect them. Social distancing and masks are for the bible thumpers and rednecks

  3. New ruling on robocalls.

    “Hey, baby… wanna kill all humans?”

    1. At this point, why not?

  4. Scientists long ago exhausted their COVID-19 capital
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jul/7/scientists-long-ago-exhausted-their-covid-19-capit/

    Catch the ratchet; see the racket? First come the scientists suggesting a danger — then comes the media criticizing the health world for failing to immediately address this danger with new rules, new regulations, new requirements, new restrictions. Then come the partisan policy wonks, the Democrats, the Dr. Fauci types, China-friendly Bill Gates’ kinds, the anti-Trumpers and pro-Joe Biden-ers with their safety recommendations and health advisements and medical suggestions. And orders.

    1. Montreal made masks mandatory. Starting….July 27….we have under 100 cases in Quebec…..200 in Canada…..three deaths.

      How’s that for alliterative stupidity?

      1. But will the masks still be effective when they’re caked in poutine?

        1. I don’t even know if they make masks for flapping heads.

          1. The thing is, Canadians are safe. When you say “Eh”, your teeth form a screen preventing droplets from escaping your mouth, like a whale’s baleen captures krill. So the Canadians have no need for masks, eh?

          2. Look on the bright side, some enterprising Canuck will come up with maple-syrup or all-dressed scented masks and make a mint.

          3. Was gonna ask about that! And the square wheels.

  5. Media is losing control of the BLM narrative.

    “These aren’t police officers shooting people on the streets of Atlanta, these are members of the community shooting each other,” Bottoms said. “We’re fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up on the streets.”

    “We’re protesting for months, for weeks, saying black lives matter,” said John Ayala, who identified himself as McNeal’s paternal grandfather. “Black lives matter, it seems like, only when a police officer shoots a black person. What about all the black-on-black crime that’s happening in the community?”

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/07/06/grieving-families-of-killed-children-call-on-black-lives-matter-to-address-community-violence/

    1. A parent said ‘You shot one of your own’ after their kid was killed.

      The Great Awakening.

      A tipping point has been reached?

      1. Was it in the 80s when police abandoning the inner city was racist, because it showed we didn’t care about crime there?

        1. White flight in the late 60s-early 90s–bad, because white people didn’t stick around in the increasingly dangerous urban shitholes to be abused by pee-ohh-sees.

          Gentrification from the late 90s-2010s–also bad, because white people are pricing pee-ohh-sees out of these dangerous urban shitholes and making them decent places to live again.

          Lesson–any type of white migration is bad.

          1. Any type of white activity*

          2. White flight from the inner cities is about to start again very soon.

            1. Not where Democrat cities or states control the urban growth boundaries. Why do you think all these POC have been running into police patrols? The Democrats have forced everyone into a box and when the affluent demand the police ‘do something’, this is what you get. It is win-win for team D. Without the race wars, they would be completely irrelevant at this point.

              Let the suburbs sprawl out across the countryside, let the white folks have their 2 hour commutes in their cars, and the police will cease giving a shit about the inner city again.

              1. That’s not a concern where Eric and I are from. White flight already took place in the Denver area during the 1960s-70s in response to busing, and the Poundstone amendment essentially landlocks the city from annexing any more land (the land area for DIA was only added on because Adams County consented to letting Denver have it).

                Depending on how things develop in Denver the next 10-20 years, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a similar movement out to the exurbs. There’s already been massive white flight from Aurora down to Centennial and Douglas County the last 25 years, and I suspect a lot of the gentrification that’s taken place in northeast Denver and along Federal Boulevard is going to reverse itself, albeit not as dramatically as it did 50 years ago.

                Minneapolis and Atlanta, though? Those places are going to clear the fuck out.

                1. Basically, Denver has a lot of clout, but only to the extent that the suburbs go along with it. No one cares if they’re trying to fuck the Western Slope out of more water, for instance, but any attempts to do some silly woke shit like pimping a suburban busing effort, or the “Minneapolis Miracle” where the suburbs subsidize the city, is going to do nothing but result in the populations of Douglas, El Paso, Weld, Morgan, and Larimer Counties going through the roof.

                2. Ah, Aurora. Come for the gang wars, and stay for the murders.

                  1. The irony is that, except for the recent rash of near-daily shootings that’s taken place in the city since the Great AWokening started, it’s not nearly as bad there over the last 20 years or so as it was in the early-mid 90s when all the California OGs were setting up their drug distribution networks in the area. Most of those bangers ended up in jail or dead, and the rest were cleansed out of a lot of their neighborhoods by all the Mexicans that moved in. The Hispanic gangs are a pain, but they’re not nearly as bad on impulse-control as the black ones were, so things were relatively calmer, and the larger black population is more-or-less confined to the far north side of town now.

            2. Yeah, from what I’m hearing, it’s already begun. I knew that was going to happen the minute the Minneapolis city council talked about getting rid of the police.

      2. Not if the media can help it.

      3. Don’t hold your breath. A lot of powerful people need this narrative to continue until November.

      4. ‘You shot one of your own’

        If she weren’t black it would’ve been ok.

        1. They’ve got to have standards, after all.

    2. Black lives matter, it seems like, only when a police officer shoots a black person.

      Ooo, careful, you’re about to reveal the grift!

      1. Per sexual harasser Don Lemon, that is the ONLY thing BLM exists to deal with.

    3. In the attached tweet, it’s clear that two people driving in a “luxury car” were responsible for the crime.

      1. Black cars matter.

    4. Shit, Monster Cody was saying this shit back when I was listening to rap as a teenager in the 90s. What sense does it make to turn your anger on one-another?

  6. Three percent of American adults have moved since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This is just Manhattanites moving to the Hamptons, right?

    1. “Three percent of American adults have moved since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

      Is somebody pretending they know when the virus started?

      1. November 2016?

    2. Maybe the rise of COVID infections in the south will incentivize all the New Yorkers to fuck off back to where they came from.

  7. In California, a gender-nonconforming woman arrested by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers following a recent protest there is also suing over her treatment, alleging that the officers referred to her as “it” and groped one of her breasts.

    I am not up to speed on all the latest woke permutations. What does “a gender nonconforming woman” even mean?

    Also, suing over improper use of pronouns is now a thing?

    1. “it” seems like the perfect pronoun for a gender nonconforming human of unknown whatever.

      1. There are only three genders: masculine, feminine, and neuter. Unless this person has multiple personalities, “it” would be the correct pronoun.

    2. According to the supreme court, groping the chest area is OK now, as long as you also grab other people by the chest area from time to time.

      1. Ahh, the good old days when even liberals would make fun of these mentally ill freaks.

        1. The really good old days when liberals would make fun.

        2. They still do as soon as you piss them off and they lose the filters.

  8. COVID-19 May Soon Lose Status as an ‘Epidemic’ Under CDC Guidelines
    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2020/07/06/covid-19-may-soon-lose-status-as-an-epidemic-under-cdc-guidelines-n609729

    According to the CDC, “Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 9.0% during week 25 to 5.9% during week 26, representing the tenth week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC.” If the percentage continues to decline, it is likely COVID-19 will lose its classification as an epidemic in the next few weeks.

  9. Morning whine:

    “Why are Black and Latino people still kept out of the tech industry?”
    https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2020-06-24/tech-started-publicly-taking-lack-of-diversity-seriously-in-2014-why-has-so-little-changed-for-black-workers

    Why does the LA Times offer an editorial claiming to be journalism?

    1. Because they shout out in movie theaters?

      Wait, does it rhyme with Junkle Tom?

      1. That was fucking funny…

    2. “Lack of diversity”

      Because all the Asians in tech don’t count.

      1. Because all the Asians in tech don’t count.

        Asians are now considered the same as white people for victimhood status purposes. Also now considered white: Irish, Italians, Spaniards, Eastern Europeans, and Greeks.

        1. Asians are now considered the same as white people for victimhood status purposes.

          Asians and Latinos are now wildcards, depending on what you need them for. When you need a coalition for a protest, they count as POCs. When you want to point to your success at achieving diversity, neither group counts anymore.

          1. And I couldn’t help but notice watching Hamilton this weekend that while Asians don’t seem to count for inclusion in the all-POC cast, full-blooded Spaniards do.

            The math behind all of this is quite complicated, when you get down to it.

            1. There’s nothing inherently logical behind it, just the baseline question of, “to what extent does this degrade the presence of white people”? Like you pointed out, Asians and Hispanics are classed as minorities only when the media and academia can use them as a bludgeon against white people. If they aren’t useful in that context, they get ignored or even outright shit on.

    3. Cuz everything is so terrible and unfair. Duh.

    4. That was to point out that Asian males are now considered white, within the tech and VC world. I have something better in this election year…this, making its way around all of the financial media outlets run by democrats.
      https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fed-officials-commit-fighting-racism-204219991.html
      So, the economics profession and the fed are woke politicals, out and proud. I’ll ask, what could go wrong as Duckworth’s fed chair?

  10. Why should you be our company’s new CEW?
    Because I hate your company and want to see it destroyed.
    OK, the shareholders are all for that.

    Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Hurls a Question That Democrats Could Never Answer Honestly
    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/07/07/tucker-carlson-hurls-a-question-at-democrats-that-they-could-never-answer-honestly-n2571996

    “Can you really lead a country that you hate?”

    1. CEO, dammit.

      1. Chief Executive of Whiteness?
        You know, for equality’s sake?

        1. Chief Executive Wokester

    2. Yup that is the entire Team Red playbook for this election. Not even a hint at an uplifting or positive message or argument for Trump’s re-election. It is going to be 100% fear-driven demagoguery. “Joe Biden hates America and hates you.” It is sick and wrong. It is prime reason #1 why it is a bad idea to hand power to an orange-haired immature narcissistic child.

      1. “…,“Joe Biden hates America and hates you.” It is sick and wrong…”

        Yep, the message ought to be:
        “Joe Biden is suffering from dementia; do you want a demented POTUS?”

      2. Oh, and Joe’s platform is easy:
        “I isn’t Trump! Did I get that rite?”

        1. “I’m Joe Biden and I…don’t understand this message.”

          1. Trump ought to just run Biden’s ads…

      3. You only need to look at Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta or Portland to understand the consequences of electing modern Democrats to power. If avoiding that isn’t a positive and uplifting message I don’t know what is.

        The message is that we can get back to where we were prior to Democrat governors locking down their states to most all economic activity if we just don’t lean into the authoritarian leftists giving us the worst unemployment rates ever.

