I heard last week on Vermont radio station WVMT that there was a social justice jihadist riot over at Middlebury College over the visit of Charles Murray, author of the controversial book The Bell Curve. In The New York Times, the Middlebury professor who invited Murray, who admits that she is a Democrat, condemned the SJW rioters. More recently, The Economist picked up on and ran an article on the Middlebury riot.
It is important to note who is saying what here, and on a couple of levels at that. The New York Times is well-known for being on Bannon/Sean Spicer's blacklist, and it quotes someone who openly identifies as a Democrat as condemning the SJWs. The Economist is known for its opposition to the Second Amendment, #Brexit and Donald Trump, and yet it takes a rather dim view of the Middlebury SJW rioters. Long story short, it is not Breitbart's, Sargon, Vindicator, Vee, Freedom Alternative or Kraut and Tea who is condemning the Middlebury SJW rioters, but rather people who are openly opposed to Trump, Bannon, Spicer and Breitbart's.
On a another level quickly, the fact that I first heard this on WVMT is significant. WVMT is not CNN, Breitbart's, Buzzfeed, TMZ or the CNN. It is, just like Mountain Lake PBS, a local news outlet. People who do not live in America can be forgiven for believing that America is currently in a state of civil war if they get the entirety of their concept of America from Breitbart's, the CNN, Buzzfeed, Fux News or TMZ. Those of us who know to listen to local media, as opposed to sensationalistic Don Anderson and Valley Girl Megyn Kelly, understand that what you see on the CNN does not necessarily represent the entirety of America and Americans. For example, if you get the entirety of your understanding of America from Don Anderson, Megyn Kelly, Breitbart's and Sean Spicer, the following two videos will be as a alien as a Martian to you, so much so that you would question them like you question the Moon landings.
The first video shows the debate in the 2016 election for New York's 21st Congressional District (Plattsburgh), featuring the incumbent (Representative Elise Stefanik) and her challengers, Army Colonel and Democrat Mike Derrick and the Green Party Candidate. The second video shows Representative Stefanik (who won the NY21 Election) asking a question during a Congressional hearing. In the first video, you will note that neither Congresswoman Stefanik nor Colonel Derrick behave with anything like the disgustingly amateur bampottery evinced by candidates Trump and Clinton at the very same time. Instead, Congresswoman Stefanik and Colonel Derrick behave just like civilised adults, exactly as Pat Buchanan and Gore Vidal, and exactly as William F. Buckley Jr. and pre-9/11, bad Andy Sidaris extra-haircut Christopher Hitchens did towards each in videos linked to in this entry. In the second video, Congresswoman Stefanik, a Republican, treats former (under Bill Clinton) Secretary of State Maddy Albright, a Democrat, with the highest courtesy, respect and professionalism, something alien to Sean Spicer. This is reality. This is also something you would never know if you got all your US news from Don Anderson, Megyn Kelly, Breitbart's or Sean Spicer.
Another thing local news has that Sargon, Vindicator, Vee, Freedom Alternative and Kraut and Tea completely lack when it comes to issues regarding American college campuses is this thing called perspective. Sargon et al's total concept of the American college comes from things like Mizzou and the People's Republic of Berkeley. Yes, those are indeed elements of the American college campus of 2017, as the Middlebury SJW riot demonstrated. Those are NOT, however, the totality of the American college campus of 2017. This is something Sargon et al would know if they consulted sources other than the YouTubes in their research, sources such as local Adirondack journalist Craig Brandon who, long before Sabrina Rubin Erdely's little fiction, advocated that the peelers, and not the administration, investigate wrongdoing on campus, and who, nearly a decade ago, wrote a book exposing the fact that colleges in America are no longer primarily about education. Had Sargon and Vee bothered to look up this local journalist, they would have seen that their infamous petition to nowhere to "suspend social justice courses because students are supposed to be educated, dammit, at colleges!" was entirely Sisyphean from the get-go.
