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1/8/2016

In Shameful Glory: Mayor Of Cologne Shows What Denial Looks Like

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:04 pm



[guest post by Dana]

Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker, who, on the heels of the New Year’s Eve horrible sexual assault of more than 100 women by Muslim asylum seekers, reacted by telling women to quit wearing short skirts and asking for it, sat down for an interview with Der Spiegel.

Throughout the interview, we see the mayor’s astounding levels of denial, ignorance, and intellectual dishonesty. She is unable to point to any commonly shared belief system influencing the Muslim assailants; she is unable to identify them as refugees in spite of the police report and statements from officers on the scene; and, she is bizarrely unaware of the high levels of sexual assaults perpetrated against women at the hands of Muslim refugees throughout Europe – a number which has increased dramatically with the recent wave of asylum seekers.

After reading the interview, it’s easy to see that as long as elected officials share the same myopic, politically correct, and dangerous views as that of Mayor Reker, women in the region, and elsewhere, will remain vulnerable and at risk. And no amount of “keeping at an arm’s length from strangers” will help.

In part:

SPIEGEL: The newspapers are reporting that a “sex mob” attacked women in Cologne. What’s your analysis?

Reker: Women were sexually harassed in a massive way. I always thought these were the kinds of dangers people faced in very distant countries. It’s not something I could have imagined in Germany. We cannot accept it. It threatens the balance in our country.

SPIEGEL: The equality minister in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (where Cologne is located) has spoken of the “tip of a very dire iceberg.” What does this iceberg look like?

Reker: I haven’t seen it yet. I clearly live — at least when it comes to this — in a protected environment. These days it’s no longer even obvious what it is that you need to protect yourself against. That applies here in Cologne as well. But until now, I had been of the belief that the generation of advanced men rejected such inhuman practices.

SPIEGEL: Please excuse us. What is it that you mean by “advanced men”?

Reker: *I’m not fond of referring to enlightened men. I’m referring to new generations of men who consider equality to be self-evident.

SPIEGEL: What role does the ethnicity of the perpetrators play?

Reker: **You can only surmise in that regard. I’ve heard speculation that alcohol played a major role. It appears that the men come from a cultural environment in which alcohol cannot be consumed very often in public. But that’s no reason for us to impose a ban on drinking alcohol for North African men. That’s nonsense. It’s imperative that we ensure safety in such squares and in the entire city during the Carnival festivities (in February) and throughout the entire year.

SPIEGEL: Does Germany have a refugee problem?

Reker: We are facing the challenge of integrating the people who are coming here into our society. That also includes drawing them closer to our culture.

SPIEGEL: You have advised women to keep at least an arm’s distance from men at major events.

Reker: And I have been subjected to a ton of ridicule and criticism for it.

SPIEGEL: On social media, your advice has been illustrated with a Heil Hitler salute. The New York Times even reported prominently about it.

Reker: During a one and a half hour press conference, I was asked what preventative advice includes. I then gave this example in one sentence. Perhaps it was a bit helpless, but it also shows how helpless our society is when it comes to dealing with such incidents. Ultimately, it depends on the police doing their work and keeping such occurrences from happening in the first place…

A helpless Germany? More like a suicidal Germany…

Reker: I’m sorry that some women have understood this to mean that I am holding them responsible for the violence. But I don’t have to apologize for stating an example that is officially referred to by the City of Cologne. Besides, as you may have noticed, nobody is offering any constructive suggestions. I haven’t read anyone writing anywhere that the arm’s length proposals is nonsense, instead this or that would be better.

Could this unenlightened mayor possibly be any more insulting to the women of Cologne, especially those who were victimized?

It’s interesting that the mayor claims she has not seen any suggestions to help women more effectively protect themselves, or measures that can be taken to prevent further “incidents” like this from happening. Of course, if you are unwilling to acknowledge what is painfully obvious, it’s going to be a tough go. However, there may be another explanation for the silence:

As Western Europe’s most populous nation grapples with a historic wave of mostly-Muslim migrants, politicians and activists are decrying a rash of incendiary speech bubbling to the surface of German society. In a country whose Nazi past led to some of the strictest laws in the West protecting minorities from people inciting hatred, prosecutors are launching investigations into inflammatory comments as judges dole out fines, even probation time, to the worst offenders.

German authorities, meanwhile, have reached a deal with Facebook, Google and Twitter to get tougher on offensive content, with the outlets agreeing to apply domestic laws, rather than their own corporate policies, to reviews of posts.

Last September, German authorities worried by the increase in hate speech against refugees contacted major social media outlets, forming a new task force including the government, companies, industry associations and activists to tackle the problem. On Dec. 15, the task force announced an agreement for tougher monitoring.

Facebook officials now say they are reviewing posts more stringently and using legal opinions and language experts to determine whether users’ comments are infringing on German law. Sometimes, they say, it means parsing whether posts containing common insults are framed in a way that could be potentially illegal as opposed to genuine political expression.

It’s a frightening thing when an “incident” of mass sexual assault takes place, and officials believe the way to fight back (in spite of their “helplessness”) is to hold the victims responsible, squelch the free speech of its citizenry, punish those who both criticize the governmental policy that opened the door to this sort of calamity, as well as criticizing the belief system commonly held by the perpetrators.

*It’s unfortunate the interviewer didn’t press Reker further and ask her what she thought it was that prevented this particular group of males from being part of the “new generations of men who consider equality to be self-evident”? Mayor Reker, what could have possibly prevented this particular group from being enlightened “advanced” like males in the West?

