ALL BLOG POSTS AND COMMENTS COPYRIGHT (C) 2003-2019 VOX DAY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRODUCTION WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

One less arrow in the quiver

An invasionist laments the fact that the visual rhetoric isn't working as designed anymore:
You may look at this photo and think that its deep message is “We are all hoping for a better life and will take extraordinary risks on behalf of those we love.” But someone else will probably say, “People shouldn’t cross borders without permission.” The drowning becomes a kind of punishment, a river stands in for ideas of human authority, and the photograph doesn’t break through anything. It merely reiterates an old and cherished belief: Bad things happen to those who break the rules. … there will be efforts to make it an allegory of law and judgment rather than an opportunity for moral imagination and compassion.

The day after these two people perished in the Rio Grande, the president of the United States dismissed an accusation that he had sexually assaulted a prominent author and columnist in the 1990s. He used a phrase similar to ones he has used in the past to deflect similar allegations: “She’s not my type.” It is a terrible thing to say, with a specifically misogynistic meaning in the context of how men practice violence against women.

But it is a perfect summation of our new and deformed American conscience. It is pithy and dismissive, an invitation to look at people who have been victimized and see only otherness. It shuts down any understanding of trauma before empathy has begun to interrogate how trauma is felt and experienced. It is about looking without seeing, judging without understanding. For anyone who wants an off-ramp to the moral demands made by this image, this could be the universal caption: “They weren’t our type.”
Translation: Did you not see the DROWNED LITTLE KID? How can you not submit to our insane immigration policies when we are showing you pictures of a DROWNED LITTLE KID! And WITH HER DADDY no less! FFS, what do we have to do, drown an entire kindergarten class of refugees just to evoke the desired Pavlovian reaction from you heartless bastards!

The title kind of gives it away. "We used to think photos like this could change the world." That's just it. They did. But that was before people began to recognize that they were being rhetorically manipulated.

Labels: ,

93 Comments:

Blogger DJ | AMDG June 27, 2019 8:11 PM  

“I'm like anyone else on the planet; I'm very moved by world hunger. I see the same commercials, those little kids starving and very depressed. I watch these things on TV and I see those commercials. And I look at it and I think, 'God how cruel, to see a little kid out there.' And I go, 'Fuck, I know the film crew could give this kid a sandwich.' You know that kid's not out there filming a letter from home with a Betamax. You know there's a director five feet away going, 'Don't feed him yet. Get that sandwich out of here. Doesn't work unless he looks hungry.'“

- RIP Sam Kinison

Blogger Dave Dave June 27, 2019 8:22 PM  

It's when they try things like this that it's clear we're living in one long comedy. "How many niggers do I have to kill for you to admit white people are racist?"

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim June 27, 2019 8:25 PM  

“In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness. And tenderness leads to the gas chamber,” said Flannery O’Connor

The lady author knew well the evils of tenderness/sentimentality/compassion run amok absent of Christ, who reigns in the fluttering of the heart with the sharp whip of His lordship.

Blogger Crew June 27, 2019 8:31 PM  

If they want to drown themselves trying to get into the US who am I to complain?

However, I really wish we could hang those who encourage this senseless slaughter.

Blogger Dave Dave June 27, 2019 8:31 PM  

@3. The things people will do out of love are scarier than the things they do out of hatred. Hate is a very bad motivator. Compassion or love or tenderness are terrifyingly good motivators. Perhaps you would kill a man out of hatred, but you would kill a hundred men out of love. Without following the rule of moral law, love is tyrannical.

Blogger Daniel June 27, 2019 8:31 PM  

Maybe they are just resting. Maybe they are pining for the fjords. Maybe they were born that way. Who am I to ascribe my value system on them? Maybe they identify as drowned, and this journalist is only perpetrating corpse-shaming.

Blogger Don't Call Me Len June 27, 2019 8:33 PM  

Every second two people die on Earth. Are we supposed to mourn them all, or try to prevent their deaths? Or only if there's an accompanying picture?

For someone lecturing us on our lack of "moral imagination and compassion", he certainly demonstrates an extremely limited and convenient outrage.

