Mary Trump’s book breaks record with mammoth sales Reply

Mary Trump: “My uncle is an asshole.”

Most Other People: “So tell us something we don’t know.”

By Oliver Darcy


New York (CNN)Mary Trump’s tell-all book had sold a staggering 950,000 copies by the end of its first day on sale, publisher Simon & Schuster said Thursday.

That figure, which included pre-sales, as well as e-books and audiobooks, is a new record for Simon & Schuster, the company said.
The book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” went on sale Tuesday and portrays President Trump in an unflattering light.
Just two weeks ago, Simon & Schuster celebrated the success of another Trump tell-all book, that one by former National Security Adviser John Bolton. The book, “The Room Where It Happened,” sold more than 780,000 copies in its first week of sales.

Michael Brooks on Defending History Reply

This is an interesting discussion of the Intellectual Dark Web from a Jacobin left perspective. The fundamental flaw in Michael Brooks’ thinking is his view that you can have a massive welfare and regulatory state without having a parallel military, police, and prison state. Of course, these kinds of folks always cite Scandinavia as their model, not realizing that those are essentially micronations that are smaller and less densely populated than many US states, often with predominantly rural populations that were, until recently, culturally homogeneous. Additionally, they are still under the rule of the neoliberal corporate class, both in their own countries and within the EU. And given their place under the NATO umbrella, they are essentially just deep blue states within the US empire.

I was a 60s socialist. Today’s progressives are in danger of repeating our mistakes. Reply

By John B. Judis

Washington Post

In January 1969, Tom Hayden, a founder of the radical Students for a Democratic Society and a leader of the antiwar movement, came to speak at the University of California at Santa Cruz, on behalf of the SDS chapter where I was a member. At the time, many on the new left thought a revolution was imminent. Major cities had been set ablaze by rioters; gun-toting members of the Black Panther Party had confronted legislators in Sacramento; hundreds of thousands were marching against the Vietnam War; and with Richard Nixon in office — and the war showing no signs of abating — the protests were turning violent.


“Vote Red, No Matter Who…”? Reply

This is hilarious. Hannity tries to portray Biden as some kind of revolutionary Marxist as opposed to the moderate Republican he essentially is, just like liberal opinion portrays Trump as Mussolini as opposed to the Blue Dog Democrat he essentially is. What is most interesting is how so much contentiousness could result from so little substance.  What is most unfortunate is that so many people take this crap seriously.


The West Has a Resentment Epidemic Reply

On the urban vs. rural divided throughout the West.

By Roberto Stefan Foa and Jonathan Wilmot

Foreign Policy

In 2014, the Hill newspaper rated Minnesota the second-most-liberal U.S. state. For decades, Minnesotans had reliably supported Democrats in the House, in the Senate, and for the presidency—in Ronald Reagan’s landslide presidential reelection of 1984, it was the only state in the country to support his opponent, former Minnesota Sen. Walter Mondale.

Yet in 2016, America’s second-most-liberal state did something unexpected. As the presidential campaign rolled on, Donald Trump picked up a surge of support, drawing level with his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. In the end, Trump bettered Clinton in 78 of the state’s 87 counties. While Clinton eked out a narrow victory in the state by a 45,000-vote margin, it came almost entirely from the state’s largest city, Minneapolis.


Homeowner who pulled gun on protesters: I was a victim of a mob Reply

Chris Cuomo interviews the pink-shirted rifle guy. What is most interesting is to compare this interview with Cuomo with the Carlson interview and observe how Red Tribe and Blue Tribe really do live in two different realities and regard each other as existential enemies. An authentic anti-state, anti-ruling class revolutionary movement would be looking to exploit these cleavages and divide the constituent factions of the ruling class, rather than taking sides with this-or-that system-manipulated group.

Tucker Carlson Interviews Mark McCloskey Reply

Carlson has another interview with the “Straight Outta Applebee’s” guy.

If the revolutionary “far-left” was tactically shrewd, they would come out in opposition to any arrest or legal prosecution of this guy on “we’re against the pigs no matter who they come after” grounds, or “we’re for the right to bear arms for everyone” grounds. Such a stance would win the sympathy of the extremist and/or libertarian sectors of the right while driving a wedge between these sectors and the more authoritarian and/or “respectable” right while forcing bourgie liberals into an awkward position as well.  Though I doubt most far-left activists are sophisticated enough to think on this kind of tactical level.

Protest in Pennsylvania after cop uses knee to restrain man Reply

Some folks have to learn the hard way, I guess. Perhaps police departments should realize eliminating applicants for having too high an IQ wasn’t a good plan.

By Michael Rubinkam

Associated Press

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Activists against police brutality expressed outrage and demanded accountability Monday after video emerged over the weekend of an officer placing his knee on a man’s head and neck area outside a Pennsylvania hospital.

Allentown police violated their own policy against neck restraints when an officer used his knee to bear down on the man’s head, the activists said, while the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania called it an illegal use of force.

Hundreds of people marched in downtown Allentown on Monday night, calling for the officer to be fired and police funds to be reallocated to education, mental health and other social services.

