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From The Forward:

Here’s Why The Professor Who Called Bret Stephens A Bed Bug Would Do It Again
August 27, 2019 By Ari Feldman

On Wednesdays David Karpf teaches Strategic Political Communication.

The class usually begins with students discussing recent instances of public figures making significant strategic communication mistakes. Possible grist for the mill — and this is just from white men — could have been Donald Trump’s flip-flopping statements on gun regulation or the trade war with China; Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro being forced, following international outcry, to address fires in the Amazon; or Tucker Carlson calling white supremacy a hoax, which has led some companies to boycott his show.

Then, on Monday evening around 10 p.m., Karpf, a professor of political communications at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., got an email from Bret Stephens, columnist for The New York Times. Stephens had found Karpf’s joking tweet suggesting that an outbreak of bed bugs in the Times newsroom was a metaphor, and that Bret Stephens was that metaphor. (Because, as Karpf explained, Stephens’ columns are bad, but they can’t seem to get rid of the guy.)

Lame joke …

So Stephens emailed him, challenging Karpf to come to his home and call him a bed bug to his face….

Karpf says that he only shared the email in the first place because Stephens cc’d the provost of George Washington University. Karpf believes that this was a blatant attempt to land Karpf in hot water with the school administration, (Stephens has denied this) an attempt that patently failed: …

Stephens could hardly have picked a worse target. There’s the fact — the first thing that comes up on Google when you search for “David Karpf” — that Karpf teaches what not to do with your digital communication strategy. He likened Stephens’ faux pas to the Streisand effect, named for when Barbara Streisand sued a photographer for including a picture of her home in a public database, thereby drawing international attention to the picture.

But also: Karpf can’t get fired for this.

“This is funny because I’m a tenured white guy, which means there’s very little he can do to hurt me,” he said, noting that he feels he has not received as nearly as much hate mail he would have gotten if he were a woman.

In the course of defending his email on MSNBC, Stephens said that “being analogized to insects … goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes in the past” — widely assumed to be a reference to the Holocaust. Stephens, who is Jewish, has written many times about his Jewish ethnicity.

Bret Stephens goes to MSNBC to comment on the bedbug situation, saying the rhetoric is “dehumanizing and totally unacceptable.” He also says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

“Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

But Bret Stephens isn’t going to let this go:

As everybody knows, you can’t let wacko extremists like Steve Sailer, with his volatile personality and complete lack of a sense of humor, have any kind of platform. The Conversation must only include super-stable unbiased well-rounded individuals like Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle in a demented rage.

 
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  1. I never book a hotel room without checking the reviews to make sure there are no reports of Bret Stephens staying there.

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
    If you must stay in a questionable place, put all your personal belongings in a (dry) bathtub if there is one—I’ve read that Bret Stephens usually cannot climb the smooth surface and get in them.
    , @reactionry
    Bugged By The Obamas?
    Or: Like "Water" Off A Tiny Duck's Back?

    Even if it's the last room available, one should not try to mitigate the damages by employing Russian prostitutes to micturate on the mattress; it's expensive - sleeping on soggy sheets sucks - and it doesn't kill the bedbugs.

    Very Truly Urine,
    Dick Steele
  2. OT (sorta):

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted…

    https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/neo-con-jennifer-rubin-we-have-collectively-essence-burn-down-republican

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted…
     
    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She's speaking the language of genocide.
    , @Moses

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted…
     
    I agree with her on that first part. Second part sounds, I dunno, holocaust-y.

    Jews wouldn't holocaust Gentiles, would they?
    , @Herbert West
    Soon the neoconservatives will not only back in the Democratic Party, but they will all be full blown SJWs who carry “Never Again” placards on the US-Mexico border and call people transphobes for not allowing their kids to dress in drag. And good riddance.

    If Trump is not the last Republican President, we have to at least hope he is the last Zionist Republican President.
    , @Mr. Anon
    Rubin is typically referred to as a "Conservative" by the liberal media of which she is a part. She would more accurately be labeled a "Likudnik".
    , @anon
    She has that "Innsmouth Look"
    , @Bill
    It seems like that would leave them with no GOP, no conservative movement, and, thus, no reason to exist themselves. Which all sounds good to me. Where do I send a check?
  3. The back and forth reminds me of the Real Housewives’ arguments my wife watches on TV.

    There is so much of this kind of faux drama now being played out in social media; does it really matter or have any effect on anything? (The question is more than rhetorical, because I am now wondering and not sure.)

    • Replies: @Matra

    There is so much of this kind of faux drama now being played out in social media; does it really matter or have any effect on anything?
     
    Just before this "faux drama" began I read a tweet from Bret Stephens, in which, he tried to compare Iran's sanctioning of some hawkish think tank to the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. I just thought it was funny that within a couple of hours he went from his usual warmongering against Iran to shutting down his twitter account over such a trifling concern.
    , @Kronos
    The utter destruction of the mainstream/legacy media won’t be complete until such disputes are settled Jerry Springer style.

    https://youtu.be/EqVeG5GU3sg


    Steve, the powers that be lobotomized those news platforms and their discourse long ago. That Titanic is taking on water and everyone is going down with the ship. The only places for meaningful news and discussions are on the far left and right. (Far now.)

    P.S. How’s your right hook? Your very tall so you’d need to punch down a lot.
  4. “…Stephens, who is Jewish, has written many times about his Jewish ethnicity.”
    ^ Understatement of the century

    • Replies: @Prester John
    The good professor can be forgiven if he didn't know Stephens was Jewish. The name sounds kinda WASPy (no doubt by design) and frankly I didn't know he was Jewish myself until about a year ago.
  5. “This is funny because I’m a tenured white guy, which means there’s very little he can do to hurt me,”

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    Oops. Perhaps a ‘friendly fire’ incident?

    • LOL: Herbert West
    • Replies: @Forbes
    Karpf probably meant Stephens is not on his left, so presumably WASPy.
    , @Mr McKenna
    Karpf knows exactly what he's doing, unlike Stephens. Notice he even includes an entirely superfluous dig at 'white male' privilege as though others aren't ever protected by tenure. And as though his real privilege isn't of the Hebraic variety. Notice he uses WASPy as a slur, and of course he knows full well that Stephens is Jewish too.

    Karpf is more than clever enough for the masses, at whom this discussion is aimed.

    , @Oscar Peterson

    Perhaps a ‘friendly fire’ incident?
     
    The tragedy of Jew on Jew violence.

    Maybe the answer is Midnight Basketball--i.e., having a bunch of black guys play basketball at midnight while the Jews comment on it.
  6. As everybody knows, you can’t let wacko extremists like Steve Sailer, with his volatile personality and complete lack of a sense of humor, have any kind of platform. The Conversation must only include super-stable unbiased well-rounded individuals like Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle in a demented rage.

    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn’t use sarcasm so often.

    • Disagree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
    Steve might be considered a serious voice if he spoke more one sigma. But then he wouldn't be Steve.
    , @J.Ross
    Yeah, that's the thing keeping him out of low-info globohomo emotional porn mass media venues. The sarcasm.
    Steve, say "excuuuuuuuse me."
    , @Dan Hayes
    Jamie_NYC:

    Steve is guilty [sic] of practicing "gentle cynicism", not "sarcasm".
    , @njguy73

    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn’t use sarcasm so often.

     

    Yes. You're absolutely right. You know all about what it takes to be taken seriously. I read your blog every day. The one that everyone takes seriously.
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe

    ...you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn’t use sarcasm so often.
     
    "Shut the Hell up, Donny!"
    , @Anonymousse
    The Gulag Archipelago is relentlessly satirical.
    , @Vinteuil

    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn’t use sarcasm so often.
     
    Yeah - no doubt about it. Just like with that Socrates dude. If only he could have restrained his irony, the Athenians would have taken him more seriously, and wouldn't have...uh...de-platformed him.
  7. Bedbugs are often a sign that there’s a third-worlder or homeless person link to the infected premises.

    It’s likely some NYT reporter bringing home random street people or immigrants for sex, and then carrying the bugs into the newsroom in their clothing or possessions.

  8. Anon[187] • Disclaimer says:

    there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

    Is this yet another “antisemitic trope”? It’s not listed on the Wikipedia “Antisemitic Canard” page. It’s not on the ADL website. How are us well-intentioned goys supposed to know and keep up with this stuff? I mean, first the dachshund trope, now the insect trope. And these guys don’t even identify themselves as Jews, so we don’t know that we need to trope-wash our comments. And, you know, I’ve heard and read people insulting non-Jews by comparing them to insects. When does a general pan-population insult turn into an antisemitic trope? The Elders of …, uh, the Jewish community needs to convene a trope convention and publish the definitive dictionary of antisemitic tropes, and then encourage the (((marking))) of Jewish names so we’ll know when to doublecheck that we aren’t using those tropes. By the way, has there been any progress in that rash of black youths in New York perpetrating antisemitic incidents? I haven’t read any followup in the New York Times about it.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    Didn't that antisemite Kafka write about it?

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

    https://twitter.com/17cShyteposter/status/995886137305546752
    , @Stephen Paul Foster
    "The Jewish community needs to convene a trope convention and publish the definitive dictionary of antisemitic tropes, and then encourage the (((marking))) of Jewish names so we’ll know when to doublecheck ...."

    This is interesting: I've long noted (and others have too) that within 15 minutes of talking with a person I've never met before who turns out to be a Jew, that person manages to slip into the conversation that he/she is,"Jewish" no matter what the conversation is about -- always "I'm Jewish," not I'm a Jew." I've never know just what to make of this, but now, yes, it's clearly signaling, "be very careful what you say around me."

    And, what is it that makes "Are you Jewish?" sound more polite than, "Are you a Jew?"
    , @Percy Gryce
    I don't care for Bret Stephens at all, but I have to say that I'm with him on this one, both his calling out the use of vermin imagery and his leaving the sewer that is Twitter.

    Here's how the Megaphone usually treats the use of vermin references:

    https://forward.com/culture/403526/infest-the-ugly-nazi-history-of-trumps-chosen-verb-about-immigrants/
  9. Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me

    A dirty, low-down, insult to WASPs.

  10. @Buzz Mohawk
    The back and forth reminds me of the Real Housewives' arguments my wife watches on TV.

    There is so much of this kind of faux drama now being played out in social media; does it really matter or have any effect on anything? (The question is more than rhetorical, because I am now wondering and not sure.)

    There is so much of this kind of faux drama now being played out in social media; does it really matter or have any effect on anything?

    Just before this “faux drama” began I read a tweet from Bret Stephens, in which, he tried to compare Iran’s sanctioning of some hawkish think tank to the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. I just thought it was funny that within a couple of hours he went from his usual warmongering against Iran to shutting down his twitter account over such a trifling concern.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    They tell me Twitter is where you get the real news.
  11. Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    BS. Jews always know the score.

    He’s trolling Stephens, now. Or maybe all along.

  12. OT: The internet makes it more difficult for professors to indoctrinate students.

    https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/21/20812153/youtube-gamergate-education-classroom-teachers-misinformation-reddit-twitter-online-harassment

    IIRC UC Irvine is 15% white 40% Asian and 40% Hispanic.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon

    OT: The internet makes it more difficult for professors to indoctrinate students.

    https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/21/20812153/youtube-gamergate-education-classroom-teachers-misinformation-reddit-twitter-online-harassment
     
    Thanks for posting.

    The professor in the (she uses they/them pronouns BTW) is on the faculty of a computer science department and yet focuses on video-game culture and LGBTQUERTY issues:

    https://www.informatics.uci.edu/explore/faculty-profiles/bonnie-ruberg/

    She is angry that the students aren't arriving as predisposed to be brainwashed as she would like.
    , @Nachum
    I didn't even have to get this far to see what was going on:

    "On a hunch, Ruberg asked their TAs for a head count."

    And there it is: "their".

    And why the heck does an "assistant professor" teaching a freshman class have not only a TA, but multiple TAs? I went for four years of undergraduate education and three years of law school without ever encountering a TA.

    And why can't "they" simply kick interlopers breaking the rules out of "their" classroom?

    Anyway, subtext of article: These are Asian computer programmers who are required to take an SJW course (and maybe see it as an easy A, but it's required in any case).

    Oh, I just Googled this lovely. Got it.
  13. >Bret Stephens goes to MSNBC to comment on the bedbug situation, saying the rhetoric is “dehumanizing and totally unacceptable.” He also says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.<

    (((Food))) fight

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=food+fight+animal+house&view=detail&mid=801D528BB3611EB849B8801D528BB3611EB849B8&FORM=VIRE

  14. If not for the massive immigration that Bret Stephens and the rest have pushed on America, we wouldn’t even be tweeting about bedbugs. Those bastards came back in to vogue for the same reason lots of diseases we’ve not heard about in 80 years are coming back – uncontrolled immigration.

    Instead we’d be comparing Bret Stephens to a more upstanding creature, albeit still an invertebrate, but something more like a yellow-bellied jellyfish. And that’s no metaphor, bitchez.

    BTW, what’s a meta for? (“For testing continuity, dumbass!”)

    • Agree: ben tillman
    • Replies: @David
    I think bed bugs were eliminated using DDT. When that was outlawed, it was just a matter of time till they returned. Not to say it wasn't worse among the poor, but back in the day, even elegant households battled bed bugs.
  15. Why can’t white men take a joke?

    Krapf points out that as a tenured white guy he is privileged

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    Oh, I think we get the joke.

    "Krapf" -- ha ha. Good one, comrade.
    , @Patrick in SC
    Why can’t white men take a joke?

    We let you post here.

  16. @Matra

    There is so much of this kind of faux drama now being played out in social media; does it really matter or have any effect on anything?
     
    Just before this "faux drama" began I read a tweet from Bret Stephens, in which, he tried to compare Iran's sanctioning of some hawkish think tank to the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. I just thought it was funny that within a couple of hours he went from his usual warmongering against Iran to shutting down his twitter account over such a trifling concern.

    They tell me Twitter is where you get the real news.