      4. This seems really tone deaf since all I read on Twitter is various grains of “We must hold our nose and vote Biden or Trump will destroy us all”. Literally every tweet I see showing Biden talking, that is always the defense of him. Not some positive message, just calls to defeat Trump.

        Shit, it’s almost as if negative campaigning weren’t actually a left/right thing, but an election thing.

      5. So you’re saying you didn’t actually watch the Mt. Rushmore speech and you believe it was all pro confederacy and negative because the media told you so?

      6. I mean, Joe Biden’s literal message is America is racist and he will end and transform America. yet you think it is the “we will uphold liberty, individualism, and America” is the negative message.

        https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/01/politics/joe-biden-institutional-racism-wilmington/index.html

        Says a lot about your sophistry and leftism.

        1. But Jeff’s not a leftist.

        2. Sure, but Biden also said he would cure cancer if he was elected. Again, reality isn’t his strong suit.

      7. Funny how you flip out, once again, when your lefty boos come in for criticism. And you think Trump supporters are thin-skinned?

        1. Will never not be funny. Or not true.

  11. We don’t have to charge Amy Cooper, and we shouldn’t charge Amy Cooper

    Unbiased law enforcement dictates in a row between a black Karen and a white Karen that the latter loses her dog and goes to prison. (How again was it justified they confiscated her dog?)

    1. I think it was a rescue dog, and she broke the agreement by breaking the law.
      But that is a memory from an old guy who doesn’t really care about what happens in NYC.

      1. I think it was more specific that she was carrying the dog by the neck with the leash. You’re not supposed to choke your rescue dog.

        1. Yeah, it looks like animal abuse while she’s freaking about the scary man who has…dog treats.

          But she did get her dog back, actually. The vets gave the dog a clean bill of health and the dog was returned to her. As for being arrested, it seems a lot is being inferred from an edited clip.

          1. Who insinuated he was going to harm the dog

    2. Well, the white Karen called the cops and lied about the black Karen threatening her.

      1. Assholes all the way down that story.

      2. The person who was confronting Cooper was a black man, not a black woman.

        There also seems to be this new trend of black people antagonizing white people and then videoing them after they respond to the antagonization, such as that pregnant white woman who ended up pulling the gun on the black women who wouldn’t get the fuck away from her.

        1. Yeah, I’m going with the gender neutral Karen.

          1. That would be gender nonconforming. Please try to keep up.

        2. “There also seems to be this new trend of black people antagonizing white people and then videoing them after they respond to the antagonization,”

          Yup. Twitter today had a video of some shithead screaming invective while walking next to a high school group of white kids in D.C.

          Hoping for the Lawsuit Fairy to tell him he’d won the ghetto lottery.

          1. And that’s going to massively backfire on them, because what’s the point of associating with black people when you’re just going to get screamed at for no good reason?

      3. The call was uncalled for but the statement he made definitely could have been perceived as a threat. (I think even he characterized that way.)

        1. I don’t remember that, but don’t care enough, so I’ll take your word for it. Either way, how about they be forced to live together on camera for a month a la Big Brother?

          1. Reality TV and I don’t get along. Too much contrived conflict.

  12. “Molasses to Rum to Slaves” from ‘1776’ was way more honest than anything in ‘Hamilton’.

    The Brutish Are Coming: Cancel Culture Goes After Broadway Smash and Slaveholder-Adjacent ‘Hamilton’
    https://www.redstate.com/alexparker/2020/07/06/cancel-hamilton-trends-alexander-slave-owner-cancel-culture-broadway-lin-manuel-miranda/

    The Founding Father married into a prominent New York slaveholding family, and managed the sale of slaves for his in-laws. He also did accounting for a Caribbean trading company that engaged in the slave trade.

    1. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to see this hipster nonsense masquerading as history sent down the memory hole. This show largely became a national phenomenon because a couple of journalists went to a show with all of a hundred seats, and then blabbed about it. Before 99.999999% of the country had actually seen it, every NYT reading douche in my town was insisting that it was the most revolutionary shit in the world.

      1. (And they were insisting this solely on style. I mean, how progressive to mash up a bunch of stuffy old white dudes with rap and black actors. These people had never heard of Hamilton in their life, but deep down they didn’t give a shit. They saw a “Founder”- some mythical hero of the evil right- getting claimed by all that they felt the right hated (blacks and urban culture), and that was enough for them)

        1. How did Puerto Ricans manage to evade cancel culture? They didn’t get rid of slavery until 1870.

          1. And 1888 for Brazil, the last holdout in the Western Hemisphere.

        2. And they were insisting this solely on style. I mean, how progressive to mash up a bunch of stuffy old white dudes with rap and black actors

          That’s obviously woke but as you know, and this is very important, it’s sickening and wrong to have any white people as voice actors portraying animated fictional characters that aren’t white.

          /sarc

        3. Haha. They are easily impressed.

      2. I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard enough from others about it to understand that it’s basically just another notch in the long history of middle-brow Broadway normie shit, not anything particularly special.

        The worst part of Hamilton is really it’s two insufferably obnoxious fan bases–upper-class white people who could afford to see it, and middle-class white people who couldn’t afford to see it on Broadway, but bought tickets for the traveling show or the soundtrack. The irony of Hamilton, really, is that Miranda’s persona is pretty upbeat and positive, while the actual Hamilton had a rather dim view of humanity in general and projected that view into his political actions.

        1. it’s basically just another notch in the long history of middle-brow Broadway normie shit, not anything particularly special.

          Saw it this weekend, and that’s a pretty good characterization. It was what Wallace Stevens would have called a ‘work of fancy.’ Mostly just fanboi worship of Hamilton, that doesn’t really have anything to say about either the man or the times. Like the music and the lyrics, it’s decent and enjoyable, skillfully done, but completely un-challenging – the music sounds just like the music from Moana, but with some occasional lite rapping (more Neneh Cherry than NWA).

          The claim that it exaggerates Hamilton’s opposition to slavery is not entirely unfair, but given that the whole thing is a piece of political mythology, anyway, I don’t really see why that’s such a sticking point. It also greatly exaggerates Hamilton’s role in starting the Revolution, and pretty much eliminates Jefferson’s, who it then turns into a proto-Calhoun trying to make sure Hamilton doesn’t foil his plans to preserve slavery.

          But exaggerating someone’s support for slavery is no cause for cancellation.

        2. The worst part of Hamilton is really it’s two insufferably obnoxious fan bases–upper-class white people who could afford to see it, and middle-class white people who couldn’t afford to see it on Broadway, but bought tickets for the traveling show or the soundtrack.

          Which is why I can’t help but experience a little bit of schadenfreude at the movement to cancel it, since it has served as such an important virtue-signalling medium for the white upper classes.

  13. “Now the Trump administration is reaching a point where it wants to kick out immigrants for no reason except that they are immigrants.”

    To be fair, that’s only so Trump can stiff his own immigrant labor on the bill.

    1. The entire premise of the article is based on intentional misrepresentation of temporary work visas. Keyword being temporary.

      1. So you’re saying Dalmia is full of shit?

        1. Welcome to reason – – – – – –

        2. Stop clicking on her links. Stop commenting on her articles. If nobody is engaged with her, maybe they’ll stop posting them on the website. She is not adding anything to the discourse of the magazine because she constantly says the same shit and is dishonest about it.

          1. ^ This. I deprive myself of the pleasure of calling her an irrational shrieking harpy in the comments in order to keep from giving her clicks.

          2. As was pointed out the other day, it’s really about what Koch wants published, so it probably won’t matter.

            But I’m game for this little experiment.

        3. Is water 2 hydrogen atoms, 1 oxygen? Yes, this is one of her worse takes.

        4. Are her eyes brown?

      2. They are “temporary work visas” but Dalmia claims these people are on a path to citizenship. Yet, whenever there is talk about expanding these visas, Dalmia and her ilk assure us that the workers are coming here only temporarily to do jobs lazy, stupid Americans are unable or unwilling to do.

        If the case for mass immigration is so good, why do those making it always feel the need to be dishonest? No one on the open borders side ever makes an honest argument or sticks to a claim once it becomes inconvenient.

      3. I knew there was a catch. I don’t even need to read Shreek’s articles at this point to know she’s a lying sack of shit.

    2. “Now the Trump administration is reaching a point where it wants to kick out immigrants for no reason except that they are immigrants.”

      I dunno. Maybe they read some of Shikha’s writings.

  14. Communism isn’t Socialism part 1 million:

    At the construction site of Canada’s Memorial to the Victims of Communism in #Ottawa.
    https://twitter.com/ukrcancongress/status/1279961495267422208

    1. Socialism is Communism’s life long bachelor uncle.

      1. Socialism is acquiescence to ‘just the tip, I promise’.

  15. Fox News says it ‘mistakenly’ cropped Trump out of photo featuring Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

    Sure, it was a “mistake” to crop Trump out of a photo with his running buddy sidekick.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/06/media/fox-news-trump-crop-epstein-maxwell/index.html

    1. Trump isn’t on the flight manifests to Epstein’s island, Clinton is.

      The leaked ABC reporter complaining her Epstein story was spiked said she had ‘Clinton’, but didn’t say she had ‘Trump’.

      Can someone you hate, like Trump, be innocent of any specific allegation?

      1. He is a lying idiot. Trump is guilty of nothing. He banned Espstein from his properties. Trump is the only person in that crowd who ever did anything at all except ignore or maybe enable Espstein.

        Clinton visited the island numerous times and concern for Hillary Clinton got a story on it spiked. Trump once hitched a ride on Epstein’s plane between Florida and New York. But shreek tells us that Epstein is Trump’s problem not Bill Clinton’s and a lot of other people.

        All shreek knows how to do is lie. He literally cannot say even a single word of truth.

        1. It is, however, what Maxwell is likely to testify to. She won’t remember Bill—either Clinton or Maher—Prince Andrew, or any of the other celebs/pols on those manifests, but she’ll magically have knowledge of Trump going balls deep on some 12 year old Eastern European sex slave. Watch.

          I don’t think Trump is guilty of any of that, FWIW.

          I reiterate though, What in the fuck were those people doing, that they had to go to the Island of Dr. Moreau to partake of? These are people who already could order anonymous, won’t-get-pregnant, won’t scream rape, women who will leave when finished. And not have to leave LA or Vegas to do it.

          So what the fuck kind of Lovecraftian shit were they up to that required a foreign secluded island?

          1. I don’t think Maxwell will claim that. To do that she would have to come up with a date and some proof he was there. Trump can document his every movement going back literally decades. And we have the manifests of very plane that went to that island and Trump isn’t on them. So, it is going to be really hard for Maxwell to make any kind of a credible claim that Trump visited the island.