Bit on the importance of local news over, back to Middlebury, and how the SJW riot there differs from Milo and Jordan Peterson. First, as I pointed out above, it is not Breitbart's, Sargon, Kraut and Tea, Vee, Freedom Alternative and Vindicator who are pointing this out as a worrisome development. It is The New York Times and The Economist, two outlets that are openly opposed to Breitbart's, Bannon and Spicer. Furthermore, Charles Murray was invited to Middlebury by one of that college's professors who openly identifies as a Democrat and who was wounded trying to shield him from rioting SJW's.
Second, there is vast difference between Charles Murray on the one hand and Jordan Peterson and Milo on the other. Jordan Peterson and Milo actively courted trouble. Sargon is calling for an international jihad to defend Peterson, ignoring that it was Peterson who courted this fight. Peterson is nothing at all like Ernst Kantorowicz, who was fired because he refused to sign a loyalty oath during McCarthyite America which was forced on him, a professor of medieval studies. (The ludicrousness of the situation is that Kantorowicz was fighting Communism in Germany as a member of the Freikorps, one of many Jews to do so, when Joseph McCarthy was still looking up his teacher's dress.) Milo also deliberately goes to where he is unwelcome to cause a stir. Sargon et al act all outraged that Milo's show at Berkeley was shut down. Apparently, they never heard that Berkeley also has the sobriquet "the People's Republic of Berkeley," a moniker it has had since the 1960's, decades before Milo was born. A Breitbart's person knowingly going there is exactly identical to someone who goes to a bar, a poontang palace or a shoppe known to be affiliated with a particular Club whilst sporting paraphernalia--stickers, patches or ink--indicating support of/affiliation with Brand-X. It is something that one does not do unless one wants to get a severe ass-kicking or to attain the legal status of "decedent." Milo, Peterson and other bampots who knowingly do this are, in this strict regard, of the exact same mentality of Islamic partisan suicide bombers.
Charles Murray is different. Yes, he is controversial. He is also two decades older than Peterson and four decades older than Milo. What is more, whatever his political views, it is known that, during sojourns abroad before he became a household name, Charles Murray was affiliated with and acting on the behalf of Christians-In-Action. (And for thems who be of non-Nobel Laureate IQ, Christians-In-Action is not a charity or a religious organisation. What is Christians-In-Action, then? To quote the legendary, one and only Eli Cross, "I am not doing your fucking homework for you.") In other words, Charles Murray is the real deal, a pro who has been around for decades, whatever his political beliefs (the legendary writer and old Soldier of Fortune hand Fred Reed does not buy Murray's points.) Peterson and Milo, by contrast, are Junior G Men. When older people like me and Murray hear of people like Peterson and Milo, the first thought that comes to mind is "I logged more time at the urinal than these two have logged breathing air." Charles Murray is of substance, however repulsive that substance may be. Milo and Peterson are attention whores and self-made martyrs looking to make a career out of martyrdom. There are twenty-dollar hookers and twenty-dollar rentboys who are more valuable human beings than Milo and Peterson.
Speaking of which, Kraut and Tea.
This is a sad episode. I liked Kraut and Tea. He made a good impression when he came on Wooly Bumblebee's (a superb artist in her own right who honchoes Anti-Intellectuals) SST streams last year. He is from Prussia, yet he speaks German in an entirely comprehensible manner, unlike his fellow North Germans Geli Merkel (who mumbles incoherently) and Viktor Lutze (who shrieked incomprehensibly and was entirely unable to pronounce the letter "g" like a normal person.) During an intense period of drama last year, he intervened and told those involved to "leave the drama behind."
That was the Kraut and Tea of 2016. The Kraut and Tea of 2017 is different. He had a stream wherein he aggressively demanded that people in the YouTubes anti-SJW gods-in-their-own-minds "community" maintain their virginity by refusing to associate in any way with any SJW element. Then, he went on his second Twitter account and started being deliberately nasty to SJWs, anti-SJWs who are "insufficiently anti-SJW" for his own taste (like Mundane Matt), and to Mr. Bumblebee.
It is one thing to disagree strongly with someone. To attack them personally with no substance is an entire matter altogether. As I said in this entry, I openly disagree with Mr. Bumblebee on matters of policing. Mr. Bumblebee attributes the recent spate of shootings of Blacks/Africans by North American police largely to police racism. Anyone who has read the unofficial NYPD websites NYPD RANT and THEE RANT knows that police in America are openly racist. However, I tend to view North American police shootings as being at least equally the result of the fact that North American police are overwhelmingly ticket dispensers who happen to have ceremonial revolvers which they do not handle with anywhere near the frequency of efficiency of their summonses books and pens, as opposed to being professional police along the lines of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the French National Police's RAID and the French National Gendarmerie's GIGN.
