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I just wanted to read the damned manifesto

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Massive number of news stories about the “manifesto,” but almost impossible to actually find it. Even Google didn’t help. Is Google in on hiding it?

I finally found this link:

I appreciate the fact that, unlike American white nationalists, this guy isn’t obsessed with Jews. The only mention of Jews in his manifesto is this:

Were/are you an anti-semite?

No. A jew living in israel is no enemy of mine, so long as they do not seek to subvert or harm my people.

There’s still a whiff of dislike of Jews in that statement, but like I said, at least he’s not obsessed with Jews.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 15, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Crime, Uncategorized

Crime doesn’t pay in today’s economy

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A mob boss was killed on Staten Island.

I looked up his house on Zillow and it’s only a $1.4 million house. You can also look on Google Streetview. It’s a decent house for a criminal, but he’s certainly no Al Capone. It’s more profitable to go to medical school and become a doctor. Plus as a doctor, you never get murdered by other doctors.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 14, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Crime

Jussie Smollett: could he be innocent?

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According to The Blast:

(1) Homophobic tweets by the Nigerian bodybuilders have been uncovered.

(2) “Sources close to the case tell us the testimony from the brothers went ‘sideways’ while speaking in front of the grand jury, so the proceedings were halted and a criminal charge was filed instead.”

(3) This part isn’t new news, it has been widely reported that Smollett claims the check for $3,500 was for personal training services.

Is it possible that Smollett is actually innocent here?

Remember that when I first heard about the incident, I wrote: “I suspect that the attackers had some personal grudge against Smollett, and pretended to be racist Trump supporters to deflect attention.”

But then attention turned to Jussie Smollett making it all up.

But many of the reasons that people were initially suspicious of Smollett turned out to be false:

People said it was suspicious because the attack wasn’t caught on video, but there actually was a video camera at the location of the attack, it was just pointed in the wrong direction.

People said that the release of the photo of two persons of interest was bogus, they were just two guys who had nothing to do with the attack. But actually, the picture did show the two guys involved in the attack.

People said Jussie not turning over his phone meant that there was no phone call to his manager. But we now know that the phone call did happen, and the real reason Jussie didn’t turn his phone over to investigators was because he didn’t want them to see evidence of other things. Maybe he was hiding his illegal drug purchases from the Nigerian bodybuilders?

A few days ago I wondered why Jussie didn’t throw the Nigerian bodybuilders under the bus. One possible hypothesis is that Smollett is a moron. He so bought into the narrative of racist whites that he couldn’t believe that two black guys pretended to be racist Trump supporters, nor could he believe that two black guys who he thought were his friends secretly hated him. Maybe they just pretended to be his friend because he was paying them a lot of money for personal training services and drugs, but secretly they despised him.

As to why Smollett wasn’t beaten up a lot worse, given that huge bodybuilders were presumably capable of really hurting Smollett if they wanted to, maybe that wasn’t the Nigerian brothers’ goal.

The part about the Grand Jury proceeding being halted is an especially weird twist. They say that a Grand Jury would indict a ham sandwich, so the bodybuilders’ testimony must have been pretty awful if prosecutors became worried that the Grand Jury wouldn’t return an indictment.

Let’s not forget that the Nigerian bodybuilders are shady people. According to the Washington post::

1. They filed for bankruptcy in 2016.

2. Older brother pleaded guilty in 2012 to aggravated battery and was sentenced to two years of probation for a stabbing that occurred a year earlier about a block away from the brothers’ home, according to Cook County records.

3. Younger brother was ticketed for a DUI in 2015.

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Let me point out that the police said on Monday that “there’s a lot more evidence that hasn’t been presented yet that does not support his innocence.” But I don’t know what that evidence is, so I can only evaluate the publicly known evidence.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 26, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Crime

Smollett still insists he’s innocent. Unbelievable

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CNN reports:

Jussie Smollett apologized to the cast and crew of “Empire” on Thursday night for any embarrassment the recent allegations may have caused, but he maintained that he was innocent, a person at the meeting told CNN.

The person at the meeting said they were shocked and dismayed that Smollett stuck to his story of innocence. For the most part, the source said, Smollett paraphrased what was in the statement that his attorney put out that afternoon, blaming the legal system and the media for his woes.