** It’s also unfortunate that the interviewer did not press Reker further with the following: If you are willing to blame the heinous behavior of these males on abusing the tenets of their “cultural environment”, then why wouldn’t the opposite be true: that the same “cultural environment” from which they came had already influenced their views of women, thus sexually assaulting them was seen as their right?

No wonder officials attempted to whitewash the “incident”.

–Dana

108 Responses to “In Shameful Glory: Mayor Of Cologne Shows What Denial Looks Like”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (86e864)

  2. You know, Dana, when I read Robert Ferrigno’s “Heart of the Assassin,” I thought it was super far-fetched.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayers_for_the_Assassin

    Maybe not.

    The fine SF writer Dan Simmons got into trouble with this:

    http://www.dansimmons.com/news/message/2006_04.htm

    Again, maybe he was closer than all the hysterical PC crowd think.

    Honestly, I think that Western Civilization has a hole in its collective soul. It needs filling. I hope that these kinds of things aren’t what will fill it…but I have a sneaking solution it is.

    Simon Jester (2af8ff)

  3. Ever see the movie “Chopper?” There’s a scene where Chopper slaps his girlfriend and her mother to the floor. He turns to the girlfriend and says “Do you see what you made me do to your mother?”

    CrustyB (69f730)

  4. So like Rahm and other mayors in the US she is going to fire the police chief and put her destructive blinders on. And sure, squelching free speech (at least we still have that) about it all will only help.

    This is not going to end well.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  5. All the official spokes people call them north African, none of them called them muslims. Much like our muslim in chief that can not say radical islam.

    dunce (32e46c)

  6. I am surprised the mayor did not recommend that women wear burkas and stay home in big event nights, only going out when you have to accompanied by a male relative.

    This is what happened and is happening all over the Middle East. I have friends living in Egypt and they said it has gotten really bad there too. Women cannot go out alone and be safe. If they do not a have s male relative to go shopping with them then they have to hire a body guard. Also if you dress in western clothes (even conservative western clothes) you are harassed. Even the Muslim women in burkas will harass them screaming names. They are trying to force everyone to follow their beliefs or be harassed even if the local law is not sharia.

    This even happens in the US and it is part of the reason you see Muslims pushing for full acceptance of head coverings and burka. So if you are a Muslim girl in school and you where western clothes then you are usually harassed as not being as pure or good as your Muslim sisters who do. This is how it starts. The extremists harass the more secular Muslims into compliance then they start on non-Muslims.

    Another example was a niece of a friend of mine who is living in the US went to visit relatives in Jordan. The girl said she was modern and not going to be bullied. After a couple of days she said she had to cover up as men made her life miserable grabbing at her and hurling abusive language.

    So to make a long comment longer – this is the plan to make women so afraid they do not go out alone and they cover up more and more -> eventually every woman is in a burka and the movement moves to a new country to spread further.

    Sandra (ebc434)

  7. Women were sexually harassed in a massive way. I always thought these were the kinds of dangers people faced in very distant countries.

    “By the geography of those countries, I mean, not the population. Everyone knows coastal plains are rapists.”

    I clearly live — at least when it comes to this — in a protected environment.

    “Pity there’s no existing organization tasked with making Cologne a protected environment. Or if there is, it’s not doing its job.”

    Perhaps it was a bit helpless, but it also shows how helpless our society is when it comes to dealing with such incidents.

    “Oh, but there’s no need to examine how our society became helpless”

    CayleyGraph (353727)

  8. yes, Simmon’s look was a terrifying look into a possible future,

    narciso (732bc0)

  9. Caley Graph,

    It’s as if the mayor has not read a newspaper, watched the news, or looked at the internet for the past decade.

    Do you believe it’s a universal feeling she has, this helplessness of her society to fight back against this sort of behavior? I believe that extremists are counting on the European (and eventually U.S.) citizens to feel exactly how the mayor does. It will make their job much easier.

    Dana (86e864)

  10. It’s like society is committing suicide. I was going to say that those people voted for that mayor, but look who we have in the White House.

    Gazzer (3b0a0a)

  11. As a reminder, President Obama has said that the U.S. will admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, in spite of officials admitting there is no way to thoroughly vet them.

    Dana (86e864)

  12. a further reminder, we’ve already admitted 100,000 since 2012,

    narciso (732bc0)

  13. I sleep at night knowing my wife carries.

    mg (31009b)

  14. And my two daughters.

    mg (31009b)

  15. Honestly, I think that Western Civilization has a hole in its collective soul. It needs filling.

    Giggity

    V the K (aee944)

  16. You carry to protect your soul.

    mg (31009b)

  17. OT,
    While we are talking about mayors and their reflections on criminal activity:
    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/01/clearing-things-up-in-philadelphia.php

    Perhaps what the mayor meant was that there are:
    1) Muslims who have a significant tie to Islam as it has been practiced in the ME and elsewhere
    2) “Nation of Islam” followers of Farrakhan, who usually dress pretty distinguished western style, coat, (bow?)tie, nice pants, “respectable looking”
    3) Muslims of a version linked to prisons and local mosques in urban areas who dress with a robe over their clothes as is seen in the picture,
    and even if they claim ties to ISIS, are about as likely to have been directly influenced by them as much as Rev. Hoagie and I,
    in other words, nothing at all like the San Bernadine folks.

    This fellow was a #3 type, known for local thuggery before any proclamation of being Muslim.