Blogger doctrev June 27, 2019 8:33 PM  

Applying logic to it, one could say "rape allegations/ disinformation about Veritas/ RACISM" is no longer an arrow in the quiver. The arrows are there, indeed they have to rely on an increasingly slim variety of arrrows, but they don't hurt anymore. In fact, junking your career in the Republican Party usually starts with showing that you're a pussy who can be hurt by this kind of thing.

Blogger tublecane June 27, 2019 8:36 PM  

This article amounts to: [whiny voice] "Propaganda is too hard, guyz." [frowny face]


I have noticed on social media anniversaries not of historical events but of historical visual representations of events. Most of them from the 60s. Commenters reminisce not about how the event itself made them feel, but how the picture made them feel. The image is the event, to them.

Which persists, I suppose. Especially among Boomers. But it's less pronounced these days. Maybe because we can pull up any old image we want whenever the mood hits us. Even if a new Little Colored Girl Accompanied to Desegregated School hits, there will be another celebrity beaver shot in a few hours.

I try to think of a time when news pictures meant what the Kent State screaming woman or the Flinching Vietnamese meant to a previous generation, and nothing comes. The closet raid on Elian Gonzales is all that comes to mind.

Blogger Meanoldbasterd June 27, 2019 8:38 PM  

I was instantly thinking the same thing... Gen X for the win

Blogger tublecane June 27, 2019 8:42 PM  

@5- Howerver incompetent Hollywood is at understanding human motivation, they do get the gimmick of corrupting good characters by threatening their families.

George Lucas made a great many mistakes in the Star Wars prequels, but I always liked the fact that Darth Vader went evil because he loved his wife and unborn children (not that he knew they were twins). Though the execution was not very competent.

Blogger John June 27, 2019 8:48 PM  

Drown them all.

Blogger pyrrhus June 27, 2019 8:54 PM  

Odds that the picture was posed are high, IMO, since the bodies look too well laid out for an accident...In any event, I don't care, anymore than I care that people get killed every doing things that are transparently stupid and dangerous...

Blogger pyrrhus June 27, 2019 8:56 PM  

@3 >“In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness. And tenderness leads to the gas chamber,” said Flannery O’Connor

Wow, +1000

Blogger Terrific June 27, 2019 8:58 PM  

Does anyone still think Liberalism is a mental disorder? You're wrong! It's worse than a mental disorder.

Liberalism is a psychopathology.

From "The Sociopath Next Door:

Chapter 6 – How to Recognize the Remorseless

After listening for almost twenty-five years to the stories my patients tell me about sociopaths who have invaded and injured their lives, when I am asked, “How can I tell whom not to trust?” the answer I give usually surprises people. The natural expectation is that I will describe some sinister-sounding detail of behavior or snippet of body language or threatening use of language that is the subtle give-away. Instead, I take people aback by assuring them that the tip-off is none of these things, for none of these things are reliably present. Rather, the best clue is, of all things, THE PITY PLAY.

The most reliable sign, the most universal behavior of unscrupulous people is not directed, as one might imagine, at our fearfulness. It is, perversely, an appeal to our sympathy.

I first learned this when I was still a graduate student in psychology and had the opportunity to interview a court-referred patient the system had already identified as a “psychopath.” He was not violent, preferring instead to swindle people out of their money with elaborate investment scams. Intrigued by this individual and what could possibly motivate him – I was young enough to think he was a rare sort of person – I asked, “What is important to you in your life? What do you want more than anything else?” I thought he might say “getting money”, or “staying out of jail”, which were the activities to which he devoted most of his time. Instead, without a moment’s hesitation, he replied, “Oh, that’s easy. What I like better than anything else is when people feel sorry for me. The thing I really want more than anything else out of life is PEOPLE'S PITY.”

