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    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/18/world/europe/france-waiter-killed-sandwich.html

    French Waiter Shot Dead Over Slow Sandwich Service, Witnesses Say

    PARIS — The police in France are hunting for a customer accused of fatally shooting a waiter at a restaurant near Paris because, witnesses said, he was upset over the wait for his sandwich.
     
    What do we know about the waiter?:

    Title: He was French

    Paragraph ...

    1. A customer

    2. The customer

    3. The man

    5. The gunman

    Intermission:

    Paris’ suburbs are replete with many fast-food restaurants, and waiters often work under pressure to deliver customers’ orders quickly and efficiently. But most killings in restaurants have been tied to score-settling and feuds, the authorities said.

    In 2018, the French police recorded 845 homicides nationwide, a slight increase from 2017. France’s intentional homicide rate in 2016, the most recent year for which United Nations figures offer a comparison, was about a quarter of that in the United States.
     
    O.K., so nothing to worry about, fast food work is inherently dangerous, and the murder rate is not up too much.

    9. [A local reports recent disputes and people who hang around and drink alcohol]

    10. How is this relevant?:

    Amid growing competition from other global tourist destinations, France over the years has started campaigns to burnish its image, including improving its reputation for gruff dining experiences. Paris’s tourism board, for example, had begun a charm offensive by handing out thousands of pamphlets to cafes, hotels, shops and taxi ranks titled “Do You Speak Touriste?” in a bid to make travelers feel more welcome.
     
    Are they saying a tourist shot a rude waiter? [Spoiler: No.]

    11. Yes, nothing to worry about, just a weird random thing that happened:

    But the shooting in Noisy-Le-Grand had all the markings of a singular burst of violence. It is part of the Seine-Saint-Denis department, on the outskirts of Paris, where poor social conditions have often led to crimes and social unrest.
     
    But ... wait a sec ... “poor social conditions”? In what way? Does that have to do with loitering drunk guys?

    12, 13, 14. Wait, what?!:

    News of the killing drew angry reactions on Twitter, including from Jean Messiha, a top member of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, who linked the shooting to “mass immigration.”

    But Sylvain Thézard, chief of staff of Noisy-Le-Grand’s mayor, pushed back at any link between the killing and immigration.

    “We are shocked by the comments on social networks that make a lot of confusion,” he said. “Crime rates are declining in our city. This murder is by no means the result of a deeper problem. It’s nothing but sad news.”
     
    -- 30 --

    End of 15-paragraph news story. Narrative structure:

    1. We don’t know anything about this crime which is still under investigation.

    2. We know the crime is a normal, almost inevitable result of fast food.

    3. We also know the crime was an out of the blue random happening which is unrelated to anything and will never reoccur.

    4. But we don’t know anything about the crime.

    5. Misdirection: Did you know that tourists in France get pissed at rude waiters?

    6. We know that the perp isn’t a tourist, by the way, because the title says he’s French.

    7. Are you still reading? Because here’s a little forshadowing: “poor social conditions.” Put that in your Chekhov’s Gun.

    8. By the way, in a completely unrelated event, there was a dust-up on Twitter about mass immigration and three paragraphs about that ended up as the last three paragraphs in this article, but there is no connection to the article, so expect them to be removed as errata.

    Well done.

  • From The Atlantic: This is a pretty vivid article by a yet another Yale Law School professor about how daily life in America has become more stressfully competitive, what with all the Tiger Mothers and the like. But as with most articles explaining the various causes of rising inequality in America since, oh, say, 1965,...
  • @Ibound1
    Looks like he realizes his own kids might not get into Yale, what with all these Chinese applying. Stop the whole crazy rat race right this minute! Yale is for alumni and faculty children and a Gentleman’s C. All those nasty Chinese can go to City College.

    City College, hell. The Chinese can go to Chinese colleges in their Chinese country that was made just for them.

  • In news news, WESH-TV News in Orlando is trying to help Twitter get four as-of-yet-unidentified children on the Mummy Ride banned from the Universal Studios theme park.
  • @LTFT
    I agree that it’s a bit much to make this “news,” but I certainly don’t mind if these kids are banned, in the same way I don’t mind if white kids were banned for using the n-word or black kids were banned for calling a white person “white devil” or something.

    “ I certainly don’t mind if these kids are banned, in the same way I don’t mind if white kids were banned for using the n-word or black kids were banned for calling a white person “white devil” or something.”

    There’s the door. Please leave.

    • Replies: @TWS
    Here's an Unz agree as he bestows them with a stingy eye.
  • From the Daily Mail:
  • @Mr McKenna
    Best comment:


    hundoblastr, Apoplectia, United States, 1 hour ago

    If we had Greenland we would have a lot more space.
     

    Trump is buying us Greenland brothers. :tears:

  • From Slate, a transcription of an internal meeting at the New York Times between top editor Dean Baquet and disgruntled New York Times staffers complaining that the New York Times doesn't call Trump racist often enough. In other words, the New York Times went all in on RussiaGate and that exploded in their faces, so...
  • I’m still surprised but shouldn’t be at how nakedly partisan the New York Times is. And irresponsible: the most prestigious news organizations in the world is telling everybody that White America is racist by virtue of existing.

    Oh well. The US was fun while it lasted.

  • iSteve commenter Hail writes: I'm reminded of the poem by C.P. Cavafy: Waiting for the Barbarians BY C. P. CAVAFY TRANSLATED BY EDMUND KEELEY What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today. Why isn’t anything going on in the senate? Why are the senators sitting there without legislating?...
  • @Anonymous

    There are a couple of potential hiccups to that scenario:
     
    What about the federal government's massive deficit and debt overhang?