    MD in Philly (not in Philly at the moment) (deca84)

  18. Dana, you mean “didn’t” at *

    Kevin M (019c33)

  19. one wonders, if the likes of Fouad al Bayly, was involved, recall that fellow who fatwa’d Hirsi Ali, yet had a DOJ contract,

    narciso (732bc0)

  20. These people nearly conquered Eurasia. Hard to believe. Now the men sit to pee.

    Kevin M (019c33)

  21. Dear Mayor:

    “The arm’s length proposals is nonsense.”

    You read it here first.

    Kevin M (019c33)

  22. These people nearly conquered Eurasia. Hard to believe. Now the men sit to pee.

    Give the Middle Eastern men two generations and they’ll be just as castrated as the Western males.

    nk (dbc370)

  23. it’s Dortmund and Dusseldorf too,

    narciso (732bc0)

  24. “Those Boots” teh Beagles

    What you gonna do tonight, Marco
    There must be someplace you can go
    In the middle of the campaign you go solo
    There must be someone you know
    God knows you drink the water down
    And you’re so young and that Trump’s a clown
    He might just call you a fruit
    Oh no, Marco Rubio, what you gonna do in those boots
    Got that Clinton pantload with her cankles
    Got that Ted Cruz winning their hearts
    Got that Bernie Sanders talkin’ nonsense
    But you don’t know just where to start
    Desperation in the words you use
    And Jebbie Bush is gonna lose
    You can’t believe your reviews
    Oh no, now you’ve done it, once you started wearin’ those boots

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  25. Just who is assimilating into whose culture over there?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  26. A bunch of bulls jumped over the fence into a pasture full of heifers and steers. The heifers shook their tails in front of the bulls and they were shocked, shocked that the bulls did not behave like steers.

    nk (dbc370)

  27. The heifers shook their tails in front of the bulls

    Uh, how about the heifers were minding their own business, living their lives

    Dana (86e864)

  28. Looks to me like the moslems are successfully conquering France, Germany and England. Those Godless little Hebdo dicks kept writing crap about the white Christians that gave them their freedom and instead of thanks they ridiculed their beliefs. Then one winter day they made the mistake of screwing around with the moslems and got their cowardly brains blown out. But now they’re “innocents”. No, they’re saboteurs and they got whacked. And to prove how weak these pitiful atheists are they were too afraid to show mohammad as the killer they did cutsie and made a Christian-like God. Cowards just like all atheists. It took Christian cops with guns to save their worthless asses. As usual.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  29. Uh, how about the heifers were minding their own business, living their lives…

    So were the bulls, Dana. Remember the frog and scorpion.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  30. that’s a very callous statement, nk, mind you they have no frame of reference, among the populace, you think of the Hamburg cell, and the Abu Ghraib squirrel is thrown out,

    narciso (732bc0)

  31. “Tenets,” not “tenants.”

    David (1a6c9a)

  32. Oh? This happened during a New Year’s Eve celebration. Quote from JVW’s link: “We will also have to explain our carnival better to people from other cultures, so that there’s no confusion about the cheerful behavior in Cologne that has nothing to do with candor, especially candid sexuality,” Reker said.

    The frauleins were just being cheerful. Okay, then.

    nk (dbc370)

  33. nk @ 26,

    I think I may have misunderstood you to mean the night of the attacks, but now that I re-read your comment, I believe you are referring to Europe in general, and Muslim immigration.

    Dana (86e864)

  34. And you know who has been missing in action since this horrible event? American feminists. Once again, these fearful little creatures will not speak up if it involves the perpetrators that must not be named.

    Dana (86e864)

  35. that’s possible, but the same milieu occurred at Tahrir Square, five years ago,

    narciso (732bc0)

  36. Could this unenlightened mayor possibly be any more insulting to the women of Cologne, especially those who were victimized?

    That woman, undoubtedly, is of the left, illustrating — once again — that the quip of liberalism being a form of mental illness is actually not a diagnosis of pure sarcasm.

    The mayor is also another reminder that her ilk — far from being supposedly so humane and loving — can, in fact, be truly among the most ruthless, heartless (and, yes, flat-out idiotic) members of the human race. That’s why the extremely infamous Adolph Hilter, another member of German society, although often clumped together with the right, was sympathetic towards left-leaning concepts or behavior: Socialism, veganism, animal rights and homosexuality.

    Mark (f713e4)

  37. In Shameful Glory: Mayor Of Cologne Shows What Denial Looks Like

    No, this is what contempt and hatred of your own citizens looks like.

    We should recognize it and be used to it after 7 years of Obama.

    Steve57 (17e737)

  38. I remember how this blog was the window into the mindset of publications like Spiegel,

    http://medienkritik.typepad.com/blog/

    narciso (732bc0)

  39. Imagine the spittle-flecked outrage from the SJW crybullies if a conservative Mayor told women of their city how to dress, and act so as to not bring the rapings upon themselves. Now imagine the muted soon forgotten outrage if the same Mayor was a leftist.

    JD (b3cb62)

  40. And you know who has been missing in action since this horrible event? American feminists

    You think they would have helped? Which side?

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  41. Could this unenlightened mayor possibly be any more insulting to the women of Cologne, especially those who were victimized?

    They were not victims. They were sacrifices to the moslem god and there will be many, any more. None of the people of the West are any more than willing sacrifices of the leftist mindset of the Western leadership. So when the killing and raping comes to your town remember that Hoagie is a bigot and he is wrong, moslems should be in America, they’re just like ay other religion.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  42. Reker: During a one and a half hour press conference, I was asked what preventative advice includes. I then gave this example in one sentence. Perhaps it was a bit helpless, but it also shows how helpless our society is when it comes to dealing with such incidents.