I was astonished, and more than a little put off. I think I would have liked him better if he had said “staying out of jail”, or even “getting money.” Also, I was mystified. Why would this man – why would anyone – wish to be pitied, let alone wish to be pitied above all other ambitions? I could not imagine. But now, after twenty-five years of listening to victims, I realize there is an excellent reason for the sociopathic fondness for pity. As obvious as the nose on one’s face, and just as difficult to see without the help of a mirror, the explanation is that good people will let PATHETIC individuals get by with murder, so to speak, and therefore any sociopath wishing to continue with his game, whatever it happens to be, should play repeatedly for none other than pity.

More than admiration – more even than fear – PITY FROM GOOD PEOPLE IS CARTE BLANCHE. When we pity, we are, at least for the moment, defenseless, and like so many of the other essentially positive human characteristics that bind us together in groups – social and professional roles, sexual bonds, regard for the compassionate and the creative, respect for our leaders – our emotional vulnerability when we pity is USED AGAINST US BY THOSE WHO HAVE NO CONSCIENC. Most of us would agree that giving special dispensation to someone who is incapable of feeling guilt is a bad idea, but often, when an individual presents himself as PATHETIC, we do so nonetheless…

…When deciding whom to trust, bear in mind that the combination of consistently BAD or EGREGIOUSLY INADEQUATE BEHAVIOR with frequent plays for your pity is as close to a warning mark on a conscienceless person’s forehead as you will ever be given. A person whose behavior includes both of these features is not necessarily a mass murderer, or even violent at all, but is still probably not someone you should closely befriend, take on as your business partner, ask to take care of your children, or marry." - Martha Stout - The Sociopath Next Door.

https://www.amazon.com/Sociopath-Next-Martha-Stout-Ph-D-ebook/dp/B000FCJXTC/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Martha+Stout&qid=1561683384&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Blogger Lazarus June 27, 2019 9:00 PM  

Compassion or love or tenderness are terrifyingly good motivators

Owen Benjamin's wife let a weasel go and it came back and killed Gary Duck. In Saving Private Ryan they let the German escape and he came back and knifed the Jew to death and led the charge that killed Tom Hanks.

I rest our case.

Blogger Uncle John's Band June 27, 2019 9:02 PM  

So pictures alter reality, letting you set aside order for imagination. The admission of wizardry isn't usually so clear.

The writer's portrait has the look of long hours in the corn field.

Blogger anorganicbear June 27, 2019 9:02 PM  

Did anyone else notice the inversion in the aricle?

"a river stands in for ideas of human authority"

No, if humans had any authority in this world, we would make it so that open borders work and everyone loved each other and the Garden of Eden was real.

This is a picture of natural authority. The laws of nature that bind us all to a will greater than any of us.

Blogger tublecane June 27, 2019 9:13 PM  

@15- Interesting that our culture so strongly denounces self-pity, but cannot recognize the wrongness of demanding pity from others. Refusing charity out of pride, for instance, is often presented as almost pathological. But pity in general can be bad in the same way self-pity is. Except you're replacing your own selfishness with someone else's.

Blogger LSWCHP June 27, 2019 9:15 PM  

Empathy "interrogates" trauma? FFS. Anybody who abuses the English language with this cureent poseur-hipster usage of "interrogate" should be shot in the back of the head. Immediately. This has to stop.

Blogger carnaby June 27, 2019 9:16 PM  

Along with the other arrow of the gotcha from 10 years ago that was deliberately sat on until just the right minute. Nobody falls for that tactic anymore.

Blogger Warunicorn June 27, 2019 9:16 PM  

An art and architecture critic trying to lecture us about our badthink.

If I were him, I'd hide during the collapse of law. I can't stand the hubris of these insects anymore. I really can't.

Blogger Robert Pinkerton June 27, 2019 9:20 PM  

How do you cheat an honest person? Convince him that someone he authentically believes would deserve his help, needs his help. I learned that the hard way.

Blogger dbatch June 27, 2019 9:20 PM  

Do you really think these Gate Crashers want to cut your lawn and wash your dishes? Hell no, they're coming here for the Free Shit. It you can get on Welfare, Snap, Section 8 etc. etc. it's like having a 60K Job except you don't have to do shit for it but vote Democrat.

Blogger Unknownsailor June 27, 2019 9:23 PM  

An excellent visual representation of "Sinking the damned boats."