            As far as why people went there? Those people could get sex but they couldn’t get sex with minors. And that is a thrill and a taboo all it’s own. What I think happens is people get addicted to the thrill of it. At first banging high end hookers or groupies is great. But like everything it gets old. So, they go looking for something more exciting. For some it is some kind of kink like BDSM or God knows what else. For others, it is young girls or maybe boys. And these people are fairly common since they are not full on pedophiles, which are fairly rare and only find a thrill in having sex with pre-adolescent children. These people are going for young girls who are sexually mature but unable to meaningfully consent and illegal to be with. You don’t have to be a pedophile to get off on that. You just have to have poor impulse control, completely lack morals, and be arrogant enough to think you can get away with it. Immoral, arrogant with poor impulse control describes a lot of rich and famous people.

            1. “You just have to have poor impulse control, completely lack morals, and be arrogant enough to think you can get away with it.”

              So in other words you’re saying Trump perfectly fits the profile you’ve constructed. And John, it makes sense considering that Trump owned a teen pageant (creepy) and used his position to gain access to naked teenage girls.

              1. Pathetic.

              2. Since we pretty much know for a fact that Trump didn’t do it, it seems pretty clear he doesn’t fit that description. Otherwise, how do you explain him not doing it even though he clearly could have but chose not to?

                Thanks for pointing out Trump’s good character. Every argument you dumb asses make ends up meaning the opposite of what you think it does.

              3. “So in other words you’re saying Trump perfectly fits the profile you’ve constructed.”

                Do lefty shits ever post without lying?

            2. Also, she’s already been arrested and is on the hook, so she’s starting at a long sentence and needs to decrease it with her testimony. If she comes across as full of shit by giving testimony that contradicts all the other evidence, she’ll be back where she started.

              1. But see, the same people who are going to determine whether she’s full of shit or not, are the same people that gave us Clapper, Page, and Strzok. Truth isn’t a treasured value with those people, and I don’t believe Trump has a great deal of control over either the DoJ or the relevant US Attorney’s office. Despite ostensibly being their boss.

                I don’t see why this woman would have been publicly arrested if she wasn’t eventually going to be weaponized against Trump. (Vs dying in some single car accident in New Hampshire, after she’d been taken apart for info on any dead man’s set of files)

                We’ll see.

            3. All anyone has to do is look at Hollywood’s degenerate culture to understand why Epstein was able to network with so many high-level political and social contacts.

            4. True, Trump seems to have a very distinct type and 12 year olds typically haven’t had massive amounts of plastic surgery yet.

            5. “I don’t think Maxwell will claim that. To do that she would have to come up with a date and some proof he was there.”

              Do you not remember Christine Blasey Ford?

          2. So what the fuck kind of Lovecraftian shit were they up to that required a foreign secluded island?

            They were selling time shares to the Clinton Global Initiative. Your “free gift” was a recording of your time spent there.

  16. If you see giant penises when you look at a cluster of buildings then you might have other problems
    https://twitter.com/PetiteNicoco/status/1280218093185388544

    1. How much rent could you charge if your building looked like a vagina?

      1. Not as much as you think, because it would be unusable for a few days each month.

        1. Also it would be unusable whenever the building “isn’t in the mood” or “has a headache”. So it would be more likely that it would be useable for a few days each month than the opposite.

        2. Wasn’t that the premise of Kubrick’s The Shining?

  17. Decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms and plants may be on the ballot in D.C. this November.

    I knew it would be a slippery slope down to where they’d let mushrooms marry plants.

  18. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/trumps-payroll-tax-cut-boosts-blacks-most-adds-2-3-million-jobs-analysis

    Trump’s payroll tax cut boosts blacks most; could add two to three million blacks to the payroll.

    If this racist monster Trump is not stopped, black people might start to believe they can succeed on their own without the help of enlightened, superior, woke, white people. It is a national nightmare.

    1. The Dotard is killing “the blacks” with his Corona Virus though.

      1. No he is not. Deaths are way down. This despite Progressives doing everything they can to encourage blacks to protest and be outside and contract the virus.

        Why did progressives tell black people to attend protests if not in hopes that they would get the virus? Do you assholes plan to give them small pox infected blankets too?

      2. “…his Corona Virus…”

        Damn, that guy is good; a medical scientist on top of everything else he does!
        Or maybe turd is lying again…

        1. I have to admit I was completely wrong about Hydroxychloroquine I sure fucked that.

          1. You’re pretty much full of shit about everything, and no one here is surprised.

      3. I thought the governors are responsible for the health of their states?

    2. And that is the primary reason the Ds are going after Trump with everything they can muster, including intentionally tanking the economies of every state where they have control. They’re pissing themselves with fright over the potential to lose a captive voting block. In their defense, Trump fired the first salvo when he rhetorically asked “What have you got to lose?” by voting for him. The Ds are afraid black voters will start considering what their votes have gotten them over the past decades.

  19. alleging that the officers referred to her as “it” and groped one of her breasts.
    Being a chick isn’t a cool as I thought it would be.

  20. Boogaloo Boys indicted for bomb plots at BLM event:

    All three suspected boogaloo members were indicted on terrorism and explosives charges in an alleged scheme to cause violence at Black Lives Matter protests and firebomb a power substation and a U.S. ranger station near Lake Mead. A federal grand jury indicted the trio on related charges the same day.

    https://www.reviewjournal.com/investigations/boogaloo-informant-reveals-how-he-helped-fbi-infiltrate-las-vegas-group-2069071/

    1. Please refrain from cultural appropriation in these comments:

      Boogaloo or bugalú (also: shing-a-ling, Latin boogaloo, Latin R&B) is a genre of Latin music and dance which was popular in the United States in the 1960s. Boogaloo originated in New York City mainly among teenage Hispanic and Latino Americans.

    2. Great moral posturing, sara. Your virtue-signalling is impressive. You deserve to reparations in the form of quinine fish-bowl tablets. Check this one out —

      “Heavily-armed domestic terrorists operating under under the progressive-approved BLM banner opened fire and murdered an 8-year-old black child in Wendy’s parking lot. Reportedly wearing corona masks out of concern for fellow intersectionalists, the social-justice-crusading shooters could not be identified.”

  21.  “treated as a composite, the Dark Triad traits were significant predictors of virtuous victim signaling.”

    I knew it. Conservatives are all narcissistic psychopaths, that’s why they are always showing off by saying things like “I’m trying to get to work. Can you stop protesting in the road?” And “I need to get some work done. Is the Examining your Privilege seminar going to last all day?”

    1. Dark Triad – good band name, just don’t listen to the screech

  22. Horowitz: The worst Texas coronavirus increase? On the BORDER
    https://www.conservativereview.com/news/horowitz-worst-texas-coronavirus-increase-border/

    1. New York Post Cover on Democrats Promising Illegal Aliens Free Health Care: ‘Who Wants to Lose the Election?’
      https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/27/new-york-post-cover-dems-illegal-health-care/

    2. Just like the virus knows not to infect people protesting against “racism”, it also knows not to infect sacred illegal aliens. How can you not understand that? Racist!!

    3. This is true of Arizona s well as there has been an influx of people crossing over for Covid treatments.

  23. Quoting pop psychologists to confirm bias?

    There’s something unseemly about quoting fake authorities when they buttress your opinions and bashing them when they (usually) make no sense. It reeks of hypocrisy. Here is a good example; the conclusion is so obvious, it probably comes from the Ric Romero Institute. Yet 99 times out of a hundred, they back up someone else’s stupid bias.

    Like people who quote the NYT or WaPo when they agree, and ignore them or insult them most of the time.

    1. Is your argument that NYT or WaPo are never worth quoting? Or are you somehow attempting to claim they are generally neutral in their reporting? Or is your view they have a spread of political vs neutral which would make your last sentence ironic?

      1. I said that if a source is worthy of contempt when they disagree with you, they are not any more reliable when they agree with you. A stopped clock may be right twice a day; if you start using clock when it does happen to be right, you are just confirming your bias.

        I stopped relying on news media long ago, when they got the simple things wrong in stories I knew something about, like a map which moved my city 50 miles south. Why should I rely on them for things I do not know about when they can’t get things right I do know about?

        1. Yup. It is hilarious to see the number of right-wingers around here who will claim with a straight face that NYT is some sort of left-wing propaganda rag and then the very next day cite some article in the NYT as some authoritative source.

          1. It is a left wing propaganda rag. But that doesn’t mean everything in it is wrong. If telling the truth helps the left or doesn’t hurt it, then the Times is happy to tell the truth.

            It is not hilarious that you are too dim to understand that. It is just sad.

            1. So NYT is both a left-wing propaganda rag AND an authoritative source? Are you sure that is really the statement you want to be making?

              1. The NYT is leftwing propaganda, meaning it will tell the truth only so far as doing so helps the left. So if the truth helps the left, the Times is a perfectly good authority to appeal. What part of that do you not understand?

                I can only dumb things down so much. You have to be willing to do some of the understanding on your own.

                1. You have dumbed yourself down quite far enough, but I have no doubt you will continue. If the NYT is unreliable, it is always unreliable. To pick and choose when you believe it based only on whether it agrees with you is the definition of confirmation bias.

                  1. “If the NYT is unreliable, it is always unreliable.”

                    Bald assertion.

                    “To pick and choose when you believe it based only on whether it agrees with you is the definition of confirmation bias.”

                    Weird, John was talking about facts, not about whether he agreed with the facts or not. Only you have put the qualification of agreement/disagreement as the basis for disqualifying something.

                    1. Oh goodie, here come the Trumpistas covering each other. This will really enhance the discussion.

                      You have never made bald assertions? John never has? Look just above and see for yourself.

                      Grow up. John can defend himself, or not. He has agency. Will you let him exercise his own agency?

                    2. You were wrong SQLSRY shut the fuck up and fuck off now.

                    3. Jesse is just virtue signaling to his tribe. See article above about what that means.

                    4. As Jeff comes in to virtue signal and prove the article right about him

                  2. So if the NYT said the sun rises in the east you couldn’t believe it? Or if a video of Trump banging a 12 year old girl showed up, the Times reporting on it could not be believed?

                    1. Citing a source only when it agrees with you is the definition of confirmation bias. I gave the example of a stopped clock. Answer that. Show how your NYT cherry picking is not confirmation bias.

                    2. For obvious facts like “the sun rises in the east” there is no need for the NYT’s authoritative stamp of approval.

                    3. Citing a source only when it agrees with you is the definition of confirmation bias.

                      No it is not you idiot. Citing facts only when they agree with you is confirmation bias. Siting a source when it is telling the truth, is just telling the truth.

