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January 21, 2019

National Review Managing Editor "Apologizes" For His Post Slanderously Accusing Covington Boys of "Bullying" and "Evil";
Does Not Say the Boys Were Innocent, Merely That His Tone Was Too "High-Handed" and "Preachy"

I'm going to print both his original slander here, as well as his "sorry if you were offended by my too-clear statement of the truth" nonpology.

I feel I am permitted to print both in full, because Jonah Goldberg plagiarized a column of mine without attribution and online editor Charles Cooke hasn't troubled himself to respond to my questions about this.

So apparently National Review has decided that their cuck blog and this blog have some kind of joint publishing agreement, where we can borrow each other's columns, like pennies in the dish at 7-11.


Here's the Wayback Machine for this scalp-hunting JW's acidic burp of an article.

The Covington Students Might as Well Have Just Spit on the Cross


January 20, 2019 2:55 AM

It appears that most of the teenagers in this video are from a Catholic high school near Covington, Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. They mock a serious, frail-looking older man and gloat in their momentary role as Roman soldiers to his Christ. "Bullying" is a worn-out word and doesn't convey the full extent of the evil on display here.

For some of us, the gospel stories of Jesus's passion and death are so familiar we no longer hear them.

Jesus Christ Almighty.

By the way, I'm pretty sure this NeverTrump cuck voted to keep abortion safe, legal, and very common, so I'm really at wit's end with the pious sermonizing of these mendacious cunts.

Did Jesus tell you He preferred Hillary for president and a Hillary-stocked court?

The evangelists are terse in their descriptions of the humiliations heaped on Jesus in the final hours before his crucifixion, the consummate humiliation. Read the accounts again or, if you'd rather not, watch the video. The human capacity for sadism is too great.

The human capacity for masochism is something too, because I'm still actually reading this sanctimonious, bloviating Look-At-Me-and-My-Righteous-Glare preening.

A lot of these people are frustrated, wannabe priests who didn't have the follow-through or self-abnegation to go through with it. So they preach to you from their corporate-sponsored magazine pulpits.

The man the crowd ridiculed is Nathan Phillips, an elder of the Omaha tribe. He was in Washington for the Indigenous Peoples March, on Friday. It coincided with the March for Life, which Covington Catholic High School organized a contingent of students to attend. According to Phillips, their confrontation with him, in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, involved a disagreement about "the wall." He's against it. They're for it. Some of them, including the boy who makes himself the co-star of the video by stepping forward and getting in Phillips’s face, wore "Make America Great Again" hats.

This is a common refrain from these bigots -- the implication that we know these fuckers are guilty because they wore MAGA hats.

Wearing political paraphrenalia to a political march -- HOW DARE THEY!

They should have worn something non-political and appropriate to the moment, like "RUBIO 2020" hats.

They confused issues. Over the years, I’ve heard (and perpetrated, I confess) some imaginative definitions of the "seamless garment," or "consistent ethic of life." It's a matter of identifying a common principle that can be shown to underlie and unite various causes -- the abolition of abortion, of euthanasia, of the death penalty, of you name it -- that most people would say are disparate and unrelated. How heightened border security might be of a piece with protecting unborn children is less intuitively obvious than most such hypothetical linkages I've encountered.

If you look at this guy's twitter feed, it's nothing but locked-in-eye-contact-blowjobs for Bill Kristol and cucks like Jay Nordinger. So he did pull for Hillary for president.

Now, let him testify to his own self-righteous dedication to keeping abortion as it should be, legal until the last day and then fifteen or thirty minutes after.

Among the unfortunate messages that the Covington students are sending through the video, several versions of which have gone viral, is that in its heart the pro-life movement in the United States in 2019 is less concerned to advocate for human rights than to cheer for one of the two major political parties or, more broadly, for one side in the great divide between Right and Left, or red and blue, as if the abortion debate were a Yankees–Red Sox game. Don’t do that if you want to persuade Democrats and independents who are ambivalent about abortion to hear you out on why their lives mattered even when they were gestating, and on why the lives of those who at any given moment are conceived but not yet born matter no less.

In a joint statement, Covington Catholic High School and the Diocese of Covington apologized, condemning the students’ actions and noting that their conduct "is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person." I don't know how Phillips would describe his religious affiliation. He speaks of indigenous traditions. Some people who observe them integrate them with Christianity, but some don't. In any case, keeping in mind the parable of the proper priests and the Good Samaritan, whose religious practice Jesus’s listeners thought was wrong, listen to Phillips reflect on his experience on the Mall. Decide for yourself who is more pleasing to Christ, Phillips or his mockers. As for the putatively Catholic students from Covington, they might as well have just spit on the cross and got it over with.

