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The Real Killers and spreaders of death

By Patrick Van Roy On July 19th, 2020 at 2:46 pm

The Under Current

By Patrick Van Roy On July 14th, 2020 at 8:06 pm

Bari Weiss FORMER NYTs Opinion Writer…. in her own words

By Patrick Van Roy On July 14th, 2020 at 7:53 pm

Dear A.G.,

It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times. 

I joined the paper with gratitude and optimism three years ago. I was hired with the goal of bringing in voices that would not otherwise appear in your pages: first-time writers, centrists, conservatives and others who would not naturally think of The Times as their home. The reason for this effort was clear: The paper’s failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers. Dean Baquet and others have admitted as much on various occasions. The priority in Opinion was to help redress that critical shortcoming.

I was honored to be part of that effort, led by James Bennet. I am proud of my work as a writer and as an editor. Among those I helped bring to our pages: the Venezuelan dissident Wuilly Arteaga; the Iranian chess champion Dorsa Derakhshani; and the Hong Kong Christian democrat Derek Lam. Also: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Masih Alinejad, Zaina Arafat, Elna Baker, Rachael Denhollander, Matti Friedman, Nick Gillespie, Heather Heying, Randall Kennedy, Julius Krein, Monica Lewinsky, Glenn Loury, Jesse Singal, Ali Soufan, Chloe Valdary, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Wesley Yang, and many others.

But the lessons that ought to have followed the election—lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism, and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to a democratic society—have not been learned. Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.

Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor. As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions. I was always taught that journalists were charged with writing the first rough draft of history. Now, history itself is one more ephemeral thing molded to fit the needs of a predetermined narrative.

My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m “writing about the Jews again.” Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.

There are terms for all of this: unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge. I’m no legal expert. But I know that this is wrong. 

I do not understand how you have allowed this kind of behavior to go on inside your company in full view of the paper’s entire staff and the public. And I certainly can’t square how you and other Times leaders have stood by while simultaneously praising me in private for my courage. Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.

Part of me wishes I could say that my experience was unique. But the truth is that intellectual curiosity—let alone risk-taking—is now a liability at The Times. Why edit something challenging to our readers, or write something bold only to go through the numbing process of making it ideologically kosher, when we can assure ourselves of job security (and clicks) by publishing our 4000th op-ed arguing that Donald Trump is a unique danger to the country and the world? And so self-censorship has become the norm.

What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity. If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets. 

Op-eds that would have easily been published just two years ago would now get an editor or a writer in serious trouble, if not fired. If a piece is perceived as likely to inspire backlash internally or on social media, the editor or writer avoids pitching it. If she feels strongly enough to suggest it, she is quickly steered to safer ground. And if, every now and then, she succeeds in getting a piece published that does not explicitly promote progressive causes, it happens only after every line is carefully massaged, negotiated and caveated.

It took the paper two days and two jobs to say that the Tom Cotton op-ed “fell short of our standards.” We attached an editor’s note on a travel story about Jaffa shortly after it was published because it “failed to touch on important aspects of Jaffa’s makeup and its history.” But there is still none appended to Cheryl Strayed’s fawning interview with the writer Alice Walker, a proud anti-Semite who believes in lizard Illuminati. 

The paper of record is, more and more, the record of those living in a distant galaxy, one whose concerns are profoundly removed from the lives of most people. This is a galaxy in which, to choose just a few recent examples, the Soviet space program is lauded for its “diversity”; the doxxing of teenagers in the name of justice is condoned; and the worst caste systems in human history includes the United States alongside Nazi Germany.

Even now, I am confident that most people at The Times do not hold these views. Yet they are cowed by those who do. Why? Perhaps because they believe the ultimate goal is righteous. Perhaps because they believe that they will be granted protection if they nod along as the coin of our realm—language—is degraded in service to an ever-shifting laundry list of right causes. Perhaps because there are millions of unemployed people in this country and they feel lucky to have a job in a contracting industry. 

Or perhaps it is because they know that, nowadays, standing up for principle at the paper does not win plaudits. It puts a target on your back. Too wise to post on Slack, they write to me privately about the “new McCarthyism” that has taken root at the paper of record.

All this bodes ill, especially for independent-minded young writers and editors paying close attention to what they’ll have to do to advance in their careers. Rule One: Speak your mind at your own peril. Rule Two: Never risk commissioning a story that goes against the narrative. Rule Three: Never believe an editor or publisher who urges you to go against the grain. Eventually, the publisher will cave to the mob, the editor will get fired or reassigned, and you’ll be hung out to dry.