    Michel Houellebecq’s Submission is a great exploration of the mental surrender of Europe’s elite exmeplified by Reker. If you’re unfamiliar with the novel, Ross Douthat’s review in the NY Times is worth a look, although he misinterprets the satire as an endorsement.

    scrutineer (905d41)

  43. The UN will likely respond by condemning Israel.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  44. I remember how this blog was the window into the mindset of publications like Spiegel,

    http://medienkritik.typepad.com/blog/

    Ah, nostalgia! He was a member of Oh! That Liberal Media! with me, Stefan Sharkansky, Ed Morrissey (briefly), Hube’s Cube, etc.

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  45. This is why the moment I hear of Islam doing violence (which is daily) my only hope is that people of Left are the ones being violated.

    Los palos enseñan.

    Rodney King's Spirit (3adc86)

  46. Western civilization has come to a crossroads. Putting our heads in the sand is preferred over confronting evil. Liberals shame anyone who points out the obvious. This piece by Daivd Goldman in Pajamas Media entitled Why Does Germany Condone Mass Rape sets up the issue nicely.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  47. “We will also have to explain our carnival better to people from other cultures, so that there’s no confusion about the cheerful behavior in Cologne that has nothing to do with candor, especially candid sexuality,” Reker said.

    So in essence she is calling them untermenschen.

    Rodney King's Spirit (3adc86)

  48. Dana #34: I have long been confused by feminists supporting Bill Clinton, or gays supporting Islamic culture.

    This is a long read, but it addresses the issue—it’s about an “in” versus an “out” group, and sometimes the ingroup contains things which sure seem contradictory.

    http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/30/i-can-tolerate-anything-except-the-outgroup/

    Worth a read, I think. It explains a lot that is going on, to my way of thinking.

    Simon Jester (2af8ff)

  49. possibly, Simon, but if they are consistently wrong, there may be something else involved, we’ve seem this show in Rotherdam, and we saw how the establishment moved heaven and earth to prevent
    any public acknowledgement of what went on there,

    narciso (732bc0)

  50. I didn’t say I agree, narciso. I did say that the essay explains (does not approve of) the madness. And it is madness.

    You don’t have to read it. But if you do, I’m curious about what you think.

    Simon Jester (2af8ff)

  51. it’s full of category error, the premises are daft, observant Christians are very unlikely to give evolution a second look, the Junkers and the Shinto class were more alike then different,
    even if they lived in different countries, he dismisses the fact, that most of the Ferguson narrative was mostly false, regardless of the ethnicity of the believer, it is like speaking of air, if you’ve only known water,

    narciso (732bc0)

  52. Who is my neighbor? The Samaritan? Someday. Beyond that, Mr. Alexander has no point. Of course we will have more softness in our hearts for the people close to us than we will for strangers.

    nk (dbc370)

  53. Way off topic, but just watched Sicario, great movie. Should be mandatory viewing for all people who use drugs. Help them develop a conscience maybe.

    Colonel Haiku (467f23)

  54. won’t work, they’ll blame the drug war, not the kingpins and their minions, there is too much understanding of the latter, at least three or four series, on spanish cable, with little police presence,

    narciso (732bc0)

  55. They’re only trying to feed their families. (You will make DRJ happy if you remember the source of that statement.)

    nk (dbc370)

  56. My sympathies were not with the female law enforcement officer character.

    Colonel Haiku (467f23)

  57. Of course we will have more softness in our hearts for the people close to us than we will for strangers.

    That’s true of normal people, but progressives love to signal virtue via “leapfrogging loyalties.”

    The default human tendency is toward concentric loyalties. If you look at people in Szechuan or Paraguay or Burkina Faso, you’ll notice that they tend to feel the most duties and allegiance toward people whom they consider most like themselves, moderate amounts toward people moderately close to them, and so forth onward and outward.

    But the Western liberal is noteworthy for feeling loyalty toward his inner circle, however defined, then ostentatiously leapfrogging over a whole bunch of people who are kind of like him but whom he despises, in order to embrace The Other.

    Dickens and Nabokov made similar observations about liberals in 19th century England and Russia.

    scrutineer (905d41)

  58. A bunch of steers and NOT MOOOOOOOSLIMS, jump a fence into a field of heifers and bulls.
    The heifers are not wearing the customary Moooooslim garb and get RAPED……….

    a BIT more accurate.

    Gus (7cc192)

  59. ~ Off To The Pharmacy ~ ~ ~

    One day an old man goes into a pharmacy, reaches into his pocket and takes out a small bottle and a teaspoon laying it on the counter.

    He asks the pharmacists, “Could you taste this for me, please”.

    Being a senior citizen, the pharmacists went along, taking the spoon with a tiny dab of the liquid, puts it in his mouth swills the liquid around and with a grimacing look spits it out in a cup.

    “Now does that taste sweet to you?”says the old man

    The pharmacists said to the old man, “Hell no!”

    “Oh that’s a relief”, says the old man, “The doctor told me to come here and get my urine tested for sugar”.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  60. Cologne stinks.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  61. Message to women across Europe: don’t go out at night alone. Funny, how in the ME, Muslim women also can’t go outside alone…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3390168/Migrant-rape-fears-spread-Europe-Women-told-not-night-assaults-carried-Sweden-Finland-Germany-Austria-Switzerland-amid-warnings-gangs-ordinating-attacks.html

    Dana (86e864)

  62. Dana??? See a pattern developing??? Wymyn aren’t citizens in (NOT ALL MOOOOOZLIMS) IZZZLAM. Wymyn are chattel/property. Wymyn have no rights, they are the property of MOOOOOSLIM men. Those Izzzzlamic men who are “refugees”, did not leave their CULTURAL BIASES behind.