Hey, Buddy? If your interpretation of the Bible is that it tells you to slander a bunch of innocent high-school boys now being doxxed and threatened in a now-obvious leftwing information op in order to glorify yourself and present yourself as morally spotless, maybe you need to re-read it.

Or maybe: Just read it for the first time.

Because I'm pretty sure Jesus didn't say any of that shit.

So now here's his apology -- in which he very clearly avoids saying that these students were not guilty of "bullying" and an "evil" so great as to deserve comparison with the crucifixion of Christ.

In fact, they were themselves bullied by black nationalists who called them "crackers," "lice," and "faggot," and told them to go back to Europe where they belong.

And then this leftwing agitator got into their face.

So this NeverTrump cunt isn't apologizing for having slandered them -- who knows, perhaps legal has advised him against any admission of guilt.

He will, however, briefly apologize for something you can't be sued for, having a harsh tone.

And he's suuuuper-sorry about that.

An Apology


January 21, 2019 5:55 PM

Early Sunday morning, I posted a "strongly worded" (Rich Lowry's description) condemnation of the conduct, seen far and wide on video, of a group of high-school students at the conclusion of the March for Life on Friday afternoon. I was preachy and rhetorically excessive, and I regret it. The overheated post I wrote has been taken down. Let this apology stand in its stead, both here on the Corner and in the memory of readers who justifiably objected to my high-handedness.

That terse, inadequate (compelled?) MAGA Culpa nonpology is it.

Compare the word count on his attack on this innocent school, compared to the very thrifty word count on his "apology." Compare the many words he has to describe the evil of his enemies -- THEY WORE MAGA HATS!!! -- with the very few words he spends criticizing his own behavior and biases.

Wow, that's really heart-felt and soul-searching. And, most importantly of all, not legally probative.

The left is saying that the fact that these kids dared to show their political sympathies at a political march means it's open season as far as punching them or doxxing them or trying to shame them from society.

We have now hit the moment where the National Review seems to agree.

Wear a MAGA hat, get slandered and spit on: That's the Conservative, Freedom-Agenda Way.

They once said about the Weekly Standard: Why pay for Weekly Standard when CNN will call you a racist for free?

They're saying the same about National Review now.

Comments on the MAGA Culpa Nonpology: Most commenters find this inadequate, except for two commenters, one who says "No one who worships at the altar of Trump is a Christian" and another who agrees with this writer's insinuation that just wearing the MAGA hat justifies any punishment one wishes to deliver upon these kids.

The rest of the commenters are not happy.

Here's "Larvell's," for example:

And yet no acknowledgment that you were wrong about the facts, or that you publicly judged and condemned the students without bothering to even learn what the facts were. Apologizing for mere rhetorical excess and preachiness is far from the true penitence one would expect from someone so concerned with calling out others for falling short of Christian standards. It sounds more like someone being forced by his editor.

When he called up Jesus for legal advice, Jesus told him to be very parsimonious about admitting anything that can be used against him in court.

No, I mean Jesus De La Vega. He does slip-and-fall and public defamation cases for National Review. Due to a drop in revenue, he's all they can afford now. He's got a sign that says


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David Russo uses "action words:"

These children (and their families) that you verbally abused are being doxed, harassed, threaten with life-altering consequences, violence, even death.

What penance will you perform other than writing a few long-overdue, meaningless words of half-hearted apology will you make, what reparations to your victims do you propose?

You expose your fraudulent self as being far more interested with leftist approval than with conservatism, or even basic human dignity.

You are a punk, a bully, a charlatan. It is too bad that you are also representative of the post-WFB NR regime.

For what it's worth (and I assume it's worth very little), unless some tangible discipline is meted out to you, I will not renew my subscription.

I don't understand the "conservative media's" belief that they can wage actual war on actual conservatives, attacking them and joining and justifying lynchmobs against them, and think they're going to continue getting paid by these very same conservatives.

The Trump shit is one thing.

Now you're scalp-hunting average regular-Joes just showing up at a pro-life rally.

Hey, let's all trust these Business-Oriented Conservatives. They sure seem to understand Business.

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