  17. Bret Stephens goes to MSNBC to comment on the bedbug situation, saying the rhetoric is “dehumanizing and totally unacceptable.” He also says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    Ironic.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    What is ironic about that?
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Good catch, Cliff!
  18. @Jamie_NYC

    As everybody knows, you can’t let wacko extremists like Steve Sailer, with his volatile personality and complete lack of a sense of humor, have any kind of platform. The Conversation must only include super-stable unbiased well-rounded individuals like Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle in a demented rage.
     
    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn't use sarcasm so often.

    Steve might be considered a serious voice if he spoke more one sigma. But then he wouldn’t be Steve.

  19. @Clifford Brown

    Bret Stephens goes to MSNBC to comment on the bedbug situation, saying the rhetoric is “dehumanizing and totally unacceptable.” He also says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    Ironic.

    What is ironic about that?

    • Replies: @Gunnar von Cowtown
    Wasps are also insects.

    That had to be a double down troll by Karpf.
  20. “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    Whoa there Schlomo, stereotyping an entire ethnic group is RACIST.

    • Replies: @Herbert West
    The bigotry of these Jews is disgusting. Karpf is a hate monger peddling antijaphetic tropes.
  21. This incident reminds me of the old expression “crazy as a bedbug.”

    I haven’t heard it for a long time. Do you suppose it’s now regarded as anti-Semitic?

  22. Anonymous[333] • Disclaimer says:

    “This is funny because I’m a tenured white guy, which means there’s very little he can do to hurt me,” he said, noting that he feels he has not received as nearly as much hate mail he would have gotten if he were a woman.

    What does his being White have to do with it? His comment is a blood libel against Whites.

    Oh, Karpf is a “fellow white.” EST.

  23. OT:  the header declares 2 comments on this post, but the last I see is Tiny Duck at #11.  ELEVEN!  And I know I will STILL not get an edit/correction window on this comment, as I do at AE and SBPDL.  Been complaining about that for months, but nothing gets fixed.

    This site is buggier than a 3-day-old roadkilled possum.

  24. @Dr. X
    OT (sorta):

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted...

    https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/neo-con-jennifer-rubin-we-have-collectively-essence-burn-down-republican

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted…

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.
     
    This is what I was alluding to:

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,” said Rubin. “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party."

    "We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again," she declared.
     
    , @AnotherDad

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.
     
    They are always calling for genocide. They've been pretty open about it for while now. Confronted there are all these word games, because they aren't--yet--actually calling for camps. But it's very clear--white gentiles should not be allowed to exist *as a people*, as *nations*, which is of course how we live. We aren't tribal middle man minorities--thank goodness! We exist as big marry-the-girl-next-door national communities.)

    Trump has just got 'em amped up, because we are supposed to take our genocide ... politely, and that isn't happening. And there's nothing more annoying that gentiles who won't die on cue.


    And again. Super easy to resolve fairly. I'm not interested in dying to make Brett and Jen happy. I want absolutely nothing from them. Just leave me and my kind alone.

    Separate nations!
  25. @Tiny Duck
    Why can't white men take a joke?


    Krapf points out that as a tenured white guy he is privileged

    Oh, I think we get the joke.

    “Krapf” — ha ha. Good one, comrade.

    • Replies: @Pericles

    “Krapf” — ha ha. Good one, comrade.

     

    Though on consideration rather anti-semitic. Report to the reeducation officer in the basement, TD.
  26. @Jamie_NYC

    As everybody knows, you can’t let wacko extremists like Steve Sailer, with his volatile personality and complete lack of a sense of humor, have any kind of platform. The Conversation must only include super-stable unbiased well-rounded individuals like Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle in a demented rage.
     
    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn't use sarcasm so often.

    Yeah, that’s the thing keeping him out of low-info globohomo emotional porn mass media venues. The sarcasm.
    Steve, say “excuuuuuuuse me.”

  27. @ben tillman

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted…
     
    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She's speaking the language of genocide.

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.

    This is what I was alluding to:

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,” said Rubin. “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party.”

    “We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again,” she declared.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    She’s clearly a based accelerationist. If the Republican Party is destroyed, then White identity will escape into the polity.

    Kind of like in the third act of Ghostbusters when the containment field is shut down.
    , @J.Ross
    Don't worry about whether San Hyde has three thousand dollars, worry about whether Sam Hyde is always right.
    , @Forbes
    Who is this "we" she speaks of--the four of them (Kristol, Pods, Boot, Rube)?

    LOL.
    , @istevefan

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,”
     
    What the accusers don't understand is that they are the enablers. Without their tireless push of the global-homo agenda of invade-invite-indebtedness, there'd be no Trump.
    , @Anonymousse
    We must continue mercilessly crushing the goyim until they stop being anti semitic!
  28. @Jamie_NYC

    As everybody knows, you can’t let wacko extremists like Steve Sailer, with his volatile personality and complete lack of a sense of humor, have any kind of platform. The Conversation must only include super-stable unbiased well-rounded individuals like Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle in a demented rage.
     
    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn't use sarcasm so often.

    Jamie_NYC:

    Steve is guilty [sic] of practicing “gentle cynicism”, not “sarcasm”.

    • Replies: @curri
    Or practicing sarcasm while Gentile.
  29. I remember listening to Jeanine Garofalo’s ultra-leftist radio show (this actually happened) when Team America, World Police came out. Garofalo really did not react properly to its depiction of her. I thought, how can a person do public image for a living and not have the same instinct people learn in high school to not make things worse? This wasn’t Bret Stephens but didn’t they just get done misusing the authority of a psychiatry degree to call Donald Trump the worst mass murderer in human history (this actually happened), on the evidence that they don’t like him?

  30. @ben tillman

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.
     
    This is what I was alluding to:

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,” said Rubin. “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party."

    "We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again," she declared.
     

    She’s clearly a based accelerationist. If the Republican Party is destroyed, then White identity will escape into the polity.

    Kind of like in the third act of Ghostbusters when the containment field is shut down.

    • Replies: @Svigor
    Yeah, my first reaction was "this broad ain't wrong. She's right for the wrong reasons."
  31. @ben tillman

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.
     
    This is what I was alluding to:

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,” said Rubin. “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party."

    "We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again," she declared.
     

    Don’t worry about whether San Hyde has three thousand dollars, worry about whether Sam Hyde is always right.

  32. “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    Did he just call Stephens a goyishe kop?

    • Replies: @Alastair Trumpington
    Neither one realized they are on the same team so they went all out against each other. This whole episode nauseates me.

    Notice how Karpf doesn’t miss the opportunity to lecture us about privilege... he describes himself as untouchable because he is “a white man with tenure”.
    , @Anonymous
    Yep. Sure did.

    Jewfights, verbal or physical, are pretty catty.
    , @Svigor
    I'm an Anglo-Saxon with a yiddische kopf, which is why I've never been all that impressed with the Jewish intellect.

    Their racism is the most remarkable thing about them.
  33. I’d be shocked if Bret Stephens could do 10 push-ups. Watching Karpf and Stephens fight would be like watching a couple of 5-year olds go at it.

    On the other hand, I can think of few things that would make me happier than Bret challenging me (or any other under 80 gentile) to a fight. Pounding his effete’ face to a pulp would be great fun.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    I’d rather see Karpf take up Stephens’s offer, go to Stephens’s house with a confederate filming it, and pleasantly explain to Stephens’s wife and kids why Stephens is a terrible columnist.
  34. Isabella Rosselini made a short feature about the truly nightmarish sexual practices of bedbugs (and apparently David Lynch was not involved), and I don’t recall what Bret Stephens had to say about this: has anybody been able to get through to Bret for a reaction to this video?

  35. “Lame joke …”

    Do bed bugs chirp?

  36. @Dr. X
    OT (sorta):

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted...

    https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/neo-con-jennifer-rubin-we-have-collectively-essence-burn-down-republican

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted…

    I agree with her on that first part. Second part sounds, I dunno, holocaust-y.

    Jews wouldn’t holocaust Gentiles, would they?

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Jews wouldn’t holocaust Gentiles, would they?
     
    They have in the past and even celebrate such in their founding documents.
  37. “being analogized to insects … goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes in the past” — widely assumed to be a reference to the Holocaust.
    – – – – – – –
    Can anybody think of a single example of an insect analogy being used in a totalitarian regime, or linked somehow to the Holocaust?
    The only insect analogy I can think of is Franz Kafka’s story
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Metamorphosis
    in which salesman Gregor Samsa turns into a giant insect (“ungeheures Ungeziefer”).
    Here’s a 52-minute dramatization, narrated in German and subtitled in Turkish, in which we never see Gregor, because the whole story is shown through his vermin eyes.

    • Replies: @PIltdownMan

    Can anybody think of a single example of an insect analogy being used in a totalitarian regime, or linked somehow to the Holocaust?
     
    Well, Jews were certainly liked to vectors of disease by the Nazi. Bacteria and lice, definitely, though I don't know about bedbugs.

    Wikpedia has a poster from occupied Poland depicting Jews as typhus carrying lice.

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

    , @anon
    Come on, IIRC, Mein Kampf is full of "pestilence" and "disinfect" metaphors. He may be referring to gypsies, homos etc. as well, but they're all in one big bag.
  38. Ethnocentric Jews like Stephens satirize themselves.

  39. @Tiny Duck
    Why can't white men take a joke?


    Krapf points out that as a tenured white guy he is privileged

    Why can’t white men take a joke?

    We let you post here.

    • LOL: Jim Don Bob
  40. @Buzz Mohawk
    The back and forth reminds me of the Real Housewives' arguments my wife watches on TV.

    There is so much of this kind of faux drama now being played out in social media; does it really matter or have any effect on anything? (The question is more than rhetorical, because I am now wondering and not sure.)

    The utter destruction of the mainstream/legacy media won’t be complete until such disputes are settled Jerry Springer style.

    Steve, the powers that be lobotomized those news platforms and their discourse long ago. That Titanic is taking on water and everyone is going down with the ship. The only places for meaningful news and discussions are on the far left and right. (Far now.)

    P.S. How’s your right hook? Your very tall so you’d need to punch down a lot.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Red Lobster! OK, now that tears it!

    (Then she comes out and I see that she's spent WAY too much time at Red Lobster - "I know they said it's all you can eat, but damn, woman!"
  41. When our next-door neighbors in the city moved away, the bedbugs we never knew they suffered looked for new homes, and the rest of the building had to get up to speed on them awfully fast. Some of the things we learned:

    They mate via aggravated rape. (In the #MeToo era, Stephens is understandably careful not to be associated.) One method of control is to confuse their pheromones chemically. Adult females can withstand a little rough trade. Immature females and males of any age, not so much.

    They’re resistant to nearly all pesticides. The surest way to kill them quickly is to seal the infested space and raise the temperature to 140°F for a couple of hours. Be sure to remove your precious LP collection first!

    Freezing works, too, but takes longer. They like to hide in book bindings, and this is an option to save those books.

    They can go 18 months without eating.

    They can’t navigate hair, so they leave pets alone. Good carpeting also slows them down.

    Diatomaceous earth, the only pesticide you can sprinkle on your kids’ Wheaties, works over time by eroding the exoskeleton. If you are particularly sadistic, you can wait a couple of days after spreading it, then spray the little buggers with rubbing alcohol and watch them writhe. “Agony and ecstasy live together in perfect harmony side-by-side in my dirty bedsprings, oh Lord, why don’t we?”

    Bedbugs are only a minor threat to health and property. It’s a quality-of-life thing. So don’t be surprised to learn poor or distracted neighbors have been ignoring them for some time.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Bedbugs are only a minor threat to health and property. It’s a quality-of-life thing.
     
    How many bites does one receive each night?
    , @Ragno
    Lessons I learned to my dismay last year when the Section 8 family living down the hall from me moved out.
  42. Perhaps a certain species of bedbug could be named after Stephens, which would put him in esteemed company.

    13 insects and other strange organisms named after Jews

    The Cleveland Museum of Natural History last week announced that a newly identified species of praying mantis was named after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    Researchers from the museum said they meant to honor the Jewish justice’s “relentless fight for gender equality.”

    It makes sense. Ilomantis ginsburgae is the first mantis classified by distinct qualities in its female reproductive parts, rather than its male ones. Plus, the bug has a neck plate that resembled Ginsburg’s trademark ruffled collars.

    The article goes on to describe other famous Jews who have had bugs named after them.

    https://www.jta.org/2016/06/06/culture/13-insects-and-other-strange-organisms-named-after-jews

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    (Insert Zyklon B comment here.)
  43. @Lot
    I never book a hotel room without checking the reviews to make sure there are no reports of Bret Stephens staying there.

    If you must stay in a questionable place, put all your personal belongings in a (dry) bathtub if there is one—I’ve read that Bret Stephens usually cannot climb the smooth surface and get in them.

  44. The class usually begins with students discussing recent instances of public figures making significant strategic communication mistakes.

    Predictably, as examples, it mentions only right-wingers making what it calls public figures’ significant strategic communication mistakes. How about Elizabeth Warren declaring that Officer Darren Wilson murdered Michael Brown? How about Julian Castro calling for reproductive rights for trans-women? How about just one of the endless gaffes from Joe Biden? No, it always has to be someone on the right. As an example of a president who flagrantly lied, the press will always skip over Obama and Clinton and go back to Nixon.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    But what a gig!

    University professor income and benefits for what many people spend a night at the bar laughing and bitching about--Biden's gaffes, Liz "Faucahontas" Warren, pronunciation of Mayor Pete's last name to mirror his sexual proclivities, etc., etc.

    George Washington University, last I heard, was the most expensive college in the country. What a joke.
  45. @Thomas

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    Did he just call Stephens a goyishe kop?

    Neither one realized they are on the same team so they went all out against each other. This whole episode nauseates me.

    Notice how Karpf doesn’t miss the opportunity to lecture us about privilege… he describes himself as untouchable because he is “a white man with tenure”.

    • Agree: ben tillman
    • Replies: @Oleaginous Outrager
    And "he feels he has not received as nearly as much hate mail he would have gotten if he were a woman", because of course this isn't a virtual-signalling hypothetical load of cobblers, but unassailable truth.