As well, although neither Wooly or Mr. Bumblebee nor I are fans of Donald Trump and his mob, we differ even in that regard. My basic problem with Trump is as follows
Where Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee differ from me on Trump/Bannon is as follows. Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee see Trump, Bannon, Spicer, Richard Spencer and Millennial Woes speaking like Joseph Goebbels and take this as a cause for grave concern. I also see Trump, Bannon, Spencer and Millennial Woes speaking like Goebbels. What I do not see is Trump, Bannon, Spencer and Millennial Woes having the massive infrastructure comprised of highly trained, highly motivated advanced degree (and juris doctor degree, in many cases)-holders who could translate Goebbels' words into effective murder machine which was eternally evolving in its ability to refine itself. The fact that Trump/Bannon's Muslim ban was blocked in both of its formulations thus far, the second time by a Hawaii judge who openly said that Trump's anti-Muslim campaign statements indicates that the intent of this executive order is indeed a Muslim ban indicates that there are limits to Trump/Bannon's power. Another indication of this is the fact that the foreign policy enunciated on the campaign trail by Trump has been effectively eviscerated in all but name, a fact picked up on by The National Interest and Pat Buchanan, who are hardly Don Anderson or Valley Girl Megyn Kelly as far as their views of Trump go. Buchanan attributes this retreat on foreign policy to Trump caving in to John McCain, viewed by the late warrior-philospher Colonel David Hackworth as a pathological "war junkie" nearly two decades ago. There is evidence that there are other elements at play. The Atlantic has reported that Generals Mattis, Kelly and Dunford, Marines all, are acting like a collective high-powered actuator on the wildly swinging door that is Trump.
This indicates that Trump/Bannon/Spencer/Spicer/Millennial Woes, despite their community of rhetoric with Hitler and Goebbels, face solid institutional obstacles that were unknown to Hitler and Goebbels, a point on which I disagree with Mr. Bumblebee.
I disagree, respectfully, with Mr. Bumblebee. What I do NOT do, however, is the Kraut and Tea thing and post up an ancient video of something that happened roundabouts a year ago that has nothing at all to do with the points of disagreement and everything to do with dissing Mr. Bumblebee. You see, as with Babbling Brooke, Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee brought Kraut and Tea onto their streams when Kraut and Tea was just a tadpole, just another FNG looking to be YouTubes-famous. Disagreeing with Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee is one thing. I disagree with them, but I still respect them and they have always been extraordinarily polite and kind to me in all our interactions. Kraut and Tea resurrecting ancient nonsense long put to bed with the deliberate intention of attacking Mr. Bumblebee personally--when Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee brought him to the dance--is the act of an ungrateful cur, or, in Kraut and Tea's idiom, as said by the principal character of Oberst Redl, "ein verräterisch Bauer."
What is more, Kraut and Tea's entirely ad hominem response to Mr. Bumblebee exactly resembles Tariq Nasheed's entirely ad hominem attack on Tommy Sotomayor, calling Mr. Sotomayor "gay" for fifteen minutes in response to Mr. Sotomayor pointing out an omission, in 2014.