That man was not an asylum seeker, he was jumping the border for economic reasons, and therefore his fate (and that of his child, IF it was his child) was entirely in his hands. Bury them with compassion, but sink the boats anyway.
-Unknownsailor-

Blogger Billy June 27, 2019 9:25 PM  

Ot, can we get a democratic debate thread going

Blogger Warunicorn June 27, 2019 9:25 PM  

I happened to skim the comments over at that article.

All I have to say is that we have a lot of work ahead of us. I've never seen so many blind, hopeless people in my life.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother June 27, 2019 9:39 PM  

I'm glad fewer people are falling for this garbage. But guess who is buying it hook, line, and sinker? Libertarians. The dumbest people on earth.

Blogger Noah B. June 27, 2019 9:43 PM  

Man, you know that can't be good for the water quality.

Blogger sammibandit June 27, 2019 9:47 PM  

The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children.
― G.K. Chesterton

Blogger Thomas Bateman June 27, 2019 9:49 PM  

This comment has been removed by the author.

Blogger The Lab Manager June 27, 2019 9:57 PM  

"I'm glad fewer people are falling for this garbage. But guess who is buying it hook, line, and sinker? Libertarians. The dumbest people on earth."

But 'cheap labor' is always good. It will enrich us beyond belief though for some reason it did not in their home countries. Yes, this is why I call them 'libertardians'.

Blogger nidus of inflection June 27, 2019 10:06 PM  

"moral imagination"
The hell you say!

FFS, what do we have to do, drown an entire kindergarten class of refugees just to evoke the desired Pavlovian reaction from you heartless bastards!

Really. Do these people want our sympathy or not?

Blogger Doktor Jeep June 27, 2019 10:08 PM  

That the photo failed to perform is evidence that boomers a dying off and those that still live are even deeper into their personal whirlwinds of solipsism and opiates.
We have the wind at our backs.

Blogger Amigo June 27, 2019 10:10 PM  

RUBBLE BOUNCED

Blogger Crew June 27, 2019 10:11 PM  

That the photo failed to perform is evidence that boomers a dying off

Dude, it's not all about the boomers.

In general, I think many Americans know the #LyingMSM will cynically use any pictures of dead children to push their agenda, even if Obama killed them personally.

Blogger Damelon Brinn June 27, 2019 10:27 PM  

I saw that picture and thought, "Sorry, you already cashed that check." Americans saw the staged photo of the dead child on the Mediterranean shore a year or so ago, and already dealt with it mentally. This one didn't even register.

Blogger SciVo June 27, 2019 10:30 PM  

For anyone who wants an off-ramp to the moral demands made by this image, this could be the universal caption: “They weren’t our type.”

Such breathtaking projection! NOKD is exactly how TWANLOC blow off the soul-deep values and bone-deep concerns of Christians and nationalists.

Blogger Damelon Brinn June 27, 2019 10:34 PM  

"there will be efforts to make it an allegory of law and judgment"

No one has to "make" it that; it simply is that.

"an accusation that he had sexually assaulted a prominent author and columnist in the 1990s."

He doesn't even mention her name because everyone knows she's freaking nuts and shamelessly promoting a book, so he doesn't want to call any more attention to her while virtue-signaling against Trump.

Blogger NateM June 27, 2019 10:48 PM  

So? When I worked on the border every week practically some retard fell off the wall and broke something or came pregnant. Didn't care then, don't now. Though I did see guys rip a new asshole into the tilonks who put their kids in danger

Blogger Lance E June 27, 2019 10:51 PM  

On the other hand, this author just gave us a great arrow for our quiver.

"What do you have against immigration? Do you hate Mexicans?"

"Nope, just not my type."

Blogger Dan in Georgia June 27, 2019 11:01 PM  

I’d like to know if the man is related to the kid. Guessing he isn’t and the kid was used many times for the same fake refugee trip.