    Of course, he's probably receiving zero hate mail himself, as everything I've seen indicates Stephens is the only one getting dogpiled. Hell, even braindead AOC gave him a slap on Twitter.

    https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1166510731178782721?s=20
    , @Thomas

    Notice how Karpf doesn’t miss the opportunity to lecture us about privilege… he describes himself as untouchable because he is “a white man with tenure”.
     
    As the kids say these days: Every. Single. Time.
  46. Stephens says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes — widely assumed to be a reference to the Holocaust–but is he aware that some insects are kosher?

    Kosher Worms & Insects
    Rabbi Ari Enkin

    Although the Torah clearly prohibits the consumption of worms, or all other insects for that matter, there are, however, some interesting exceptions to the rule. The Torah’s prohibition on consuming insects applies only to those things that “live in the seas and in the streams”, “fly in the air” and “creep on the ground”. . . . Among the insects which are permitted to be eaten are grasshoppers, which the Torah explicitly permits. Nevertheless, one will rarely see grasshoppers on the menus of kosher restaurants since it is unclear which of the many species of grasshoppers are the ones which the Torah actually permitted. As such, a rabbinical decision was made to ban the consumption of all grasshoppers in fear of possibly eating one of the prohibited species, many of which look nearly identical to the permitted ones. There are certain communities, however, most notably Yemenite ones, where the consumption of certain species of grasshoppers is routine.

  47. @Jamie_NYC

    As everybody knows, you can’t let wacko extremists like Steve Sailer, with his volatile personality and complete lack of a sense of humor, have any kind of platform. The Conversation must only include super-stable unbiased well-rounded individuals like Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle in a demented rage.
     
    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn't use sarcasm so often.

    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn’t use sarcasm so often.

    Yes. You’re absolutely right. You know all about what it takes to be taken seriously. I read your blog every day. The one that everyone takes seriously.

  48. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    OT:
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/09/02/the-survival-of-iggy-pop

    Big Ig (ask Harry, Hynde, Pam des Barres or really any groupie…) posits thus:

    Some of Pop’s most interesting and idiosyncratic work has been made in the past decade, including two records—“Préliminaires,” from 2009, and “Après,” from 2012—inspired by Dixieland jazz, French chanson, mid-century American standards, and the books of Michel Houellebecq, Pop’s favorite living novelist. Pop is very nimble with other people’s material, able to land instantly on the emotional center of a lyric or a melody. “When Americans bothered to review those two albums, they said ‘hilariously bad crooning,’ ” Pop said. “I can’t sing like Michael Bublé—I know that! But Bob Dylan does those standards great, and he can’t sing like Michael Bublé, either.” (In an interview Dylan did for his own Web site, in 2017, he said of “Après,” “That’s a good record.”)

    Guitar repair guru Dan Erlewine, today a grandfatherish guy famous on YouTube for his relaxing guitar fixing videos a la Bob Ross, was also in the Prime Movers with Michael, his brother, who is mentioned here.

  49. @Dan Hayes
    Jamie_NYC:

    Steve is guilty [sic] of practicing "gentle cynicism", not "sarcasm".

    Or practicing sarcasm while Gentile.

  50. @Thomas

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    Did he just call Stephens a goyishe kop?

    Yep. Sure did.

    Jewfights, verbal or physical, are pretty catty.

  51. Stephens is right about one thing: Twitter brings out the worst in people. Twitter is the worst thing ever invented.

    • Agree: El Dato, Dissident
  52. Is “WASPy” not yet another dehumanizing insect comparison? Even amongst fellow whites, the W word should not be used.

    • Replies: @Ancient Briton
    Yes, agree the tautological, redundant 'W' is particularly irksome and annoying.
  53. Conservative New York Times columnist Brett Stephens on Tuesday delivered a scathing review of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), calling the former GOP presidential candidate ‘a serpent covered in Vaseline.’”

    A tad bit dehumazing there, but not as bad as a bedbug I guess.

  54. @Matra

    “This is funny because I’m a tenured white guy, which means there’s very little he can do to hurt me,”
     

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    Oops. Perhaps a 'friendly fire' incident?

    Karpf probably meant Stephens is not on his left, so presumably WASPy.

  55. @ben tillman

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.
     
    This is what I was alluding to:

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,” said Rubin. “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party."

    "We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again," she declared.
     

    Who is this “we” she speaks of–the four of them (Kristol, Pods, Boot, Rube)?

    LOL.

  56. anon[371] • Disclaimer says:

    >Say it to my face, I dare you.
    >Sends an email to his employer behind his back. Ignores the phone.

    “He also says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

    Damage control. Stephens revealed who he really is publicly and made a fool of himself in the process, so now he has to come up with some excuse to justify his irrational, petulant behavior. It defies belief that the Jewish tweeter in question was thinking anything about dictators. In fact, the excuse Stephens employs here could also be employed in any number of other situations, so there’s really nothing anyone could say that couldn’t then be turned back around on them: you say someone is nitpicking your arguments (“hey, ‘nitpick’ is derived from slave ships … you don’t support slavery do you?”); someone compares a sloven man to a messy pig (“hey, notsees used that imagery, too … you’re not a notsee are you?”); someone complains about a local bank (“hey, that’s a stereotype for you know who … you’re not a you know what, are you?”); … etc.

    The bedbug comment was clearly a reference to a news story about bedbugs in the Times building. It had no deeper meaning other than to poke fun at Bret Stephens. Not only is Stephens a pretentious “do you know who I am” drama queen, he’s also a liar for his excuse and a lowlife for sending that email in the first place; probably didn’t know the guy was Jewish, so he thought he could smear him and get him fired / ruin his life; probably also fantasized about doxxing the guy in his next article and rubbing it in his face, too. Ivory Tower hauteur seems to be common with the New York Times these days. Recently, they were called out for implying their employees were above criticism for past controversial comments and tweets while the Times had themselves previously run articles advocating boycotts of companies with a habit of saying disagreeable things.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    It defies belief that the Jewish tweeter in question was thinking anything about dictators.
     
    It is quite plausible, in the Jewish view of the world, that a Gentile would refer to a media Jew as a parasite. And that "dictator" in Stephens mind was probably Hitler. The more abstract noun serves to obfuscate the essential Jewish-Gentile conflict at the heart of Stephens' worldview.
  57. @Harry Baldwin
    The class usually begins with students discussing recent instances of public figures making significant strategic communication mistakes.

    Predictably, as examples, it mentions only right-wingers making what it calls public figures' significant strategic communication mistakes. How about Elizabeth Warren declaring that Officer Darren Wilson murdered Michael Brown? How about Julian Castro calling for reproductive rights for trans-women? How about just one of the endless gaffes from Joe Biden? No, it always has to be someone on the right. As an example of a president who flagrantly lied, the press will always skip over Obama and Clinton and go back to Nixon.

    But what a gig!

    University professor income and benefits for what many people spend a night at the bar laughing and bitching about–Biden’s gaffes, Liz “Faucahontas” Warren, pronunciation of Mayor Pete’s last name to mirror his sexual proclivities, etc., etc.

    George Washington University, last I heard, was the most expensive college in the country. What a joke.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    George Washington University, last I heard, was the most expensive college in the country. What a joke.
     
    When I was looking at colleges to attend 30 years ago GW was considered a proprietary school* largely for fed workers to get phony grad or professional degrees. Now it seems to cater to dumb rich kids who want to get into politics.

    *Some other colleges considered proprietary schools were Boston U. and Northeastern. That’s changed.

  58. @ben tillman

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.
     
    This is what I was alluding to:

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,” said Rubin. “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party."

    "We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again," she declared.
     

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,”

    What the accusers don’t understand is that they are the enablers. Without their tireless push of the global-homo agenda of invade-invite-indebtedness, there’d be no Trump.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    Every single thing about every thing they are depends on not understanding that. Or, should that fail, ensuring that no one else understands it.
    , @Anonymous

    What the accusers don’t understand is that they are the enablers. Without their tireless push of the global-homo agenda of invade-invite-indebtedness, there’d be no Trump.
     
    This obscures the issue somewhat. They hate Trump because he is seen as an obstacle to the conquest of Western homelands and the destruction of the Westerm European People. "Invade-invite" is the whole point.
    , @Mr. Anon

    What the accusers don’t understand is that they are the enablers. Without their tireless push of the global-homo agenda of invade-invite-indebtedness, there’d be no Trump.
     
    Yes, it is funny for neocons to call for "burning down the Republican Party" while standing among the ashes of it with a lighter in their hands.
  59. @ben tillman

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted…
     
    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She's speaking the language of genocide.

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.

    They are always calling for genocide. They’ve been pretty open about it for while now. Confronted there are all these word games, because they aren’t–yet–actually calling for camps. But it’s very clear–white gentiles should not be allowed to exist *as a people*, as *nations*, which is of course how we live. We aren’t tribal middle man minorities–thank goodness! We exist as big marry-the-girl-next-door national communities.)

    Trump has just got ’em amped up, because we are supposed to take our genocide … politely, and that isn’t happening. And there’s nothing more annoying that gentiles who won’t die on cue.

    And again. Super easy to resolve fairly. I’m not interested in dying to make Brett and Jen happy. I want absolutely nothing from them. Just leave me and my kind alone.

    Separate nations!

    • Replies: @Alastair Trumpington
    That won’t work because the people that are in power won’t allow peaceful separation, they want total control. The only way out is to win.
    , @Mr McKenna

    white gentiles should not be allowed to exist *as a people*, as *nations*, which is of course how we live. We aren’t tribal middle man minorities–thank goodness! We exist as big marry-the-girl-next-door national communities.) [...] there’s nothing more annoying that gentiles who won’t die on cue.
     
    What we have here in essence is two prominent jewish tribalists--both of whom are radically on board with the "white gentiles should not be allowed to exist as a people" thing--describing the limits of tolerable discourse.

    You can be my kind of 'kill or enslave the goyim' person (the good kind) or you can be his kind of 'kill or enslave the goyim' person (the not-so-good kind).

    , @Lot
    Murder-torture fantasies are considered OK comments on moderated left wing blogs. Bannon and Miller tend to be the most popular left-wing torture-fantasy victims, but here’s an example about Mitch McConnell from yesterday:

    majeff
    a day ago
    I wish McConnell would suffer a debilitating stroke and live in a vegetative coma for a few decades.

    He deserves a life of pain and suffering.
    -
    Locked-in syndrome: all conscious motor functions gone, sensory and cognitive ones intact.



    Sentient AI From The Future
    a day ago
    Add concomitant rectal cancer and I'd be ok with him living a relatively long, full expanse of twilight years.
    -
    D. C. Sessions
    a day ago
    No, not cancer. A simple matter of post-herpatic neuralgia.
    As for the neurology, he's a polio survivor -- lock-in is not a stretch, with all of the afferent nerves working and the efferent ones shut down.


    Nefercat
    a day ago
    Debilitating stroke yes, but I don't want him in a coma. I want him to know exactly what is happening to him and to suffer every indignity possible in the process.

    Bmaccnm
    a day ago
    As long as his future involves aphasia and incontinence and underpaid health care aides, I see no problem with this.
    , @Another Canadian
    Agree
  60. Those red flag laws can’t come soon enough.

  61. @Reg Cæsar
    When our next-door neighbors in the city moved away, the bedbugs we never knew they suffered looked for new homes, and the rest of the building had to get up to speed on them awfully fast. Some of the things we learned:

    They mate via aggravated rape. (In the #MeToo era, Stephens is understandably careful not to be associated.) One method of control is to confuse their pheromones chemically. Adult females can withstand a little rough trade. Immature females and males of any age, not so much.

    They're resistant to nearly all pesticides. The surest way to kill them quickly is to seal the infested space and raise the temperature to 140°F for a couple of hours. Be sure to remove your precious LP collection first!

    Freezing works, too, but takes longer. They like to hide in book bindings, and this is an option to save those books.

    They can go 18 months without eating.

    They can't navigate hair, so they leave pets alone. Good carpeting also slows them down.

    Diatomaceous earth, the only pesticide you can sprinkle on your kids' Wheaties, works over time by eroding the exoskeleton. If you are particularly sadistic, you can wait a couple of days after spreading it, then spray the little buggers with rubbing alcohol and watch them writhe. "Agony and ecstasy live together in perfect harmony side-by-side in my dirty bedsprings, oh Lord, why don't we?"

    Bedbugs are only a minor threat to health and property. It's a quality-of-life thing. So don't be surprised to learn poor or distracted neighbors have been ignoring them for some time.

    Bedbugs are only a minor threat to health and property. It’s a quality-of-life thing.

    How many bites does one receive each night?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    That depends on how good you taste.
  62. @Alastair Trumpington
    Neither one realized they are on the same team so they went all out against each other. This whole episode nauseates me.

    Notice how Karpf doesn’t miss the opportunity to lecture us about privilege... he describes himself as untouchable because he is “a white man with tenure”.

    And “he feels he has not received as nearly as much hate mail he would have gotten if he were a woman”, because of course this isn’t a virtual-signalling hypothetical load of cobblers, but unassailable truth.

    Of course, he’s probably receiving zero hate mail himself, as everything I’ve seen indicates Stephens is the only one getting dogpiled. Hell, even braindead AOC gave him a slap on Twitter.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    He's schlemiel.
  63. @AnotherDad

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.
     
    They are always calling for genocide. They've been pretty open about it for while now. Confronted there are all these word games, because they aren't--yet--actually calling for camps. But it's very clear--white gentiles should not be allowed to exist *as a people*, as *nations*, which is of course how we live. We aren't tribal middle man minorities--thank goodness! We exist as big marry-the-girl-next-door national communities.)

    Trump has just got 'em amped up, because we are supposed to take our genocide ... politely, and that isn't happening. And there's nothing more annoying that gentiles who won't die on cue.


    And again. Super easy to resolve fairly. I'm not interested in dying to make Brett and Jen happy. I want absolutely nothing from them. Just leave me and my kind alone.

    Separate nations!

    That won’t work because the people that are in power won’t allow peaceful separation, they want total control. The only way out is to win.

  64. Bret Stephens = Bedbug.

    Spot on.

    No one would’ve paid any attention if he had just let it go. But now that he’s blown it up, this metaphor will forever be associated with him.

    Jews and their oversensitivity. LOL.

