Category Archives: The Zeitgeist

UPDATED II (10/1): Taking A Knee Is Akin To Taking A Pee

Ethics, Left-Liberalism, Nationhood, Race, Racism, Sport, The Zeitgeist

NEW COLUMN is: “Taking A Knee Is Akin To Taking A Pee.” It’s now on WND.COM. An excerpt:

“Taking a knee” stands for the specter of beefy, pampered athletes—they’re not sportsmen—wealthy beyond belief, striking a political pose on the football field, during the playing of the national anthem.

First to kneel when he was meant to stand was Colin Kaepernick. The reason the San Francisco 49er knelt, in 2016: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Like Kaepernick, current kneelers are not Copernicus. It’s hard to fathom what they actually want. A non-player activist has since narrowed the kneeling to “ending the killing of black men and black women by the police.”

To question the debasing of the English language, in this context, is probably considered racist, but I’ll take one for Team English. At first, I knew not what on earth “take a knee” meant. Commentators and anchors discussed this god-awful expression without explaining it. And my connection to American football is as weak as the connection Americans have to one another.

I grew up on a sports diet of basketball and real football—the kind Pelé played without a dog muzzle and with dazzling footwork. South African rugby, too, was faster and more fun than American football. Nevertheless, I root for my home team, the Seattle Seahawks.

Why so? We all inhabit this busy mart called America, but are united by nothing meaningful at all. The football fetish in America has intensified in the context of a country whose inhabitants agree on little else than the importance of The Game. Consequently, come playoff time, we come together fleetingly and superficially, to make a religion out of our respective professional football teams.

“Take a knee” must have originated in some linguistic botching, a lazy collapsing of alliteratively related words and phrases. I mean, you can “kneel,” “kneel down,” or “get down on your knees.” You most certainly can “bow down” or “take a bow.” But, “Take a knee”? It sounds like an adaptation from “take a p-e.” Actually, I’m not far off. The Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. “had been flagged … for unsportsmanlike conduct when he celebrated a touchdown by impersonating a dog urinating.” …

… READ THE REST. “Taking A Knee Is Akin To Taking A Pee” is the current column, now on WND.COM.

You can find the Mercer Column weekly on the Unz Review, Daily Caller, WND.com, frequently at American Thinker, occasionally on  Townhall.com, and on other fine outlets, where The Column is a feature. It’s always posted, eventually, on IlanaMercer.com, under Articles. Please share.

UPDATE I (10/1/017): Introducing Cedric Ingram Lewis & Larry McCullough: 

UPDATE II (10/23): The Snake:

Global Citizen Fest: Elite Idiocracy Isn’t Listening. Local Is In; Global Is Out

Business, Left-Liberalism, Nationhood, Pop-Culture, States' Rights, The State, The Zeitgeist

MSNBC didn’t get the message of Brexit, of the Trump election or of Catalonia. (Well, they no longer do news.) The out-of-touch nitwork is hyping and providing blow-by-blow coverage of this Global Citizen Festival.

Doesn’t MSNBC know? local is in and global is out.

Global government (EU, UN) is the enemy. Global corporations, while once beloved of libertarians like myself, have been exposed for their institutionalized hate for locals and the locality, to say nothing of their collusion with The State.

SEE:

Elon Musk, Et Al.: The Corporate Arm Of The Deep State

Why The H-1B Visa Racket Should Be Abolished, Not Reformed

James Damore Confronts The Hags of High-Tech (& Loses)

High-Tech Traitors Are Social Justice Warriors 1st; Businessmen 2nd

UPDATED: Is English Dead In England?

Celebrity, English, Journalism, The West, The Zeitgeist

Check out this paragraph in the Daily Mail. I did not read beyond it.

… it was noted that the star either went of his meds completely or starting taking less once the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star started experiencing anxiety after her robbery that left her bound and gagged.

From: “Kanye West’s breakdown …”

UPDATE:

Judge Andrew Napolitano’s juvenile style: “What if, what if, what if” times 12. WTF! A good editor would’ve demanded a rewrite.

 

The Third Degree à la Germany: Answering To Junge Freiheit

Europe, General, Ilana Mercer, Kids, The Zeitgeist

A change of pace for a change. “The Third Degree à la Germany” is the current column. It’s Junge Freiheit’s personalities-from-abroad questionnaire, now on The Unz Review (where, as in Germany, some got the humor. Townhall.com not so much). An excerpt:

Junge Freiheit is Germany’s finest weekly newspaper. It’s easily its only authentically rightist, freedom-loving, classically liberal publication. When Junge Freiheit’s editors come calling; this writer is always happy to oblige—and not only because my weekly column once appeared in JF. But also because, present company excepted, the young editors at JF are simply the kindest, most professional journalists I’ve encountered. What was it that Oscar Wilde said about kindness? “She thought that because he was stupid he would be kindly, when of course, kindliness requires imagination and intellect.” Having just emerged from a 15-year-long, abusive, professional relationship; kindness and courtesy are indeed new and lovely things to behold.

However, my Teutonic editor lit a fire under me. I was asked to make haste in answering Junge Freiheit’s personalities-from-abroad questionnaire, for the November 11 issue. You’re in good company was his matter-of-fact message. But get to it.

The company: Nigel Farage (author of Brexit), Eric Burdon (rock-and-roll legend), Douglas Murray (famous neoconservative), Lord Christopher Monckton (politician and inventor), Thomas Drake (Whistleblower), Colin Crouch (author of “Postdemocracy”), Frederick Forsyth (bestselling author), Charlie Duke (Apollo 11 and Apollo 16 astronaut), Tony Sheridan (early Beatles), etc.

The record time for answering the JF questionnaire: six minutes. Needless to say, I failed miserably to beat it.

JUNGE FREIHEIT: Where would you like to be at this very moment?

ILANA MERCER: I‘m strictly reality oriented. I don’t indulge in make-believe. I don’t wish to be where I’m not. …

… Read the rest. “The Third Degree à la Germany,”  Junge Freiheit’s personalities-from-abroad questionnaire, is now on The Unz Review.

JUNGE FREIHEIT, z.Hd. Christian Dorn, Hohenzollerndamm 27 A, 10713 Berlin, GERMANY, November 11 issue, page 27.