Blogger Monotonous Languor June 27, 2019 11:05 PM  

The article leads with “that's not who we are”. This is the incessant drumbeat from the left, “that's not who we are”, “those are not our values”, etc., etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseum. It should turn on the light bulb in everybody's brain, specifically that leftism thinks of itself as having morality, and of being more moral than thou. Which in turn means that leftism is a type of religion, with acolytes, morality plays (photo of 2 dead beaners), and dogma (holy narratives). The left will vehemently deny it, but as we all know by now, leftists and their zealot SJW's always lie.

The truth is that leftism is a secular religion; even SCOTUS proclaimed secular humanism as such. The biggest lie going these days is “separation of church and state”. Leftism is now the unacknowledged State Religion of almost every country in the West, and they are going to force it down everyone's throats whether we like it or not, regardless of the costs to society.

Slated for extinction is every other religion on the planet, starting with Christianity. The left is eager to sacrifice you, your family, your nation, and your entire civilization on the bloody altar of their holy fantasies.

Blogger Chris Ritchie June 27, 2019 11:10 PM  

@22 An art and architecture critic trying to lecture us about our badthink.

If I were him, I'd hide during the collapse of law. I can't stand the hubris of these insects anymore. I really can't.


That's right! We're out here working our arses off and smarmy jerks like this dare to lecture us?!?

Blogger Jack Amok June 27, 2019 11:11 PM  

Quiver? So there's a connection with Merkel. Interesting...

The whole dead kids, or caged kids, jig is up. Everybody who's not a moron realizes the cynical use these dregs put children too. We already know how little regard Leftists actually have for children. Kid drowned in a river? What do you have against twenty-third trimester abortions anyway?

It's sad the poor kid had parents so screwed up they were willing to sell him as a prop to get some loser over the border, but aside from nuking everything between the Rio Grand and the Amazon, I'm not sure what we can do to stop it.

Blogger Whitecloak June 27, 2019 11:13 PM  

Hell, their photos now have the opposite effect. Some time after St. Skittles and surely with the Euro invasion, I was among those awoken to the media's tricksome game.

VD saw through it years prior, however; and blogs like this one helped pierce the veil.

A year after I saw the light, the woman I ended up marrying did too.

Never trust the propaganda class, they are all Wormtongue.

Blogger Quilp June 27, 2019 11:28 PM  

Just thought I'd expand on that a Flannery O'Conner quote little, only because that has been a favorite quote of mine for a long time, and Walker Percy's take on it as well:

"One of the tendencies of our age is to use the suffering of children to discredit the goodness of God, and once you have discredited his goodness, you are done with him.... Ivan Karamazov cannot believe, as long as one child is in torment; Camus' hero cannot accept the divinity of Christ, because of the massacre of the innocents. In this popular pity, we mark our gain in sensibility and our loss in vision. If other ages felt less, they saw more, even though they saw more, even though they saw with the blind, prophetical, unsentimental eye of acceptance, which is to say, of faith. In the absence of this faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is tenderness which, long since cut off from the person of Christ is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced-labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chamber."

Hope the links are OK...and not too off topic.
https://www.firstthings.com/article/1993/04/004-walker-percy-and-the-christian-scandal
https://althouse.blogspot.com/2014/05/sentimentalitytenderness-and-gas-chamber.html

Blogger Chris Ritchie June 27, 2019 11:41 PM  

@47 - Thanks for the references. Best thing I've learned today.

Blogger Dan in Georgia June 27, 2019 11:55 PM  

If a child dies on the Rio Grand and no one is there to photograph him, did he ever exist?

Blogger State Estimation June 27, 2019 11:56 PM  

I guess moral imagination is the rebrand of consciousness-raising.



Blogger Ted June 28, 2019 12:07 AM  

I would be more inclined to believe that these poor people were dragged from some caravan by a cartel on orders from amlo held to the optimal moment, drowned and dumped so they would float ever so gently to designated location to be photographed for maximum effect.

Blogger Doktor Jeep June 28, 2019 12:21 AM  

When I see that picture, and I see that I'm supposed to be sad. I'm not.
Because I already think of how many dead dads are going to be next to their dead kids in the gulags. Or maybe the kids will be taken and raped and just the dad goes to the gulag.