    — Genomics revolution
    If this ramps up in a way where people are really editing in significant traits–health, physique, beauty, intelligence, conscientiounsness, extroversion … then we’re just off to the races. It’s a completely different world. As big as the industrial revolution, potentially as big a change as the neolithic.
     
    How is this different than replacement via mass immigration?

    Robots can’t use the advanced lawmaking and benevolence of the host culture against it. Robots don’t compete for housing and education. Robots don’t generate subsequent generations of robots resentful of the culture and demographic that made the place so desirable.

  • @YetAnotherAnon
    "He’s America’s Silvio Berlusconi"

    Berlusconi did pretty well on the foreign policy front, his deal with Gadaffi stopped illegal infiltrator boats AND gave ENI first dibs at Libyan oil and gas.

    That further underlines the comparison. Trump might be a Reagan-aping incompetent at home, but I’m pretty confident that the rest of the GOP clown car (and Hillary) would have gotten us into a war or two by now. Kushner and Bolton and the rest of the cabal have come close to getting their way sometimes, but so far, nothing new.

    Could Trump being doing better on that front? Yes, hell yes. But we could be doing a helluva lot worse. As a prime example, the self-appointed Wise Men in the media are currently chewing The Donald out for stating the sane and obvious: that what is going on in Hong Kong is China’s business, not ours. It occurs to nobody that Beijing is quite willing to negotiate and cut deals on trade while definitely not willing to entertain outsider input on how they do their internal affairs. Not the other way around. These idiot reporters and Senators encouraging the protestors are going to get people killed.

    And I keep wanly smiling on not taking Gaddafi’s words about migration seriously… he was a bit loopy, but he wasn’t stupid, he kept power for four decades.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @sayless
    Agree, nebulafox.

    By the way, you picked a cool handle.
  • @Reg Cæsar

    You will never find allies in Roman Catholics, the Pope says that Muslims are their brothers.
     
    All men are our brothers, even the heretic and the infidel. Your argument isn't with the Pope, but with Jesus himself.

    I like the part where Jesus says the secular democratic State gets to displace Christianity from the public square and import as many heretics and infidels into historic Christendom as it wants. I think it’s the first chapter of the Gospel of Francis of Lampedusa.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    He said all men are brothers, yet sent His apostles out to all nations. That's actually the moderate position-- we are one species, but naturally divided into nations.
  • The Zeroth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as carved in marble on the Statue of Liberty by Founding Father Emma Lazarus in 1776, reads:
  • @leftlawyer
    This is idiocy. Even in the Ellis Island days when almost everyone got in if it was thought you would become a public charge you would be sent back. So, the new policy is not un-American, it is consistent with American history.

    BTW, I fucking hate Trump but the Democrats have gotten into a knee-jerk mode where they just take the opposite position of Trump on anything - Trump could have a lot of fun with that if he tried.

    Also, if not giving permanent residency to people on public welfare benefits of some sort is evil, that means that pretty much every Western country in the world is evil. Is there any country anywhere that grants permanent residency to people getting welfare benefits? I doubt it.

    Speaking of immigration - we have Steve's very scary Most Important Graph in the World. But the Trump administration has cut back on international birth control programs, cutting funds all around and also imposing a rule that any NGO that mentions abortion can't be funded. If you really think that graph is scary/important, you can't defend Trump's family planning policies.

    The public charge doctrine is codified at 8 USC 1182(a)(4). With several exceptions, if you’re deemed likely to be a public charge, you’re ineligible for a US visa. Executive discretion in this area is as broad as the plan of salvation. Of course, somebody will find a district court judge to issue a TRO against the entire Executive branch from his court in Oahu. And “Judge” Napolitano will write a column explaining how this was all part of the Founders’ original intent.

  • iSteve commenter Hail writes: I'm reminded of the poem by C.P. Cavafy: Waiting for the Barbarians BY C. P. CAVAFY TRANSLATED BY EDMUND KEELEY What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today. Why isn’t anything going on in the senate? Why are the senators sitting there without legislating?...
  • @Anon

    Andrew Yang is China
     
    Asian Americans have very little in common with Asia. If you were born in the U.S. or came here as a child, you’re an American, with an intersectional identity, but there ain’t no Asia in you.

    Imagine saying that Barrack Obama is Africa or Jesse Jackson is Africa. I’m sure he’s read some books on Africa. He travelled there. He’s spoken to Africans. But he doesn’t have any particular grok on Africa that you or I wouldn’t have having done the same amount of homework.

    And a big pet peeve: Asian Americans playing Asians in movies. This is so cringeworthy to someone who lives in Asia. You cannot take the uptalk out of the Asian Valley Girl, not to mention the eyebrow shaping and extrovert facial expressions and movement and ... everything.

    In general: Any [Ethnic]-American purporting to speak for the ancestral motherland is an imposter.

    I’m reminded of the scene in Topsy-Turvy where W.S. Gilbert overrules his choreographer and brings in some actual Japanese ladies on tour in London to show his actors how to walk “exactly” in the Japanese manner.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    But, could they walk like an Egyptian?
  • Andrew Yang would rather that Americans live in shipping containers due to overcrowding than that Americans use their democratic rights to vote to cut back on immigration. Also, maggot burgers!
  • @Paleo Liberal
    Most of those are in cities with high housing costs and homelessness.
    Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

    Yes, we ought to both provide tiny houses to the homeless AND require that they either live there, make other verified housing arrangement, or go to jail.

    Provide adequate toilet and shower facilities, as well, in part to protect the rest of us from diseases and their carriers, rodents and ticks.

    They WILL shower daily, and they will NOT urinate or defecate in the street, or they go to jail or a mental institution as is appropriate in each case.

    They WILL get the Hell off our sidewalks, out of our alleys, out of our parks, away rom our homes and schools and businesses, or again, they go to jail or a mental institution.