    Gus (7cc192)

  63. New Year’s Eve horrible sexual assault of more than 100 women by Muslim asylum seekers

    this is just their society now it’s not *horrible* it’s just something you need to know about germany before you visit, same as how you’ve always needed to know this stuff before going to egypt or saudi arabia

    happyfeet (831175)

  64. In todays world if your wife and daughters don’t carry, it should be considered. A few attempted rapes stopped by armed women will send a message to these slime balls.

    mg (31009b)

  65. A German woman needs a German man to protect her like a fish needs a bicycle. The strong feminists must be able to take care of themselves. No man should help them, no matter how dire their need. Evolution must be served.

    Feminists and Muslims are both enemies of civilization; if they prey on each other, who am I to interfere?

    ErisGuy (76f8a7)

  66. Jizyat must be paid to the Moslem overlords. Prior to Cologne, it was paid with blonde slaves exported to Arabia. Now it will be pain in Europe.

    I demand Germany be partitioned into EU- and Islamic- zones. It’s only fair. The last conquerers of Germany–Russian rapists–partitioned the country, too.

    ErisGuy (76f8a7)

  67. Dana #34: I have long been confused by feminists supporting Bill Clinton, or gays supporting Islamic culture.

    This is a long read, but it addresses the issue—it’s about an “in” versus an “out” group, and sometimes the ingroup contains things which sure seem contradictory.

    Simon, that is a very interesting essay. She immediately marks herself as blue with the assumptions about red group members. I have five children. Three are blue group and two are red group. How can that be ? Maybe I am not in either. I had to quit Ricochet after I posted a comment that I would not write a letter of recommendation for a student applying to medical school who did not believe in evolution. The attacks went on for weeks, I even kept track of some of them on my blog.

    A Jewish psychiatrist is almost a caricature of a leftist.

    Anyway, it was an interesting essay.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  68. Is there anyone out there who thinks Ammon Bundy does not have a valid point about government overstepping their boundary?

    When government institutes policies that endanger their citizens and threaten their liberty, who steps in?

    Jim (a9b7c7)

  69. Islam has nothing to do with the Muslim men who are committing horrible acts of rape. But if you criticize them, then you are obviously an Islamophobe.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  70. it’s so interesting how men in cultures like you find in Germany and Yemen and Sudan use rape to express themselves and assert their self-identity

    that’s very different from how i was raised

    diversity!

    happyfeet (831175)

  71. Only two of the 100 horrible sexual assaults were called rape in the links. The other 98 were what? Pinched butt, groping, stolen kiss, catcall, making them pay for their own drinks?

    nk (dbc370)

  72. In-group vs. out-group. German women vs. Muslims, horrible sexual assault. American college girls vs. American college boys, crazy feminazis.

    nk (dbc370)

  73. I wonder what former Durham, NC prosecutor/Democrat shill Mike Nifong would have to say about all this.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  74. Simon, that is a very interesting essay. She immediately marks herself as blue with the assumptions about red group members

    FWIW, the name of the author of that piece is Scott Alexander, whose essay, linked by Simon, I clicked on and read because of your comments about it. These are the snippets that stood out to me because they illustrate the power of ideological biases over many other facets of human nature:

    Then a few years later, Margaret Thatcher died. And on my Facebook wall – made of these same “intelligent, reasoned, and thoughtful” people [edit: who previously chastised those for feeling good about the death of Osama bin Laden] – the most common response was to quote some portion of the song “Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead”. Another popular response was to link the videos of British people spontaneously throwing parties in the street, with comments like “I wish I was there so I could join in”. From this exact same group of people, not a single expression of disgust or a “c’mon, guys, we’re all human beings here.

    Once again, discrimination on the basis of party was much stronger than discrimination on the basis of race. The size of the race effect for white people was only 56-44 (and in the reverse of the expected direction); the size of the party effect was about 80-20 for Democrats and 69-31 for Republicans.

    Pew has done some good work on this and found that only 23% of conservatives and 1% (!) of liberals admit they would be upset in this situation. But Pew also asked how parents would feel about their child marrying someone of a different political party. Now 30% of conservatives and 23% of liberals would get upset. Average them out, and you go from 12% upsetness rate for race to 27% upsetness rate for party – more than double. Yeah, people do lie to pollsters, but a picture is starting to come together here.

    Alexander doesn’t really hone in to a great enough degree on the differences between innate biases of liberalism and conservatism, and how many on the left tend to be (my phrase) ass-backwards in judging the good and bad in people and situations. Their inability to define or understand who truly is or isn’t the so-called underdog, or deserving of the benefit of the doubt or not, is the core of the issue, just as much as the general idea of who’s the in-group or out-group.

    BTW, there’s also the phenomenon of “familiarity breeds contempt,” so that’s a small part of why people who are very closely related to one another (eg, in terms of race, ethnicity or nationality) may feel pangs of great annoyance towards folks they’re accustomed to compared with total strangers.

    Alexander’s essay, however, does illustrate the phenomenon of many people becoming corrosively (and increasingly) leftwing in 21st century America or Western society. That’s why I fear the downfall of this society due to the dynamics of greater and greater decadence, or the effects from the mindlessness of compassion for compassion’s sake or from the cheapness of tolerance for tolerance’s sake. It’s now why I’m far less surprised that someone as horrific as Adolph Hitler (the epitome of a person who truly was ass-backwards in judging the good and bad in people and situations) could have surprisingly liberal or leftwing traits in his personality—eg, loving animals and endorsing animal rights while sending millions of human beings to the crematories; spitting upon Jews while undoubtedly coddling and sympathizing with the Muslims.