Or perhaps maybe we are turned into criminals at the stroke of a pen. How many families will get the Waco treatment? Will the people making noise about that image care? Of course they won't. And if we mewl about double standards over it, they will smugly get off on it.

This is the fatal flaw. And it's also a way to take the leftists double standards, ball it up, and shove it right back up their asses. Not caring about this sort of thing is the perfect answer to their not caring. And seeing one of them kvetch about it is somewhat satisfying.

Boomers, BTW, have that "naked girl running" image that pretty much defines boomeristic anti-war - and hence extreme hypocrisy - sentiment. Look. Most boomers admit they went to the rallies to get laid anyway.

So there is no "naked girl running" moment. We're not turning back now. Don't want to drown in a river? Stay in your country. Privateers will be sinking ships with homemade subs before this is over.

Blogger Welleran June 28, 2019 12:30 AM  

They can no longer routinely convince pro-lifers to care about the lives of children carte blanche. This should be 2+2 for them and they've played their hand so terribly they can't even accomplish what should be a given. What a waste.

Blogger State Estimation June 28, 2019 12:35 AM  

"The National Ministry for Public Enlightenment has detected a sluggishness in your moral apparatus. You will report for ongoing moral imagination exercise. Your level of resistance to doing this hard work will reveal the severity of your problem."

Blogger Dan in Georgia June 28, 2019 12:36 AM  

A slightly different take on the photo failing to tug at the heartstrings. They were SWIMMING ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE. It’s a huge cliche that they don’t believe exists. Open border types see the trip as easy. (Look, no wall!) The idea that children die trying to swim across a raging river, blows their minds. Who can be blamed for this? Who made them try to cross the river? Then it hits them—“oh, that’s right...we did. Nothing to see here!”

Blogger OneWingedShark June 28, 2019 12:52 AM  

Honestly, at this point I wonder how many people are thinking "it should have been bullets, not water" in response to these sorts of pictures.

Blogger Cloudbuster June 28, 2019 12:53 AM  

At exactly what point is the Rio Grande River raging?

Blogger MichaelJMaier June 28, 2019 12:53 AM  

Wait... so they didn't WANT me to literally LOL seeing this pic? Cuz... I'm not "JUST" compassioned the F OUT. I want them dead. I want ALL immigration stopped. Yesterday.

They're invaders. I want sniper towers and land mine fields put down.

Blogger Rhys June 28, 2019 1:42 AM  

"She's not my type"
How the hell do you even think to respond to their nonsense allegations with this? It's literally the perfect response. What a freaking boss.

Blogger SciVo June 28, 2019 1:53 AM  

Doktor Jeep wrote:Boomers, BTW, have that "naked girl running" image that pretty much defines boomeristic anti-war - and hence extreme hypocrisy - sentiment. Look. Most boomers admit they went to the rallies to get laid anyway.

Speaking of fork-tongued warmongering hypocrite boomers, at the "debate" tonight, Joe Biden had one of the most boomer moments in boomer political history: urged to "pass the torch" to a new generation, he replied, "I'm still holding on to that torch."

AFAIK he didn't actually say "... and you can pry it from my cold dead hands," but he didn't need to. Everyone in Gen X knows exactly what he meant.

Blogger JK June 28, 2019 2:37 AM  

RUBBLE BOUNCED

Blogger God Emperor Memes June 28, 2019 3:27 AM  

On par with "too ugly to rape".

Blogger Mr.MantraMan June 28, 2019 3:42 AM  

Less white people with cash to spare less white people morality.

Blogger Avraham June 28, 2019 4:22 AM  

note 15 was very interesting

Blogger Duke Norfolk June 28, 2019 4:27 AM  

LSWCHP wrote:Empathy "interrogates" trauma? FFS. Anybody who abuses the English language with this cureent poseur-hipster usage of "interrogate" should be shot in the back of the head. Immediately. This has to stop.

I do believe it came out of the X Studies world of current academia. These people spout the most incoherent garbage. And it's no surprise it would be showing up in the hipster contingent.