Just as with Tariq Nasheed calling Mr. Sotomayor "gay" for fifteen minutes, Kraut and Tea's resurrecting settled ancient history shows he lacks substance. This is sad. Once upon a time, Kraut and Tea's videos were rich, rich enough to tell me that he is not, in fact, a Nazi. Not only did he say he was of the left, he phrased things in such a way that made it clear that he was of the left. For example, on the SST, he talked about how "it was the workers who brought health insurance to Germany in the 1860's." Then, in one of his own videos, he also said that "it was the left who forced one of the most authoritarian leaders of Germany to accept universal health care." Now, both of these claims are technically flawed. There was no united "Germany" per se in the 1860's, only a collection of German-speaking kingdoms, principalities, dukedoms and counties. As for the second claim, Kraut and Tea is taking a potshot at Otto Graf von Bismarck, the inventor of universal health care. Where he veers into inaccuracy was that universal health care was something Graf von Bismarck promulgated himself to "steal the socialists' thunder" while most of the socialists were in jail thanks to Graf von Bismarck's anti-socialist laws. That being said, the fact that Kraut and Tea highlights the role of the left, to the detriment of Graf von Bismarck, in the genesis of universal health care is a strong indicator that he is not a Nazi. The Nazis destroyed Graf von Bismarck's Germany, invading and devouring Austria (when Graf von Bismarck threatened the King of Prussia with suicide when the latter proposed annexing Austria after 1866) and making a war with Russia (when Graf von Bismarck declared "If you want peace, make a treaty with Russia.) However, the Nazis certainly would never have praised "the left" to the detriment of Graf von Bismarck (who they respected, but deemed to be insufficiently aggressive in pursuing German interests.)
To be fair, once Kraut and Tea discovered Edgy Sphinx's true alt-right nature, he gave the latter the boot quite forcefully. I do not think it is entirely reasonable to hold that Kraut and Tea should have known everything about Edgy Sphinx. Kraut and Tea, just like Jordan Owen before the production of The Sarkeesian Effect began, did not have the resources of MI5, the Bundesnachrictensdienst (the BND, Germany's Federal Intelligence Service) or SMERSH. Nor, unlike the NYPD, did he have access to NCIC. Without such resources, there is only so far an ordinary citizen can go in terms of doing a background check on potential associates.
The Kraut and Tea of 2017, especially of late March 2017, is entirely different. In his stream, analysed by Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee below, he behaves like a tin-pot dictator demanding that Spinosauruskin and Vadim Newquist forcefully disconnect from any and all SJWs.
In that stream, and his subsequent underhanded, low-rent twitter nonsense directed and "foe" and "ideologically insufficiently committed" alike, Kraut and Tea behaves, not like the skeptic he holds himself to be, but a lot like the folks who were depicted and subject to a recent documentary featuring a has-been 1990's personna who cannot open pie-hole sans channeling an Edward G. Robinson/George Raft character.
Incidentally, the above videos by Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee show very clearly--as in beyond a reasonable doubt--that, even though they are vocally anti-Trump, they are still, by no stretch of the imagination, SJW's. They openly say that anyone who believes in the patriarchy exhibits cult-like thinking.
It is also particularly noteworthy that Kraut and Tea shits up a storm about some making fun of Thunderf00t's father's illness. This is to be noted because it happened before Kraut and Tea was even on the YouTubes and known to the outside world. Thunderf00t, on the other hand, was in Jordan Owen's The Sarkeesian Effect. He is an old hand, just like Mr. Owen. Not only that, as he demonstrated in he Laughing Witch saga--wherein Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee strongly condemned Laughing Witch's underhanded attempts to get Thunderf00t fired--he is more than capable of taking care of himself.
Kraut and Tea, on the other hand, is like the Barry McKenzie-type ocker described here, a Johnny-come-lately, an unimportant hanger-on who came onto the scene long after Jordan Owen's The Sarkeesian Effect exposed the SJWs for all the world to see, long after Anita Sarkeesian failed to get #GamerGate originator Adam Baldwin fired from The Last Ship. In other words, Kraut and Tea, like Barry da Ocker, is like a MySpace salesman/customer rep in 2017, like a BlackBerry service rep to anyone other than the winning Formula One team Mercedes in 2017. In other words, to Kraut and Tea and Barry da Ocker can be said the exact same thing one can say with respect to comparing Charles Murray to Jordan Peterson and Milo, which is "Son, I logged more hours at the urinal than you have had breathing air." Kraut and Tea and Barry da Ocker are just like Don Anderson, Valley Girl Megyn Kelly and Bob Costa. The latter three think they are in the same class as real pros like Walter Cronkite and Howard Cosell, but, in real life, they are nothing but Junior G Men dressing up like adults and expecting real adults to do anything but laugh.