For these young writers and editors, there is one consolation. As places like The Times and other once-great journalistic institutions betray their standards and lose sight of their principles, Americans still hunger for news that is accurate, opinions that are vital, and debate that is sincere. I hear from these people every day. “An independent press is not a liberal ideal or a progressive ideal or a democratic ideal. It’s an American ideal,” you said a few years ago. I couldn’t agree more. America is a great country that deserves a great newspaper. 

None of this means that some of the most talented journalists in the world don’t still labor for this newspaper. They do, which is what makes the illiberal environment especially heartbreaking. I will be, as ever, a dedicated reader of their work. But I can no longer do the work that you brought me here to do—the work that Adolph Ochs described in that famous 1896 statement: “to make of the columns of The New York Times a forum for the consideration of all questions of public importance, and to that end to invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.”

Ochs’s idea is one of the best I’ve encountered. And I’ve always comforted myself with the notion that the best ideas win out. But ideas cannot win on their own. They need a voice. They need a hearing. Above all, they must be backed by people willing to live by them. 



Tick Tock

By Patrick Van Roy On July 11th, 2020 at 12:55 pm

The never ending web of corruption by the Obama Administration gets bigger and stickier than ever.

It was in London that the whole Russia collusion caper began four years ago, so it seems only fitting that as the discredited probe enters its final phase that damning new evidence of the FBI’s failures would emerge back in England.

This week when a British judge ruled against the former FBI human source Christopher Steele, the decision delivered more than an order for the former spy’s company to pay damages to two Russian businessmen maligned by his dossier.

It also introduced new incontrovertible evidence that bolsters Attorney General William Barr’s and U.S. Attorney John Durham’s probe into whether the FBI engaged in misconduct and criminally deceived the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to win permission to spy on the Trump campaign.

Buried in Justice Mark Warby’s ruling were several new pieces of evidence that answer long lingering questions about just what the FBI knew, and when it knew it.

Warby’s lengthy ruling unearthed a gem of new evidence to answer the question: Steele kept his own notes of what he told FBI agents the first time he met them on July 5, 2016 in London to discuss his anti-Trump Russia research.

And, Warby revealed, the notes make clear that Steele told his FBI handlers from the get-go that the dossier’s “ultimate client were (sic) the leadership of the Clinton presidential campaign.”

So the FBI knew immediately that the dossier it used to justify a FISA warrant targeting the Trump campaign was a political opposition research product designed to help Clinton defeat her Republican opponent and did not divulge the connection.

and there is more.

The British evidence continues, noting that Steele openly admitted he was leaking to the news media while working for the FBI.

“Mr Steele admits briefing journalists about Orbis’ work, and the documentary evidence and cross-examination make it clear that, in and after late September 2016 he was heavily and enthusiastically involved in doing so,” the judge wrote.

Remarkably, one of the media outlets that Steele talked with was used by the FBI in the FISA warrant as independent corroboration for his dossier when in fact it was circular reporting.

Finally, Steele admitted in the court proceedings that he did little to verify information he got from sources and gave to the FBI unfiltered and unvetted. In fact, the court dissected just one of the many memos that made up Steele’s dossier and found five factually inaccurate, unverified statements.

So there it is admitted to, and proven FACT that the Steele Dossier was not only FAKE disinformation acquired by Steele from the Russian’s, but proof that the FBI knew the information was fake and presented it as evidence to the FISA Court. 


A Cultural War

By Patrick Van Roy On July 7th, 2020 at 3:55 pm

I have been doing my best for 20yrs now trying to provide an alternative view of events in the U.S. that you just don’t get from the MSM. The information that you do get is a one sided view delivered from an American Liberal perspective. That alone is a problem add to that the fact that Conservative and Liberal mean different things on each side of the Pond.

I am a voice of one, there is no one here on this site, or any site on that side of the Pond that you will get the American Conservative view. What you get is the Democrat Party view of America. A party that no longer supports either America or American Values.

I have been called a Liar and Delusional and those are the nice things.

Right now America is involved in a Civil War. The shooting has only begun on one side though. The Democrat Party is Rioting, Burning Cities and tearing down statues. They have Labeled ALL of the Founders of the Country Tyrant White Supremacists Slave owners and have continued their campaign of erasing American History.