  65. Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    Sure thing.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    WASPy must be the worst jew-to-jew putdown available. I don’t anticipate any requests for Karpf to explain what that means. But it reminds me that I sure do miss Gore Vidal. He was good at putting these turds in their place – and in stylistically WASPy prose.

    • Replies: @Prester John
    "WASPy must be the worst jew-to-jew putdown available."

    Notwithstanding that throughout the 20th century they actually ASPIRED to be at least ersatz WASPS so they could be accepted by the WASP "establishment" as the Cabots and Lodges of the shtetl.

    , @Known Fact
    How to be stylistically WASPy:
    First be sure your piece includes the following phrases:
    1) In point of fact
    2) So to speak
    3) To be sure (kicking off the paragraph where you deftly strawman the other side's arguments)
    3) As it were (especially after making a blandly subtle pun)
  66. @Jamie_NYC

    As everybody knows, you can’t let wacko extremists like Steve Sailer, with his volatile personality and complete lack of a sense of humor, have any kind of platform. The Conversation must only include super-stable unbiased well-rounded individuals like Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle in a demented rage.
     
    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn't use sarcasm so often.

    …you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn’t use sarcasm so often.

    “Shut the Hell up, Donny!”

  67. “Sen Cotton argues in favor of U.S. buying Greenland”

    This makes more sense for Trump. The capital of Greenland is closer to Times Square than is the capital of Utah. Can’t have enough Nuuks.

    We were on Long Island when my dad was sent to Thule Air Base for a few months on a contract. He was closer to us there than he would have been in San Francisco.

    Times Square is also closer to the capitals and high points of Connecticut, New Jersey, and even Delaware than to the capital and high point of its own state. And closer to the high point of the District of Columbia as well. (There is one.)

    Oh, and Times Square is closer to the Acropolis than it is to Diamond Head. But let’s not annex Greece– the Germans can have it!

    Distance from New York to…

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    New Jersey calls its high point High Point. It straddles two towns, both of which attend High Point Regional HS.
  68. @Oleaginous Outrager
    And "he feels he has not received as nearly as much hate mail he would have gotten if he were a woman", because of course this isn't a virtual-signalling hypothetical load of cobblers, but unassailable truth.

    Of course, he's probably receiving zero hate mail himself, as everything I've seen indicates Stephens is the only one getting dogpiled. Hell, even braindead AOC gave him a slap on Twitter.

    https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1166510731178782721?s=20

    He’s schlemiel.

  69. Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    This dude is freaking AWESOME. It’s not just the hillbillies and their allies learning Trumpism.

    Welcome to the Allthing, and other such warrior peoples’ deliberations.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Thanks for switching user names so often my ignore list is full now. Of course you're a garbage human being so I'm sure appealing to morality, honesty or civility will have no effect on you.
  70. I agree!
    Karpf was wrong to call Stevens a bedbug.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Excellent!
  71. @Matra

    “This is funny because I’m a tenured white guy, which means there’s very little he can do to hurt me,”
     

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    Oops. Perhaps a 'friendly fire' incident?

    Karpf knows exactly what he’s doing, unlike Stephens. Notice he even includes an entirely superfluous dig at ‘white male’ privilege as though others aren’t ever protected by tenure. And as though his real privilege isn’t of the Hebraic variety. Notice he uses WASPy as a slur, and of course he knows full well that Stephens is Jewish too.

    Karpf is more than clever enough for the masses, at whom this discussion is aimed.

    • Replies: @Declane
    Imagine an entire people who must always, always, ALWAYS "have it both ways".

    What would a normal, healthy, sane society's reaction be to such a people?
  72. @William Badwhite
    I'd be shocked if Bret Stephens could do 10 push-ups. Watching Karpf and Stephens fight would be like watching a couple of 5-year olds go at it.

    On the other hand, I can think of few things that would make me happier than Bret challenging me (or any other under 80 gentile) to a fight. Pounding his effete' face to a pulp would be great fun.

    I’d rather see Karpf take up Stephens’s offer, go to Stephens’s house with a confederate filming it, and pleasantly explain to Stephens’s wife and kids why Stephens is a terrible columnist.

  73. I don’t get this “Come to my house and say it to my face” thing. Bret Stephens is a pencil neck dweeb. What’s he going to do, challenge Karpf to a debate moderated by his five year old kid?

  74. @istevefan

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,”
     
    What the accusers don't understand is that they are the enablers. Without their tireless push of the global-homo agenda of invade-invite-indebtedness, there'd be no Trump.

    Every single thing about every thing they are depends on not understanding that. Or, should that fail, ensuring that no one else understands it.

  75. Palestinian child: Call me collatorial damage to my face.

  76. Race isn’t mentioned here, but who else engages in high school cross country?

    Woman charged with trying to throw boy off California bridge

    Especially in a place like this:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladera_Ranch,_California

    Perhaps she mistook his heavy breathing for harassment. Feminist of the Day!

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna

    Authorities described her as a transient.
     
    Oh, so that's what they're calling them nowadays. But seriously, this 'throw the white boy off the bridge' thing has really gained traction in the Current Year. Perhaps a movie treatment is in order, a sort of sequel to 'throw momma off the train'?

    Since it's "Hollywood" we could have white rednecks in MAGA caps throwing black boys off the, um, Tallahatchie Bridge.

    , @reactionry
    The Dover & Redondo Bitches?*

    Stephanie Redondo* might have been triggered by an incorrect answer to a question such as "What is your favorite color?" or "What is the capital of Assyria?"

    Had she succeeded in pushing a cross-country runner/"boy" off a bridge in Ladera Ranch she might have eclipsed the accomplishment of the Mall of America Caucasian Kid-tosser given a greater degree of difficulty.

    However she's clearly not in the same league as the Latinate(?) cousins known as the Hillside(Spanish translation: Ladera) Stranglers-
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/hillside-strangler-kenneth-bianchi-angelo-buono

    * Redondo is derived from the Latin "rotund" and Stephanie, like Anthony Hecht's "Dover Bitch," looks like she's "running to fat." One should try not to think of her " folds of a bright girdle [Halston Playtexmex?] furled."
    https://poets.org/poem/dover-bitch
    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43588/dover-beach

    [note to self: in the future try to leave linguistics (and the Commanding Heights of Mendota?) to Reg Caesar]
    , @Percy Gryce
    Undoubtedly he was smirking.
  77. Analogizing people to insects is always wrong

    Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle

    I see what you did there.

  78. @AnotherDad

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.
     
    They are always calling for genocide. They've been pretty open about it for while now. Confronted there are all these word games, because they aren't--yet--actually calling for camps. But it's very clear--white gentiles should not be allowed to exist *as a people*, as *nations*, which is of course how we live. We aren't tribal middle man minorities--thank goodness! We exist as big marry-the-girl-next-door national communities.)

    Trump has just got 'em amped up, because we are supposed to take our genocide ... politely, and that isn't happening. And there's nothing more annoying that gentiles who won't die on cue.


    And again. Super easy to resolve fairly. I'm not interested in dying to make Brett and Jen happy. I want absolutely nothing from them. Just leave me and my kind alone.

    Separate nations!

    white gentiles should not be allowed to exist *as a people*, as *nations*, which is of course how we live. We aren’t tribal middle man minorities–thank goodness! We exist as big marry-the-girl-next-door national communities.) […] there’s nothing more annoying that gentiles who won’t die on cue.

    What we have here in essence is two prominent jewish tribalists–both of whom are radically on board with the “white gentiles should not be allowed to exist as a people” thing–describing the limits of tolerable discourse.

    You can be my kind of ‘kill or enslave the goyim’ person (the good kind) or you can be his kind of ‘kill or enslave the goyim’ person (the not-so-good kind).

  79. Wow, imagine if he had called him a cockroach.

  80. And these two want to be my latex salesmen.

    (possibly obscure Seinfeld reference)

  81. Is this as bad as when someone called Chris Cuomo “Fredo”?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    No, because Fredo is a nickname that Cuomo will have forever.
  82. @Alastair Trumpington
    Neither one realized they are on the same team so they went all out against each other. This whole episode nauseates me.

    Notice how Karpf doesn’t miss the opportunity to lecture us about privilege... he describes himself as untouchable because he is “a white man with tenure”.

    Notice how Karpf doesn’t miss the opportunity to lecture us about privilege… he describes himself as untouchable because he is “a white man with tenure”.

    As the kids say these days: Every. Single. Time.

  83. @Reg Cæsar
    Race isn't mentioned here, but who else engages in high school cross country?


    Woman charged with trying to throw boy off California bridge

    Especially in a place like this:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladera_Ranch,_California


    Perhaps she mistook his heavy breathing for harassment. Feminist of the Day!

    Authorities described her as a transient.

    Oh, so that’s what they’re calling them nowadays. But seriously, this ‘throw the white boy off the bridge’ thing has really gained traction in the Current Year. Perhaps a movie treatment is in order, a sort of sequel to ‘throw momma off the train’?

    Since it’s “Hollywood” we could have white rednecks in MAGA caps throwing black boys off the, um, Tallahatchie Bridge.

  84. @Anonymous

    Bedbugs are only a minor threat to health and property. It’s a quality-of-life thing.
     
    How many bites does one receive each night?

    That depends on how good you taste.

    • Replies: @Pericles

    That depends on how good you taste.

     

    It seems White Bodies taste best by far.
  85. “Analogizing people to insects is always wrong … Being analogized to insects goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes in the past.”

    Take a shower.

  86. @Jamie_NYC

    As everybody knows, you can’t let wacko extremists like Steve Sailer, with his volatile personality and complete lack of a sense of humor, have any kind of platform. The Conversation must only include super-stable unbiased well-rounded individuals like Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle in a demented rage.
     
    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn't use sarcasm so often.

    The Gulag Archipelago is relentlessly satirical.

  87. @ben tillman

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.
     
    This is what I was alluding to:

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,” said Rubin. “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party."

    "We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again," she declared.
     

    We must continue mercilessly crushing the goyim until they stop being anti semitic!

  88. This story is hilarious. I can’t get enough of it. I will never be able to think of Bret Stephens again without thinking of bedbugs.

    • Replies: @JimB

    I will never be able to think of Bret Stephens again without thinking of bedbug.
     
    Exactly. By reacting, Stephens gave this silly insult legs in the 24hr news cycle where it got picked up by communists and blog writers. Perhaps a million people who were unfamiliar with him now know him as Stephens/bedbug.
  89. @Reg Cæsar
    Race isn't mentioned here, but who else engages in high school cross country?


    Woman charged with trying to throw boy off California bridge

    Especially in a place like this:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladera_Ranch,_California


    Perhaps she mistook his heavy breathing for harassment. Feminist of the Day!

    The Dover & Redondo Bitches?*

    Stephanie Redondo* might have been triggered by an incorrect answer to a question such as “What is your favorite color?” or “What is the capital of Assyria?”

    Had she succeeded in pushing a cross-country runner/”boy” off a bridge in Ladera Ranch she might have eclipsed the accomplishment of the Mall of America Caucasian Kid-tosser given a greater degree of difficulty.

    However she’s clearly not in the same league as the Latinate(?) cousins known as the Hillside(Spanish translation: Ladera) Stranglers-
    https://allthatsinteresting.com/hillside-strangler-kenneth-bianchi-angelo-buono

    * Redondo is derived from the Latin “rotund” and Stephanie, like Anthony Hecht’s “Dover Bitch,” looks like she’s “running to fat.” One should try not to think of her ” folds of a bright girdle [Halston Playtexmex?] furled.”
    https://poets.org/poem/dover-bitch
    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43588/dover-beach

    [note to self: in the future try to leave linguistics (and the Commanding Heights of Mendota?) to Reg Caesar]

  90. @AnotherDad

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.
     
    They are always calling for genocide. They've been pretty open about it for while now. Confronted there are all these word games, because they aren't--yet--actually calling for camps. But it's very clear--white gentiles should not be allowed to exist *as a people*, as *nations*, which is of course how we live. We aren't tribal middle man minorities--thank goodness! We exist as big marry-the-girl-next-door national communities.)

    Trump has just got 'em amped up, because we are supposed to take our genocide ... politely, and that isn't happening. And there's nothing more annoying that gentiles who won't die on cue.


    And again. Super easy to resolve fairly. I'm not interested in dying to make Brett and Jen happy. I want absolutely nothing from them. Just leave me and my kind alone.

    Separate nations!

    Murder-torture fantasies are considered OK comments on moderated left wing blogs. Bannon and Miller tend to be the most popular left-wing torture-fantasy victims, but here’s an example about Mitch McConnell from yesterday:

    majeff
    a day ago
    I wish McConnell would suffer a debilitating stroke and live in a vegetative coma for a few decades.

    He deserves a life of pain and suffering.

    Locked-in syndrome: all conscious motor functions gone, sensory and cognitive ones intact.

    Sentient AI From The Future
    a day ago
    Add concomitant rectal cancer and I’d be ok with him living a relatively long, full expanse of twilight years.

    D. C. Sessions
    a day ago
    No, not cancer. A simple matter of post-herpatic neuralgia.
    As for the neurology, he’s a polio survivor — lock-in is not a stretch, with all of the afferent nerves working and the efferent ones shut down.


    Nefercat
    a day ago
    Debilitating stroke yes, but I don’t want him in a coma. I want him to know exactly what is happening to him and to suffer every indignity possible in the process.

    Bmaccnm
    a day ago
    As long as his future involves aphasia and incontinence and underpaid health care aides, I see no problem with this.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    Lot:

    Even these nitwits realize that McConnell is the only effective Republican in this administration/congress by dent of engineering his party's future long-term control of the federal judiciary.

    , @Dissident

    Murder-torture fantasies are considered OK comments on moderated left wing blogs.
     
    Not just on blogs.

    Remember when a certain blasphemous celebrity jezebel declared before her fellow foul-mouthed, pussy-hatted harridans at the 2016 Woman's March that,
    "Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing-up the White House”?

    Or artist Kathy Griffin's effigy of the severed, bloodied head of President Trump?