This shows in Kraut and Tea's resorting to "giving the SJWs a taste of their own medicine." Now, Kraut and Tea has made videos showing that he is aware of the Ulster troubles, including the fact that he is aware of the illegal, proscribed loyalist paramilitaries. He is aware of these illegal organisations and what they did, yet, before his second twitter banishment, he resorted to exactly the tit-for-tat retaliations that comprised these illegal organisations' moduses operandi.
Again, there is a huge element of sadness here. Kraut and Tea, before recent weeks, has made many videos showing that he is very much aware of Germany's history. Far from ostracising the Soviets, who did not share their values, the Reichswehr (the conservative German military of Colonel-General Hans von Seeckt of 1919-1933) worked with the Soviet Union, also a pariah state, to develop their Panzer arm. The contrast between the fact that, in 1941, it took officers who served in that Reichswehr only five months, despite the rasputitsa, to reach Moscow from the Vistula, and the fact that, in 1944-5, when there was no rasputitsa, it took the Red Army eight months to reach Berlin from the Vistula, shows that, Kraut and Tea's doom-and-gloom notwithstanding, the Reichswehr's association with the USSR did not pervert it away from its ideals. If this arrangement was good enough for Hans von Seeckt, why is it not good enough for Kraut an Tea?
Nor is this the only such arrangement in German history. One of the reasons Oberst Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg was motivated to try to kill Hitler was his knowledge of what Hitler was doing to the Jews. How did Graf von Stauffenberg and the other officers find out about Hitler's mass-murders of the Jews? They had connections to two police Generals, Wolf Graf von Helldorf and Arthur Nebe, the latter an Einsatzgruppen leader, who told them exactly what was going on. Graf von Stauffenberg and the other resistors hated, loathed and despised the SS, yet they would not have learned what they did were it not for the fact that they were willing to associate with Arthur Nebe, who was a Lieutenant-General in the SS. Again, if this was good enough for Graf von Stauffenberg, why is it not good enough for Kraut and Tea?
There is an example of such cooperation within Kraut and Tea's own lifetime. Kraut and Tea has mentioned (although with nowhere near the frequency and vehemence with which he mentions Islam) the National Socialist Underground, which murdered nine Germans of Greek and Turkish ancestry and one police constable over a decade. Germany's Bundesamt für Verfassungschutz (Federal Department for Constitutional Defence) was in contact with the NSU for purposes of surveillance for some time. The Constitutional Defence holds and defends values antithetical to those of the NSU, yet they communicated with the NSU on a regular basis. If this was good enough for the constitutional defence, why is it not good enough for Kraut and Tea?
These are questions only Kraut and Tea can answer. In the meantime, I am openly defying Kraut and Tea's Diktat to not associate with people believed to be SJW's. I like the music of John Denver, Joan Baez and July Talk. All of these musicians would be summarily labelled SJWs by Kraut and Tea. John Denver and Joan Baez protested the Vietnam War, although John Denver, unlike Hanoi Jane Fonda, did not go over to the NVA. Joan Baez did visit the NVA, but, unlike Hanoi Jane, she picked up on the fact that, far from being "liberators" and "peasant revolutionaries," the NVA were actually brutal authoritarians who did not give a damn about human rights. Unlike Hanoi Jane, Joan Baez went on to publicly denounce the NVA. July Talk's Leah Fay has openly used the word "misogyny" on several occasions.
I am not going to stop listening to, and openly admitting to listening to the music of John Denver, Joan Baez and July Talk--and I am not going to stop openly being a fan of actors and adult performers who happen to make pro-feminist or SJW-sounding remarks--on Kraut and Tea's Befehl, which I regard to be an illegal Befehl that violates basic protections of freedom of association. Freedom of association is part and parcel of freedom of speech. Take away freedom of association, which is precisely what Kraut and Tea is proposing here, leads to entirely wretched situations such as Vita Sackville-West and Daphne du Maurier being forced to deny an essential part of their identity--the fact that they were, at the very least, bisexual--during their lifetimes.
Now, I am not a particular fan of Vindicator. But what he says at around the 3.30 mark below is iron-on-target. Pace, Kraut and Tea, I am an individual. No one has sent me a ballot paper asking me who I want to represent me on the Intar-Webs either, which means that no one speaks for me, but me, on the Intar-Webs.