This weekend the NYTs (lol) put out a 3 page article on changing our economy to Marxism and paying Reparations to black people for “our sins”. The American left has fully dropped any pretense of Support for their country and the opportunity that this Nation has provided for them.

The Flag bearers and number one money raiser of the Democrat Party have become BLM

#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front.

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.

BLM has donated $119 Million to Joe Biden for President and on 4th of July weekend he put out a commercial attacking our fore Fathers. (it’s in the clip below)

I am putting this video clip up because I am NOT the only person saying these things, I’m just the only person that YOU are hearing it from, but these views are shared by Millions of Americans. The clip is 14 minutes long. It is well worth your time to view it.

July 5 1989

By Patrick Van Roy On July 5th, 2020 at 2:20 pm

Lt. Col. Oliver North points his finger at John W. Nields, Jr., chief counsel, on July 7, 1987, House Select Committee, and says, “Wrong” in responding to Nields’ statement, “Well, you asked Joseph Coors for $65,000.” North said Coors offered the money and he told him where he send it. North added an airplane was bought with it and it flies. (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite)


Iran-Contra Affair’s colonel is sentenced

Two years after his polarizing presence at the Iran-Contra hearings, retired US Lt. Colonel Oliver North is sentenced on three felony counts, one of which is for obstruction. His three-year suspended prison sentence and $150,000 fine will be overturned a year later with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Ahh a glorious weekend….

By Patrick Van Roy On July 3rd, 2020 at 9:52 pm

Time to whip up a few raw facts, some ole Negro wisdom light a fine Dominican cigar and lay out the tale.

244 years ago 13 became one force.  A small nation of heavily armed shithoarders and individualists with one underlying philosophy….. anyone can get rich because we’re all going to play by the same rules. Over the next 244 years it’s been pretty much the same.

Make your money anyway you can as long as you’re not hurting anyone or exploiting anyone. Well the second one has been the problem, and always will be. First Law of Ferengi Business was stolen from America. Rule #1 Exploitation begins at Home.  The country went to war with itself over exploitation. Slavery is it’s ultimate form, but we fight exploitation everyday it’s human nature. The Strong prey on the weak.

People say we are living in harsh times. In the decade from 1963 to 1973 there were over 250,000 riots in the United States, In April of 1968 110 cities burned for 4 days when King was murdered. The violence taking place now is nowhere near disaster levels. They are mild if anything.

They locked everyone in their homes for 4 months, it was only a matter of time before it got violent. This is pressure and steam barely even being vented. The more people get back to work the less of this nonsense there will be, it will still happen. One or two cities go insane with riots every summer, it’s expected.

Come 6 months from now there won’t be a single riot, everyone will be back to work and enjoying a bountiful Christmas, because that is who we are and who we will always be.

We are the Greatest Nation to be founded in the Planets History where even a poor half black half white kid with an absent Daddy can grow up to be President elected by a majority of white people…… twice. There is no racism in America, but we do have the fatherless among us that were taught that their problems stemmed from the shade of their skin rather than their lack of a Father, a HighSchool Diploma, lack of morality, and lack of a job……

I’m tired of the race bating. I grew up in Philly and ran into just as many black racists as white racists What I have never seen in 60yrs is race stop anyone from achieving anything they were willing to work for.

We’ve only just begun……

Interview with man who pulled out gun amid protest

By Patrick Van Roy On June 30th, 2020 at 4:12 pm

R.I.P. Carl

By Patrick Van Roy On June 30th, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Carl Reiner, TV legend and creator of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ dies at 98

Carl Reiner, the multi-talented legend behind some of TV’s most beloved series, died Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 98.

Born in the Bronx in 1922, Reiner graduated from high school early at the age of 16 — and worked as a machinist while studying his eventual craft.

The prolific comedian, actor, screenwriter and director’s career eventually spanned more than seven decades, and started with groundbreaking work in live television classics such as “Your Show of Shows.” He co-wrote and acted on that Sid Caesar vehicle from 1950 to 1957 before segueing into an onscreen role in his best-known project: “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Reiner was also one-half of an iconic sketch comedy duo with Mel Brooks (“2000 Year Old Man”) and appeared in classic feature films such as 1963’s “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World” and 1966’s “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming” and 2019’s “Toy Story 4.”

Democrat 4th of July

By Patrick Van Roy On June 30th, 2020 at 2:40 pm