    I wonder how many people here remember the fevered diatribe that Alec Baldwin broke-out into in 1998 while being interviewed by Conan O'Brien.*

    I am thinking to myself in other countries they are laughing at us twenty four hours a day and I’m thinking to myself if we were in other countries, we would all right now, all of us together, [starts to shout] all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death! We would stone him to death! [crowd cheers] Wait! Shut up! Shut up! No shut up! I’m not finished. We would stone Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and we’d kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families. [stands up screaming] What is happening in this country? What is happening? UGHHH UGHHH!!!!"
     
    (Excerpt from transcript found here)

    *Perhaps someone would be interested in trying to post that video of Baldwin on YouTube.

    And there's plenty more, going way back. Hate Speech of The Left is nothing new.
    ~ ~ ~
    The behavior of Jews such as Brett Stephens, Jennifer Rubin, et al and organizations like the $PLC and the ADL is so harmful to the image of Jews that I almost have to wonder whether that might actually be the intent.
  91. @Lot
    I never book a hotel room without checking the reviews to make sure there are no reports of Bret Stephens staying there.

    Bugged By The Obamas?
    Or: Like “Water” Off A Tiny Duck’s Back?

    Even if it’s the last room available, one should not try to mitigate the damages by employing Russian prostitutes to micturate on the mattress; it’s expensive – sleeping on soggy sheets sucks – and it doesn’t kill the bedbugs.

    Very Truly Urine,
    Dick Steele

  92. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    “being analogized to insects … goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes in the past” — widely assumed to be a reference to the Holocaust.
    - - - - - - -
    Can anybody think of a single example of an insect analogy being used in a totalitarian regime, or linked somehow to the Holocaust?
    The only insect analogy I can think of is Franz Kafka's story
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Metamorphosis
    in which salesman Gregor Samsa turns into a giant insect ("ungeheures Ungeziefer").
    Here's a 52-minute dramatization, narrated in German and subtitled in Turkish, in which we never see Gregor, because the whole story is shown through his vermin eyes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHVf2LSBHtU

    Can anybody think of a single example of an insect analogy being used in a totalitarian regime, or linked somehow to the Holocaust?

    Well, Jews were certainly liked to vectors of disease by the Nazi. Bacteria and lice, definitely, though I don’t know about bedbugs.

    Wikpedia has a poster from occupied Poland depicting Jews as typhus carrying lice.

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

  93. Bedbug Bret is notorious for cutting off the thumbs of those who cross him. But Karpf might be able to get close enough to him to put lye in his coffee.

    Yes, the first thing I immediately thought of when I read this was arguably Burt Young’s 2nd-most famous character.

  94. @Lot
    Murder-torture fantasies are considered OK comments on moderated left wing blogs. Bannon and Miller tend to be the most popular left-wing torture-fantasy victims, but here’s an example about Mitch McConnell from yesterday:

    majeff
    a day ago
    I wish McConnell would suffer a debilitating stroke and live in a vegetative coma for a few decades.

    He deserves a life of pain and suffering.
    -
    Locked-in syndrome: all conscious motor functions gone, sensory and cognitive ones intact.



    Sentient AI From The Future
    a day ago
    Add concomitant rectal cancer and I'd be ok with him living a relatively long, full expanse of twilight years.
    -
    D. C. Sessions
    a day ago
    No, not cancer. A simple matter of post-herpatic neuralgia.
    As for the neurology, he's a polio survivor -- lock-in is not a stretch, with all of the afferent nerves working and the efferent ones shut down.


    Nefercat
    a day ago
    Debilitating stroke yes, but I don't want him in a coma. I want him to know exactly what is happening to him and to suffer every indignity possible in the process.

    Bmaccnm
    a day ago
    As long as his future involves aphasia and incontinence and underpaid health care aides, I see no problem with this.

    Lot:

    Even these nitwits realize that McConnell is the only effective Republican in this administration/congress by dent of engineering his party’s future long-term control of the federal judiciary.

  95. Anon[333] • Disclaimer says:

    Bret Stephens is a typical and unapologetic hypocrite in regard to his Jewish ethnic nationalism and his support of Social Marxist policies for everyone else, while living in a nation comprised mostly of “everyone else”. He gives his opinions from a politically powerful podium at the NYT.

    Different regimes had a point when they described men like Stephens as insects.

    It doesn’t logically nor morally follow that merely because these regimes used a certain device, that it is inaccurate or wrong to do so.

  96. @Anon

    there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”
     
    Is this yet another “antisemitic trope”? It’s not listed on the Wikipedia “Antisemitic Canard” page. It’s not on the ADL website. How are us well-intentioned goys supposed to know and keep up with this stuff? I mean, first the dachshund trope, now the insect trope. And these guys don’t even identify themselves as Jews, so we don’t know that we need to trope-wash our comments. And, you know, I’ve heard and read people insulting non-Jews by comparing them to insects. When does a general pan-population insult turn into an antisemitic trope? The Elders of ..., uh, the Jewish community needs to convene a trope convention and publish the definitive dictionary of antisemitic tropes, and then encourage the (((marking))) of Jewish names so we’ll know when to doublecheck that we aren’t using those tropes. By the way, has there been any progress in that rash of black youths in New York perpetrating antisemitic incidents? I haven’t read any followup in the New York Times about it.

    Didn’t that antisemite Kafka write about it?

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

  97. @ben tillman
    Oh, I think we get the joke.

    "Krapf" -- ha ha. Good one, comrade.

    “Krapf” — ha ha. Good one, comrade.

    Though on consideration rather anti-semitic. Report to the reeducation officer in the basement, TD.

  98. @Harry Baldwin
    Perhaps a certain species of bedbug could be named after Stephens, which would put him in esteemed company.

    13 insects and other strange organisms named after Jews

    The Cleveland Museum of Natural History last week announced that a newly identified species of praying mantis was named after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    Researchers from the museum said they meant to honor the Jewish justice’s “relentless fight for gender equality.”

    It makes sense. Ilomantis ginsburgae is the first mantis classified by distinct qualities in its female reproductive parts, rather than its male ones. Plus, the bug has a neck plate that resembled Ginsburg’s trademark ruffled collars.
     

    The article goes on to describe other famous Jews who have had bugs named after them.

    https://www.jta.org/2016/06/06/culture/13-insects-and-other-strange-organisms-named-after-jews

    (Insert Zyklon B comment here.)

  99. @Reg Cæsar
    That depends on how good you taste.

    That depends on how good you taste.

    It seems White Bodies taste best by far.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    It seems White Bodies taste best by far.
     
    If you say so. I'm not into long pig myself.
  100. At least it wasn’t an infestation of rats at the NYT.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    As a young graphic designer, I occasionally used to freelance at the New York Times when it was still located right off Times Square. No rats, but there were mice scurrying around the studio. One day one of the studio guys threw a drafting triangle and killed a running mouse, for which he received great praise from his mates.
  101. @Anonymous
    What is ironic about that?

    Wasps are also insects.

    That had to be a double down troll by Karpf.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Wasps are also insects.

    That had to be a double down troll by Karpf.
     
    Could be. But it's as likely to be just par-for-the-course anti-Gentilism from a Jew and the usual double standards.
  102. Why is the bug man mad he was called a bed bug?

  103. The moral of the story is : even if you are Jewish and a token conservative on MSNBC, if you are a republican, even anti-Trump, you are still in danger of falling into trouble if you attack a regular Jewish democrat working in a University,

  104. @Dr. X
    OT (sorta):

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted...

    https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/neo-con-jennifer-rubin-we-have-collectively-essence-burn-down-republican

    Soon the neoconservatives will not only back in the Democratic Party, but they will all be full blown SJWs who carry “Never Again” placards on the US-Mexico border and call people transphobes for not allowing their kids to dress in drag. And good riddance.

    If Trump is not the last Republican President, we have to at least hope he is the last Zionist Republican President.

  105. @Rick

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    Whoa there Schlomo, stereotyping an entire ethnic group is RACIST.

    The bigotry of these Jews is disgusting. Karpf is a hate monger peddling antijaphetic tropes.

  106. @Anon

    there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”
     
    Is this yet another “antisemitic trope”? It’s not listed on the Wikipedia “Antisemitic Canard” page. It’s not on the ADL website. How are us well-intentioned goys supposed to know and keep up with this stuff? I mean, first the dachshund trope, now the insect trope. And these guys don’t even identify themselves as Jews, so we don’t know that we need to trope-wash our comments. And, you know, I’ve heard and read people insulting non-Jews by comparing them to insects. When does a general pan-population insult turn into an antisemitic trope? The Elders of ..., uh, the Jewish community needs to convene a trope convention and publish the definitive dictionary of antisemitic tropes, and then encourage the (((marking))) of Jewish names so we’ll know when to doublecheck that we aren’t using those tropes. By the way, has there been any progress in that rash of black youths in New York perpetrating antisemitic incidents? I haven’t read any followup in the New York Times about it.

    “The Jewish community needs to convene a trope convention and publish the definitive dictionary of antisemitic tropes, and then encourage the (((marking))) of Jewish names so we’ll know when to doublecheck ….”

    This is interesting: I’ve long noted (and others have too) that within 15 minutes of talking with a person I’ve never met before who turns out to be a Jew, that person manages to slip into the conversation that he/she is,”Jewish” no matter what the conversation is about — always “I’m Jewish,” not I’m a Jew.” I’ve never know just what to make of this, but now, yes, it’s clearly signaling, “be very careful what you say around me.”

    And, what is it that makes “Are you Jewish?” sound more polite than, “Are you a Jew?”

  107. @Moses

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted…
     
    I agree with her on that first part. Second part sounds, I dunno, holocaust-y.

    Jews wouldn't holocaust Gentiles, would they?

    Jews wouldn’t holocaust Gentiles, would they?

    They have in the past and even celebrate such in their founding documents.

  108. @Gunnar von Cowtown
    Wasps are also insects.

    That had to be a double down troll by Karpf.

    Wasps are also insects.

    That had to be a double down troll by Karpf.

    Could be. But it’s as likely to be just par-for-the-course anti-Gentilism from a Jew and the usual double standards.

  109. @AnotherDad

    Except for the who-whom, it sounds like a Hitler speech. She’s speaking the language of genocide.
     
    They are always calling for genocide. They've been pretty open about it for while now. Confronted there are all these word games, because they aren't--yet--actually calling for camps. But it's very clear--white gentiles should not be allowed to exist *as a people*, as *nations*, which is of course how we live. We aren't tribal middle man minorities--thank goodness! We exist as big marry-the-girl-next-door national communities.)

    Trump has just got 'em amped up, because we are supposed to take our genocide ... politely, and that isn't happening. And there's nothing more annoying that gentiles who won't die on cue.


    And again. Super easy to resolve fairly. I'm not interested in dying to make Brett and Jen happy. I want absolutely nothing from them. Just leave me and my kind alone.

    Separate nations!

    Agree

  110. Mayakovsky wrote a play “the Bedbug” were a man travels to the future and is mistaken for a new species of bedbug and so put in the zoo. Stephens should be flattered.

    The title character is clearly Mayakovsky who was devastatingly handsome.

  111. Anonymous[239] • Disclaimer says:
    @istevefan

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,”
     
    What the accusers don't understand is that they are the enablers. Without their tireless push of the global-homo agenda of invade-invite-indebtedness, there'd be no Trump.

    What the accusers don’t understand is that they are the enablers. Without their tireless push of the global-homo agenda of invade-invite-indebtedness, there’d be no Trump.

    This obscures the issue somewhat. They hate Trump because he is seen as an obstacle to the conquest of Western homelands and the destruction of the Westerm European People. “Invade-invite” is the whole point.

  112. @Achmed E. Newman
    If not for the massive immigration that Bret Stephens and the rest have pushed on America, we wouldn't even be tweeting about bedbugs. Those bastards came back in to vogue for the same reason lots of diseases we've not heard about in 80 years are coming back - uncontrolled immigration.

    Instead we'd be comparing Bret Stephens to a more upstanding creature, albeit still an invertebrate, but something more like a yellow-bellied jellyfish. And that's no metaphor, bitchez.

    BTW, what's a meta for? ("For testing continuity, dumbass!")

    I think bed bugs were eliminated using DDT. When that was outlawed, it was just a matter of time till they returned. Not to say it wasn’t worse among the poor, but back in the day, even elegant households battled bed bugs.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    I'd been reading on bedbugs and old-timey diseases as related to immigration from the 3rd world (especially S. o' the border) for years on VDare. You are right that DDT was used in the past, but once these pests were eliminated in the US, it took the immigration-invasion to bring it back. This article shows that it was both factors, David, though it's tourism too, not just permanent immigration.

    Kids during my childhood used to wonder what "Good night. Don't let the bedbugs bite." was even about. Parents would tell you that this line was from long ago, and you don't have to worry about those bedbugs. I'd never seen one till about 5 years back. Thanks, immigration officials!!

  113. Anonymous[239] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon
    >Say it to my face, I dare you.
    >Sends an email to his employer behind his back. Ignores the phone.

    "He also says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

    Damage control. Stephens revealed who he really is publicly and made a fool of himself in the process, so now he has to come up with some excuse to justify his irrational, petulant behavior. It defies belief that the Jewish tweeter in question was thinking anything about dictators. In fact, the excuse Stephens employs here could also be employed in any number of other situations, so there's really nothing anyone could say that couldn't then be turned back around on them: you say someone is nitpicking your arguments ("hey, 'nitpick' is derived from slave ships ... you don't support slavery do you?"); someone compares a sloven man to a messy pig ("hey, notsees used that imagery, too ... you're not a notsee are you?"); someone complains about a local bank ("hey, that's a stereotype for you know who ... you're not a you know what, are you?"); ... etc.

    The bedbug comment was clearly a reference to a news story about bedbugs in the Times building. It had no deeper meaning other than to poke fun at Bret Stephens. Not only is Stephens a pretentious "do you know who I am" drama queen, he's also a liar for his excuse and a lowlife for sending that email in the first place; probably didn't know the guy was Jewish, so he thought he could smear him and get him fired / ruin his life; probably also fantasized about doxxing the guy in his next article and rubbing it in his face, too. Ivory Tower hauteur seems to be common with the New York Times these days. Recently, they were called out for implying their employees were above criticism for past controversial comments and tweets while the Times had themselves previously run articles advocating boycotts of companies with a habit of saying disagreeable things.