    Mark (f713e4)

  75. Have these girls ever heard of a Luger?
    No father at home?
    Germany needs a 2nd Amendment.

    mg (31009b)

  76. Real fast.

    mg (31009b)

  77. Dr. K #68: I didn’t believe everything in the essay, and was amused by the effort to assure the “in group.”

    I does help to explain te hypocrisy I see from the Left.

    Tribes.

    Simon Jester (1787e0)

  78. @scrutineer:“But the Western liberal is noteworthy for feeling loyalty toward his inner circle, however defined, then ostentatiously leapfrogging over a whole bunch of people who are kind of like him but whom he despises, in order to embrace The Other.”

    Do what you will, there is going to be some benevolence, as well as some malice, in your patient’s soul. The great thing is to direct the malice to his immediate neighbours whom he meets every day and to thrust his benevolence out to the remote circumference, to people he does not know. The malice thus becomes wholly real and the benevolence largely imaginary.

    Think of your man as a series of concentric circles, his will being the innermost, his intellect coming next, and finally his fantasy. You can hardly hope, at once, to exclude from all the circles everything that smells of the Enemy: but you must keep on shoving all the virtues outward till they are finally located in the circle of fantasy, and all the desirable qualities inward into the Will. It is only in so far as they reach the will and are there embodied in habits that the virtues are really fatal to us.

    All sorts of virtues painted in the fantasy or approved by the intellect or even, in some measure, loved and admired, will not keep a man from our Father’s house: indeed they may make him more amusing when he gets there.

    Screwtape (3d8e32)

  79. Meanwhile, in the City of Brotherly Love, a black Muslim tries to murder a white cop, is arrested, and tells detectives that he committed the crime in the name of Islam.

    Philadelphia’s mayor responded with the following comment:

    “In no way shape or form does anyone in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam has anything to do with (the crime) … It is abhorrent. It is terrible and it does not represent the religion in any way, shape or form or any of its teachings … This is a criminal with a stolen gun who tried to kill one of our officers. It has nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith.”

    Of course, if a white guy kills a black guy …

    Deuce Frehley (73c323)

  80. Deuce Frehley, I live in Willow Grove a suburb of Philly and the first thing I saw on TV this morning was that moslem running up to a cop car ad reaching in and shooting. Once I saw that white robe the black moslems in Philly are so very fond of wearing I knew exactly what it was. Seems a crap load of black guys in town wear that ridiculous get-up with the little macramé beanie and the idiot broads wrap themselves in black drapes all year round. Must smell wonderful under there in summer! Anyway, leave it to the leftist powers-that-be to stand there telling everyone that the guy who said he was doing it for Allah was wrong! These people are NOT in denial, they’re insane. Again, the actions don’t fit the narrative so full and complete public lying is in order.

    I too am among those who hope to hopes that when these animals kill or rape people they’re doing it to leftists.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  81. I made a comment far above from my contact with the Philly PD.

    It may indeed be true that this fellow is more of a “wanna be” criminal element than anybody who actually has any kind of ties to ISIS,
    but yeah, that is not what the mayor was saying.

    I read somewhere that the new mayor had campaigned at a mosque at bleach once. I am not sure if that is true, and what to make of it, if true.

    A miracle the officer wasn’t killed.

    MD in Philly (not in Philly at the moment) (deca84)

  82. Mark, I might have to go back and read the essay again but I got the distinct impression the write was female.

    The tribal nature of society is in keeping with my conclusion that we are becoming a Low Trust Society.

    In countries where people generally trust one another, there are fewer worries about crime or corrupt political leaders.

    The survey also found that in Eastern Europe — a region where concerns about corruption are widespread — the tumultuous changes that followed the fall of communism have taken their toll on social trust. The percentage of Russians, Ukrainians and Bulgarians who believe most people are trustworthy has declined steeply since the early 1990s.

    A low trust society is expensive and becomes tribal fairly rapidly.

    Trust also tends to run low in the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa, although in all three regions substantial variation is seen. For instance, while nearly six-in-ten Egyptians (58%) believed most people can be trusted, only 27% of Kuwaitis took this position. Similarly, in Latin America levels of trust ran from 51% in Venezuela down to 28% in Peru. Among African nations, Malians were roughly split between those who agree (49%) that most of their fellow citizens are trustworthy and those who disagree (51%), while Kenyans, with 25% agreeing and 75% disagreeing, were much more pessimistic in this poll, which was conducted several months before the outbreak of violence that followed last December’s contested presidential election.

    Since Harvard’s Robert Putnam advanced his “bowling alone” thesis in the mid-1990s, numerous researchers have found evidence suggesting that America’s social capital has declined over the last half century.3 However, as the Pew survey demonstrates, when it comes to social trust (one indicator of social capital), Americans still compare quite favorably with other publics — 58% believe others in this society can be trusted. Only the Chinese, Swedish, Canadian, and British publics express greater levels of social trust.