                      Both of you morons don’t seem to understand the ad hominem fallacy. To say that any source, be it the Times or Fox News or whatever is always wrong and can never be sited is ad hominem. No, any newspaper is capable of telling the truth. And what news paper it is, has no effect on whether it is telling the truth in a particular instance. Just because the Times lies a lot doesn’t mean it always lies. It depends on the facts and what the Times is saying not on the source.

                    4. The Times would only report that the sun rose in the east if it could include some racial hysteria, climate catastrophism, and Trump slams.

              2. NYT can be a left-wing propaganda rag based on story choice. They can also have articles that are truthful such as a transcript of a speech.

                Why is this so hard for you to understand?

                Because their story choice tilts left does not mean everything a lie. We know you believe anything that tilts right is a lie, but you’re wrong there as well.

                Also some of us will use the NYT as an example of a choice for information because dummies like you will blatantly dismiss the same factual information that is in a different paper. You are famous for this.

                1. Show how one can differentiate NYT articles. Most of them do assert a zillion facts; most are so biased they have picked and chosen which facts to highlight. When you pick and choose which NYT articles, or which sections of which NYT articles, you have also cherry picked to support your confirmation bias.

                  1. In my case, there were various classes beginning with “Study Skills” class in 4th & 5th grade, which introduced methods for evaluating sources of information – methods which were reinforced by subsequent classes in later grades and college. It’s not difficult, it just requires diligence and a bit of intellectual rigor. As a starting point, perhaps your local public school district would allow you to audit 4th grade…

                2. Show how one can differentiate NYT articles

                  Here you see the exact moment he realized he was wrong.

            2. If you only quote the NYT when it backs you up, then you are simply confirming your bias by citing authority. You are a hypocrite.

              1. How is an authoritative thing like a quote or transcript a form of bias when you are quoting a transcribed thing? You’re making no sense here. Just admit you said something stupid.

                1. Did they quote the entire transcript, or select the quotes they want?

                  Did you quote the entire NYT article, or just the parts you like?

                  Confirmation bias.

                  1. I realize you’re stupid but the FACTS are being cited, not the source.

                    YOU keep aspie-focusing on your misumderstanding of the ad hominem fallacy and totally wrong ideas about confirmation bias.

                  2. Conservate-to-fascist hypocrites are morally bankrupt, often, especially to include JesseSPAZ! No principles at ALL! “What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander”, is beyond their puny brains!

                    Supposedly “liberal” FACTS are dismissed out of hand, when the cite is a “liberal” source, which is anyone other that Ann Coulter, or Attila the Hun! I’ve had that happen ALL THE TIME with my cites! But then THEY will cite the same “liberal” sources when it suits them, and expect to persuade the reader!

                    They will bitch about “bake that gay wedding cake” whiny crybabies running to Government Almighty for protection… But then they will do the EXACT same thing when FaceBook takes down their lies!!! (Make-them-bake-cakes is bullshit, I agree, but why can they not see THEIR bullshit?!)

                    They will “prove” that one or 2 BLM people is “Marxist”, and therefor say ALL of BLM is Marxist, and so, Black Lives do NOT Matter, and the police should abuse them some more! So when a liberal “proves” that a few gun owners… “Pulse Club” etc. … Are mass murderers… That means ALL gun owners are mass murderers, so NO ONE (except the cops of course) should have guns! … Yes, that’s bullshit, and I support gun rights. … But WHY can idiots NOT see, that “What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander” is the ethical, moral, principled stance?

                    Ultimately the tribal warriors do NOT understand… They are TOO STUPID to understand, for example, the powers that they drop into the lap of Der TrumpfenFuhrer, will pass straight on to Der BidenFuhrer, and be used AGAINST their favored political causes!

                    1. SQRLSY One
                      July.2.2020 at 5:11 pm
                      Port-a-potties ARE buffets

                      SQRLSY One
                      July.7.2020 at 1:41 pm
                      I eat shit!

                  3. In case the above is “TL;DR” for morons, here is the SHORTER version:

                    “What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander”

                    What it means: You put up lies and non-logic and unprincipled shit, and expect to NOT be called on it? Then do NOT call your opposition on it, when THEY put up lies and non-logic and unprincipled shit!!! Else you are hypocrites!

                    1. SQRLSY One
                      July.2.2020 at 5:11 pm
                      Port-a-potties ARE buffets

                      SQRLSY One
                      July.7.2020 at 1:41 pm
                      I eat shit!

                    2. We all know that you’re Á àß äẞç ãþÇđ âÞ¢Đæ ǎB€Ðëf ảhf, SQRLSY.

                    3. I thought spoofing the employees was one of the very few things here that got you the banhammer?

                    4. So what does that tell you that looking at the timestamps should have told you too?

          2. No, it’s precisely because the New York Times is a biased and liberal rag that allows it to be cited for non-leftist arguments.

            “New York Times makes statement that furthers progressive cause,” isn’t particularly reliable without further vetting —that’s just what they do.

            “New York Times makes statement against progressive cause”—the only reason they’d do that is if it was unassailable accurate and they have no way to spin it to help their preferred narrative.

          3. On the contrary, it seems worth pointing out when even the NYT can no longer ignore a story or narrative that is uncomfortable to lefty orthodoxy.

            But by all means, stick with the “love it or hate it, pick a side” mentality.

            You have got to be the most unradical individualist ever. Haha.

        2. “I said that if a source is worthy of contempt when they disagree with you”

          So there is no possibility that one article could be truthful, say a word by word transcript of a full speech, while another one could be false based on it being only an opinion piece.

          To you it is only good/bad based on disagreement with the article? I’m going with irony then.

          1. So there is no possibility that they show bias in selecting which parts of the speech to report? There is no possibility that you similarly cherry pick when you choose which NYT articles to back you up, or which parts to agree with?

            Confirmation bias.

            1. Aww you still dont understand why youre wrong.

  24. It seeks $20 million in combined damages from the cities of Bloomington, Burnsville, Eagan and Edina,” notes KSTP.com

    Look, I’m all for police accountability. But bilking insurance companies and taxpayers only tangentially, if at all, affects police accountability. I’m still not convinced such lawsuit are an appropriate remedy.

  25. Here’s another case of federal agents ensuring the security of our homeland by helping secure misdemeanor (state) prostitution charges against Asian women working at massage parlors.

    With enough force illicit loads might cross state lines.

    1. I’m going to need a running start.

  26. A lot of things in the Bible make sense because they make sense–rather than just because they’re in the Bible.

    “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

    —-Matthew 6: 1-4

    There isn’t anything new about virtue signaling, and there isn’t anything new about it making people wonder about your moral character.

    This one also:

    “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”

    —-Matthew 7:6

    That one might be loosely translated as, “Don’t feed the trolls”.

    One of the implications of fallibilism, especially as it pertains to science, is that the things that are most likely to be true are the things that withstand the most and best scrutiny. The same can be said of history and ethics. 2,000 years of scrutiny later, and The Sermon on the Mount is still sitting pretty–certainly on the issues of trolls and virtue signaling.

    1. Virtue signalers are pharisees. They’re more interested in parading around their faithfulness to God than in being faithful to God.

      When most people are not racist, only a Pharisee gets before a crowd and shouts “Look at me, I’m not racist!” And of course they know how silly that is, to they must also accuse everyone else of racism so they can appear better than everyone else.

        1. Yet most white progs who claim to be anti-racist don’t have a single friend of color, and probably don’t even really know anyone who is except maybe their nanny or guy who cuts their grass. Now their being told that they can’t ever be friends with or have any kind of relationship them because of their original sin of racism. Like it’s biblical counterpart, this will probably move on to a demand that everyone who is not “of color” pay a whiteness tax (reparations) even if they are not descended from slave owners.

          1. I think a lot of that support for the African-American community in lily-white suburbs is more problematic than people generally appreciate.

            It’s sort of like the support for Israel among Christian conservatives. Jews look at that and while, you know, they’re glad for the support, they don’t tend to reciprocate the affection. They think that Christian conservatives want to convert them all to Christianity, which isn’t really affection for Jews so much as an aim to get rid of Judaism and replace it with Christianity.

            For liberals in the lily-white suburbs, I suspect there’s some “exoticism” involved, too. It’s a bit reminiscent of “Orientalism”.

            “[Exoticism] often involved surrounding foreign cultures with mystique and fantasy which owed more to European culture than to the exotic cultures themselves: this process of glamorisation and stereotyping is called ‘exoticization’.”

            —-wiki on Exoticism

            “Much academic discourse has begun to use the term “Orientalism” to refer to a general patronizing Western attitude towards Middle Eastern, Asian, and North African societies.”

            —-wiki on Orientalism

            It’s like the uncanny valley, where the more familiar you are with something the more alluring it is–right up until you reach a certain point, where familiarity starts to breed contempt. From within their lily white, gated communities, they see African-Americans as far enough way that they seem exotic to them. Rednecks, on the other hand, are much more familiar to them and so they are treated with contempt.

            It should be remembered, too, that the concerns of wealthy, white liberals have been driving some of the most horrific abuses in history. The worst abuses of the colonial era in Africa were driven by the concerns of wealthy white liberals, who wanted to stamp out slavery at its source. The drug war was driven by the concerns of wealthy white liberals–we need to save the African-American community from the scourge of drugs with police and prisons! It seems so strange to imagine people believing that, but it’s the same impulse that made the neoconservatives believe that the Iraqi people wanted us to bomb, invade, and occupy their country.

            God save us all from white, wealthy liberals who want to solve our problems and everybody else’s, too!

            I saw a documentary about chimpanzees one time. When the food supply becomes plentiful, the chimps all started hassling each other–out of boredom. One chimp was drinking from a stream face down, and another chimp came up behind him and shoved his head under the water for no reason . . . or , well, because he was bored. Wealthy white liberals may have too much time on their hands.

      1. Anybody who claims they speak for “God” is either crazy, a liar or an idiot.

        1. Matthew 7:6

          1. Is there a greater narcissism than to claim your opinions come from a God?

            1. Just curious, how old are you?

            2. Is there a greater narcissism than to claim your opinions come from a God?
              Yes, yours.

              1. The universe was created just for you! You’re so special!

                1. No one cares what your teachers said to you after your tests confirmed their worst fears about your abnormal number of chromosomes.

                  1. I lul’ed. That is damned funny.

    2. Is that from the Aramaic?

  27. Good news on occupational licensing reform in Pennsylvania.

    The general public can sell liquor now?