Blogger Paul M June 28, 2019 4:52 AM  

I particularly enjoy the nonsensical "reasoning" with regard to Trump's response to the rape allegation. How wicked and wrong that billionaire TV stars can be selective about whom they have sex with, and how even wronger it is that everyone knows this to be true!

Blogger Silent Draco June 28, 2019 6:33 AM  

"Critical thinking" opinion written by a music, no, literary, no, art and architecture critic. A photo critic would see the line "Credit: ACME Co." and realize that only coyotes would accept this.

Blogger McChuck June 28, 2019 6:38 AM  

Now they are good illegals.
Stay. Play dead.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf June 28, 2019 6:58 AM  

I doubt this was his daughter. He was obviously one of those douchebags that thought he'd get through on the back on someone's kid. It's also obvious the bodies were somewhat placed for the photo.

That said, I feel sorry for this child. She is innocent and deserves compassion (but would have had to be repatriated anyway). I hope the man rots in hell.

Blogger basementhomebrewer June 28, 2019 7:21 AM  

"there will be efforts to make it an allegory of law and judgment"

Actually, no. See he is purposefully distracting from the correct reaction to the the photo because he is a liar.

The correct reaction is, "why are they willing to run the obstacle course?" The answer is "because the odds they get a prize at the end are very high". If they knew there were an 80-90% chance they would get sent home after the obstacle course then they wouldn't attempt to run it in the first place. Open boarders advocates, like the author of this piece, are responsible for these deaths. They incentivize taking the risk in exchange for a life of comfort. Especially when someone brings a child with them. Add in the NGOs that are actively recruiting people to run the obstacle course and all the moral short comings are on the author's side of the argument.

The moral demand made by the picture is to institute a swift and rigorous deportation program along with tighter boarder security. Anything less will cause more deaths like the ones in the picture, and much worse within the country in the near future.

Blogger Harambe June 28, 2019 7:53 AM  

This is like when a girl learns her tears don't work on you anymore.

Blogger John Henry Eden June 28, 2019 9:18 AM  

I don't care about failed would be invaders. They're not my people.

Blogger John Henry Eden June 28, 2019 9:21 AM  

"They can no longer routinely convince pro-lifers to care about the lives of children carte blanche."

I only oppose White abortion. Let the darkies sacrifice their spawn to Moloch 'til Doomsday

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams June 28, 2019 9:27 AM  

The NGO should have provided life jackets.

Blogger Dan in Georgia June 28, 2019 9:39 AM  

Gamma

Blogger HouellebecqGurl June 28, 2019 10:05 AM  

These propaganda pics make me furious, not empathetic in the least. Except for my own grandkids.

Blogger binks webelf June 28, 2019 10:10 AM  

This comment has been removed by the author.

Blogger mgh June 28, 2019 11:22 AM  

If the liberals in the comments of that article were serious about helping these people, they would advocate invading Central America and installing the kind of governments they want to inflict on us here in the US. They could install themselves as government officials and contractors and fullfill themselves by lording their good intentions on the people there. The fact that they haven't tried tells us they are basically all gammas (and women).

Blogger mgh June 28, 2019 11:26 AM  

#6 Daniel. Too funny. Well played.

Blogger Gen. Kong June 28, 2019 11:28 AM  

It worked so well in 2015 that I've been a bit surprised (((they))) waited until now to wave this bloody flag. It would come as no surprise whatsoever to eventually find out that the drownings were no accident, but instead an example of an unfortunate idiot who failed to pay the human-trafficking NGOs what he owed. (((They))) then had their narco-cartel enforcers make an example of him and his child, planning to use fake-news to gin up support for the invasion. A cabal whose public representatives display symptoms of kuru is fully capable of this - and much worse. No sale. Caedite eos.

Blogger binks webelf June 28, 2019 11:35 AM  

This comment has been removed by the author.

Blogger Dan in Georgia June 28, 2019 12:50 PM  

It’s like he’s shooing a gnat.