    In places like Los Angeles, where we live, the combination of free tiny houses and associated toughlove measures would be a godsend. We could make our streets safe, civilized, clean, and no longer a setting for blocked sidewalks, intimidation, aggressive panhandling, drug needles and vials, piles of feces, the stench of urine, indecent exposure (public masturbation and other charming things that some of these dirtbags do in view of us and our children).

    When it comes to public decorum and public health, it is past time to bring a little Singapore to LA and our other filthy, unhygienic, offensive Third Worldy cities. Perhaps MORE than a little. The charitable and compassionate side of the reform can include tiny houses, container or otherwise. It would cost a lot and yet be well worth it for us and them.

  • @Jonathan Mason

    Andrew Yang would rather that Americans live in shipping containers due to overcrowding than that Americans use their democratic rights to vote to cut back on immigration.
     
    But the reason homes are not cheaper is not really to do with a relationship between supply and demand, but because of the complex regulatory system in the US, the high cost of land, the high costs of permits, and the high profit margins taken by builders.

    Lots of the immigrants who come from places like rural Honduras and El Salvador are perfectly capable of building their own homes if given the materials. When a group of Mexicans arrives in my street and completely replaces the shingles on the roof of a house in a few hours, they are paid pennies on the dollar compared the the profit taken by the US contractor.

    But why use a shipping container?

    If you taken a garden shed as sold at places like Ted's Sheds, you could easily make it into a serviceable home as good or better than many homes in the Caribbean or Central America. The shed here is only $2000 retail, so cheaper than a container, and the basic shell could be adapted for residential use.

    https://mobileimages.lowes.com/product/converted/095317/095317191022.jpg

    This beach hut sold in England for around $400,000, but is not that much different from the Lowes shed shown above. It sleeps 4 people. Click link for video tour.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-40686211

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/14B75/production/_97035848__acapture_a6.jpg

    Inside view:

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/FD55/production/_97035846__acapture_a5.jpg

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-40686211

    When home prices crashed just around the time that George W Bush was ending his presidency in total ignominy, it was not due to lack of immigrants either.

    Housing is expensive because we’re trying to live as close as possible to our jobs and still have white neighbors. There are a finite number of places meeting this criteria.

    Your Dorset example is, I suspect, for vacation homes but still illustrative: it’s not the house that’s expensive; it’s the pleasant, low-density surroundings with lots of white people. That’s why a one-room hovel on the beach that you literally tipped off the back of a truck costs $400,000.

    We could make housing cheaper in Dorset by stacking up condos for 20 stories on every square inch. The riffraff would move in, and housing would indeed be cheaper. And everybody you’d want as neighbors would move off to the next low-density place to price away the riffraff.

    In other words, it’s precisely about supply and demand.

    • Agree: JMcG
  • Two of the world’s most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed. Kashmir has been a flashpoint since Imperial Britain divided India in 1947. India and Pakistan have fought numerous wars and conflicts over majority Muslim Kashmir....
  • @animalogic
    Reminds me of somewhere...not exactly the same but... where?
    Er, Palestine ?

    Open Borders for Palestine too!

    Really, there’s nowhere that can’t benefit from immigration.

  • Andrew Yang would rather that Americans live in shipping containers due to overcrowding than that Americans use their democratic rights to vote to cut back on immigration. Also, maggot burgers!
  • Housing is expensive because we’re trying to live as close as possible to our jobs and still have white neighbors. There are a finite number of places meeting this criteria.

    Your Dorset example is, I suspect, for vacation homes but still illustrative: it’s not the house that’s expensive; it’s the pleasant, low-density surroundings with lots of white people. That’s why a one-room hovel on the beach that you literally tipped off the back of a truck costs $400,000.

    We could make housing cheaper in Dorset by stacking up condos for 20 stories on every square inch. The riffraff would move in, and housing would indeed be cheaper. And everybody you’d want as neighbors would move off to the next low-density place to price away the riffraff.

    In other words, it’s precisely about supply and demand.

  • He’s the only candidate with any novel ideas, and the only one thinking about this strange, post-scarce technocracy we’re becoming. But when it comes to Ellis Island schmaltz he might as well be Jerrold Nadler.

    Pity. I could vote for him but until he Yangsplains how you can have open borders and a UBI he’s just like all the other old fossils stuck back in the Great Society. Also, as a typical affluent East Asian he’s hilariously remote from what his parents would call The Blacks.

    • Replies: @SFG
    He has to get elected as a Democrat, remember.
    , @Paleo Liberal
    I looked at his immigration positions.
    Better than other Democrats. Sad to say, that is a low bar indeed.
  • Two of the world’s most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed. Kashmir has been a flashpoint since Imperial Britain divided India in 1947. India and Pakistan have fought numerous wars and conflicts over majority Muslim Kashmir....
  • The revocation means that non-Kashmiris can now buy land there. Modi is clearly copying Israel’s Netanyahu by encouraging non-Muslims to buy up land and squeeze the local Muslim population.

    Open Borders for Kashmir!

    • Replies: @animalogic
    Reminds me of somewhere...not exactly the same but... where?
    Er, Palestine ?
  • So I finally got a picture of myself at my new weight of 175 pounds, down from the 220 pounds I spiked up to in 2015 during Merkel's Million Muslim March. I appreciate you putting up with my stepping away from the keyboard long enough to walk a few miles per day. I hope to...
  • @Jenner Ickham Errican

    I can’t stop taking care of my health
     
    Sailer vs. Taylor earth-hump challenge!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuyVceYzzS0

    Absolute king.

  • Why are mass "suicidal" shootings (where the gunman doesn't try to get away so he can finish off the wounded, at the expense of being killed or imprisoned himself) still rare but much more common than before the "I Don't Like Mondays" school shooting 40 years ago? My guess: declining fear of Hell. Update: Here's...
  • @Desiderius
    The elite (sic) aren’t the healthy ones.