  28. > Virtue signalers are, essentially, phonies and showoffs

    Not true. Well mostly not true. There are phonies and showoffs. But most virtue signalers believe that they have the virtues they are displaying. They just have that “dark triad” making them inappropriate signal their virtues.

    To them the virtue is not about other people, it’s about them. That’s what the dark triad does. To the virtue signaler the world revolves around the virtue signaler.

    1. American politicians have been virtue signaling since the Revolution.

      1. Well of course. Only a psychopath and narcissist would ever run for higher office.

    2. More and more I am seeing my progressive leaning acquaintances admit much of this is white savior complex. My minister, fairly progressive from Oregon (western at that) even admitted the NFL playing the “Black National Anthem” before the real National Anthem is just white savior complex and empty virtue signalling, and harkens back to segregation. I think in many ways they may be starting to lose the more intellectually honest progressives (and yes there are some).

      1. I think they’re probably horrified at what they’re becoming.

        I keep pointing back to Liz Warren coming in third in her home state of Massachusetts.

        Liz Warren lost because she ran the most social justice warrior campaign of the field, even accusing Bernie Sanders of sexism.

        Joe Biden won in Massachusetts because he ran the least social justice warrior campaign of the bunch.

        If being a social justice warrior can’t win you a Democratic primary in Massachusetts, then where are the social justice warriors popular?

        I think this may be attributable to cognitive bias.

        “The salience (also called saliency) of an item is the state or quality by which it stands out from its neighbors. Saliency detection is considered to be a key attentional mechanism that facilitates learning and survival by enabling organisms to focus their limited perceptual and cognitive resources on the most pertinent subset of the available sensory data.

        Saliency typically arises from contrasts between items and their neighborhood, such as a red dot surrounded by white dots, a flickering message indicator of an answering machine, or a loud noise in an otherwise quiet environment.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salience_(neuroscience)

        We pay attention to social justice warriors because they’re the loudest noise in the room–not because they’re pervasive. They’re pervasive on television and social media because they’re the loudest noise in the room and those mediums accentuate that cognitive bias.

  29. An emerging literature on competitive victimhood documents the prevalence of victim signaling by various social groups and provides evidence for its functionality as a resource extraction strategy.

    We better set up a GoFundMe for these researchers right now because they’re about to be canceled.

    1. competitive victimhood – is that one of the new sports in the Olympics that was cancelled this year?

  30. https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2020/07/06/media-freak-out-and-decide-vandalism-is-bad-again-after-woman-paints-over-blm-mural/

    Media decides that suddenly vandalism is an actual crime and the race of the person doing it matters.

    1. I do love the BLM belief that tearing down statues is OK…but defacing shit they like is beyond the pale.

    2. I actually admire you for not following everyone else here in being ashamed that you get your information from biased rightwing sources exclusively. Well done for showing your work.

      But I could have told you a long time ago that this cherry-picking of sources will lead you down ridiculous paths like thinking that a few college students protesting statues is more of a crisis than a global pandemic.

      1. A pandemic whose death totals have dropped so heavily that it soon to no longer be officially classified as a pandemic.

        But continue hiding from it.

        1. That’s the kind of nonsensical supine boot-licking I’m talking about. Caring more about Trump’s approval rating than how many people are suffering and dying. Just pristine FOXification. Because when death rates surge as they are predicted to following the increase in hospitalizations, this creature will not be here admitting he was wrong. He’ll simply move on to the next ridiculous talking point supplied by whichever pair of tits he gets what he thinks is news from.

      2. A few college students protesting statues would be fine, if that’s all that was happening. Somehow, though, they have peacefully protested _so_ hard that statues were miraculously beheaded, dislodged, burned, defaced, and even thrown into bodies of water – all from mere protesting according to your words.

        You keep using the word “protesting”. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

        1. Of course in the end they’re just statues, and the protestors are vandalizing them for ethical reasons. I don’t like vandalism either, but it’s not like it’s a, I dunno, global death apocalypse or anything.

          You care about that at all because FOX News or one of its twins instructs you to care about it.

          1. What are the “ethical reasons” for vandalizing a statue of a former slave, or a statue of an abolitionist, or of an elk (yes, the animal)?

            I look at far more sources than Faux News, but even they are not always wrong about everything. Perhaps you should broaden your sources as well.

            Things slightly less impactful than a “global death apocalypse” also deserve attention. When we have former Chinese citizens who survived Mao’s evil recognizing the similarities between what’s happening here (including, but not limited to, the destruction of statues), and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, then it would be foolish for us to minimize the problem.

            People like you think Y2K was blown out of proportion, and that’s why it was a non-event. What actually happened was people like me fixed most of that broken shit so that it became a non-event.

            1. Your trying way to hard to have a real conversation with this lefty asshole.

              1. Perhaps, but new readers and less informed people who may lurk here shouldn’t see poor/incomplete reasoning go unchallenged. Sometimes I make mistakes, too, and I hope people challenge that.

                But, yeah, we’ve all read his posts, so I know what you mean.

          2. “global death apocalypse or anything”

            Lol.

      3. “a few college students protesting statues”

        You can’t help but lie.

  31. Above you say:

    “• Here’s another case of federal agents ensuring the security of our homeland by helping secure misdemeanor (state) prostitution charges against Asian women working at massage parlors.”

    I really hope you are being sarcastic??? WTF does a couple of AMP workers have to do with national security? NOTHING. This is a bullshit use of Federal force on a subject matter of laws that would not even be on the books. Prostitution is not a crime.

    1. You really do need to work on your sarc meter. That one was pretty obvious. Especially since it’s ENB’s pet peeve.

  32. “This clause” in the user agreement for new-ish social media app Parler “should make Ted Cruz and every other Parler user huge supporters of Section 230,” writes Mike Masnick at Techdirt.

    Oh come now. The Parler people would never invoke that indemnification clause on Ted Cruz. It’s meant to be used against the triggered snowflake librulz.

  33. https://www.ajc.com/news/local/dressed-the-part-panther-group-came-straight-from-central-casting/OvNstDxfbzV9MbAtOW8mzO/

    Black Panther group was really local models and actors in costume. I keep telling people this isn’t an insurgency but nothing but COSPLAY enabled by dingbat mayors hoping to hurt Trump politically.

  34. This is several weeks old, but I just saw discovered this guy and I had to post it here in case anyone else hasn’t seen his stuff. Fairly low production values, like early Remy but he’s good too

    https://youtu.be/aIDRSOw-ATE

    1. That is pretty funny.

    2. “They have the best customer service!”

      Rolling. Dying.

  35. When you don’t conform to a gender, you ARE an it, by definition.

  36. For more details welcome to ourStudy Matrix: Robert Frost Poems and many more.

  37. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/06/us/molotov-cocktail-nypd-claims-trnd/index.html

    Woman accused of throwing Molotov cocktail at police car says another protester gave her the device.

    Remember, these protests are “mostly peaceful”. Just because people are handing out Molotov cocktails at them and when someone does something violent the crowd does nothing to stop them and everything it can to protect them from the police doesn’t mean they are not peaceful or that anyone who objects to welcoming them to their town isn’t a racist.

    Also, it appears that at least one Antifa idiot is rolling and narcing on the others.

    1. I wonder her motivation in the story she made up for where she got the Molotov. Did she think she’d serve less time if she was just handed the weapon?

      1. I see no reason to necessarily think she made the story up? Why would she? It being handed to her doesn’t make her any less culpable. I suppose she could say she got carried away and that might be mitigating towards her sentence, but not by much.

        Maybe she is trying to protect who really made the thing and just says “someone gave it to me” but she could do that by saying she made it herself.

        It is possible she is lying but I don’t see any reason to think she necessarily is. There is no reason not to take her at her word.

        1. In this case, they’ve got communications between her and friend specifically asking for glass bottles (one of which was used for the molotov cocktail). Her friend is on record saying he thought she only wanted the bottles to throw at police, not that she was going to turn them into molotov’s. So I’d feel safe in the assumption that she is lying about being handed the weapon.

          1. Fair point. You are right. She likely is lying.

            That still doesn’t let the other people there off the hook. You can’t hide a Molotov Cocktail in your pants. It is pretty obvious what they are. So, she makes these thing or maybe just one and had to come to the protest with it in hand. She walks around with it and no one says anything or makes any effort to stop her. Then she lights it and throws it and blends right back in the crowd like nothing happened.

            That is the crowd acting as an accessory to her crime. If you don’t believe that, imagine if someone wearing a MAGA hat showed up and punched someone. You don’t think the crowd would immediately grab them and hold them for the police? They probably would kill the guy but let’s assume they are all peaceful and just want him arrested. Of course they would. They didn’t do that with this woman or anyone else committing crimes because they supported what they were doing.

            1. Oh yeah, no, if someones running around with Molotov’s at your protest, that’s the time you either throw them out or go find another protest group.

        2. She made it up because her ‘story’ positions her as someone standing in solidarity with the BLM protests (the fictitious other protesters in her story were black and she says she felt obligated to participate as the only white person there to show support) and not as a member of an outside, mostly-white organization using the protests to further their own agenda by turning them into riots.

      2. No, she is an Ivy League lawyer and could never go back to her people if they think she drank Bud Light

    2. Peaceful protestor: I’m a demonstrator!
      Investigator: How so?
      PP: Give me a Molotov cocktail and I’ll demonstrate!

    3. …or she’s a white Karen blaming evil black men for her actions. I do not buy her story, personally.

    4. Jealous that libtards are more active in fighting unjust state authority than any libertarian has ever been (except Tim McVeigh–he really went above and beyond)?

      1. Throwing molotov cocktails and murdering 8 year old girls in Atlanta. You should be so proud Tony.

        1. John, no doubt that 8 yr old would have oppressed people when she grew up.

        2. And who is collectively guilty for that? Do I get to blame you for every right-winger who kills someone?

          1. Didn’t the article already cover virtuous victim signaling?

  38. “Conservatives “long insisted that they weren’t anti-immigration, they were just anti-illegal immigration,” writes Reason’s Shikha Dalmia. “Now the Trump administration is reaching a point where it wants to kick out immigrants for no reason except that they are immigrants.”

    If the Supreme Court had struck down DACA, which it will almost certainly do if and when President Trump is reelected, the House would have already passed a bill to protect the Dreamers and the Republicans would be on the hot seat to justify why they don’t pass that bill to protect them in the Senate. Everyone who supported the ruling on DACA on that basis that it was good for immigrants should be ashamed of themselves. That ruling left the Dreamers in limbo–maybe forever.

