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Monday, June 1. 2020
Artist Christo, Known for Wrapping Exteriors of Landmarks, Dies at 84
Fiery meteor that doomed the dinosaurs struck at 'deadliest possible' angle
Chinese cheating rampant in U.S. college applications, and in classrooms
Trannies in high school sports
Virginia Is Deluding Itself About Green Energy
Brooklyn Protesters Block Rioters From Looting Target
Black Firefighter Spent His Life Savings To Open A Bar. Then Minneapolis Looters Burned It Down
Please consider donating to this firefighter in Minneapolis whose dreamed was burned
Portland Police Are DONE With Rioting BS: Volleys Of Flash Bangs And Tear Gas Fly Through The Streets
AG Bill Barr Identifies Antifa Activists as Organizers of National Mob Violence, Looting and Arson
Only an intellectual could ‘justify’ these riots
Trump, White Supremacists And Russia: Here’s Who Democrats Have Blamed For Riots So Far
Time To Show The Better Angels Of Our Nature With Coronavirus
Wuhan Virus Watch: New England Journal of Medicine – Wearing mask outside health care facilities offers little protection
German Official Leaks Report Denouncing COVID-19 As "A Global False Alarm"
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If Christo was an artist I'm the . . . . . you know.
The sketches for the Pont Neuf look like drapings for a highway overpass paint project. There simple is no art here. I have grandchildren who could conceive this.
It's not so much he was an 'artistic genius', but how he was a verifiable genius at fundraising to get his visions implemented.
Seriously - go to someone and say "I wanna wrap up this big thing because it'll look cool." HOW in the heck do you sell that to get funding for it?
Okay, it was the '80s, some cocaine may have been involved, but... seriously, to raise the money to do what he did REALLY requires genius salesmanship...
His “Running Fence” in California was quite beautiful but that doesn’t negate your essential point. Modern art is dreck.
In lieu of a funeral, his body will be wrapped in a shower curtain and placed in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art for three weeks.
Thank you for your thoughts, gentlemen. All interesting views.
Another Guy named Dan, your idea is a superb tribute. Three weeks strikes the appropriate commentary on how rotten modern art is.
There are two countries in the US. I’m not sure that people fully realize this but I’m not sure how, or if there is a path back. On the positive side I’m fairly sure the gun control debate is well and truly over.
Good trigger discipline was never debatable. 9mm vs .45? OK.
Heh heh heh....9mm in a suit or shorts .45 in jeans or farm clothes.
The debate over "assault weapons" should be over too. If your shop is being attacked by a mob, a revolver isn't going to help you.
The store owner in Dallas who was beaten down made the mistake of using only a sword. He needed an assault weapon.
re [i]If your shop is being attacked by a mob, a revolver isn't going to help you.[i]
It looks like a Hobson's choice to me mudbug.
Either you can stand by and watch the rioters destroy your life's work, or you can defend your property. However, if you defend your property and end up injuring or killing or killing one of those creatures, you will almost certainly have to lawyer up and defend yourself in court, and there is the outside possibility of going to jail for defending yourself. The legal fees could easily run in the 10s of thousands of dollars, and you might get hit with a civil suit on top of that.
I dunno . . .
Point taken. Insurance against that possibility would be advisable and the part of the country where your shop is makes a difference. But even during the Rodney King riots in LA where Korean shop owners protected their shops with AR-15s, there were no repercussions against them of which I am aware.
Maybe an example more to the point would be the case of the mob that attacked Tucker Carlson's house a year and a half ago.
In any case, if you are want to protect your family and/or interests during the devolution of society, you are going to need more firepower than the politicians who are cheering that devolution on want you to have.
Thank you, Fred, I thought maybe I was the only one thinking that.
It's a good time to live in a small town with almost universally armed neighbors.
Texan99, same here, and we don't have any big box stores or name brand stores to loot, so there is no incentive to riot here.
Chinese cheating is no surprise. There have been reports for many years of the rampant cheating throughout all of E. Asia on the SATs. It's so competitive and such a badge of "honor" to get accepted into college in these countries, that cheating is the norm.
Yes they've brought it here. You really think all of those Chinese students are so smart they get all As? It's just another assault on the descendants of those who founded the US.
Who to blame?
Muslim jihadists are deeply embedded in radical US groups: BLM, Answer, Red/Green alliance, BDS, Antifa and other anarchist movements. The SAME people are often active in many of them.
Iran has a leg up here that China and Russia do not because their network of mosques and radical politics is deep and committed.
Iran has the human resources and the incentive.
The Chinese problem is something we're going to have to start hitting from about a hundred different angles. The problem is in the university angle, from what I understand, is that Chinese students pay virtually full-boat tuition (and out-of-state); so universities love to see them applying.
There really are two Americas, and it should be recognizable to everyone at this point that the two sides aren't reconcilable. Oh, sure, the left thinks everything will be okay if they're just put back into power, but I think they're going to be surprised that the right's not on-board with their program. Like with the looters burning down the fireman's bar; the left's response to all these situations has been "so, they (should) have insurance" so basically it's all okay. It's absolutely not. And I don't even know how to talk to someone that thinks like that, and honestly I have no interest in talking to them.
Read it and weep. The Narrative has won.
The Terrifying Collapse of The Rule of Law Across The Country
On Friday, May 29, Minnesota governor Tim Walz explained his reluctance to mobilize the National Guard as an unwillingness to seem “oppressive.” Naturally, he apologized for his white privilege—“I will not patronize you as a white man without living [your] lived experiences”—and explained the feral violence as an understandable response to racial injustice: “The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain, of anguish, unheard.”
. . . It’s worse this time because the country has absorbed another five years of academically inspired racial victimology. From Ta-Nehisi Coates to the New York Times’s 1619 project, the constant narrative about America’s endemic white supremacy and its deliberate destruction of the “black body” has been thoroughly injected into the political bloodstream.
. . . Political leaders elsewhere have been just as reluctant to use the necessary force to quell the violence. New York mayor Bill de Blasio called on police to use a “light touch” in response. New York governor Andrew Cuomo coolly predicted on Sunday, May 31, during his now absurdly irrelevant daily coronavirus press conference, that the violence would continue. “The explosion we saw last night we’ll probably see again tonight,” he said—obviously confident in his own physical safety, if not the safety of the rest of the state’s residents.
. . . Facts don’t matter to the academic victimology narrative. Far from destroying the black body, whites are the overwhelming target of interracial violence. Between 2012 and 2015, blacks committed 85.5 percent of all black-white interracial violent victimizations (excluding interracial homicide, which is also disproportionately black-on-white). That works out to 540,360 felonious assaults on whites. Whites committed 14.4 percent of all interracial violent victimization, or 91,470 felonious assaults on blacks. Blacks are less than 13 percent of the national population.