    It defies belief that the Jewish tweeter in question was thinking anything about dictators.

    It is quite plausible, in the Jewish view of the world, that a Gentile would refer to a media Jew as a parasite. And that “dictator” in Stephens mind was probably Hitler. The more abstract noun serves to obfuscate the essential Jewish-Gentile conflict at the heart of Stephens’ worldview.

  114. Y’all got the relevant insect species all wrong……

    Bret Stephens=FILTHY FUCKING COCKROACH….Just like Judith Miller…

    Although at recent conference of experts on Blataria at the Karolinska Institutet……there was a consensus of the entymologists at the conference that calling Bret Stevens a FILTHY FUCKING COCKROACH is an insult to the various Blataria Species……

  115. @Clifford Brown

    Bret Stephens goes to MSNBC to comment on the bedbug situation, saying the rhetoric is “dehumanizing and totally unacceptable.” He also says that there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    Ironic.

    Good catch, Cliff!

  116. @Uilleam Yr Alban

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    This dude is freaking AWESOME. It's not just the hillbillies and their allies learning Trumpism.

    Welcome to the Allthing, and other such warrior peoples' deliberations.

    Thanks for switching user names so often my ignore list is full now. Of course you’re a garbage human being so I’m sure appealing to morality, honesty or civility will have no effect on you.

  117. one may call him a scoundrel, parasite, swindler, profiteer, it all runs off him like water off a raincoat. But call him a Bedbug and you will be astonished at how he recoils, how injured he is, how he suddenly shrinks back: “I’ve been found out.”

  118. Wasps are also insects.

    That had to be a double down troll by Karpf.

    Yes, it seems likely.

  119. @Kronos
    The utter destruction of the mainstream/legacy media won’t be complete until such disputes are settled Jerry Springer style.

    https://youtu.be/EqVeG5GU3sg


    Steve, the powers that be lobotomized those news platforms and their discourse long ago. That Titanic is taking on water and everyone is going down with the ship. The only places for meaningful news and discussions are on the far left and right. (Far now.)

    P.S. How’s your right hook? Your very tall so you’d need to punch down a lot.

    Red Lobster! OK, now that tears it!

    (Then she comes out and I see that she’s spent WAY too much time at Red Lobster – “I know they said it’s all you can eat, but damn, woman!”

  120. @TontoBubbaGoldstein
    I agree!
    Karpf was wrong to call Stevens a bedbug.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYbJsVANqNk

    Excellent!

  121. Anonymous[388] • Disclaimer says:
    @Forbes
    But what a gig!

    University professor income and benefits for what many people spend a night at the bar laughing and bitching about--Biden's gaffes, Liz "Faucahontas" Warren, pronunciation of Mayor Pete's last name to mirror his sexual proclivities, etc., etc.

    George Washington University, last I heard, was the most expensive college in the country. What a joke.

    George Washington University, last I heard, was the most expensive college in the country. What a joke.

    When I was looking at colleges to attend 30 years ago GW was considered a proprietary school* largely for fed workers to get phony grad or professional degrees. Now it seems to cater to dumb rich kids who want to get into politics.

    *Some other colleges considered proprietary schools were Boston U. and Northeastern. That’s changed.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber

    When I was looking at colleges to attend 30 years ago GW was considered a proprietary school* largely for fed workers to get phony grad or professional degrees. Now it seems to cater to dumb rich kids who want to get into politics.
     
    Alec Baldwin attended from 1976-79 but didn't graduate. Brian Williams attended in approximately the same time frame, but also didn't graduate
  122. @t
    OT: The internet makes it more difficult for professors to indoctrinate students.


    https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/21/20812153/youtube-gamergate-education-classroom-teachers-misinformation-reddit-twitter-online-harassment

    IIRC UC Irvine is 15% white 40% Asian and 40% Hispanic.

    OT: The internet makes it more difficult for professors to indoctrinate students.

    https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/21/20812153/youtube-gamergate-education-classroom-teachers-misinformation-reddit-twitter-online-harassment

    Thanks for posting.

    The professor in the (she uses they/them pronouns BTW) is on the faculty of a computer science department and yet focuses on video-game culture and LGBTQUERTY issues:

    https://www.informatics.uci.edu/explore/faculty-profiles/bonnie-ruberg/

    She is angry that the students aren’t arriving as predisposed to be brainwashed as she would like.

  123. @Pincher Martin
    This story is hilarious. I can't get enough of it. I will never be able to think of Bret Stephens again without thinking of bedbugs.

    I will never be able to think of Bret Stephens again without thinking of bedbug.

    Exactly. By reacting, Stephens gave this silly insult legs in the 24hr news cycle where it got picked up by communists and blog writers. Perhaps a million people who were unfamiliar with him now know him as Stephens/bedbug.

    • Replies: @gabriel alberton
    As of now, searching Google for ''bedbug'' after deleting cookies and browsing history in a device in which no page about this story was previously loaded returns me links related to Bret Stephens. I don't know if this is the case for others.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    Stephens gave this silly insult legs in the 24hr news cycle

    Not just legs--six legs.
    , @Kolya Krassotkin
    Will Stephens's coworkers now call him "Bedbug" behind his back? Bet on it.
  124. @Dr. X
    OT (sorta):

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted...

    https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/neo-con-jennifer-rubin-we-have-collectively-essence-burn-down-republican

    Rubin is typically referred to as a “Conservative” by the liberal media of which she is a part. She would more accurately be labeled a “Likudnik”.

  125. @istevefan

    “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,”
     
    What the accusers don't understand is that they are the enablers. Without their tireless push of the global-homo agenda of invade-invite-indebtedness, there'd be no Trump.

    What the accusers don’t understand is that they are the enablers. Without their tireless push of the global-homo agenda of invade-invite-indebtedness, there’d be no Trump.

    Yes, it is funny for neocons to call for “burning down the Republican Party” while standing among the ashes of it with a lighter in their hands.

  126. @Anon

    there’s a “bad history” of “being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes”
     
    Is this yet another “antisemitic trope”? It’s not listed on the Wikipedia “Antisemitic Canard” page. It’s not on the ADL website. How are us well-intentioned goys supposed to know and keep up with this stuff? I mean, first the dachshund trope, now the insect trope. And these guys don’t even identify themselves as Jews, so we don’t know that we need to trope-wash our comments. And, you know, I’ve heard and read people insulting non-Jews by comparing them to insects. When does a general pan-population insult turn into an antisemitic trope? The Elders of ..., uh, the Jewish community needs to convene a trope convention and publish the definitive dictionary of antisemitic tropes, and then encourage the (((marking))) of Jewish names so we’ll know when to doublecheck that we aren’t using those tropes. By the way, has there been any progress in that rash of black youths in New York perpetrating antisemitic incidents? I haven’t read any followup in the New York Times about it.

    I don’t care for Bret Stephens at all, but I have to say that I’m with him on this one, both his calling out the use of vermin imagery and his leaving the sewer that is Twitter.

    Here’s how the Megaphone usually treats the use of vermin references:

    https://forward.com/culture/403526/infest-the-ugly-nazi-history-of-trumps-chosen-verb-about-immigrants/

  127. @Reg Cæsar
    Race isn't mentioned here, but who else engages in high school cross country?


    Woman charged with trying to throw boy off California bridge

    Especially in a place like this:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladera_Ranch,_California


    Perhaps she mistook his heavy breathing for harassment. Feminist of the Day!

    Undoubtedly he was smirking.

  128. @Matra

    “This is funny because I’m a tenured white guy, which means there’s very little he can do to hurt me,”
     

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    Oops. Perhaps a 'friendly fire' incident?

    Perhaps a ‘friendly fire’ incident?

    The tragedy of Jew on Jew violence.

    Maybe the answer is Midnight Basketball–i.e., having a bunch of black guys play basketball at midnight while the Jews comment on it.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    Hey watch it -- we have Omri Casspi, Zaza Pachulia, Amare Stoudemire (don't ask me how or why) and Nancy Lieberman!
  129. Karpf needs to apologize . . . to bedbugs.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Haha! That's an oldie... but it never fails.
  130. Lol (well, smirk, anyway).

    A search on ‘Bret Stephens email’ brings up results headed by an ad aimed at those with ‘bed bug issues.’

    Maybe someone at Google doesn’t like him either.

  131. Anyway, Bret Stephens seems to have made himself the laughing stock of the country over this one.

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Bret.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    Chris Cuomo's probably relieved all this has supplanted Fredogate
  132. @Dr. X
    OT (sorta):

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted...

    https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/neo-con-jennifer-rubin-we-have-collectively-essence-burn-down-republican

    She has that “Innsmouth Look”

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    Yes, that open mouth is the doorway into another dimension of noisome, shambling Lovecraftian horror.

    I've known many nice, foxy Jewesses (love that term!), why is it always the monsters who elbow their way into camera range?
  133. @Mr McKenna
    Karpf knows exactly what he's doing, unlike Stephens. Notice he even includes an entirely superfluous dig at 'white male' privilege as though others aren't ever protected by tenure. And as though his real privilege isn't of the Hebraic variety. Notice he uses WASPy as a slur, and of course he knows full well that Stephens is Jewish too.

    Karpf is more than clever enough for the masses, at whom this discussion is aimed.

    Imagine an entire people who must always, always, ALWAYS “have it both ways”.

    What would a normal, healthy, sane society’s reaction be to such a people?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Apropo to this: House Sackler tells a judge today that they will settle provided they can be exempt from American law after having done more material harm than al-Qaeda (that is, bar all future lawsuits regarding that whole destroy rural America thing which I'm sure we've all already forgotten). If the judge says no, we should applaud him or her. If the judge says yes then all future concerns about a certain supposedly baseless hatred by a certain religio-ethnic group should be directed back to this decision.
  134. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    “being analogized to insects … goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes in the past” — widely assumed to be a reference to the Holocaust.
    - - - - - - -
    Can anybody think of a single example of an insect analogy being used in a totalitarian regime, or linked somehow to the Holocaust?
    The only insect analogy I can think of is Franz Kafka's story
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Metamorphosis
    in which salesman Gregor Samsa turns into a giant insect ("ungeheures Ungeziefer").
    Here's a 52-minute dramatization, narrated in German and subtitled in Turkish, in which we never see Gregor, because the whole story is shown through his vermin eyes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHVf2LSBHtU

    Come on, IIRC, Mein Kampf is full of “pestilence” and “disinfect” metaphors. He may be referring to gypsies, homos etc. as well, but they’re all in one big bag.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    'Come on, IIRC, Mein Kampf is full of “pestilence” and “disinfect” metaphors. He may be referring to gypsies, homos etc. as well, but they’re all in one big bag.'

    Actually, it's full of words in general. Maybe we should just stop using any of them.
  135. Here’s Why The Professor Who Called (((Bret Stephens))) A Bed Bug Would Do It Again
    August 27, 2019 By (((Ari Feldman)))

    On Wednesdays (((David Karpf))) teaches Strategic Political Communication.

    LOL. Reached my daily recommended dose of kosher meat before I even got to the body text.

    Bedbug Bret is notorious for cutting off the thumbs of those who cross him, even among a tribe notorious for mutilating their enemies. But Karpf might be able to get close enough to him to put lye in his coffee.

    I mean, let’s be honest. That’s what the tribe does with power; abuses it. Naive Whites from flyover country need to be made aware of how psychologically different Jews are before tangling with them.

  136. “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.

    Probably Jew-code for “WTF? Bret Stephens is a Jewish name now? What’s the world coming to?”

    • Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin
    With such a waspy pseudonym as Brett Stephens [Ehrlich], Bedbug's Hebraic roots should have been obvious. Israel Ehrenburg called himself Ashley Montague, Jane Seymour's real name is Joyce Frankenberg, and I am too lazy to look up what Robert Maxwell's real name was. (Over-the-top faux Englisn names are a give-away.)

    We now have a nebbish named "Bedbug" and a goombah named "Fredo." It's been a good month.
  137. @Dr. X
    OT (sorta):

    Neocon Jewess Jennifer Rubin Joins Kristol, Podhoretz, and Boot in Contemptuously and Vindictively Denouncing Trump and MAGA Voters!!!

    -Says Republican Party must be burned to the ground, Trump supporters must be persecuted...

    https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/neo-con-jennifer-rubin-we-have-collectively-essence-burn-down-republican

    It seems like that would leave them with no GOP, no conservative movement, and, thus, no reason to exist themselves. Which all sounds good to me. Where do I send a check?

  138. @Buzz Mohawk
    Is this as bad as when someone called Chris Cuomo "Fredo"?

    No, because Fredo is a nickname that Cuomo will have forever.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Fredo sleeps with the fishes, while Stephens sleeps with the bedbugs. I'm gonna tweet him an offer he no canna refuse...
  139. @JimB

    I will never be able to think of Bret Stephens again without thinking of bedbug.
     
    Exactly. By reacting, Stephens gave this silly insult legs in the 24hr news cycle where it got picked up by communists and blog writers. Perhaps a million people who were unfamiliar with him now know him as Stephens/bedbug.

    As of now, searching Google for ”bedbug” after deleting cookies and browsing history in a device in which no page about this story was previously loaded returns me links related to Bret Stephens. I don’t know if this is the case for others.

  140. @BenKenobi
    She’s clearly a based accelerationist. If the Republican Party is destroyed, then White identity will escape into the polity.

    Kind of like in the third act of Ghostbusters when the containment field is shut down.

    Yeah, my first reaction was “this broad ain’t wrong. She’s right for the wrong reasons.”

  141. is this an all jewish affair?