Blogger DonReynolds June 28, 2019 1:12 PM  

What the mush-headed, Leftist soccer moms refuse to notice, in each of the showcased human deaths is the simple fact that the American people did not drown anybody. They never drown anyone in the Rio Grande, or off the coast of Turkey, or off the coast of Libya. These people drown themselves and "their" children trying to commit a crime against the United States (or the EU). It was not an accident. They knew what they were doing and their plan failed. And for that, the American people have zero compassion and we certainly do not see the drownings or the deaths in the hot desert as indication that the immigration policies are not working. It only shows that the policies ARE working well.

Let the smugglers and other criminals die in the desert. Buzzards have to eat, the same as worms. Let them drown in the Rio Grande. Catfish and snapping turtles will get fatter by the day....and I can tell you, the Rio has some whoppers. (I have fished that river and the biggest snapping turtles I ever saw, were in the Rio.)

Blogger Greg Hunt June 28, 2019 1:25 PM  

My first thought when I see images like that isn't "We should help!", nor is it "They should have obeyed the law!". My first thought is that the image is staged.

I don't even consider their use of rhetoric to be damning, anymore. It's that they have to fake the scenes necessary to create the rhetoric.

Everything they say is a lie. Every base assumption is a lie. Every "common knowledge" is a lie. Every photo is fake. Every soundbite is out of context. It's all lies.

Stories like this are written by liars who don't yet understand that we know they're liars.

Blogger DonReynolds June 28, 2019 1:25 PM  

Meng Greenleaf wrote:I doubt this was his daughter. He was obviously one of those douchebags that thought he'd get through on the back on someone's kid. It's also obvious the bodies were somewhat placed for the photo.

That said, I feel sorry for this child. She is innocent and deserves compassion (but would have had to be repatriated anyway). I hope the man rots in hell.


The DHS Secretary announced that there are 12,000 children in Federal custody and 10,000 of those children did NOT cross the border with either parent. How many of these children were abducted and how many were bought and paid for, we may never know. I do fault the Mexican government for not demanding the immediate return of the children in Federal custody, so they can be returned to their actual parents or at least questioned about how they ended up in a foreign country, if they know.

But I agree totally. Any man that tries to swim the Rio Grande, using a toddler or small child as a flotation device should have an unpleasant afterlife ...for all eternity. No doubt he will.

Blogger Irish Energy June 28, 2019 1:42 PM  

No photographs released of Seth Rich's body. Is his life worth less?

Blogger Unknown June 28, 2019 2:43 PM  

@9

"...the Kent State screaming woman..."

...was a 14-year old runaway from California, who had absolutely NO BUSINESS being on the Kent State campus, let alone in the middle of a CPUSA-led and -directed "protest" (read vandalism and arson spree).

Blogger sammibandit June 28, 2019 4:18 PM  

This is what having a dad who doesn't care about you looks like. If the guy is really her dad, he killed her. If her dad is someone else, then as far as we know he's not looking for her.

The Hispanic predilection of fathers and uncles to molest their daughters and nieces is the big reason they are such awful guardians of girl children.

Blogger MichaelJMaier June 28, 2019 8:27 PM  

100% serious, this might be one of the most important things I've ever read.

Blogger Ty Richards June 28, 2019 9:41 PM  

“I showed you violent images, now submit to my will fool.”

Blogger Scott June 28, 2019 11:19 PM  

"It is pithy and dismissive, an invitation to look at people who have been victimized and see only otherness."

Why are you and I living in the same country? It's unnatural and it needs to stop.

Blogger All Day Coffee break June 29, 2019 12:13 AM  

If that is actually his daughter, he killed her while trying to invade another country. But he paid for it with his own life.

Forgive me if I'm not upset.

Blogger Sargent.matrim June 29, 2019 4:05 AM  

Pictures like this inspired our Auatralian government to lock down our borders...for illegal immigration.

But the globalists in government just increased legal immigration to more than make up the difference.

70% of Australians want immigration curbed, but they won't listen to the people.

Post a Comment

Rules of the blog
Please do not comment as "Anonymous". Comments by "Anonymous" will be spammed.

<< Home

Newer Posts Older Posts