Before Paris, Turkish officials often rebuffed U.S. calls for a larger border force, saying the frontier was simply too long to effectively seal, no matter how many soldiers were deployed.
Turkish officials pointed to Washington’s inability to seal off the U.S.-Mexico border as an example of how difficult such operations can be. U.S. officials chafe at the comparison. “If we were at war with Mexico, we’d close that border,” a senior administration official said of Washington’s response.
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I suspect that everything Russia said about Turkey and ISIS is correct. They are buying oil from ISIS and selling them weapons. They don’t really want to seal the border. Turkey sees the Kurds as the greater enemy, and ISIS is at war with the Kurds, and therefore ISIS is a friend on the theory that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
The Republican establishment is nearing full-blown panic about Donald Trump.
The demise of Trump’s candidacy has been predicted by centrist Republicans and the media alike virtually since the day it began. But there is no empirical evidence at all to suggest it is happening.
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Will the GOP try to draft Mitt Romney? A recent poll shows that Romney would win the New Hampshire primary if he were on the ballot.
We can hope he turns out to be a Muslim, but in all likelihood he’s a white Christian type, and the MSMS will have a field day saying “see, the real terrorists are white Christians.”
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That’s pathetic Lion, hoping for a shooter to be a Muslim before the facts emerge. Seems like you want the news to conform to your worldview or political agenda.
My worldview is that a shooting at a Planned Parenthood most likely means a white pro-life Christian nut. And if that turns out to be the case, the MSM will take advantage of it to divert attention away from Islamic terrorism. So yes, I hope it turns out to be something that the MSM won’t feel smug about.
There’s an article in today’s NY Times about online polls.
Trump does a lot better in online polls compared to telephone polls. But Trump is the only candidate who is affected by the method of the poll. The theory posited in the article is that respondents are embarrassed to tell a human about their support for Trump because it’s politically incorrect. If that’s the case, then the online polls will more accurately predict private voting-booth behavior, although embarrassment about supporting Trump could hurt him in the non-private Iowa caucuses.
Thank you to commenters who recommended this TV series. It was awesomely mind-bending.
Additionally, I really appreciated how it looked to be authentically filmed in New York. I recognized the block in Chinatown where Elliot lives. Unlike the series Daredevil which supposedly takes place in Hell’s Kitchen but was actually filmed in Brooklyn, I actually recognized a Hell’s Kitchen location in this series. There was a scene that took place at a ballet class, and I could identify it as the Alvin Ailey at 55th Street and 9th Avenue. Coney Island also plays a prominent geographical role in the series. It’s authentically New York.
The series does a great job of showing the class differences in New York City. You see the contrast between Elliot’s crappy tenement apartment and rich people’s apartments like Elliot’s wealthy gay boss.
Portia Doubleday is cast perfectly as Angela Moss, Elliot’s long-time friend. She looks just like an upper-class girl from an Ivy League University. (It’s slightly unrealistic that they would be friends who grew up in the same neighborhood because Elliot seems to come from a lower-class family, but I guess that the writers can be given some poetic license.)
I picked up early on that the fictional corporation “E-Corp” is only called “Evil Corp” in scenes with Elliot. It’s something that Elliot is imagining.
After watching all ten episodes, I conclude that the name for the series, Mr. Robot, is perfect and captures the essence of the story. However, the name is very confusing for people who haven’t seen the series, because the series has nothing to do with robots and is not science fiction; it takes place in present-day New York except that the world’s biggest and post powerful corporation, E-Corp, is fictional.
If this video, showing people dressed in monkey masks being lazy, had been produced by a white musician, it would be deemed massively racist: because of stereotypes about blacks being lazy and the racist legacy of blacks being compared to monkeys. But because Bruno Mars is not white, he is able to pull this off without scandal.
The Jewish Community organisation (IKG) in Austria has called for a limit on the number of refugees entering the country, warning of the risk of growing anti-Semitism as many of the migrants are from Middle Eastern countries.