    They actually are. They tend to have healthy life arcs and intact families.

    Probably the elites’ most duplicitous stance is on immigration, as they invariably purchase low population density for themselves while telling you that you live in too many square feet.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    I don’t know man. The Trump types might mouth some of the shibboleths but the true believers, movers, and shakers tend to be as barren as a European prime minister.

    BTW, was at Cincinnati Zoo with my twins this morning and there were roughly a gazillion not just kids but babies two and under with lots of mommas with another in the oven. 98% Trump votery-looking too.
  • From new column in Taki's Magazine: Invade, Invite, Implode by Steve Sailer August 07, 2019 If a president cited crime statistics to rile up racial hatred, but his speech was immediately followed by a terrorist massacre, would he be criticized? Well, not if he were Barack Obama, whose July 7, 2016,TV oration from Warsaw denouncing...
  • Good piece of writing. In the body, the terms “white racism,” “white supremacy,” and white nationalism” were referenced not as interchangeable but terms that unique unto themselves. And, in fact, they are unique and designed and used as such. My thoughts are that folks realized that racism/racist has been over used to the point that it’s lost it’s bite and white supremacy, as understood by most, only attaches to a fringe population.

    The term “white nationalism,” on the other hand allows those that use it to paint with a broader brush and thus demonize or other a larger segment of the population.

    If one where to put the term “white nationalism” through the NYT or other such word search to determine the frequency of its use over time my guess is that it’d be a hockey stick graph with the rise starting in or around 2014, spiking in 2016, and continuing its rise thereafter.

    The development of this term and the rise in its use is, as they say, not a lucky accident.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Anonymous

    The term “white nationalism,” on the other hand allows those that use it to paint with a broader brush and thus demonize or other a larger segment of the population.
     
    White nationalism just means a preference for Whites to remain a majority in a country.
    , @WowJustWow
    What’s funny is that for a long time the press inaccurately referred to prominent white nationalists as white supremacists when, if anything, they were East Asian and Ashkenazi supremacists by the underlying logic of the articles mentioning them. Now they’ve quickly latched on to white nationalism as a juicy scare phrase without attempting to differentiate it from previous phrases. It’s not any scarier, it’s just a novel term to a broader audience, a marketing innovation. People want an explanation for 2016 in a sound byte, so anybody to the right of Hillary, no matter what their complexion, is a white nationalist. But it will linger on like the latest politically correct term for blacks or gender-ambiguous persons, and within a few years it will be generally accepted that we have always been at war with white nationalism.
  • David Simon, creator of The Wire, is extremely irate that fans of The Wire often draw politically incorrect conclusions from The Wire, instead of just blaming Bad White People like he wants them to: Can you see this tweet still, or has Simon blocked it? Here's a screenshot: Simon just wants to know: Why are...
  • @Steve Richter
    I think people were mostly just ready to move to the suburbs, from the North down to the South, their grown children had graduated college and had job opportunities all around the country.

    Nope. Judicial busing orders in the 60s. The suburbs rolled out, and church-based private schools popped up all over. I saw it happen.

  • From new column in Taki's Magazine: Invade, Invite, Implode by Steve Sailer August 07, 2019 If a president cited crime statistics to rile up racial hatred, but his speech was immediately followed by a terrorist massacre, would he be criticized? Well, not if he were Barack Obama, whose July 7, 2016,TV oration from Warsaw denouncing...
  • @countenance
    If our sector is going to endorse keeping affirmative action, it should come with adding low status and non-connected whites as a beneficiary category.

    I’ll take it a step farther: UBI.

    Something, anything to paper over the reality that we’re in a warming ethnic spoils fight.

  • @Nick Diaz
    "Why share your rightful property with newcomers? For example, Jeff Bezos owns both the pro-immigration Washington Post and over 300,000 acres of very private property in the U.S.
    Which advice should you trust more? What Bezos’ editorial page tells you that you ought to vote for or what Bezos chooses for himself?"

    What kind of idiotic drivel is this? Jeff Bezos *payed for the land that he has* . Do you think that just being born a U.S citizen automatically gives you 300,000 acres of land? Jeff Bezos has exactly the same rights as everyone. He is not legally privileged compared to the average U.S citizen at all. He is a billionaire because he had a brilliant idea and showed tremendous resourcefullness and talent in making his idea successful. So your aomparison is absurd here. You are comparing citizenship right to owning property via a commerical/economic transaction. Apples and oranges.

    "The wisest man in American history, Benjamin Franklin, pointed out in 1754 that Americans enjoyed the highest standard of living in the world,"

    America did not have the highest standard of living in the World in the late 18th century. America was always a relatively rich country, but in the late 18th century it had a lower standard of living not only compared to Europe's, but also even to Central American colonies. In fact, the foremost reason why America earned it's independence fairly easily is because the English didn't care that much about losing the North American colonies. Back then, mosf of the wealth coming from the Americas came from sugar, and the richest colonies were those of Central America.

    " into the great heart of North America, the richest agricultural land ever discovered."

    Except that it's not. The Po River Valley in Italy is richer. The Loir Valley in France is also richer. The southern Chinese provinces of Hunan, Jiangxi and Fujian are richer - feeds literally a billion people with an area slightly larger than Texas. If we are talking agricultural lands that have been doscovered, the Bacia del Plata in Argentina is richer than any land in America. So is the region in Brazil that goes from Goiás to Paraná in the south.

    You, of course, completely omitted that the same area you mentioned has one of the most horrible climates on Planet Earth, with wet and humid summers where the temperature goes up to 104 F, then to drop to blistering -22 F during winter time. Face it: America's topography and climates sucks. America has like 3% of it's territory in good weather: the San Francisco Bay in California, and the northern part of Florida(southern Florida is scorching hot year-round), and small patches of good weather in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina(most parts of these states still have bad weather with very hot summers . Winters are not too bad, almost as mild as western Europe, although for the most part sitll colder.