What an incalcitrant liar. Of course it would be a bad legal strategy to admit guilt, but he could say that his lawyers advised him not to talk about the matter, which would surely be the truth if he has competent lawyers.

If Smollett is willing to lie to get out of his predicament, I am surprised that he’s not using the most obvious lie, that the bodybuilders beat him up because they were pissed at him for some reason, and he didn’t recognize them because they were wearing ski masks. It least that lie would have some plausibility.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 22, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Crime

Jussie Smollett under arrest!

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But unlike with Roger Stone, they didn’t call in the SWAT team. It appears he was allowed to turn himself in voluntarily.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 21, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Crime

Jussie Smollett charged with felony!!!!

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But it appears that he was NOT indicted by the grand jury.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 20, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Crime

Wednesday morning Smollett update

CBS This Morning reports that prosecutors were just about to have the Nigerian-American bodybuilders testify before the grand jury on Tuesday when they received a call from Smollett’s lawyers, and whatever was said caused them to call off the testimony.

Also, if you’ve been following the news, you know about Jesse’s 2007 plea of “no contest” for pretending to be his brother when he was pulled over for DUI: So this guy has a proven history of lying to police!

Also, yesterday I mentioned a witness who saw the Nigerian-American bodybuilders with Jussie in his building the night of the attack; that turned out to be fake news. Didn’t happen. (And a week or two ago, there was a witness who saw a redneck hanging around the building, that was also fake news. You can’t trust these “witnesses.”)

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February 20, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Crime

Another Smollett update

New evidence: a witness reports seeing Smollett with the two Nigerian-American bodybuilders in a common area of his apartment building on the evening of the hoax attack.

TMZ reports that famous attorney Mark Geragos may be representing Smollett. Geragos appears to be playing up the racism angle, as in the police be racist against his client.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 19, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Crime

Real hate crimes on the rise in New York City

Blacks are beating up the ultra-religious Jews at an increased rate.

In January alone, several Orthodox Jews were punched, seemingly unprovoked, in broad daylight on Kingston Avenue, the main Jewish thoroughfare in Crown Heights. In late January, a 22-year-old Yeshiva student was beaten on the street while calling his parents on the phone in Australia. A few hours later, a 51-year-old man was beaten so badly by the same assailants that he was hospitalized.

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Hermes writes in a comment:

This NYT article reads like a veritable Greatest Hits of Larry Auster:

1. Extremely vague, non-racial descriptors of the perpetrators (“men,” “young men,” “assailants,” etc.) despite numerous references to their being caught on video and arrested? Check!

2. You have to scroll down to 75% through the article to find any mention of race, and even then, it’s in the most neutral, non-judgmental terms (“tensions in the community between black residents and Jews”)? Check!

3. Passive voice (victims “were punched” or “was beaten”? How foolish of those Jews to run face-first into those disembodied fists just hanging in the air!) Check!

4. “Random” attacks? Check!

Anything else?

That’s right, if whites had been beating up the Jews, it would have been in the headline. But because blacks are doing it, it’s buried deep in the article.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 18, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Crime

Jussie Smollett case to go to grand jury

So reports TMZ:

So far, there are no confirmations from any more serious news sources, but TMZ has proven themselves to be pretty accurate with their previous leaks in this story.

Illinois does not require a grand jury, so they are doing this to make media headlines. “Jussie Smollett indicted by grand jury” will definitely be reported by the MSM because of interest in the story. A grand jury means the intent of a felony prosecution and a prison sentence if found guilty.

And there is this interesting tidbit in the article:

Cops were extremely suspicious when Jussie took them out to the area where he said he was attacked and pointed to an obscure camera saying how happy he was that the attack was on video. Turns out the camera was pointing in the wrong direction. Cops thought it was weird he knew the location of that camera.

It sounds like Jussie had actually intended that the attack be on video to prove that it really happened, but because of his incompetence he was not aware that the video camera was pointing in the wrong direction.

So it’s kind of ironic that the lack of video surveillance evidence caused people to be suspicious of Jussie thinking that meant there was never any attack, when in fact there was actually an attack, albeit staged, and it was just happenstance that there was no video surveillance footage of the fake attack.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 18, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Crime

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