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The bastards should be drawn and quartered!

It’s not just perfumes and designer goods that thieves go for in France. French police are currently trying to sniff out about four tonnes of Comté cheese stolen by thieves in the east of the country…On Monday the owner of the Napier dairy in the town of Goux-les-Usiers, eastern France reported a break-in the previous night. Thieves had helped themselves to approximately one hundred wheels of Comté cheese, a speciality of the region of Franche-Comté.

A large order of McDonald’s fries costs about $126 in Venezuela.

Great news: the EPA’s new smog rules will only cost 40 times as much as they said. 

Egypt opens ancient tombs in Luxor in bid to lure tourists after jet crash

This isn’t a culture war, it’s a war on culture.

Even if we concede that liberals tend to lose elections that focus solely on social issues (the same probably goes for the GOP), and that Republicans are more philosophically flexible, the worst you can say about Tuesday’s development it that it points to a cultural stalemate — a state of affairs that is probably favored by more Americans than we might think. The problem is that won’t do for the progressive Left. And with a bottomless well of grievances and yet-to-be-discovered civil rights, there’s no end in the fight for imaginary justice.

All of this is predicated on the idea that every person the Left approves of, no matter what kind of lifestyle they engage in, should feel entirely comfortable, loved, and accepted by everyone; everywhere they go, no matter what they do, never to hear an unflattering word from anyone. You can only try to achieve this utopia is by attacking, cajoling, and subduing other cultures to create philosophical uniformity.

The Rodin Museum re-opens in Paris this week after major restoration work.

John Gallagher, the Canadian infantryman killed fighting with PYD/YPG v. ISIS, left an essay.

The war that is ongoing in the Middle East is a war against theocracy. In many ways it is a civil war, and I believe more depends on its outcome than anyone in power is prepared to face. But it is also a distant front in a civil war within Western society, since we are sending troops to fight on both sides. And here the stakes may be even greater. Our war is not just about theocracy; it is between those who still believe in the enlightenment, that self-determination is the most basic and most crucial of all human rights, that the first duty of every man in society is to defend the mechanisms by which we make ourselves free; and those who ultimately lack the capacity to believe in anything. These people have been corrupted by the masochistic fables circulated by leftists and identity politicians that tell us Western society is inherently racist, inherently sexist, and inherently imperialist, when it is Western society which pioneered the ideas that racism, sexism, and imperialism might be a problem in the first place.

Because of our beliefs, we live in the most racially inclusive, sexually liberated, and anti-imperialist society which has ever existed in human history, and to teach young people anything different is a criminal act of intellectual violence. And the crisis we face today is the direct result of this ‘progressive’ thinking: we are now under threat by those who take advantage of the masochism and apathy fostered by the left to recruit people who will take a violently affirmative ideology over nihilistic pessimism, even or especially if that means committing atrocities that would make the average ‘imperialist’ vomit. Those who contribute to this environment of moral decay and vulnerability are the useful idiots of jihad and fellow travelers of theocracy, and it is the duty of thinking persons to oppose their influence by every means at our disposal.

Is the media seriously not covering this because it’s two non-white cops and two white victims? Because this is an insane story that should get some attention.

Two Louisiana police officers remained jailed Saturday while their colleagues investigated the details that led to the death of a 6-year-old and the severe wounding of his father in a hail of gunfire…Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana state police…called the video he reviewed “the most disturbing thing I’ve seen, and I will leave it at that.”

So freaking horrible

Nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee was targeted because of his father’s gang ties, lured into a South Side alley Monday afternoon and executed, Chicago police officials said Thursday. Speaking at the edge of the Gresham alley where Tyshawn was shot multiple times, Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the slaying “probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime” he had seen in his 35 years in law enforcement. McCarthy said police believe Tyshawn was killed because of his father’s gang ties and a recent series of shootings between rival gangs.

Tyshawn, a fourth-grader at Joplin Elementary School who loved to play basketball, was walking to his grandmother’s house Monday afternoon when police said he was lured to the alley in the 8000 block of South Damen Avenue and shot repeatedly. A basketball he always carried with him was found nearby. McCarthy told reporters that Stokes might know who killed his son but that he has refused to cooperate with police. When investigators approached him, Stokes responded with words that “you can’t say … on TV,” McCarthy said.

The True but Secret Story behind Amedeo Modigliani’s Favorite Model Paulette Jourdain

Why Bruce Jenner can never be a woman

He’ll never know what it’s like to be a girl, to bravely face the realities, not the fantasies, of nature. He won’t know the joys, either. The comfort of a girl resting in her father’s strong arms. The sweetness a woman feels when her husband makes love to her and they create life together. The soft movements of a child as she or he grows inside her womb. The peace she feels as she feeds her baby at her breast, having given life and now sustaining it…The celebration of Jenner “becoming a woman” is a fantasy. It’s artificial. It’s make-believe. It’s not authentic at all. It’s a mirage. Jenner has always fantasized that he’s a woman, dreaming of the possibilities of becoming what he imagines himself to be. But possibilities in life are only fantasies when they aren’t rooted in something real. You can’t become a woman without being a girl, complete with XX chromosomes that determine our sex. The man posing as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair is a delusional mockery of every woman who knows what it’s like to be a girl with all the pains, humiliations, and joys of actually growing up and becoming a woman—and each one of us, in different ways, has faced it bravely through every stage.

This is what 25 years of lazy escapist emphasis on PC and EEO, rather than strategy and ship-building, gets you. We’ll lose a lot of soldiers and ships in the next war, but those dead soldiers will have had a “diversity” class and that’s what really matters.


DHS wanted to put its immigration forms online. 10 years and a billion dollars later they have…one form online.

Unreal. Give me a fucking break.

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