    But of course, you say these things because of your jingoistic nonsese: to you, America is the greatest country ever at everything, and you have to mention how America compared favorably to other countries at everything every time you make a post. It's pathetic.

    And regarding immigeation, for the last time, you benefit daily from immigration. Your standafd of living is at least twice as high as it would be otherwise without immigrants,. You have shit for brains, which is why you don't understand the reason why you pay so little for the food you eat, the television sets and cars you buy, is because of mass immigration and fre trade. Your endless Catilinarians against immigration are funny since none of y0u reading this - and I know that you reading - would be willing to pay a dime more for the goods and services you purchase to support the cause of limiting immigration. Because the first thing that would happen is that everything would cost more. Much more. Talk is cheap. If you truly believe the shit you say, then the next time you see a native-born American worker willingly give him a pay raise by tipping him with the salary that you assume that restricting immigration would result for native-born American workers.

    I could explain in precise detail why you dumbos don't know shit for squat, and explain to you why mass immigration and free trade are responsible for the comfortable lives you live. Because doing so would require you to understand concepts such as division of labor, maximization of utility and comparative advantage, and these concepts are way above you doofuses' ability to comprehend. So just trust me that you need and want immigrants.

    Steve Sailer, you are also a hypocrite of colossal proportions. You go on and one about how America is great because it has so much land and open spaces, and that because of that immigration should be restricted, yada yada. Then, you follow your anti-immigration rant with an article on affordable family formation, on how to get Americans to have more kids. Oh wait, I thought you argued that demographic growth is a bad thing? Ah, I get it. It's not that you don't want more people...you just want your kind of people: white conservatives. Hypocrite.

    We need another 800 million immigrants just to keep the economy going, and you doofuses are compalining about the measly 1-2 million a year that America receives. Given demographic trends, America will need to add another 800 million to 2.5 billion immigrants over the next 10-20 to maintain stable GDP growth. Now, 2,5 billion might not be practical due to the fact that you need to run background checks for criminal activities on the applicants, etc, but America receiving 1 billion immigrants over the next decade is not unreasonable.

    Doesn’t Mexico need to grow their economy more? Send them there.

    Oh, that’s right. Mexico is sending the Magic Millions north to go be somebody else’s problem.

  • Why are mass "suicidal" shootings (where the gunman doesn't try to get away so he can finish off the wounded, at the expense of being killed or imprisoned himself) still rare but much more common than before the "I Don't Like Mondays" school shooting 40 years ago? My guess: declining fear of Hell. Update: Here's...
  • @Desiderius
    That’s a good diagnosis for the people having trouble, but there are a lot more healthy people than you think (healthy because we have what you correctly identify as necessary).

    It doesn’t take a lot of troubled people to sap trust and ruin public spaces for everybody. The healthy elite are withdrawing.

    The great betrayal of our elite is they will not preach what they practice. Instead, they preach uber tolerance and withdraw with their intact families from increasingly chaotic public spaces into a world of Amazon deliveries, concierge services, and time-share private jets.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    The elite (sic) aren’t the healthy ones.
  • @Rosie

    — Their women–the girls they should marry and have families with … are theirs no more. The girls are you-go-girling on their own jobs. They are taught by Hollyweird, the schools, the whole culture to be sluts, and if a boy doesn’t have alpha skills … they aren’t slutting with him. Even if he’s solid enough to have a good job … he gets shitty slut 2nds. If he’s un/under-employed exposed to the world labor market or he’s just socially awkward … forget about it.
     
    Guess what, AnotherDad, the fact that a girl has a job doesn't mean a man can't court and marry her.

    The longer you all pretend not to understand this, the more I tend to agree with the assessment that men just really don't want a competent women, they want a helpless dependent to lord it over. Sounds harsh, but I'm just calling it like I see it.

    The best contribution that all but the highest g women can make to society is to marry well and homeschool their children. The notion of “careers” for women (which 99% of them will not have, just like most men) is one of the most pernicious in human history. A society that puts prospective spouses in head-to-head economic competition with each other is not showing up for the future.

    I can qualify that: women have always worked outside the home and divorces, deaths and other tragedies can happen. So it’s probably a good idea for your daughter to get a college degree and be prepared to enter the workforce if necessary. But what is being sold is jobs as status markers for women, and an end in themselves. Since women marry up, not down, this modern experiment ends with more unhappy women and men.

    • Replies: @Rosie

    The best contribution that all but the highest g women can make to society is to marry well and homeschool their children.
     
    They can't do that if men won't marry them.

    Since women marry up, not down, this modern experiment ends with more unhappy women and men.
     
    Ackshully, more and more women are marrying "down" educationally. They still prefer spouses who earn more, but that's not a problem, because men still outearn women. (Obviously, I don't consider that a problem.)
    , @Corvinus
    "The best contribution that all but the highest g women can make to society is to marry well and homeschool their children."

    Except your own wife is a career woman as a school teacher, you hypocrite.

    "The notion of “careers” for women (which 99% of them will not have, just like most men)..."

    What planet do you live on? Men and women observably have careers. You as an ambulance chaser can attest.

    "A society that puts prospective spouses in head-to-head economic competition with each other is not showing up for the future."

    Actually, it makes a society stronger.

    "Since women marry up, not down, this modern experiment ends with more unhappy women and men."

    Men and women marry up or down.
  • @BenKenobi
    My guess is a lot of people have been pushed to the brink in recent years, and while there they looked long into the abyss.

    Lack of fear of hell is a part but just one thread. The entire garment is the breakdown of connection and purpose. Modernity, prosperity, science were always going to be a challenge to manage–modernity really needs to be accompanied with eugenics–but the atomization has amplified through the roof by the destruction of minoritarianism.

