This is Katy Perry’s first music video. It lacks the production values of her later videos, but it’s weird, shockingly mean-spirited, and there are two surprises at the end.
It’s too bad that video has low resolution; I think it’s only 360P upsized to 720P.
Here in New York, it was easy to get angry listening to Egyptians, Palestinians and the Arabs of nearby Paterson, N.J., celebrate as they received word of the murderous attacks in New York and Washington. But Mayor Giuliani (who has been tireless and magnificent in this crisis) rightly warned New Yorkers that it would be wrong to take their anger out on the city’s Arab and Muslim residents. Attacks on Arab-Americans in Paterson or elsewhere are utterly indefensible.
The implication is that the celebrations in New Jersey were something that the people in the MSM at the time knew about, but that they wouldn’t report on except accidentally to mention it in an editorial telling us not to be angry at Muslims.
It did happen, and I saw it.
Donald Trump is telling the truth about Muslims celebrating in New Jersey on September 11, 2001.
I drove with family members though Paterson, N.J. that morning, after the planes hit. It’s not the kind of thing you forget.
We witnessed people in traditional Muslim garb dancing, jumping, shouting and celebrating like their team had won the Super Bowl, just as Trump said.
More evidence that there was a conspiracy among the MSM to censor this story because the MSM believes that its number one job is to prevent Americans from becoming racist (leaving aside the fact that Islam is a religion and not a race): a more important job for the MSM than actually reporting the truth.
And of course, there’s the Washington Post article by the guy that Trump made fun of:
In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners’ plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.
The implication here is that multiple people called the police, and why would they have called the police if it didn’t happen? Perhaps these “law enforcement authorities” were told from up high (the Bush Administration) to drop that aspect of the investigation, because not only is it not illegal to celebrate, the Bush administration was trying to promote Islam as a religion of peace and was part of the campaign to prevent Americans from becoming “racist” against Muslims (once again ignoring the fact that Islam is a religion and not a race).
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Someone recently posted on YouTube some local news footage from 2001 also confirming that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the attacks. Unfortunately, back in 2001, people didn’t have cell phones with cameras built into them.
Incidentally, the guido in the video, Curtis Sliwa, is an interesting character who was well known among proles in the New York City area.
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BUT DID TRUMP REALLY SEE IT?
I believe that Trump believes that he saw a video of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey. One possibility is that there was a video of Muslims celebrating in other countries, and that Trump confused that video with reports of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey.
But the other possibility is that a local news station did play such a video before they realized that it was wrong to show viewers anything that would incite people to hate American Muslims. By the day after 9/11, the MSM had already coalesced around the philosophy that one of their main objectives in post-9/11 reporting was to teach Americans that they weren’t supposed to hate American Muslims. So if any video existed, it would have been ignored and buried; there was no YouTube back then to preserve forever inconvenient videos.
This is the modus-operandi of the mainstream media. They will, under no circumstances, report any story that they think would incite viewers to hate minority groups. If a story tends to put a minority group in a bad light, but is such a big story that it has to be reported on anyway, it will be couched in such a way as to not make viewers hate that minority group.
Today is the first day of December.
The establishment belief that Trump will magically lose support and give way to a “real” candidate is based heavily on the experience of the 2008 election cycle, where Giuliani led in the polls for many months, only to drop in December 2007. In January 2008, McCain was leading all of the polls and, of course, he went on to win the nomination.
I think that Giuliani lost his support in December in part because of the Kerik scandal; Kerik was Giuliani’s police commissioner, but Kerik was indicted by a grand jury for a whole bunch of crimes in November, 2007. And in part because people weren’t paying close attention until the November-December timeframe; they liked Giuliani because they remembered him as the hero of 9/11, but when they saw Giuliani in the debates, he just didn’t have that much to say.
The Trump story is a lot difference. First of all, no scandal can take down Trump. The establishment and the MSM has been trying to take him down for months and it hasn’t worked. Trump is immune. His secret is that he doesn’t apologize for anything or take back anything he said. (It may seem like a prole sort of behavior, but it apparently works very well for a politician.)
Secondly, unlike Giuliani whose support was only lukewarm, Trump’s supporters are enthusiastic. His campaign appearances fill up huge arenas. People have been paying close attention to the race since the summer; never have Republican primary debates had such huge television audiences. Unlike Giuliani who had tepid support from people who weren’t paying attention, Trump has very enthusiastic support from people who have been paying attention for many months. His supporters are not going to suddenly change their minds.
I just noticed this relatively recent Fox News telephone poll (November 16-19) which shows that Trump would beat Hillary in a 1 to 1 matchup.
It’s significant that this is a telephone poll because, as I previously blogged, Trump does worse in telephone polls than in internet polls.
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Of course, the poll also showed that Trump had a strong lead among likely Republican primary voters with 28% support (which is less than his support in internet polls).
You Belong With Me (2009):
Blank Space (2014):
I don’t particularly like the video for You Belong With Me, but the song is great. It’s about a high-school-aged girl who likes the guy next door who’s a good looking football player, but her social status is far below that of his cheerleader girlfriend. Despite that, she is hopeful that their shared interests will compensate for her social status deficit and he will come around to seeing her as a romantic partner.