    That study was published in 2008. Pre-Obama. A lot has changed.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  83. well he did travel to the Kingdom and Egypt, before he started making terrorist threats,

    narciso (732bc0)

  84. maybe like the french braquers, it’s nothing, but occam’s razor points in the other direction,

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2016/01/philly-cop-shooter-jihadis-brother-hes-not-mentally-ill-made-pilgrimage-to-mecca?

    narciso (732bc0)

  85. so events happened much earlier in bonn, at welcome party for refugees, nov 7th, which isn’t even
    Octoberfest,

    http://www.ksta.de/bonn/-belaestigungen-bei-fluechtlingsparty-in-bonn-sote,15189200,33472966.html?originalReferrer=http://m.facebook.com&originalReferrer=

    narciso (732bc0)

  86. I appreciate the new info,
    I find it surprising that he had actually traveled to the ME,
    As Rev. Hoagie said, there are lots of people in Philly who fit his description,
    And I think the number that have traveled to the ME are very few.
    But, maybe there is more to this.
    But the level of sophistication of the attack is pretty low if he had any kind of training.

    MD in Philly (not in Philly) (deca84)

  87. Is he still Mayor of Cologne?

    seeRpea (ab6952)

  88. she is, but as pointed out it happened in Bonn, and Dusseldorf, and Dortmund, probably Berlin, in Austria, and Sweden, no the ‘three chimps’ have shared responsibility,

    narciso (732bc0)

  89. re #89: i didn’t see any other mayors making donkeys of themselves about this.
    (yes, i did see what the Philly mayor said. maybe they should go on a JustLunch date )

    seeRpea (ab6952)

  90. yes, she showed special obtuseness, instead of the rest ‘who learned the value of not being seen’
    she can speak german, he can speak gibberish,

    narciso (732bc0)

  91. I’m sure the not—really—Muslim Philly shooter will be back on the Septa subway hawking oils and mix tapes in no time.

    Minister Jack X Klompus Muhammad (8fdef9)

  92. Some context that might make her comments a little more understandable: before her election, the mayor was stabbed by a neo-Nazi before the vote; her injuries were serious. Based on that alone, she might view the groping by new year’s revelers as less of a danger than a neo-Nazi resurgence. Her victimhood played much better to chattering-class German opinion. Now though, she’s put her foot in it. However, her personal bravery makes her electorally pretty safe.

    Golden Eagle (ddf081)

  93. Hey! Don’t dis’ the mayor. Since 1951 every Philly mayor has been democrat and since Rizzo in 1979 this is only the second Caucasian. Like most cities run by leftist, corrupt democrats Philly is thriving. Well, at least if you are in the “In” crowd. We have a 17% unemployment rate, 40% in the black areas and nobody will admit it (unless you know politicians like I do). The unions run everything from trash collection to, well just about everything. We have wards that voted 105% for Obama, twice! No corruption there. My wife’s salons are in Center City so I get to travel the Green Mile, Broad Street twice a week. From Cheltenham Ave (top north Philly) to City Hall there used to me about 32 churches. The buildings are still there however 5 are abandoned, 7 have become “neighborhood ministries” that’s my euphemism for those private little start-up churches invariably run by a black bishop cause a minister just ain’t good enough. Eleven have become mosques and the rest are on their last legs. There were also three synagogues, they’re all gone. I drive up and down Broad Street and it looks like the Middle East with all the burqas and men dressed like they’re at a Moroccan bazaar.

    But I am glad to see Mayor Kenny is already getting used to lying not only to his city but about his city. That ability, lets call it an art, will serve him well over the next four years as Philly degenerates into even more of a sh!thole. Glad to see he’s comfortably settling in. All he needs is to learn to scream Allahu Akbar at the top of his lungs. But I guess with the democrats bringing in more and more moslems we should all learn that.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  94. since Rizzo in 1979 this is only the second Caucasian.

    I noticed that and it probably explains why he is lying about the shooter. It’s also possible that he is that stupid, of course.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  95. Actually Mike K, Kenny isn’t so much lying about the shooter as he’s lying about Islam. These useful idiots must believe if they say Islam is a religion of peace often enough even the moslems will start to believe it.

    I noticed too how Obama said new gun control laws would keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, criminals and terrorists. Do you see how he (and the rest of the left if you listen) put terrorists in the mix? They want you to think of terrorists as criminals not Holy Warriors intent upon the destruction of both America and Christianity. And they also want the slow of brain to believe banning guns, which we all know is their goal, will stop terrorism. So the more terrorist attacks kill the more Americans die the closer to their gun ban goal they get. Just a couple more terror attacks and Pelosi will be standing there demanding we put a stop to terrorism by banning guns. You watch and see.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  96. A low trust society is expensive and becomes tribal fairly rapidly.

    Flaky societies (including traits like low trust and unreliability in general, with other characteristics like households of single mothers being far too common, etc) are often going to be socially-economically unhealthy and unstable in a variety of ways, with that flakiness incubated by liberalism and liberals.

    At that point, the importance and power of demographics become even more important and the only thing a nation or community can depend upon. IOW, if a place is heavily made up of innately smart, skilled, self-resourceful people (and such a demographic is very rare in the world) who just happen to be mostly of the left, that’s one thing. Such a nation or community at least will be in sort of a protective bubble, at least for a certain amount of time. But it’s a whole different matter when that country or place, because it’s always vulnerable to falling apart, gets hit by certain negative forces from within or without.

    Mark (f713e4)

  97. Since 1951 every Philly mayor has been democrat and since Rizzo in 1979 this is only the second Caucasian.

    I was confusing your current mayor with the previous one, whose plain-speak several years ago was the type of non-politically-correct public commentary that’s apparently a big factor behind Donald Trump’s current strength among a significant number of people.

    washingtontimes.com, August 2011: Mayor Michael A. Nutter, telling marauding black youths “you have damaged your own race,” imposed a tougher curfew Monday in response to the latest “flash mob” — spontaneous groups of teens who attack people at random on the streets of the city’s tourist and fashionable shopping districts.