    Tight tribal communities can survive because they cultivate their own social world for their members. Think Orthodox Jews or the Amish or the Mormons. Not perfection, and certainly doesn’t work for all their members, but … they’ve got something. But the minoritarian wrecking ball has smashed up the operation of normal majority community going about its busiess in its culture–as it was very much intended to.

    What does a typical white gentile boy face? Anomie.
    — Their culture which is supposed to be the common culture … is common no more.
    — Christianity is no longer normative–is under assault as a public cultural force–and may not be in their life at all.
    — Their race, the heritage their inherited under constant assualt–nothing to be proud of, but rather something they are supposed to apologize for.
    — Their labor is surplus. Even if they are smart, the “nation of immigrants” people think some Indian or Chinese is entitled to their job–studying in the universities, with the technology, in the companies their ancestors built. And if they are not so smart … a Mexican can provide muscle cheaper with less lip.
    — His own family may well be a mess–perhaps just because of his parents genes, but the likelyhood jacked up by feminism, easy divorce, and the nation’s social and cultural breakdown.
    — Their women–the girls they should marry and have families with … are theirs no more. The girls are you-go-girling on their own jobs. They are taught by Hollyweird, the schools, the whole culture to be sluts, and if a boy doesn’t have alpha skills … they aren’t slutting with him. Even if he’s solid enough to have a good job … he gets shitty slut 2nds. If he’s un/under-employed exposed to the world labor market or he’s just socially awkward … forget about it.

    Basically America is no longer a nation with a people and culture he is part of. America is just a market place for the “global cosmopolitans” to exploit. And his market value in that market place is … loser!

    F’ y’all. Bang, bang, bang.

    • Replies: @Rosie

    — Their women–the girls they should marry and have families with … are theirs no more. The girls are you-go-girling on their own jobs. They are taught by Hollyweird, the schools, the whole culture to be sluts, and if a boy doesn’t have alpha skills … they aren’t slutting with him. Even if he’s solid enough to have a good job … he gets shitty slut 2nds. If he’s un/under-employed exposed to the world labor market or he’s just socially awkward … forget about it.
     
    Guess what, AnotherDad, the fact that a girl has a job doesn't mean a man can't court and marry her.

    The longer you all pretend not to understand this, the more I tend to agree with the assessment that men just really don't want a competent women, they want a helpless dependent to lord it over. Sounds harsh, but I'm just calling it like I see it.
    , @Stebbing Heuer
    The miracle then is that there are so few mass shootings.
    , @NickG
    That's pretty good, and I suspect, pretty much on the money.
    , @Desiderius
    That’s a good diagnosis for the people having trouble, but there are a lot more healthy people than you think (healthy because we have what you correctly identify as necessary).
    , @68W58
    Absolutely spot on.
    , @Intelligent Dasein

    The entire garment is the breakdown of connection and purpose.
     
    The shooters did not suffer from any lack of purpose. They had a purpose to kill people, which they pursued with great gusto. James Holmes, in particular, could not have been more clear about this. Continuing to think of them as unfortunates who somehow fell through the cracks of society is just more liberal, bleeding heart, universalist nonsense. I guarantee you none of them thought of themselves that way. They would have pursued the same course of action no matter what, advantaged or disadvantaged.
  • In the Washington Post opinion section, NYU professor and long-time iSteve Content Generator Suketu Mehta writes: I am an uppity immigrant. Don’t expect me to be ‘grateful.’ I will not bow and scrape before my supposed benefactors. I am entitled to be here. By Suketu Mehta Suketu Mehta is an associate professor of journalism at...
  • @Art Deco
    They guy's 56. With scant doubt, he quit expecting the co-eds to take an interest in him about 15 years ago if not earlier. And he looks like an ordinary middle-aged bourgeois.

    He looks like an upper caste male from the Asian subcontinent, which is what this is all coming down to, not the particular free-floating Proposition one may have in one’s head.

  • Regular readers of VDARE will be familiar with what Steve Sailer calls The World's Most Important Graph. That's the one that shows the U.N. population projections, by region, through the end of this century. If that's The World's Most Important Graph, I hereby nominate David Becker's "Global distribution of national IQs from psychometric measurements and...
  • @Rich
    I wouldn't call the Jews a "race". They are an ethnicity, like the English, Germans or Italians. Their race has to be Caucasian because they are usually among the palest people I know. My understanding is that there are three races Caucasoid, Mongoloid and Negroid, unless these definitions have changed, the Jews are distinctly Caucasoid.

    When I was a kid, I remember people would refer to the English race or the Italian race, etc., so perhaps that is what Deb is referring to here when he call Jews a "race". I generally go by what those in the Old Confederacy would consider White, those guys were pretty serious about race, and the Jews were considered White.

    Here’s an interesting article on Israel:

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/nobody-hijacked-israel-its-just-not-what-its-pioneers-thought-theyd-created/

    The Jews you are thinking about are the descendants of Jewish men who married women from what is now Italy, Germany and Eastern Europe–the Ashkenazim.

    Israel is apparently returning to its Semitic, Middle Eastern roots, both culturally and genetically.

    Yoram Hazony is fully bought in, with his Zionism, nine children, and Jewish Orthodoxy. Other, less traditionalist Ashkenazim are going to find themselves increasingly estranged from their Sephardic and Mizrahi cousins.