    Ari Feldman. Bret Stephens. not sure about David Karpf.

    reflecting back on life, i think about how many times on television or radio there was a panel of ‘experts’ debating something, with a host ‘moderating’ them, and i now realize every one of them was jewish.

    we’re all just spectating on the sidelines as jewish people with jewish concerns direct society. no other perspectives allowed. you think you’re involved, you think they’re americans just like me, but actually, none of the talking heads are like you or on your side.

    it’s remarkable sometimes how incredibly rigidly jewish a ‘debate’ can be. like when Andrew Breitbart died, there was an internal battle over who would tak control of the Breitbart media property – except both sides were jewish. the conservative jews won, and sent the neocon jews fleeing. that’s why Ben Shapiro has a show now – because he lost his battle to take over Breitbart.

    today in the television and podcast media, we get to hear ‘conservatives’ battling ‘liberals’ but half the time it’s just an observant jew arguing with a leftist jew, with the rest of us on the sidelines like fat beer drinking losers at a college football game. all the players on the field african, all the spectators in the stands southerners.

    both political parties are exactly the same today. leftist jews control and direct the democrat party, while neocon jews do the same for the republican party. how long it’s been this way i’m not sure, but probably since the 50s or 60s for the democrats, and starting in the 70s for the republicans, with full control by the 90s.

    until this is confronted, all of our other efforts and energy will be continuously redirected into bullshit, as Peter Brimelow is now finding out. any American Nationalist effort will be co-opted by yet another annoying jewish huckster as soon as it appears, this time around it’s this Yoram Hazony guy.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Yes but -- my reaction to Hazony was to welcome him, precisely because we are not allowed to have opinions or influence politics. It's like being wary of Trump because he is a billionaire. Hazony is sort of a representation that some of our concerns can be legitimated and discussed and maybe become policy. Without Hazony I don't see that happening, and not because of Jews but because of goodwhites.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    ... why Ben Shapiro has a show now...

    I accidentally caught a little of his show today and I don't think he'll last. He doesn't have a good voice for radio--it's high pitched and he speaks in a hyper-fast, nervous manner. He sounds like he's been inhaling helium, or like one of those Alvin & the Chipmunks records.

    But who knows? Mark Levin has a horrible voice and he's done well.
    , @Nachum
    Karpf says he's Jewish right there.

    Breitbart was as well, of course- adopted.
  142. @JimB

    I will never be able to think of Bret Stephens again without thinking of bedbug.
     
    Exactly. By reacting, Stephens gave this silly insult legs in the 24hr news cycle where it got picked up by communists and blog writers. Perhaps a million people who were unfamiliar with him now know him as Stephens/bedbug.

    Stephens gave this silly insult legs in the 24hr news cycle

    Not just legs–six legs.

    • Replies: @JimB
    Touché. And I’m thankful most people figured out that when I wrote columnist it got autocorrected to communist.
  143. @Colin Wright
    Anyway, Bret Stephens seems to have made himself the laughing stock of the country over this one.

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Bret.

    Chris Cuomo’s probably relieved all this has supplanted Fredogate

    • Replies: @Anon
    These two will be forever known as:

    Chris "Fredo" Cuomo

    and

    Bret "Bedbug" Stephens.

    They made the mistake of ineffectually reacting to taunts, cementing their new names within the popular lexicon. Few people can react effectively. They should have stayed quiet. But I'm glad that they did not.
  144. @anon
    She has that "Innsmouth Look"

    Yes, that open mouth is the doorway into another dimension of noisome, shambling Lovecraftian horror.

    I’ve known many nice, foxy Jewesses (love that term!), why is it always the monsters who elbow their way into camera range?

  145. @Oscar Peterson

    Perhaps a ‘friendly fire’ incident?
     
    The tragedy of Jew on Jew violence.

    Maybe the answer is Midnight Basketball--i.e., having a bunch of black guys play basketball at midnight while the Jews comment on it.

    Hey watch it — we have Omri Casspi, Zaza Pachulia, Amare Stoudemire (don’t ask me how or why) and Nancy Lieberman!

  146. @Lot
    Murder-torture fantasies are considered OK comments on moderated left wing blogs. Bannon and Miller tend to be the most popular left-wing torture-fantasy victims, but here’s an example about Mitch McConnell from yesterday:

    majeff
    a day ago
    I wish McConnell would suffer a debilitating stroke and live in a vegetative coma for a few decades.

    He deserves a life of pain and suffering.
    -
    Locked-in syndrome: all conscious motor functions gone, sensory and cognitive ones intact.



    Sentient AI From The Future
    a day ago
    Add concomitant rectal cancer and I'd be ok with him living a relatively long, full expanse of twilight years.
    -
    D. C. Sessions
    a day ago
    No, not cancer. A simple matter of post-herpatic neuralgia.
    As for the neurology, he's a polio survivor -- lock-in is not a stretch, with all of the afferent nerves working and the efferent ones shut down.


    Nefercat
    a day ago
    Debilitating stroke yes, but I don't want him in a coma. I want him to know exactly what is happening to him and to suffer every indignity possible in the process.

    Bmaccnm
    a day ago
    As long as his future involves aphasia and incontinence and underpaid health care aides, I see no problem with this.

    Murder-torture fantasies are considered OK comments on moderated left wing blogs.

    Not just on blogs.

    Remember when a certain blasphemous celebrity jezebel declared before her fellow foul-mouthed, pussy-hatted harridans at the 2016 Woman’s March that,
    “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing-up the White House”?

    Or artist Kathy Griffin’s effigy of the severed, bloodied head of President Trump?

    I wonder how many people here remember the fevered diatribe that Alec Baldwin broke-out into in 1998 while being interviewed by Conan O’Brien.*

    I am thinking to myself in other countries they are laughing at us twenty four hours a day and I’m thinking to myself if we were in other countries, we would all right now, all of us together, [starts to shout] all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death! We would stone him to death! [crowd cheers] Wait! Shut up! Shut up! No shut up! I’m not finished. We would stone Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and we’d kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families. [stands up screaming] What is happening in this country? What is happening? UGHHH UGHHH!!!!”

    (Excerpt from transcript found here)

    *Perhaps someone would be interested in trying to post that video of Baldwin on YouTube.

    And there’s plenty more, going way back. Hate Speech of The Left is nothing new.
    ~ ~ ~
    The behavior of Jews such as Brett Stephens, Jennifer Rubin, et al and organizations like the $PLC and the ADL is so harmful to the image of Jews that I almost have to wonder whether that might actually be the intent.

  147. As some here have mentioned, Bret Stephens has put himself in contention for the 2019 “Fredo Award.” Named after Prime Fredo Chris Cuomo of CNN infamy.

    “For the best executed self-ridiculing complaint about someone else’s mild unkind analogy about you.”

    I also think someone owes the Bedbug Community a big public apology for all of this.

  148. @JohnnyD
    "...Stephens, who is Jewish, has written many times about his Jewish ethnicity."
    ^ Understatement of the century

    The good professor can be forgiven if he didn’t know Stephens was Jewish. The name sounds kinda WASPy (no doubt by design) and frankly I didn’t know he was Jewish myself until about a year ago.

  149. @Malcolm X-Lax

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

     

    Sure thing.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    WASPy must be the worst jew-to-jew putdown available. I don't anticipate any requests for Karpf to explain what that means. But it reminds me that I sure do miss Gore Vidal. He was good at putting these turds in their place - and in stylistically WASPy prose.

    “WASPy must be the worst jew-to-jew putdown available.”

    Notwithstanding that throughout the 20th century they actually ASPIRED to be at least ersatz WASPS so they could be accepted by the WASP “establishment” as the Cabots and Lodges of the shtetl.

  150. “So Stephens emailed him, challenging Karpf to come to his home and call him a bed bug to his face….”

    What would Stephens have done? Hit him over the head with libel/slander suit papers?

  151. @Jamie_NYC

    As everybody knows, you can’t let wacko extremists like Steve Sailer, with his volatile personality and complete lack of a sense of humor, have any kind of platform. The Conversation must only include super-stable unbiased well-rounded individuals like Bret Stephens who never ever fly off the handle in a demented rage.
     
    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn't use sarcasm so often.

    Steve, you would be considered a more serious commentator if you didn’t use sarcasm so often.

    Yeah – no doubt about it. Just like with that Socrates dude. If only he could have restrained his irony, the Athenians would have taken him more seriously, and wouldn’t have…uh…de-platformed him.

  152. @Harry Baldwin
    Stephens gave this silly insult legs in the 24hr news cycle

    Not just legs--six legs.

    Touché. And I’m thankful most people figured out that when I wrote columnist it got autocorrected to communist.

  153. @Malcolm X-Lax

    Karpf, who is also Jewish, said he didn’t realize that Stephens was Jewish.

     

    Sure thing.

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    WASPy must be the worst jew-to-jew putdown available. I don't anticipate any requests for Karpf to explain what that means. But it reminds me that I sure do miss Gore Vidal. He was good at putting these turds in their place - and in stylistically WASPy prose.

    How to be stylistically WASPy:
    First be sure your piece includes the following phrases:
    1) In point of fact
    2) So to speak
    3) To be sure (kicking off the paragraph where you deftly strawman the other side’s arguments)
    3) As it were (especially after making a blandly subtle pun)

    • Replies: @Malcolm X-Lax
    Oy vey!
  154. @Declane
    Imagine an entire people who must always, always, ALWAYS "have it both ways".

    What would a normal, healthy, sane society's reaction be to such a people?

    Apropo to this: House Sackler tells a judge today that they will settle provided they can be exempt from American law after having done more material harm than al-Qaeda (that is, bar all future lawsuits regarding that whole destroy rural America thing which I’m sure we’ve all already forgotten). If the judge says no, we should applaud him or her. If the judge says yes then all future concerns about a certain supposedly baseless hatred by a certain religio-ethnic group should be directed back to this decision.

    • Replies: @HammerJack
    Consider the many ways in which Americans are already enjoined from criticizing the chosenites and their various enterprises.


    https://www.unz.com/forum/u-s-lawmakers-seek-to-criminally-outlaw-support-for-boycott-campaign-against-israel/

    This article lists some, and several more are referenced in the comments.

  155. @prime noticer
    is this an all jewish affair?

    Ari Feldman. Bret Stephens. not sure about David Karpf.

    reflecting back on life, i think about how many times on television or radio there was a panel of 'experts' debating something, with a host 'moderating' them, and i now realize every one of them was jewish.

    we're all just spectating on the sidelines as jewish people with jewish concerns direct society. no other perspectives allowed. you think you're involved, you think they're americans just like me, but actually, none of the talking heads are like you or on your side.

    it's remarkable sometimes how incredibly rigidly jewish a 'debate' can be. like when Andrew Breitbart died, there was an internal battle over who would tak control of the Breitbart media property - except both sides were jewish. the conservative jews won, and sent the neocon jews fleeing. that's why Ben Shapiro has a show now - because he lost his battle to take over Breitbart.

    today in the television and podcast media, we get to hear 'conservatives' battling 'liberals' but half the time it's just an observant jew arguing with a leftist jew, with the rest of us on the sidelines like fat beer drinking losers at a college football game. all the players on the field african, all the spectators in the stands southerners.

    both political parties are exactly the same today. leftist jews control and direct the democrat party, while neocon jews do the same for the republican party. how long it's been this way i'm not sure, but probably since the 50s or 60s for the democrats, and starting in the 70s for the republicans, with full control by the 90s.

    until this is confronted, all of our other efforts and energy will be continuously redirected into bullshit, as Peter Brimelow is now finding out. any American Nationalist effort will be co-opted by yet another annoying jewish huckster as soon as it appears, this time around it's this Yoram Hazony guy.

    Yes but — my reaction to Hazony was to welcome him, precisely because we are not allowed to have opinions or influence politics. It’s like being wary of Trump because he is a billionaire. Hazony is sort of a representation that some of our concerns can be legitimated and discussed and maybe become policy. Without Hazony I don’t see that happening, and not because of Jews but because of goodwhites.

  156. @anon
    Come on, IIRC, Mein Kampf is full of "pestilence" and "disinfect" metaphors. He may be referring to gypsies, homos etc. as well, but they're all in one big bag.

    ‘Come on, IIRC, Mein Kampf is full of “pestilence” and “disinfect” metaphors. He may be referring to gypsies, homos etc. as well, but they’re all in one big bag.’

    Actually, it’s full of words in general. Maybe we should just stop using any of them.

  157. @David
    I think bed bugs were eliminated using DDT. When that was outlawed, it was just a matter of time till they returned. Not to say it wasn't worse among the poor, but back in the day, even elegant households battled bed bugs.

    I’d been reading on bedbugs and old-timey diseases as related to immigration from the 3rd world (especially S. o’ the border) for years on VDare. You are right that DDT was used in the past, but once these pests were eliminated in the US, it took the immigration-invasion to bring it back. This article shows that it was both factors, David, though it’s tourism too, not just permanent immigration.

    Kids during my childhood used to wonder what “Good night. Don’t let the bedbugs bite.” was even about. Parents would tell you that this line was from long ago, and you don’t have to worry about those bedbugs. I’d never seen one till about 5 years back. Thanks, immigration officials!!

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Don’t let the bedbugs bite.
     
    Don't let the bedbug write.
  158. @c matt
    Karpf needs to apologize . . . to bedbugs.

    Haha! That’s an oldie… but it never fails.

  159. @Jim Don Bob
    No, because Fredo is a nickname that Cuomo will have forever.

    Fredo sleeps with the fishes, while Stephens sleeps with the bedbugs. I’m gonna tweet him an offer he no canna refuse…

  160. @Known Fact
    Chris Cuomo's probably relieved all this has supplanted Fredogate

    These two will be forever known as:

    Chris “Fredo” Cuomo

    and

    Bret “Bedbug” Stephens.

    They made the mistake of ineffectually reacting to taunts, cementing their new names within the popular lexicon. Few people can react effectively. They should have stayed quiet. But I’m glad that they did not.

  161. Uhhhhh…who is Bret Stephens?

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    A man with that very peevish expression that is so characteristic of the TrueCon.
  162. @Pericles

    That depends on how good you taste.

     

    It seems White Bodies taste best by far.

    It seems White Bodies taste best by far.

    If you say so. I’m not into long pig myself.

  163. Well now…since it’s a given that the POTUSs are gonna be all Democratic from here on in a few yearss …..In 20-25 years….we will have a majority nonwhite America of 1.5 billion “Americans” and still growing exponentially at 10 percent a year…rapid doubling time……But just think of the exiciting culinary opportunities for our expanding population…..COCKROACHES AND BEDBUGS….a veritable Keto diet for everyone…..!!!