    Meanwhile, it isn’t clear that President Trump wants to kick the immigrants out just for being immigrants. I wish his positions were more like mine, where he sees immigration to this country as a good thing, but the two driving forces in this at the moment seem to be about China and jobs.

    President Trump doesn’t want China using our immigration system as a means to rob Americans of their intellectual property; he doesn’t want to see China use immigrants as a means to espionage; and he’s concerned about getting reelected in an election year when companies are giving high paying jobs to immigrants while the unemployment rate for U.S. citizens is up near 12%.

  39. Cuomo investigates himself, makes assertions with no backing evidence, but is sure the nursing home deaths weren’t his fault

    “The 33-page review released Monday by the state Health Department instead blamed Covid-19-positive staff and visitors who unknowingly infected the vulnerable population of nursing home patients, at least more than 6,000 of whom died in numbers that are not yet complete.”

    1. If the staff hadn’t knowingly and viciously contracted the virus from the patients they were forced to accept, we could have avoided countless deaths.

    2. Conclusion: While there’s sufficient evidence to conclude I’m indeed responsible for my actions, the evidence is inconclusive I actually did anything wrong. I did mean well. To summarize, Trump made me do it.

      !

  40. Another hilarious TechDirt story:
    Apparently you can buy used police bodycameras on EBay with the SD cards still intact and the unencrypted, unprotected footage still on them.

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200704/10271644831/researcher-buys-axon-cameras-ebay-finds-theyre-still-filled-with-recordings.shtml

    1. That’s the first worthwhile post you’ve made in months. Good job! Keep it up!

  41. To fix an unconstitutional provisional in a federal law regulating robocalls, Supreme Court justices decided to ban the bad part rather than strike down the whole law.

    A nuclear strike on Bangalore would do more to reduce robocalls.

  42. Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage in ‘Virtuous Victim Signaling,’ Says Study

    Are you starting your autobiography or something? Because nobody plays the victim game better than you do!

    1. I think her message is usually about how “sex workers” are NOT victims, but on other topics, it’s sometimes hard to tell. It seems to be a general trend in the media that the good guys are whomever plays the biggest victim. I’m so sick of the victim mentality. The people I’ve known who were most victimized were people who never would have told me about it if I hadn’t asked about scars or something.

      I met a kid a few years ago. Someone asked me about some scars I have, and I started talking about hockey fights and motorcycle accidents. I asked another guy at the table how he got the scar going across his forehead. Turned out, he was born in Congo and his whole family and village had been wiped out by genocidal maniacs from across the border of Rwanda when he was a kid. The blow to his head knocked him out, and after he came to, he played dead under a pile of bodies until the coast was clear.

      He came to the U.S. and became an engineer. Said he was grateful for the opportunities he was given, and it seemed to me that a) not only was he NOT a victim, per se, but b) he didn’t want anybody to fee sorry for him. If anything, he wanted to impress people with how far he’d come after starting with absolutely nothing. And I was impressed. I’m not saying we shouldn’t feel bad for anybody, but it often seems to be the case that the people we should feel the sorriest for tend to be people who neither seek nor want us to feel sorry for them.

  43. O/T – Karlyn Borysenko reviews the 1st half of White Fragility.

    Her voice can be horrifying, but it’s a good analysis.

    1. I saw that book prominently displayed at a big book store here.

      I read a page and damn near needed a pill it was so bizarre in its moonbattery.

      Di Angelo is projecting her fragility onto the world.

      1. Borysenko points that out – most of the book inadvertently admits that progressivism is inherently racist. She also gets into (surprise!) classism and the evils of individualism (seriously).

      2. I saw somebody discussing her book and asking “You know, maybe she is the racist, based on these idiotic stories she tells”

    2. Ben Shapiro has published a quick critique of that worthless book on youtube (I don’t have the link handy). It’s worth a watch.

  44. Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage in ‘Virtuous Victim Signaling,’ Says Study

    I’ll take “things most of us have been saying for years” for $1,000, Alex.

    1. Claiming to be a victim is nothing but a rationalization for taking revenge. You can’t be a victim without a perpetrator who made you one. And there is no point in claiming to be a victim except to take revenge on who you see as the perpetrator.

      1. Not even then. Victims are now showered fawning 24 hour news coverage. If your victimhood can be woven into true notoriety, you can do it just to bask in the spotlight.

        1. Only if you can tie your victimhood to whites, preferably heterosexual males (although white gay and bisexual males, white females and Asians are quickly losing any victimhood points). Otherwise the media will mock you for any victimhood status you try and claim.

          1. Or like in the case of the Sandy Hook incident, where the shooter happened to be autistic, they will actively use your disability to smear anyone else with the same condition.

          2. Which is why Bubba Smollett is sacred and above reproach

        2. And there is no redemption of recovery if being a victim is an end in itself. If I forgive the person who made me a victim or move on and recover from the experience, I am no longer a victim. The cult of victimhood does nothing but condemn people to misery and powerlessness over their lives. It is real sick shit.

          1. The cult of victimhood does nothing but condemn people to misery and powerlessness over their lives.

            Pretty much this. I know if I was constantly told that I was a “victim” and that no matter how hard I try I’ll always be one, I would probably be very tempted to just give up on having any kind of decent life and just play the “victim” card every chance I get in order to try and get something out of it.

            Likewise, if I was a white cis-hetero male who maybe dropped out of high school and got a GED eventually but had to make do with low paying, low skilled blue collar labor just to try and scrape by, I might be pretty resentful about constantly being told that I’m “privileged” and an “oppressor” and that what little I’ve managed to earn I don’t deserve because some “oppressed” person (who may be materially better off or at least no worse off than me) deserves it more.

            Bottom line: “victimhood culture” ruins a lot of people’s lives all the way around.

            1. Munchausen-by-proxy.
              If one isn’t sick, you don’t get to be their savior.
              If one isn’t sick, one doesn’t need your cure.
              If one isn’t sick, you must make one sick.

  45. Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage in ‘Virtuous Victim Signaling,’ Says Study

    Didn’t really require a study, but ok.

    1. It’s to provide a needed citation.

  46. Female protesters sue over alleged abuse, mistreatment by arresting officers.
    Two women arrested after a May 31 protest in Indianapolis are suing local police in federal court for allegedly excessive force. The pair were arrested for supposedly resisting law enforcement, but the charges were dropped. Video of the incident shows officers pushing one of the women to the ground and hitting another one with a baton.

    Did anyone else find it a little ironic that the first story after the totally surprising and in no obvious bombshell that virtue signaling “victims” are liars and psychopaths is “Female protesters sue over alleged abuse, mistreatment by arresting officers?” Don’t get me wrong, based on the blurb presented here it sounds like they have a legitimate claim, but still.

  47. Ringo’s 80th birthday today! Wishing you all peace and loov, as he asked us all to do today!

    1. I’d like to be under the sea in an octopus’ garden in the shade

      1. Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess
        Boy, you’ve been a naughty girl, you let your knickers down

  48. God, we’ve become savage tribesmen.

    1. Bullshit. Now get him!

  49. In California, a gender-nonconforming woman arrested by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers following a recent protest there is also suing over her treatment, alleging that the officers referred to her as “it” and groped one of her breasts.

    Real question, not trying to be a complete asshole (just a partial one) but what does “gender-nonconforming woman” mean? Is this a person who was born a man but identifies as a woman and is perhaps in the process of transitioning or is it the opposite – a person born a woman who identifies as a man? I assume the latter. The reason I ask is that usually I see trans people described as “trans woman” or “trans man.” Or is that no longer PC? I haven’t updated my PC to Plain English dictionary in a while, so mine might be out of date.

    Also, while I figure it’s 99% likely that the cops were using “it” as a pejorative because they are complete assholes (as opposed to partial assholes like me), there’s maybe a 1% chance that they were legitimately confused about which pronoun to use, and often times people can get a little touchy if you ask them what their preferred pronoun is so maybe they thought they were being funny when really they were just being assholes. And it should go without saying that if the groping part is true they should be charged with sexual assault like any other person would but I won’t hold my breath on that.

    1. Gender non-conforming woman means a dyke who isn’t a lesbian.

      1. Well, that clears everything up.

    2. “gender nonconforming: exhibiting behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits that do not correspond with the traits typically associated with one’s sex : having a gender expression that does not conform to gender norms”

      —-Merriam Webster

      https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gender%20nonconforming

      I think someone can be gendernonconforming even if they aren’t transitioning to anything.

      1. Got it – a woman who dresses, acts, and perhaps looks like a man but doesn’t identify as a man and isn’t necessarily a lesbian either. We used to just call them “Tom boys.”

        1. Or “it'”s

        2. always loved tomboys but to us they were more the soccer players and chicks from small towns who could shoot guns

    3. Real question, not trying to be a complete asshole (just a partial one) but what does “gender-nonconforming woman”

      It doesn’t mean anything, which is the point. We’re told she’s a woman, but we have to be told she’s gender nonconforming. She’s both a woman, and not a woman, all at the same time. She’s a woman who was sexually harassed by a white male, as her ‘breasts’ were fondled. But she’s gender non-conforming, so if you refer to her being a woman, you risk transphobia. It’s a perfect kind of intersectional triangulation where the goal is to win. Not inform.

      1. No, it’s a woman who doesn’t dress and act like you think she should, freedom lover.

        1. Ah Tony pretending people are bigots like he is again

          1. I merely expect a higher level of tolerance from people who claim to want a society of maximum individual freedom.

            But since you can’t even be bothered to take basic hygiene precautions in the middle of a pandemic, it seems clear that you want the maximum individual liberty reserved for yourself, and fuck anyone else. Indeed, you can barely stand people who look at the world slightly different from you. Go put that on a bumper sticker and try to sell it.

            1. I merely expect

              No one cares.

            2. Awww fat queen Tony still thinks it’s my job to keep him safe!!!

              Hide in a bunker fatty.

              1. You are so fucking dumb that you ruined my fat joke. You are the reason jokes have to be explained. You are that guy. Do you have any friends? Have you ever had any friends?

        2. No, it’s a woman who doesn’t dress and act like you think she should, freedom lover.

          Wrong, she doesn’t dress like YOU think she should, therefore she gets the moniker “genernonconforming”. I would never call a woman “gendernonconforming” because she didn’t act like I thought she should. That’s the fundamentally evil and sexist presumption of leftist thought.

          1. Let me put it to you a different way that you might better appreciate.

            There’s a polemicist I listen to and read quite a bit. Brilliant man. He happens to be gay. He has commented on the current trans-mania the western world is going through, and he has noted that he can see a place down the road where gay people will essentially be erased from childhood.