“These police officers should not have been restraining him. He needed help,” said protester Maegan Llerena. “Not even two months after George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, there was a knee on the neck of a man in front of a hospital. What is that? Can someone explain that to me?”


2 slain police officers ‘never had a chance’ in Texas shooting, chief says Reply

It would be tactically advantageous for leaders and organizations within the protest movement to openly memorialize cops who experience “line of duty” deaths in situations like this. Whether such sentiments would be sincere or not is beside the point. Psywar is crucial in the advancement of fourth-generation warfare struggles.

By Joel Shannon

USA Today

Two police officers who were responding to a disturbance call were killed Saturday in a South Texas town after a suspect met the officers at the door and shot them, police say. The shooting happened so quickly that “our officers did not draw their weapons, did not fire, never stood a chance – never had a chance,” McAllen, Texas, Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said in a statement to the media. The police department learned about the fatal shooting when other officers stopped by the scene to do a routine check, Rodriguez said. The officers were responding to reports of a violent disturbance, Rodriguez said. “They were doing their job. That is what we are supposed to do.” The officers approached the door of the residence after meeting people outside the house who reported that a disturbance or assaults were occurring inside, Rodriguez said.


Indiana woman shot dead after saying ‘all lives matter’: family 4

When things like this happen, opinion leaders among BLM need to immediately denounce such incidents and characterize responsible parties as rogue elements that are unrepresentative of the movement. At least that would be the smart way to do it. Incidents like this will escalate fourth-generation warfare among tribes.

By Theresa Braine

New York Daily News

A young mother was fatally shot earlier this month in Indiana and may have been targeted for saying “all lives matter,” the 24-year-old’s family said Sunday. Jessica Doty Whitaker and three friends were hanging out along the Indianapolis Canal Walk at about 3 a.m. on July 5, WXIN-TV reported. They argued with another group after one of the people Whitaker was with used a racial slur, her bereaved fiancé, Jose Ramirez, told WXIN. A racially charged confrontation ensued with the other group, during which the suspect’s group shouted, “Black Lives Matter,” and someone in Whitaker’s group — possibly her — said, “all lives matter,” Ramirez said. Guns were whipped out, and both sides, seeing that all were armed, backed off, he said. “It was squashed, and they went up the hill and left, we thought, but they were sitting on St. Clair waiting for us to come under the bridge, and that’s when she got shot,” Ramirez told WXIN.


Federal Officers Shoot Portland Protester In Head With ‘Less Lethal’ Munitions Reply

Smart tacticians from the Left could exploit this issue to fuel hostility to the feds among liberal and left opinion, and in a way that also wins sympathy from the anti-establishment Right who see the feds as the folks who are going to take their guns and massacre them like they did the folks at Waco. War is about winning, folks.


UPDATE (9 p.m. PT) — Federal law enforcement shot and severely injured a protester Saturday night during demonstrations in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Portland.

Donavan LaBella, 26, was shot in the head by what friends and witnesses said was an impact munition.

Videos of the incident posted online brought swift condemnation from some local leaders, including both of Oregon’s U.S. Senators, who demanded answers from the federal government, and City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who asked that federal troops leave Portland immediately.

Mayor Ted Wheeler, in a statement released just before 9 p.m. Sunday, called on federal law enforcement to abide by the same standards as Portland officers in using less-lethal weapons against protesters.

In one video, LaBella is seen pushing a canister of smoke or tear gas away from his feet across the street from the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse. Moments later, LaBella returns to holding a speaker over his head with both hands. Shots of impact munitions can be heard, and LaBella collapses to the ground, dropping the speaker.


Will the Right-Wing Launch a Counter-Offensive? Reply

This article, by no less than leading fourth-generation warfare theorist and paleoconservative strategist Bill Lind, is a perfect example of why I have been telling the Left that making every problem into a cultural/racial/tribal civil war is a remarkably bad idea. Some people on the cultural right are instinctive authoritarians who will “back the blue no matter what they do” but others are lumpen and working-class folks who have had run-ins with the pigs of their own, and are suspicious of the state and the capitalist class for a range of reasons. It is a tactically horrible idea to push these sectors toward reaction. I don’t think that would turn out well for the Left (or for any of the groups the Left claims to represent) in the long run. Learn the lesson of the Spanish Civil War where burning churches and shooting priests only fueled Franco’s forces.

By William S. Lind

Traditional Right

The Left’s seeming triumph is a momentary affair. In fact, with idiocy such as abolishing the police it is discrediting itself massively. But conservatives are frustrated. They want to strike back but aren’t sure how. Here are a few ideas that might help.

First, before we strike back at anyone we need to know who the enemy is. It is not black people. They are just tools being used by the real enemy. Who are they? The cultural Marxists, the purveyors of political correctness, multiculturalism, and white guilt. Just like the economic Marxists who ruled the Soviet Union, they are ideologues who want to establish a totalitarian state based on their ideology. They couldn’t care less about the blacks they use, damage, and then discard.