“The question is how many refugees can a country accept. We have reached the end of our capacities,” IKG president Oskar Deutsch told journalists in Vienna on Monday.
“Some of these so-called refugees will have grown up thinking anti-Semitism is normal,” he said. “It would be terrible if this were to happen in Austria.”
Austria has been a key country on the migrant trail and expects a record 95,000 applications for asylum this year and up to 130,000 in 2016, according to latest government figures.
Deutsch echoed comments made by the Central Council of Jews in Germany, which said it expected problems with integrating the mainly Muslim newcomers.
“Sooner or later we won’t have a choice but to set an upper limit,” the council’s president Josef Schuster told Die Welt daily.
“Many of the refugees are fleeing the terror of the Islamic State and want to live in peace and freedom, but at the same time they come from cultures where hatred of Jews and intolerance are an integral part.
Notice how Mr. Deutsch uses the term “so-called refugees,” thus doubting their status as legitimate refugees.
Hopefully, this puts to rest the assertion by anti-Semitic types that immigration is a secret plot by Jews to destroy the gentile whites. It’s gentile white leaders who are doing this, not the Jews.
What’s more fun than a curvaceous green-eyed blonde girl singing about how she’s proud to have a few extra pounds? Surrounded by the color pink?
Yeah my momma she told me don’t worry about your size
She said boys like a little more booty to hold at night
Strangely, this wonderfully enjoyable music video was condemned by certain anti-fun people for being anti-feminist because of those lines. They say that telling girls they should care about what boys thinkg about them, that’s anti-feminist.
I guess that means that “game” websites, which tell men how to change their behavior so women will be more attracted to them, those sites are anti-men. I suppose they are. The genuine true pro-men sites are the Men-Going-Their-Own-Way (MGTOW) websites.
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It should be noted that Meghan Trainor grew up on the island of Nantucket,
previously mentioned for being the place where you are most likely to bump into the top-out-of-site when they are summering. Well worth a visit even if they only way you can afford to get there is in steerage aboard the slow ferry (which still has a much better class of passenger than the Staten Island Ferry).
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In case you don’t get the lyrics, “bass” is used as a metaphor for a big booty, and “treble” is the opposite of bass.
A commenter recently asked for me to review another music video.
This one has already been viewed more than 450 million times even though it has only been on YouTube for a month. It’s nice that a song that’s more mature is popular, instead of some crappy gangsta rap. On the other hand, I really enjoy Katy Perry videos a lot more, and I confess that I also enjoyed the video by that Korean guy a lot more.
In the video, shown in artsy sepia-toned black and white, Adele reminisces about a boyfriend who she dumped in the past, but now feels guilty about it. Adele is a blue-eyed white girl and the ex-boyfriend is black. I think it would have been much better if the ex-boyfriend was Asian. Asian men could really use a boost to their self-esteem.
I’ve observed that Arabs make very cowardly soldiers. This explains why Israel, from its very inception as a state in 1948, has always been able to defeat numerically superior Arab armies.
When the United States invaded Iraq, instead of the “Mother of all Battles,” Saddam’s soldiers barely put up a fight.
When numerically smaller ISIS armies invaded Iraqi cities, the Iraqi troops abandoned their posts and ran away.
But what gives the jihadists the courage that Arab soldiers have traditionally lacked? I naively assumed it was their conviction that they were fighting for Allah and would be rewarded in Paradise for their Holy Jihad. But it turns out the that real answer sounds like something out of science-fiction. As explained in recent news stories, the jihadis are taking a drug in the amphetamine family, known in the Middle East as Captagon, which makes them fearless.
Two ISIS fighters caught in Turkey told the local newspaper Rudaw, “When we went into battle, we took the pills that made us euphoric.” Ali Daud, 23, told the newspaper: “It makes us feel big, strong, as if looking at the battle from above. You think the tanks are little birds that you can destroy with your sword. We took the drug only when we went into battle, for maximum effect.”