September 13, 2020

Posted by orrinj at 6:33 PM


Trump boasts about getting 'Bay of Pigs Award' - which doesn't exist (Martin Pengelly, 13 Sep 2020, The Guardian)

Attacking Joe Biden and seeking to exploit reports that his rival is struggling with Latino voters, Donald Trump boasted on Sunday of receiving "the highly honoured Bay of Pigs Award" from Cuban Americans in the battleground state of Florida.

Posted by orrinj at 6:24 PM


Scandinavia is Socialist and Other Leftist Myths Debunked (Kay C. James, 9/13/20, National Interest)

2. Denmark (or your favorite Scandinavian country) is a prime example that socialism works. 

The reality is, Denmark has a free-market economy that produces goods and services that the government then heavily taxes to finance an extensive welfare state. Denmark's prime minister once told a shocked Washington, D.C., audience: "I would like to make one thing clear ... Denmark is a market economy."

Like Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway all rely on free-market capitalism to finance their expansive welfare systems.

...distributing that wealth is a political question.

Posted by orrinj at 6:18 PM

Posted by orrinj at 1:38 PM

AN IDEAL INCEL ANTHEM (profanity alert):

Trump Rally Gets Crowd Moving With "Macho Man" Despite Requests To Stop (JORDAN HOFFMAN, SEPTEMBER 13, 2020, Vanity Fair)

The legend goes that French producers Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo, visiting gay clubs in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, wanted to create a group celebrating that audience, inclusive of Blacks and Latinos. The recruitment ad for the campy phenomenon that became Village People read "Macho Types Wanted: Must Dance and Have a Mustache."

Their success wasn't just based on their "Tom of Finland meets a vocational guidance counselor's office" look. The catchy melodies and rump-shaking beats were beloved by all. "In The Navy," "Can't Stop The Music," and, of course, "Y.M.C.A." are classics for a reason, as is a track that amped up Donald Trump enthusiasts at a rally in Nevada on Saturday, "Macho Man."

Posted by orrinj at 1:35 PM


Biden ahead in Minnesota and Arizona, CBS polls indicate (DAVID COHEN, 09/13/2020, Politico)

A CBS News Battleground Tracker poll put Biden ahead of President Donald Trump in Minnesota among likely voters by a margin of 50 percent to 41 percent. There would be nothing unusual about a Democrat winning Minnesota; the last Republican presidential candidate to carry the state was President Richard M. Nixon in 1972.

Posted by orrinj at 1:29 PM


Fox News Poll Shows Americans Saying Biden Is More Mentally Sound Than Trump to Serve as President (BENJAMIN FEARNOW, 9/13/20, Newsweek)

Despite the Trump campaign and the president himself repeatedly questioning the mental acuity of Biden, a larger percentage of U.S. adults say they believe the Democratic presidential candidate has the traits best suited for the job. A slight majority of likely voters--51 percent--told Fox News they believe Biden, 77, has the "mental soundness" to be president, compared to 47 percent who say the same about Trump, 74.

Seems unfair, given that Donald has passed the test they gave him because his own doctors thought he was gaga.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


'American History X.' His Nazi Pals Are Now Cops.: Frank Meeink was a top neo-Nazi who inspired Edward Norton's character in "American History X." He now speaks out against it--and says members of his old neo-Nazi crew became cops. (Marlow Stern, Sep. 13, 2020, Daily Beast)

In October of 2006, the FBI released an intelligence assessment titled, "White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement." Though the document--culled from FBI investigations and open sources--was heavily redacted, it reached a number of disturbing conclusions.

The assessment revealed that white supremacists "have historically engaged in strategic efforts to infiltrate and recruit from law enforcement communities"; that many of these white-supremacist infiltrators are known as "ghost skins" who "avoid overt displays of their beliefs to blend in"; and that the KKK have longstanding "ties to local law enforcement." These firm ties between white supremacists and law enforcement persist to this day. Last year, Reveal published an investigative series exposing the police's proclivity for Facebook hate groups and racist memes, and in late August, former FBI agent Michael German compiled an exhaustive report detailing the prevalence of "racism, white supremacy, and far-right militancy in law enforcement" and the federal government's non-existent response to it.

Links between white supremacists and law enforcement have been thrown into sharper relief in recent months following the killing of George Floyd, and numerous instances of curiously chummy behavior between police and far-right militiamen during the ensuing protests for Black lives.

Frank Meeink, once one of the most prominent neo-Nazis in the U.S.--and the inspiration for the character Derek Vinyard, played by Edward Norton in the 1998 film American History X--thinks he knows why.

"I know that there are neo-Nazis who I used to run with who are now cops," he tells The Daily Beast. "And that's just in my crew. Imagine how many neo-Nazis and white nationalists have been becoming cops? Three of the people in my crew alone became cops."