    • Replies: @Rich
    It's difficult to get past all the politics when it comes to Jewish DNA, but the latest information I've come across shows Ashkenazi Jews having originated in Southern Italy and branching out from there. There is little, or no connection between the Ashkenazi and the Middle East, depending on the source. I'm sure there must be a lot of intermarriage between the Ashkenazi and Mizrahi and Sephardic, so in a few generations they will probably mostly have at least some connection to the Middle East.
  • In the Washington Post opinion section, NYU professor and long-time iSteve Content Generator Suketu Mehta writes: I am an uppity immigrant. Don’t expect me to be ‘grateful.’ I will not bow and scrape before my supposed benefactors. I am entitled to be here. By Suketu Mehta Suketu Mehta is an associate professor of journalism at...
  • I suspect that what really drives Mehta crazy is that Americans don’t recognize or care about his caste.

    To an American ( To be clear, Mr Mehta is not American, even if he lives here for the rest of his life), Mehta looks like a cabdriver or the guys working at the camera shops in midtown or the guys selling shmatas out in Jackson Heights.

    To an American man, Mehta might as well be a Dalit. And to an American woman, he might as well be invisible. Especially the campus coeds. That’s gotta hurt.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Art Deco
    They guy's 56. With scant doubt, he quit expecting the co-eds to take an interest in him about 15 years ago if not earlier. And he looks like an ordinary middle-aged bourgeois.
    , @William Badwhite
    I once worked with an Indian guy (actually with several over the years) and he was the most pompous, scheming, hyper-political asshole you can imagine. One day he was babbling on to me how he came from the "warrior" caste. I explained to him that in the American caste system, the lowest class white was one rung above the highest caste Indian. He was astounded and didn't talk to me (more accurately, talk AT me) for about a month. I half expected trouble with HR but nothing ever happened.
  • From the Journal of Political Economy:
  • @unit472
    Just read this 'black perspective' on family wealth.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/07/the-wealth-gap-taints-americas-success-stories/593719/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

    The writer starts out with a plausible premise that blacks started out behind but overlooks the factors in her own story. For example, her father played and coached in the NBA. Still does. Well professional sports leagues did not exist when slaves toiled in America. Her grandfather got into HVAC in the 1960's by virtue of a sympathetic and influential white businessman. Still its worth a read.

    The reality is that rare is that family wealth, absent a colossal fortune, can be preserved for more than 2 or 3 generations. Wastrels and black sheep show up more frequently in the family tree than financial accumulators. If you are Anderson Cooper, you are lucky if your mom was the minor Gloria Vanderbilt than the great grandson of the vastly wealthy Consuela Vanderbilt.

    I think Anderson ended up with around $400K after his mom spent a lifetime keeping herself and her fortune in a high-tax, high-maintenance city.

    • Replies: @Anthony Wayne
    Then he pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become America’s current most-famous news anchor through sheer ingenuity and hard work.
    , @Flip
    No blue jeans money?
  • It is curious: Though I have for decades worked in journalism, mostly in Washington, I know almost nothing of Congress. I mean this literally. I do not know who Mitch McConnell is, his function, or his politics, though I have the impression that he is a Republican. Who was, or is, Paul (I think it...
  • Congress is basically a lifetime sinecure; just look at the fossils still inhabiting the place. The Swamp would have McCain’s corpse propped up in there if they thought they could get away with it.

    If you’re a “conservative” Republican, you got there from your safely gerrymandered district or reliably white State based on your speechifying about low taxes and traditional values and the free market. Once there, you don’t even bother with the details of governance, just show up to vote the way the lobbyists tell you on increasingly arcane, extruded legislation drafted by K Street law firms.

    And here’s the part you don’t want to hear: Trump got elected, and is HATED, because he shone a light on the Republicans’ enfeebled coziness. It turns out, all Paul Ryan and that whole crowd were doing was just speechifying about their precious, precious principles. They never actually governed and don’t practice actual politics: gettin’ s*** done for your team. Ron and Rand Paul and Tulsi Gabbard and Jeff Sessions (who should have stayed put) seem like actually decent people who think or thought it’s their job to study legislation and give a considered vote. Naturally, the Left and Muh Constitution Conservatives hate them.

    Now, Trump is a huckster and being co-opted by the very Swamp he promised to drain, but eventually the real deal is going to show up, inside or outside the system. And I expect we’ll still hear the principled principletarians in National Review moaning about Original Intent.

    /rant

  • I've been saying for a long time that the Democrats' have a promising grand strategy: assemble a Coalition of the Fringes of American life: black welfare mothers, tech billionaires, gays, Muslims, transgenders, lesbians, Jews, felons, etc. Demographic trends are on their side. The obvious problem is that their various Fringes are constantly turning on each...
  • @Kronos
    But will they go third-party or Republican?

    After the 1960s, the white working class started getting pushed into the Republican Party. Many of them geographically relocated out of the cities via high crime and taxes.

    How do you suggest we welcome our newfound prodigal white/liberal brothers and sisters this time around?

    Tell them hail and well met. We need everybody in this tent. Well, except for entryist you-know-whos.

    I’m getting some interesting follows on Twitter. It’s like watching “When the Normie began to hate.” I’m even seeing a couple of small business accounts letting loose.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    I’m just concerned if some of them come over, out wimpy neocons and Rockefeller republicans will join the Democrats.
  • It will be interesting to see how the Woke Whites react when they realize that the future they have envisioned, a diverse, intersectional coaltion, led of course by the Good Whites (them), seizing and/or destroying everything that means anything to the Bad Whites, will NOT be happening.
    In Intersectional America, there are only Bad Whites and Worse Whites.

    • Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin
    How will woke white men react when they realize that the party they have hitched their wagons to have no room for them?

    That's easy: They'll abandon the party or try to reform it from within, attempting to bring it back to being a colorblind, merit-based organization; or, more likely, self-identify as black women trapped in the bodies of white men.

    (I am of course kidding....slightly...

