Spring Por Favor [DOT 4/4/22]

How’s your weather Deadsplinters? It’s been un-seasonally chilly here and I am Over It.

How am I supposed to take my cat for a walk if it’s this cold?

Ukraine Updates

Explosions in Odessa as Russia regroups for attacks in east

Ukrainian president reacts to images from Bucha: “This is genocide”

America always gotta America so hard.

Police say 6 dead, at least 10 injured in Sacramento shooting


Estelle Harris, known for role on ‘Seinfeld,’ has died at 93


Have a great Monday!



  1. I spend a lot of time bashing the NY Times, so I will give them credit this time for a piece that doesn’t excuse one of their usual icons of supposedly smart, thoughtful conservatism.

    This review of a book on William F. Buckley’s crusade to free a man convicted of murder comes to a great conclusion.


    The review is largely positive of the book, which details the campaign Buckley led to free a white muderer who wrote flattering letters to Buckley describing his admiration for The National Review. The man later stabbed a young woman under similar circumstances and was resentenced to life, with Buckley saying he was duped.

    What the reviewer writes at the end is notable though. The author rationalizes Buckley’s belief on the grounds that “Humans are hard-wired to believe what other humans tell them.”

    But the reviewer notes an important modifier that is left out: “Humans are hard-wired to believe what they are told by other humans whom they perceive to be like themselves.” And then she goes on past Buckley’s characterization of himself to look at the actual facts of his record — a guy who pushed for maximum penalties for Blacks and who aggressively backed Jim Crow — to explain why a White, straight, conservative would be the exception to Buckley’s rules.

    The problem with the NY Times at large is defined by their willingness to excuse the racist, sexist, and authoritarian agendas of people like Tom Cotton who “they perceive to be like themselves.”

    Propagandists like Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss have found huge success at the Times not because of any intellectual value, but because of their ability to insinuate themselves as just like Times editors and readers. The propagandists spend huge amount of time pushing themes of alleged cancellation because they know how much they trigger fears of the “wrong” people moving next door, “taking” their kids spots in college, and holding them to account for harassment.

    It’s propaganda that operates on the same level as Russian propaganda aimed at Ukrainians in Eastern provinces — attempts to break the perception that they are like the rest of the country and should instead identify with Russians plunging the country into war.

    The REAL issue, Russian propaganda claims, is not the bombs and shells killing Ukranian civilians, it’s language and religion, just as Buckley relentlessly pushed a message to ignore civil rights when the REAL issue was Black Criminals, or Stephens and Weiss demand that Times readers ignore GOP crackdowns and focus on the REAL issue which is someday a 19 year old Oberlin student might somehow be dean of admissions at Yale.

    The telling point of this review is never get sucked into agenda free debates with bad faith actors. Start from a point of examining where they’re coming from before accepting where they’re going, because the odds are awfully strong they, like Buckley, are not giving you the REAL facts but some edited hackery designed to reinforce a narrative of identity and difference.

  2. The Mustache of Wisdom speaks:


    I came across this via someone pointing out Friedman’s twitter, which obviously I don’t follow, life is too short. The very first response was nothing more than a piece of the wikipedia entry for WWII, that began something like “World War Two was the world’s first global war, with virtually every country on earth forced to choose sides [etc.]”.

    He’s such an ass. Apparently Ukraine, with only two officially declared combatants, is the real first global war because it’s playing out “in a World Wide Web 2 kind of way” (I think the term is Web 2.0, but actually I think it’s 3.0 now).

    I guess he’s never seen World War II newsreels, some of them quite graphic, where you can see people killing and being killed, or aerial video of bombs being dropped on cities below, or any number of atrocities. There is video footage (taken by the Nazis) of Jews being lined up at gunpoint and herded onto cattle cars. There is before-and-after video footage of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. You could spend a solid week going through old clips of London being bombed to smithereens, and even more time watching Berlin being bombed to smithereens AND (special bonus) the vicious, door-to-door, hand-to-hand fighting that ensued when the Soviets went in to occupy the city.

    He has a point that now you can watch this any time you want from the  comfort of your own screen, but 80 years ago you had only to wait until your next visit to the local theater where you got all this, “Three Stooges” shorts, cartoons, and two films, all for the price of a nickel.

    Has Tom never heard of the Hitler History Channel?

    • …I don’t know if it was the same stuff in syndication but the bunch I always think of as synonymous with those newsreels would have been pathé news…which despite the somewhat french looking é is/was a british thing…I think?


      …there’s a whole archive…which looks to go back far enough to include the first world war

      …besides which…did he just not have a tv during the iraq war(s)…or are we guessing it’s just a short memory problem?

      • Oh, I love the Pathé newsreels. On Youtube they have some going back to 1900 and the themes are things like “Scenes of New York” or “Paris in Spring.” It’s especially fun when you you see people noticing the camera and being completely confused as to what it is. They’re also very good about Royal Coronations and Funerals.

        Somewhere there is newsreel footage of Queen Victoria’s funeral (1901), probably Pathé, where you can see practically every Royal head of state marching along, because they were all related to her. Pride of place was given to her favorite grandson, Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was the first-born of her eldest daughter, also named Victoria. (The Kaiser’s wife was named Augusta Victoria because she was a great niece of, guess who, Queen Victoria.)

    • Radio broadcasters had a similar degree of access to war zones as well during WW2.

      If Friedman had any clue, he’d know that, and he’d think a lot harder about the implications of all of these things.

      But Friedman doesn’t care about history, Ukraine or Putin’s threats to freedom or any of that. He’s just shilling for a narrow set of interests in telecom and finance. And furthermore, he’s trying to cover up their complicity with Putin in using finance and big tech to undermine Ukraine, democracy, and liberal governments for years.

      He’s saying let’s all be glad someone in a shelter in Kiev *might* be able to upload a video of an explosion and get past the swamp of disinformation and propaganda, and let’s ignore how Mark Zuckerberg and big financial interests brought us a president who nearly sold out Ukraine, and are working hard to bring him back.

  3. We had a very spring-like weekend here, and I got in 11 miles of hiking. So parts of me are more sore than usual today. Just in time to go get my second booster this afternoon, which I am excited to get because apparently I am a masochist.

    Bird alert: we were fortunate enough to see, from the car, most likely a rough-legged hawk dive down on a meal in a field near our house. We pulled over and watched it rip apart its prey (possibly a grass snake) for several minutes before some dog walkers spooked it off the ground. Not particularly common in this area, but they do winter here. Should be migrating north very soon. Sorry for the phone photo, but it was the best I could do in the circumstances.

    • @HammerZeitgeist I used to go to Hale’s a bunch, a friend worked there in the late 90s.  They had good food and good beer and were one of my favorite beers when I first got into craft beer.  Unfortunately for them, they didn’t keep up with the brewing trends and fell out of favor with the trendy Seattleites.   We used to bike from Hale’s to Red Hook in Woodinville along the Burke Gilman trail back then when I could easily do long bike rides and drink lots of beer without crashing.  I’m not overly sad about this closing though, they had a great run and made their choices.  Someone will buy the place an brewing equipment and new life will come from there.  With Ruebens, Cloudburst, Urban Family, and Great Notion right around the corner, I couldn’t imagine going there for a beer anymore.  Way too many great options in the area.

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