            There is already mounting evidence (and notable cases) where a young boy (or girl) who doesn’t immediately conform to certain gender roles will be determined to be ‘transgender’ and then pumped full of hormones and surgery before they’re old enough to figure things out.

            If a man having sex with another man isn’t gender-nonconforming, I don’t know what is. I would never, ever dis-respect you so much, Tony, to refer to you as ‘trans’ or ‘gender-nonconforming’.

            So before you attack people as bigots or hateful, do what a lot of the feminists have been doing as of late, take a look at the cultural taillights in front of you and for a moment, consider where they’re taking you.

  50. Noted sexual harasser and imbecile Don Lemon tried to lecture Terry Crews about how Black Lives Matter isn’t REALLY about ALL black lives, only the ones that dealt with the police.

    So, we should call it A TINY NUMBER OF BLACK LIVES MATTER.

    1. I’m sure what Lemon really wanted to say was that only black lives that aren’t “Uncle Toms” matter but probably realized that if he said that Crews would probably beat the shit out of him.

    2. Terry Crews is a saint

  51. 1991 @a club in East STL a chick in flannel walked up to me and held out a can of skoal offering me a dip – gendernonconforming?

    1. Possibly. Or maybe just a dyke who was trying to be nice?

    2. Nah, just fashion non-conforming…

    1. “It’s Trump’s fault. If he wasn’t such a big liar, we would have believed him on hydroxychloroquine. Look how many lives, mainly black and poor, could have been saved. This is why we need a proven truth-teller, Joe Biden, in the White House.”

    2. People probably died because “experts” were trying to stick it to Trump.
      Some need to hang

      1. How many articles did Ron have about studies that didn’t show any benefit? How many of those studies used it in conjunction with other treatments and emphasized giving it early like this one?

    3. 57 years of malaria patients approve

  52. What, virtue is a disorder now?

    Is this a post truth trick?

    If someone signals that they are virtuous, then I just test them on another issue. If they aren’t virtuous their hypocrisy is exposed.

    You say black lives matter? What about black babies murdered in abortion? Do their lives matter?

    1. What, virtue is a disorder now?

      “HI I’m Rob, I’m stupid and don’t understand the difference between virtue and VIRTUE SIGNALING. I will now proceed to lose my fucking mind and start stupidly claiming other people are scared and that I’m not an imbecile”

      1. If someone is truly virtuous what’s wrong with telling others about it?

        Give it your best shot, imbecile.

        1. It’s like you read his comment like a script.

          1. He’s nothing if not predictable.

            1. The Joos made him do it

              1. I promise if we could make him do things we wouldn’t have him posting on message boards.

        2. You bigots have nothing to add because you won’t consider the arguments.

          1. The best part is knowing that recognizing truth is hardwired into our brains.

            And while bigots like you consciously refuse to consider it your brain accepts it.

            The more arguments that you refuse to recognize the greater the conflict in your teeny pea brains.

            I know this and it doesn’t matter that you don’t.

        3. If someone is truly virtuous, they don’t _need_ to tell others about it. Similarly, if someone is truly intelligent, they don’t need to tell others how smart they are.

          For a very different example which still works the same way, if someone is truly an anti-semite, they don’t need to tell anyone about it either – it becomes painfully obvious in fairly short order…

          1. Are you trying to appear to respond to my question?

            Are you suggesting that doing anything which is unnecessary is also wrong behaviour?

            Or are you suggesting that all communication is unnecessary because everything is obvious to everyone?

            1. It’s funny when there’s a conversation going on and everyone but you understands what it’s about.

              1. I guess I may have been too generous assuming that your response to my post was relevant.

            2. You’re adorable when you’re oblivious…

              1. I’m pleased with the optics of this.

                1. I bet you are dummy.

    2. Banning abortion doesn’t reduce the amount of abortion; it just makes it more dangerous.

      There’s eerily convincing evidence that legalized abortion is responsible for the mysterious drop in crime roughly a generation later.

      Legal safe abortion is one of the great innovations of modern history.

      1. “Banning abortion doesn’t reduce the amount of abortion; it just makes it more dangerous”

        Now do guns

        1. Less restriction on gun ownership means more people’s heads explode.

          This is pretty easy. Anything else?

          1. If it’s so easy why did you get it wrong on purpose?

            1. Banning abortion guns doesn’t reduce the amount of abortion; guns

              See I did it for you and even used your own words.

              Argue with yourself there fucko.

              1. Actually I oversimplified. Liberalizing abortion rights corresponds to fewer abortions”, while banning abortions means more abortions.

                Since abortions and guns are not the same type of product at all, you may see where you went wrong here.

                  1. Well yeah you’re a retard

                1. “Actually I oversimplified. ”

                  AHAAHAHAHHA SO DID YOUR PARENTS SPERM AND OVA AHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

                  TONY UNINTENTIONALLY ADMITS BANNING GUNS WONT WORK, RETREATS AT LIGHT SPEEEDD AHAHAAHAHAH

                  AHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH

                  1. You’re the one claiming like a moron that abortion translates to unrelated things. I guess we should legalize murder, according to your logic.

                    1. “WHAT I MEANT TO SAY WAS…” Tony just a minute agio after he realized he unintentionally admitted banning guns won’t work ahahahahaaj

                    2. “that abortion translates”

                      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HE THINKS WE ARE MOCKING HIM BECAUSE OF ABORTION AHAHAHAHAHAJAJAJAJAJAJ

                      AHAHAJAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

                      YOUR LOGIC TRANSLATES DUMBASS IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ABORTION

                      AHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAH

                      HOW IS HE THIS STUPID AHAHAJAJAJ

            2. I rather meticulously try to stay on the right side of every issue, like abortions and guns. By right side I mean the side that results in less misery for human beings. I’m sorry if you have a fetish for explody things, but maybe you could switch to swings and ass fucking and leave the rest of society out of it.

              1. I rather meticulously try to stay on the right side of every issue, like abortions and guns.

                WHICH IS WHY YOU STUPIDLY CLOWN YOURSELF BY UNINTENTIONALLY ADMITTING THAT BANNING GUNS WONT WORK THEN RETREATING FASTER THAN A FRENCHMAN HAAHHAJAAHAJAJAJAJ

                1. I’m a clown says the man banging his head into a pile of face paint and stabbing his eyes with lipstick.

                  1. Tony
                    July.7.2020 at 5:25 pm
                    I’m a clown

                    Finally we agree.

              2. So you think abortion results in less misery?

                You don’t think murdering helpless innocent babies is a. miserable behaviour?

                By your logic all murder should be legal. After all, you won’t be miserable when you’re dead.

                Your argument is as shallow as the gene pool you came from. Still, you have a right to life, even though you deny it to others.

      2. Money isn’t abortion.

  53. “Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage in ‘Virtuous Victim Signaling,’ Says Study.”

    In other news, scientists have recently discovered the Sun’s surface is a bit on the warm side.

    1. Don’t forget the OTHER major recent revelation! Water is wet!

      1. SQRLSY One
        July.2.2020 at 5:11 pm
        Port-a-potties ARE buffets

        SQRLSY One
        July.7.2020 at 1:41 pm
        I have said that I eat shit

        1. Tulpa has said that she likes to slurp down her own maggot-laden yeast-infected twat juice!

    2. One a more serious note, there is often a grain of truth in the lie. There ***IS*** a phenomenon in which we the ordinary folks punish those (make them our victims) for being more virtuous than we are! That’s why Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Jesus (and others I assume) got themselves killed! Don’t make me look bad, by being better than me, or I will kill you!

      In other words… There are some more counterintuitive aspects of human behavior that are relevant. Economic-behavior science calls it “antisocial punishment”… AKA, “no good deed goes unpunished”. If you are TOO charitable, and TOO public-minded, TOO altruistic and benevolent, then others around you can and will punish you for making them look bad! See “Antisocial Punishment Across Societies”, https://science.sciencemag.org/content/319/5868/1362 … Don’t you go making me look bad, by being a better person than I am! This is why Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., etc., got themselves killed! Really!

      1. SQRLSY One
        July.2.2020 at 5:11 pm
        Port-a-potties ARE buffets

        SQRLSY One
        July.7.2020 at 1:41 pm
        I have said that I eat shit

  54. >>Josie Duffy Rice, president of The Appeal, has a good thread

    she’s the first 27 posts to it. just write a fucking article.

  55. best way she knows how. but the question for you is: why do you think she has to be indicted, or arrested, or serve time to REALLY face consequences? what are consequences to you?

    This is a weird sentiment when it comes to systemic justice.

    The reason every country on the planet has a justice system is to apply real, legal consequences to wrongdoing, whether that comes in the form of a fine or a jail sentence (or something inbetween). Without going into which countries systems are just, unjust, corrupt or flawed, the IDEA has nothing to with what identifiable consequences ‘x’ murderer going to jail has on some individual random citizen. It’s about how society creates a system which at least hopes to provide a deterrent to future wrong-doers, thus holding and producing some level of societal trust.

    If Karen can just make a false rape accusation against every black man who rubs her the wrong way, with no consequences beyond the vague and unofficial social disdain of randos on twitter, that’s just not fucking good enough, and that provides me with very little trust in our institutions.

    1. Social media has really made people dumb. Because we have twitter mobs, we don’t really need a legal justice system?

      1. Made or exposed?

    2. I do not believe those consequences should be criminal charges, because I do not think this system has the legitimacy or value to address her wrongdoing.

      What an entirely reductive way of looking at the American criminal justice system.

      I’m convinced. We do need millions of immigrants to start coming into the country. The domestic graduates our universities are producing are complete fucking drooling retards.

    3. Oh, I read her byline. I could only see her tiny thumbnail, and she looked as white as any Karen does. But her byline carefully informs us she’s “black”.

      Has anyone noticed a trend, especially with modern ‘woke comedy’ with certain black, college educated people? There seems to be a need to remind everyone of their blackness. Like they’re not even convinced of it themselves.

      I grew up on black comedians. Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Patrice O’Neil, Aries Spears, Kat Williams, etc. etc.

      While all of the above have done racial humor, none of them ever seem to need to nudge you and remind you that they themselves are black.

      1. >>have done racial humor

        Eddie Murphy’s “Italian guy” from RAW is still hilarious.

        1. I started noticing this phenomenon with the new, younger generation black comedians a couple of years ago.

          I also remember an interview with Aries Spears where he was gently critical of Key and Peele. He said that there was a general understanding in the ‘black community’ that they didn’t really quite pass the ‘sniff test’ of blackness.