Five years later, Taylor Swift has lost her country twang as well as her sweet innocence. Blank Space is my favorite of the newer Taylor Swift songs. As shown in the video, Taylor Swift is a siren who is apparently irresistible to rich men because of her extreme beauty, sexiness, and wild personality. However, once an unfortunate man gets into a relationship with her, she turns into an insane psycho-bitch. Her transformation follows a trend in the entertainment industry in which female teen stars have to grow out of their youth by slutting it up. (As a side note, the lifestyle shown in the video is how proles imagine rich people live and is not how anyone really lives in the twenty-first century.)
By comparing the two videos, perhaps you can determine for yourself if Taylor Swift is just naturally skinny or if she is engaging in unhealthy dieting. I think it’s a little of both. She was very skinny as a teenager, but five years later she looks even skinnier, when you’d normally expect girls to gain a few pounds as they pass from their teenage years into their twenties.
When stupid political pundits assure readers, and themselves, that Trump can’t win the Presidential election, they drone on about the Hispanic vote and how Trump has alienated them assuring that he will lose.
But the key to Trump winning lies not with Hispanics, it’s with prole whites in places like Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania, according to the 2010 Census, is 79% white and only 6% Hispanic. Pennsylvania ought to be a slam dunk for Republicans—Republicans always win in Georgia which is only 56% white—but in Pennsylvania Republicans keep losing.
I believe that in an election against Hilllary Clinton, Trump will be able to win the support of prole whites in Pennsylvania who have traditionally voted Democratic. This is because Trump speaks to issues that matter to prole whites: immigration, free trade deals, national security. Trump is smart enough to avoid focusing on issues that turn off prole whites, such as tax cuts for the rich and the big issue that divides whites, abortion. I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump moves to the center on those issues after winning the Republican nomination.
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It just occurred to me that one of the reasons that journalists are so clueless about the Trump phenomenon is because they live in an upper-middle-class echo chamber. If they knew more proles, they’d better understand that Trump has a lot of support.
I’ve previously pointed out, many times, that journalists today almost entirely come from wealthy families, and they attended elite schools. They have no friends or relatives who are working class. They are cut off from what regular Americans think.
The subject of Trump came up at a recent Beverly Hills lunch hosted by former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Rockwell Schnabel.
Seated around the table in the private dining room of the Hotel Bel-Air were several of the West Coast’s most powerful Republican donors, including Ronald Spogli, the venture capitalist and former ambassador to Italy under President George W. Bush; his business partner Bradford Freeman; and Riordan.
A story that circulated after the lunch was that the donors engaged in a hypothetical question: “If it was Donald Trump running against Hillary Clinton, who would you vote for?”
One version has it that most of the Republicans at the table put their hands up for Clinton.
An indication that keeping the flow of immigrants is more important to these donors than anything else? Either that, or they fear Trump because, unlike all other politicians, they know he can’t be bought.
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Rubio still remains a very strong favorite in betting markets, but those markets are now telling us that if Rubio doesn’t make it, then Trump is strongly favored as the second-most-likely nominee over everyone else.
With a name like “Laquan,” it’s as if his mother wanted him to become a criminal.
That aside, Laquan was breaking into cars, and when he was surrounded by police, instead of surrendering to them, he continued to walk around with a knife in his hand, he punctured a police car tire with his knife, and he was looking for a way to escape.
Now, the current rule is that the police are only allowed to use deadly force if a person poses an immediate danger to civilians or the cops. This is a change from the traditional centuries-old rule that law enforcement could shoot at someone who committed a felony and who refused to surrender to the police.
The police officer who shot Laquan violated the current rule, but I’m not sure the current rule is really such a good idea. It encourages criminals to disobey the police, and the police are forced to physically subdue the perpetrator which puts the police at risk, and in the long run I think that the result has been that the police go overboard with physically subduing people and do so unnecessarily. In the past, the police would more civilly give suspects the right to surrender peacefully, knowing that they could shoot them if they refused to cooperate or tried to run away.
In any event, Laquan could have easily avoided getting shot by the police if he had simply surrendered after he got caught. Even better, he shouldn’t have been breaking into cars in the first place.
It’s now clear that the shooter targeted Planned Parenthood because he was opposed to the organization. (Of course, this seemed obvious from the get-go, but some commenters kept insisting that it was just a coincidence that Planned Parenthood was involved.)
Although the shooter has some serious mental health issues and is not known to be part of an organized Christian group, there is no doubt that the constant accusation of Christians that Planned Parenthood is “murdering babies” created the justification in this guy’s head that it’s OK to go there and shoot the place up.
Robert L. Dear Jr. seems too much like a mentally ill person for people to pin this on Christian anti-abortion evangelism, so the liberals will fall back to using this incident as a reason to push for more gun control. But it probably won’t work because they underestimate how much prole whites love, love, love their guns.
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The Washington Post says that the police are racist because Mr. Dear, who is a crazy white person, was allowed to surrender without being shot and killed.