  164. @Twodees Partain
    Uhhhhh...who is Bret Stephens?

    A man with that very peevish expression that is so characteristic of the TrueCon.

  165. @Redneck farmer
    At least it wasn't an infestation of rats at the NYT.

    As a young graphic designer, I occasionally used to freelance at the New York Times when it was still located right off Times Square. No rats, but there were mice scurrying around the studio. One day one of the studio guys threw a drafting triangle and killed a running mouse, for which he received great praise from his mates.

  166. @prime noticer
    is this an all jewish affair?

    Ari Feldman. Bret Stephens. not sure about David Karpf.

    reflecting back on life, i think about how many times on television or radio there was a panel of 'experts' debating something, with a host 'moderating' them, and i now realize every one of them was jewish.

    we're all just spectating on the sidelines as jewish people with jewish concerns direct society. no other perspectives allowed. you think you're involved, you think they're americans just like me, but actually, none of the talking heads are like you or on your side.

    it's remarkable sometimes how incredibly rigidly jewish a 'debate' can be. like when Andrew Breitbart died, there was an internal battle over who would tak control of the Breitbart media property - except both sides were jewish. the conservative jews won, and sent the neocon jews fleeing. that's why Ben Shapiro has a show now - because he lost his battle to take over Breitbart.

    today in the television and podcast media, we get to hear 'conservatives' battling 'liberals' but half the time it's just an observant jew arguing with a leftist jew, with the rest of us on the sidelines like fat beer drinking losers at a college football game. all the players on the field african, all the spectators in the stands southerners.

    both political parties are exactly the same today. leftist jews control and direct the democrat party, while neocon jews do the same for the republican party. how long it's been this way i'm not sure, but probably since the 50s or 60s for the democrats, and starting in the 70s for the republicans, with full control by the 90s.

    until this is confronted, all of our other efforts and energy will be continuously redirected into bullshit, as Peter Brimelow is now finding out. any American Nationalist effort will be co-opted by yet another annoying jewish huckster as soon as it appears, this time around it's this Yoram Hazony guy.

    … why Ben Shapiro has a show now…

    I accidentally caught a little of his show today and I don’t think he’ll last. He doesn’t have a good voice for radio–it’s high pitched and he speaks in a hyper-fast, nervous manner. He sounds like he’s been inhaling helium, or like one of those Alvin & the Chipmunks records.

    But who knows? Mark Levin has a horrible voice and he’s done well.

  167. @Couch Scientist
    Is "WASPy" not yet another dehumanizing insect comparison? Even amongst fellow whites, the W word should not be used.

    Yes, agree the tautological, redundant ‘W’ is particularly irksome and annoying.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Yes, agree the tautological, redundant ‘W’ is particularly irksome and annoying
     
    Well, I'd rather be called a WASP than an ASP.

    The P is nicely flexible, too. It can stand for "Papist", and still fit Orestes Brownson.
  168. @JimB

    I will never be able to think of Bret Stephens again without thinking of bedbug.
     
    Exactly. By reacting, Stephens gave this silly insult legs in the 24hr news cycle where it got picked up by communists and blog writers. Perhaps a million people who were unfamiliar with him now know him as Stephens/bedbug.

    Will Stephens’s coworkers now call him “Bedbug” behind his back? Bet on it.

  169. @Reg Cæsar

    "Sen Cotton argues in favor of U.S. buying Greenland"
     
    This makes more sense for Trump. The capital of Greenland is closer to Times Square than is the capital of Utah. Can't have enough Nuuks.

    We were on Long Island when my dad was sent to Thule Air Base for a few months on a contract. He was closer to us there than he would have been in San Francisco.


    Times Square is also closer to the capitals and high points of Connecticut, New Jersey, and even Delaware than to the capital and high point of its own state. And closer to the high point of the District of Columbia as well. (There is one.)


    Oh, and Times Square is closer to the Acropolis than it is to Diamond Head. But let's not annex Greece-- the Germans can have it!

    Distance from New York to...

    New Jersey calls its high point High Point. It straddles two towns, both of which attend High Point Regional HS.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    New Jersey calls its high point High Point. It straddles two towns, both of which attend High Point Regional HS.
     
    Ohio's Campbell Hill-- which, surprisingly is in the flattest part of the state-- is the home of Hi-Point Career Center.

    For high point names, you can't beat Ebright Azimuth.


    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ZiNcOaKymxw/TBKmJTSKMoI/AAAAAAAAEGQ/7Kqs6Aqj0PA/s400/Delaware+Highpoint,+June+11,+2010+008.JPG
  170. @Anonymous

    George Washington University, last I heard, was the most expensive college in the country. What a joke.
     
    When I was looking at colleges to attend 30 years ago GW was considered a proprietary school* largely for fed workers to get phony grad or professional degrees. Now it seems to cater to dumb rich kids who want to get into politics.

    *Some other colleges considered proprietary schools were Boston U. and Northeastern. That’s changed.

    When I was looking at colleges to attend 30 years ago GW was considered a proprietary school* largely for fed workers to get phony grad or professional degrees. Now it seems to cater to dumb rich kids who want to get into politics.

    Alec Baldwin attended from 1976-79 but didn’t graduate. Brian Williams attended in approximately the same time frame, but also didn’t graduate

  171. @Achmed E. Newman
    I'd been reading on bedbugs and old-timey diseases as related to immigration from the 3rd world (especially S. o' the border) for years on VDare. You are right that DDT was used in the past, but once these pests were eliminated in the US, it took the immigration-invasion to bring it back. This article shows that it was both factors, David, though it's tourism too, not just permanent immigration.

    Kids during my childhood used to wonder what "Good night. Don't let the bedbugs bite." was even about. Parents would tell you that this line was from long ago, and you don't have to worry about those bedbugs. I'd never seen one till about 5 years back. Thanks, immigration officials!!

    Don’t let the bedbugs bite.

    Don’t let the bedbug write.

  172. @t
    OT: The internet makes it more difficult for professors to indoctrinate students.


    https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/21/20812153/youtube-gamergate-education-classroom-teachers-misinformation-reddit-twitter-online-harassment

    IIRC UC Irvine is 15% white 40% Asian and 40% Hispanic.

    I didn’t even have to get this far to see what was going on:

    “On a hunch, Ruberg asked their TAs for a head count.”

    And there it is: “their”.

    And why the heck does an “assistant professor” teaching a freshman class have not only a TA, but multiple TAs? I went for four years of undergraduate education and three years of law school without ever encountering a TA.

    And why can’t “they” simply kick interlopers breaking the rules out of “their” classroom?

    Anyway, subtext of article: These are Asian computer programmers who are required to take an SJW course (and maybe see it as an easy A, but it’s required in any case).

    Oh, I just Googled this lovely. Got it.

  173. It’s clear from the other articles written on this, but it should also be clear from this guy’s reference to being white and therefore untouchable. (Ha! And black professors are fired all the time, I suppose he thinks.) He doesn’t object to Stephens over immigration or something, he doesn’t like Stephens over “climate change” and “race” and thinks that even one token “conservative” at the Times is like a bedbug. (He also thinks it’s OK to denigrate WASPs, and also bizarrely thinks that WASPs are all conservative.)

    So let them eat each other.

  174. @prime noticer
    is this an all jewish affair?

    Ari Feldman. Bret Stephens. not sure about David Karpf.

    reflecting back on life, i think about how many times on television or radio there was a panel of 'experts' debating something, with a host 'moderating' them, and i now realize every one of them was jewish.

    we're all just spectating on the sidelines as jewish people with jewish concerns direct society. no other perspectives allowed. you think you're involved, you think they're americans just like me, but actually, none of the talking heads are like you or on your side.

    it's remarkable sometimes how incredibly rigidly jewish a 'debate' can be. like when Andrew Breitbart died, there was an internal battle over who would tak control of the Breitbart media property - except both sides were jewish. the conservative jews won, and sent the neocon jews fleeing. that's why Ben Shapiro has a show now - because he lost his battle to take over Breitbart.

    today in the television and podcast media, we get to hear 'conservatives' battling 'liberals' but half the time it's just an observant jew arguing with a leftist jew, with the rest of us on the sidelines like fat beer drinking losers at a college football game. all the players on the field african, all the spectators in the stands southerners.

    both political parties are exactly the same today. leftist jews control and direct the democrat party, while neocon jews do the same for the republican party. how long it's been this way i'm not sure, but probably since the 50s or 60s for the democrats, and starting in the 70s for the republicans, with full control by the 90s.

    until this is confronted, all of our other efforts and energy will be continuously redirected into bullshit, as Peter Brimelow is now finding out. any American Nationalist effort will be co-opted by yet another annoying jewish huckster as soon as it appears, this time around it's this Yoram Hazony guy.

    Karpf says he’s Jewish right there.

    Breitbart was as well, of course- adopted.

    • Replies: @Svigor
    Adopted doesn't count, IMO. I mean, not necessarily. Just look at what Breitbart did with his life - does it really seem Jevvy? Or does it seem like the height of Aryan subversion of Jevvry? I absolutely guarantee there is a non-trivial # of Jevvs who look at Andy's life and go *facepalm* "this is what happens!"
  175. @Thomas

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    Did he just call Stephens a goyishe kop?

    I’m an Anglo-Saxon with a yiddische kopf, which is why I’ve never been all that impressed with the Jewish intellect.

    Their racism is the most remarkable thing about them.

  176. @Nachum
    Karpf says he's Jewish right there.

    Breitbart was as well, of course- adopted.

    Adopted doesn’t count, IMO. I mean, not necessarily. Just look at what Breitbart did with his life – does it really seem Jevvy? Or does it seem like the height of Aryan subversion of Jevvry? I absolutely guarantee there is a non-trivial # of Jevvs who look at Andy’s life and go *facepalm* “this is what happens!”

  177. @J.Ross
    Apropo to this: House Sackler tells a judge today that they will settle provided they can be exempt from American law after having done more material harm than al-Qaeda (that is, bar all future lawsuits regarding that whole destroy rural America thing which I'm sure we've all already forgotten). If the judge says no, we should applaud him or her. If the judge says yes then all future concerns about a certain supposedly baseless hatred by a certain religio-ethnic group should be directed back to this decision.

    Consider the many ways in which Americans are already enjoined from criticizing the chosenites and their various enterprises.

    https://www.unz.com/forum/u-s-lawmakers-seek-to-criminally-outlaw-support-for-boycott-campaign-against-israel/

    This article lists some, and several more are referenced in the comments.

  178. @Svigor

    “Stylistically, his work often seems very WASPy to me,” he said.
     
    Probably Jew-code for "WTF? Bret Stephens is a Jewish name now? What's the world coming to?"

    With such a waspy pseudonym as Brett Stephens [Ehrlich], Bedbug’s Hebraic roots should have been obvious. Israel Ehrenburg called himself Ashley Montague, Jane Seymour’s real name is Joyce Frankenberg, and I am too lazy to look up what Robert Maxwell’s real name was. (Over-the-top faux Englisn names are a give-away.)

    We now have a nebbish named “Bedbug” and a goombah named “Fredo.” It’s been a good month.

    • LOL: Svigor
  179. @Ancient Briton
    Yes, agree the tautological, redundant 'W' is particularly irksome and annoying.

    Yes, agree the tautological, redundant ‘W’ is particularly irksome and annoying

    Well, I’d rather be called a WASP than an ASP.

    The P is nicely flexible, too. It can stand for “Papist”, and still fit Orestes Brownson.

  180. ATHF – Carl Enhances Himself

  181. @Known Fact
    How to be stylistically WASPy:
    First be sure your piece includes the following phrases:
    1) In point of fact
    2) So to speak
    3) To be sure (kicking off the paragraph where you deftly strawman the other side's arguments)
    3) As it were (especially after making a blandly subtle pun)

    Oy vey!

  182. @ScarletNumber
    New Jersey calls its high point High Point. It straddles two towns, both of which attend High Point Regional HS.

    New Jersey calls its high point High Point. It straddles two towns, both of which attend High Point Regional HS.

    Ohio’s Campbell Hill– which, surprisingly is in the flattest part of the state– is the home of Hi-Point Career Center.

    For high point names, you can’t beat Ebright Azimuth.

  183. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/30/opinion/world-war-ii-anniversary.html

  184. Karpf can’t get fired for this.

    “This is funny because I’m a tenured white guy, which means there’s very little he can do to hurt me,” he said, noting that he feels he has not received as nearly as much hate mail he would have gotten if he were a woman.

    There are no ‘good guys’ in this story. Just one shyster sticking out his foot to trip up an even worse swindler.

    However, there are no ‘white guys’ in this story, either.

  185. Bret Stephens: “Call Me a ‘Bedbug’ to My Face”

    Everybody’s doin’ the Fredo! You should only t’row him a flighta stezz down, bubbelah!

  186. @Reg Cæsar
    When our next-door neighbors in the city moved away, the bedbugs we never knew they suffered looked for new homes, and the rest of the building had to get up to speed on them awfully fast. Some of the things we learned:

    They mate via aggravated rape. (In the #MeToo era, Stephens is understandably careful not to be associated.) One method of control is to confuse their pheromones chemically. Adult females can withstand a little rough trade. Immature females and males of any age, not so much.

    They're resistant to nearly all pesticides. The surest way to kill them quickly is to seal the infested space and raise the temperature to 140°F for a couple of hours. Be sure to remove your precious LP collection first!

    Freezing works, too, but takes longer. They like to hide in book bindings, and this is an option to save those books.

    They can go 18 months without eating.

    They can't navigate hair, so they leave pets alone. Good carpeting also slows them down.

    Diatomaceous earth, the only pesticide you can sprinkle on your kids' Wheaties, works over time by eroding the exoskeleton. If you are particularly sadistic, you can wait a couple of days after spreading it, then spray the little buggers with rubbing alcohol and watch them writhe. "Agony and ecstasy live together in perfect harmony side-by-side in my dirty bedsprings, oh Lord, why don't we?"

    Bedbugs are only a minor threat to health and property. It's a quality-of-life thing. So don't be surprised to learn poor or distracted neighbors have been ignoring them for some time.

    Lessons I learned to my dismay last year when the Section 8 family living down the hall from me moved out.

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