          I found the old interview.

          1. Aires was very funny on madTV. Key always boring. Peele does Drunk History roles well but someone else writes his lines for that

    4. “This is a weird sentiment when it comes to systemic justice.”

      There are two reasons for justice systems. Yes, one is to provide a deterrent for criminals, but I feel the most important is to have a neutral place for redressing the needs of victims.

      In this case, the woman called the cops and nothing happened. Her name was dragged through the mud, and I’m guessing she lost her job. What further redress is needed for the asshole who she was arguing with? He suffered no loss, despite being a dick.

      Personally, I am not interested in a justice system that is overly punitive just for deterrence’s sake. We could cut off this lady’s hands for her crimes. We could fine her or send her to jail. But why?

      Mind you, if she took this further, including filing false charges, then the victimization of another goes much further, and I’d be up for increased consequences. But for what we saw on that video? No way.

      1. Yes, one is to provide a deterrent for criminals, but I feel the most important is to have a neutral place for redressing the needs of victims.

        While my post wasn’t clear, this is implied when I talk about societal trust.

        Personally, I am not interested in a justice system that is overly punitive just for deterrence’s sake. We could cut off this lady’s hands for her crimes. We could fine her or send her to jail. But why?

        I’m not going to say what her sentence should be– the courts will figure that out. But since we’re all potential victims of a falsely reported crime, it gives me a sense of trust that there are systemic consequences if you falsely report someone. If we continue to say that the mob justice was justice enough– who defined that, and most importantly, what remedies are there for the woman if the mob justice turned out to actually be harsher than the criminal penalties?

        1. “But since we’re all potential victims of a falsely reported crime, it gives me a sense of trust that there are systemic consequences if you falsely report someone.”

          Her “crime” amounts to calling the police and saying that this black man was harassing her. She did not file charges against him. She did not get a lawyer to charge him falsely, or anything like that. She over reacted to a guy being a dick, and called it harassment. And she is probably a racist. I certainly think there should be more done in cases where one perjures themselves or files a false afidavit- because the consequences to the victim are much, much more serious. But merely calling the police does not amount- in my mind- to filing a false report.

          “If we continue to say that the mob justice was justice enough– who defined that, and most importantly, what remedies are there for the woman if the mob justice turned out to actually be harsher than the criminal penalties?”

          I actually think that the mob justice was far too harsh. I don’t believe anyone should lose their job for what happened in the heat of an argument between two shrill dicks. But what the mob did to her does not carry force. She did not have the threat of losing her freedom or property.

          In a sane world, this would have worked out as follows: Bitch calls cops on asshole, cops listen to both stories and say “There is no crime here”, or maybe ticket her for having her dog off its leash. And nothing else happens.

  56. >>The so-called “dark triad” personality traits

    used to just call them assholes.

    1. Some dark triad folks are more than that – Elizabeth Holmes exhibited those traits, and lots of evil politicians (redundant) have.

      1. i guess the psychopath part. in my 20s i’d say I was machiavellian narcissistic and sociopathic most people would say I was an asshole.

        the excerpt above from The Paper cited could be titled “Shakedown Street, How and Why”

  57. “Conservatives “long insisted that they weren’t anti-immigration, they were just anti-illegal immigration,” writes Reason’s Shikha Dalmia. “Now the Trump administration is reaching a point where it wants to kick out immigrants for no reason except that they are immigrants.”

    “Liberals “long insisted that they weren’t anti-illegal immigration, they were just anti-crime. Now the Obama administration is reaching a point where it wants to kick out illegal immigrants for no reason except that they are illegal.”

    Why is a collectivist even writing for this rag? Are you seriously incapable of separating and delineating a party, a President, and individual voters?

    1. She is concerned that it “may potentially open the door to other actions” , which is quite ironically the entire restrictionist argument against immigration

    2. “Conservatives “long insisted that they weren’t anti-immigration, they were just anti-illegal immigration,” writes Reason’s Shikha Dalmia. “Now the Trump administration is reaching a point where it wants to kick out immigrants for no reason except that they are immigrants.”

      That has nothing to do with virtue signaling, it’s a simple, bald-faced lie. The Trump administration is restricting the entry of some non-immigrants. It couldn’t “kick out immigrants” if it wanted to: it lacks the authority.

  58. Long comments. I’m gonna assume that the practice here of playing who can suck Trump’s nuts the hardest doesn’t count as virtue signalling?

    1. I don’t see anybody sucking up to Trump here. To the degree that people defend Trump and support his policies, it’s because we are deathly afraid of psychopaths and totalitarians on the left, because we have seen what happens when they come into power.

      1. Tony’s probable response based on past performances: “The left and libertarians switched places after Pol Pot.”

      2. Expand access to healthcare? Raise the minimum wage? Invent Social Security and civil rights and win world wars?

        Or are you talking about a hypothetical threat from phantom 18 year-olds who are a little emotional as they protest?

        1. Oh so you knew he was talking about you.

        2. nobody couldn’t go to the doctor wtf

          1. They can’t if they can’t pay for it gotcha gotcha gotcha – Tony

            whisper whisper EMTALA and free clinics whisper whisper

            FUCK YOU YA STUPID TRUMPSUCKER!!$ – Tony when he’s told EMTALA makes his point look retarded

            1. interjection of common sense required once in awhile.

          2. 65% of personal bankruptcies are caused by medical bills.

            1. And?

              1. It’s a meaningless talking point

              2. And Tony is too dumb to realize he admitted this isn’t about healthcare at all but about more money.

                He’s a fucking gold digger and the US taxpayer is his sigar daddy.

                1. The point is to stop paying double what the rest of the civilized world pays per capita on healthcare. Why are you against that?

                  1. Sometimes paying less means getting nothing at all.

                  2. You’ll notice “the point” has morphed from access to not paying some arbitrary amount Tony has decided is too much.

                    So yes, he is a gold digger.

                  3. The point is to stop paying double what the rest of the civilized world pays per capita on healthcare.

                    Yes, that’s what we should do. There are two ways of accomplishing that: (1) government rationing of healthcare or (2) free markets.

                    Why are you against that?

                    Libertarians and conservatives prefer option (2), though we would settle for some version of option (1). But virtue signaling narcissists and psychopaths like Obama and their supporters (like you) prevent both of those from getting implemented, instead saddling us with crony capitalist schemes that will bankrupt our medical system.

            2. yeah i mean please also map out who ran the show between congress, doctors, and insurers to drive up costs for 50 years and screw Little Man. wasn’t Reagan

            3. 65% of personal bankruptcies are caused by medical bills.

              That study was debunked, actually.

            4. 65% of personal bankruptcies are caused by medical bills.

              Yes, Tony, and a–holes like you and Obama are responsible for that sorry state of affairs.

        3. See thus is Tony in a nutshill, Americans have access to the best healthcare in the world, but he pretends “access” means “funding”.

          He will of course cry and claim that they are the same, but if that were true, he wouldn’t have to redefine the meaning of access ( and ignore EMTALA) when he could just say funding.

          And we all know why he won’t say funding. Because Tony is a fat liar.

          1. Theoretical access to the best healthcare in the world if you had money. Yes. We also have the best Grand Canyon in the world. Meaningless talking point.

            1. “and ignore EMTALA”

              called it.

              1. You understand that the very high cost of treating people for serious illness in an emergency room (rather than providing preventative care to people who have the ability to pay), thus costing third parties more money, is simply socialism done inefficiently, yes? Are you defending this system? Why not go for a more efficient and fair one, which is exactly what Obama was doing, you idiot.

                1. So again, Tony admits he was lying whwn he said access because EMTALA provides that and what he meant was “free shit” like the gold digging trick he is.

                2. Tony – ignores that EMTALA is the access he claims to want, so he changes to efficiciency

                  And because you are EXTREMELY stupid Tony, pointing out to that EMTALA is the access you claim to want isn’t an endorsement. You make that retarded mistake 100 times a day. Why is that? Are you really that dumb?

                3. You understand that the very high cost of treating people for serious illness in an emergency room

                  The cost is only so high because people like you have made it so high.

                  Why not go for a more efficient and fair one, which is exactly what Obama was doing, you idiot.

                  Obama did nothing to lower medical costs. He didn’t even do what other countries do. Instead, he gave the medical, drug, and insurance companies one gigantic crony-capitalist handout.

                  You can achieve lower healthcare costs in one of two ways: government mandates and government-imposed rationing or free markets. Democrats and the American left are unwilling to do either.

        4. Expand access to healthcare? Raise the minimum wage? Invent Social Security and civil rights and win world wars?

          Yes, Tony, threats like that: fascist policies like “free” healthcare and government retirement plans; racist policies like the minimum wage and unionization. You can add to that lying about “inventing civil rights” and “winning world wars” and then using those lies as a cover for more racism and war mongering.

          That is what the left is doing. That is what you are doing.

        5. “Invent civil rights”? The left? Who the hell do you think you’re kidding?

          “The left” — meaning the Dems — was the party of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow laws, Wallace, internment camps, the party with the least amount of votes for the CRA, KKK Grand Wizard Robert fucking Byrd.

          Or do you mean the worldwide left? The left of Stalin, Castro, Che and his hatred of gays, Maduro, Pol Pot, the Kims et al.? The only civil rights that bunch of leftists invented is maybe letting some of their victims choose their method of execution.

          You make me sick.

    2. Yep. That struck a nerve.

  59. Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage in ‘Virtuous Victim Signaling,’ Says Study

    Viz: Shikha and, to a lesser degree, Robby.

  60. Does anyone believe that one of the Asian women arrested for working at massage parlors was really named Tinglin’?

  61. Conservatives “long insisted that they weren’t anti-immigration, they were just anti-illegal immigration,” writes Reason’s Shikha Dalmia. “Now the Trump administration is reaching a point where it wants to kick out immigrants for no reason except that they are immigrants.”

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  62. And the trolls come out for the virtuous victim signaling.

    I guess that struck a nerve.

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  64. Wait, hasn’t ENB been guilty of this very thing?

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  68. Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage in ‘Virtuous Victim Signaling

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown…so what is your excuse?

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  73. “Virtue signalers are, essentially, phonies and showoffs—folks who adopt opinions and postures solely to garner praise and sympathy or whose good deeds are tainted by their need for everyone to see just how good they are. Combined with a culture that says only victimhood confers a right to comment on certain issues”

    So to recap: Demented and Deluded Donald and Conservative Media.

  74. “virtuous victimhood”

    Sanction of the victim. Defined and identified by Ayn Rand.

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