    “Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s third black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”

    “If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.”

    Mark (f713e4)

  98. Eleven have become mosques

    There’s a fascinating ongoing display of strange bedfellows when so many liberals — with their lazy, do-your-own-thang social-cultural attitudes — are enablers to Islamism and its very reactionary characteristics. In that regard, the two groups deserve each other (or certainly one of the two know how to play the other like, as the saying goes, a cheap fiddle), and inner-city America either cannot do any worse or will come out the better [chortle and snicker].

    Mark (f713e4)

  99. Mark, they are not strange bedfellows if one knows the goal of each is to break Christianity. Leftists to install a secular state power and moslems to install a caliphate. So until Christianity is completely broken in America these two will seemingly work together. As soon as being a Christian has the same social status once relegated to homosexual child rapists they will turn on each other because the leftists will try and marginalize Islam. My bet then will be on the moslems.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  100. My bet then will be on the moslems.

    Hoagie, I sometimes wonder if it’s overly unkind of me to think the left will be getting its just desserts — exactly what it deserves — if that, in fact, is the eventual outcome. After all, that clump of humans does bend over backwards for Islamism and helps inculcate the corrupt nature of Nidal Hasan-ism. So if liberals end up being their own worst enemies, the fault will lie with them and not Christian/Western-or-industrialized-world conservatives. Only problem is, as the saying goes, the good will have to suffer with the bad.

    Mark (f713e4)

  101. That is the only problem, Mark. Every time there’s a terrorist/moslem attack somewhere I have my fingers crossed it’s leftists being slaughtered. We already know there aren’t any leftists actually fighting on the front lines against Islam, they’re all cowards. They go into journalism, not defending journalists. They all scream and march about their freedom of speech but none fight for it, that’s up to us. Gil thinks the a-holes at Hebdo were “innocents”, I think they were leeches on society willing to suck the marrow from the bones of Freedom as long as it didn’t cost them in blood. And when it did, they reverted to insulting the Christians, the very people that protect them. That’s not a commitment to Freedom, it’s an abuse of Freedom.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  102. Eleven [churches] have become mosques

    The game in Seattle was, and perhaps still is, to employ unused public schools as rewards for political supporters. The Seattle School District once had over 100,000 students with an appropriate number of schools. As the enrollment declined to about half, many schools became surplus. The District could have sold those schools, and probably for a pretty good price. Private schools would likely have been one of many interested buyers. The potential sale to private schools would have been politically unpalatable as well as embarrassing. So instead, the schools were, and still are, mothballed. In lucky communities, all sorts of small businesses, usually green or artsy, got the nod to use the facilities under short term leases. In neighborhoods with poor connections to City hall, the schools are abandoned with little concern for their appearance or preservation. Ever wanted to eat in a nice restaurant located in the auditorium of an elementary school? I knew just the place. But parking on the fenced, secure, school grounds was very limited. That patch of asphalt, conveniently located for the small businesses leasing space in the school, was used by a small retail nursery located two miles away to store a fairly large inventory of potted trees and scrubs. Ballet lessons? Same place, limited parking. Come election time, the placement of political signage for incumbent School Board members and City Councilmen in the client businesses made the arrangement fairly obvious.

    The problem with the short term leases was that the tenants at these mothballed schools didn’t invest in their businesses as they would in a normal commercial lease. But they got the facility at a great price, as long as their political patrons were happy with their behavior. And these leased facilities were at least cared for, which was an improvement over the ones that were simply abandoned (the “earth” view of the Genesee Hill School give you a better appreciation of the state of neglect.)

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  103. As I read the comments on this thread, my thoughts keep coming back to the niche market that is screaming to be filled – rather than Pepper Spray, women in Germany need Bacon Spray … not at all politically-correct, and yet, also not a harmful substance …

    That, and the observation that the sooner we replace the elected leftists with sane and rational folk, the sooner we can get back to being a civilised nation of laws …

    Alastor (ce3eee)

  104. Since 1951 every Philly mayor has been democrat and since Rizzo in 1979 this is only the second Caucasian.”

    Bill Green and Ed Rendell were both white, but Green’s term was pretty forgettable. Northeast Philly is rapidly becoming the new Southwest Philly, North Philly is-was-and-will always be a squalid ghetto dump, Kensington remains the heroin capital of the USA, but hey the hipsters are opening no-tip gastro-pubs in Fishtown where they’ve declared the sidewalk out front “no catcall zones.” Progress!

    Michael Jack Klompus Schmidt (4758e4)

  105. Well,
    maybe there was more to this than a lone crazy after all:
    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160111_Police_tipster___Threat_to_police_is_not_over_.html

    MD in Philly (not in Philly at the moment) (deca84)

  106. And there’s also Avogadro’s Law which states: The best way to get correct information on the internet is not to ask the right question but to post the wrong answer.

    You are correct MJKS. I meant to say third but screwed up. My actual point was they are all democrats going back to Dilworth. I was born in 1951 so I grew up and grew old watching the slow deconstruction of Philly under leftist democrat philosophy. We lived on Quince St. in Center City when I was a kid. Then moved to South Philly, then the Northeast and as an adult I got out to the “burbs”. I don’t know how old you are but when I was a kid North Philly, from Allegheny all the way up was mostly Jewish, Polish and German. But that was then, now it’s apparently moslem with a touch of gansta’ and two splashes of Tijuana.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)


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