    ...very, very, very slightly.)
    , @Cowboy Shaw
    This is going to be just about the most interesting political development of the next 20 years. It's going to be an experiment in human cognitive dissonance for sure. How long are they going to cling on, flogging themselves.
    , @Arclight
    A lot of whites on the left think the wolves won’t come for them or their kids, but eventually they will. Once that sinks in, I think the share of the white vote will drop below 30% for the Democrats. Although Asians currently support the left that will change as well as the left goes to work on making sure their kids don’t get too far ahead.
  • In the Washington Post opinion section, NYU professor and long-time iSteve Content Generator Suketu Mehta writes: I am an uppity immigrant. Don’t expect me to be ‘grateful.’ I will not bow and scrape before my supposed benefactors. I am entitled to be here. By Suketu Mehta Suketu Mehta is an associate professor of journalism at...
  • @istevefan

    I don’t understand why blacks aren’t angry about the appropriation ...
     
    What about American Indians? We are forever told Europeans stole their land. But Mehta and company are the ones filing the claims. How does handing over the USA to them help recompense American Indians?

    And if you are aware something is stolen, you are not allowed to take possession of it. And we sure as hell know Mehta and company know this is stolen land. They remind us of it daily.

    Are South Asians less adept at constructing logical syllogisms? Serious question. They seem to have very binary thinking.

  • Commenter iffen points to an interview at Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight of a white leftist advocating political dissolution. More graceful than I, the interviewee sticks to Czechoslavakia as a pacific illustration of how the US could go about it. Parenthetically, the Soviet Union is not a model that would or could be emulated, but it is...
  • @The Anti-Gnostic
    As in any divorce, things get real nasty when it gets down to who gets what, and has to pay what.

    The first consequence of that divorce would be $22 TRILLION in federal obligations going up in smoke. So a lot of people wake up one day to find they have no job, no cash, the 401k's are probably unenforceable, and the ATMs are frozen because nobody knows what to do. Formerly bourgeois businessmen now reduced to begging and petty thieving. Then the replacement government has to issue new money so all the unemployed claims adjusters and store managers can get back on their feet, and the fun really begins as your new State's elites start competing for the resources that will back their new currency. Is there enough water? Can they attract industry? Can goods get in and out?

    If the US blows up, it will take 10 years to sort through things while most of the place just scratches out a living selling food and clothes to each other and repairing each other's cars. E.g., the Dominican Republic, or Vietnam. Not unlivable, but a big, big step down from the glory days.

    Did I mention the nukes, or 300 years of pent-up tribal hatreds, or hollowed-out cultural capital?

    That's why a lot of people figure the sunk costs are so high they may as well keep the US together. It won't work, but it also means the break-up won't come until things get intolerable, as in Soviet Union-level intolerable.

    Happy to be proved wrong. There's probably a way to a peaceful break-up but I don't see it.

    Very good commentary by you and I.D. there. This debt-bomb that we have will explode anyway, regardless of the political situation, though I agree a big break up would bring the problem of the debt to the forefront immediately. I think it’d be better to at least have a known direction out of the financial pain and turmoil that’s inevitably coming, such as we could have had if Ron Paul had been our President.

    The preppers are right, keep in mind. They are ready, or trying to get ready, for the economic pain and some of the local political turmoil that is bound to happen. However, in the aftermath of the SHTF, the time will be ripe for all kinds of political solutions by all kinds of groups. This includes the Communists, who tend to crawl out of the woodwork every century. It’s about that time again. It’d be nice if the average American was in a frame of mind to not buy that particular brand of stupidity.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
  • @JackOH
    Well, words are forgettable, but I'll offer a few anyway.

    I've benefited from our American government. The GI Bill, for example. Then, I talked myself into believing whatever government costs were associated with that program would be more than repaid by my increased earning capacity and tax-paying ability.

    Twenty years later, I studied affirmative action and its effects. I tried to let the evidence speak, and not my own biases. I concluded affirmative action was a major factor in my not being even considered for big company employment, where the income opportunities were much better than the tiny, poorly capitalized businesses where I'd been stuck. That was a conclusion I did not want to reach.

    I'm in my 60s now, and mostly retired. I have a few good years left. I think I'd welcome the chance to live in a country that treats me more or less decently. I don't need utopia, just decency. The America I--we--live in treats its people as pieces on a social engineer's chess board, advancing pieces and sacrificing them as needed to satisfy a calculus I don't understand. That's just wrong.

    I've said some words in favor of getting the ball rolling on separation, so I'll let it go at that.

    I’m a decade behind you and if I could go back in time to my younger self, I’d tell him to spend his strong, healthy youth forming militias. But who among us at the time ever imagined that the 1980’s were the Last White Decade? So we just lived our lives and paid taxes instead. I’m still healthy, and strong for my cohort, but I need to be a lot younger for what’s coming. Oh well.

    I am blessed with young parents who are a decade ahead of you. They cannot believe what the country had and let slip away.

    • Replies: @peterAUS

    ..I’d tell him to spend his strong, healthy youth forming militias. ...
     
    I wouldn't actually. Not yet.
    I'd tell him to get ready for it. Get skillset able to form and LEAD a militia platoon in 48 hours.
    Something like that.

    I’m still healthy, and strong for my cohort, but I need to be a lot younger for what’s coming.
     
    Don't sell yourself short.
    If you can shoot and THINK you are good.
  • @Audacious Epigone
    A dollar collapse--something I think is coming shockingly soon--will force the issue on the national debt. As I've written in other threads about dissolution, it will be the impetus for a breakup if we don't soberly think about one beforehand. Suddenly people will be running away from the debt obligation, not wanting to be stuck in a union that is left holding the bag.

    I'm in the process of trying to make sense of how cryptos play into this. My guess is bitcoin and the others will collapse, but something like Facebook's libra will not because it's valuation is going to be tied to a floating currency basket. Something like that will be fairly easy for states to adopt.

    I very much agree that voluntary dissolution will bring with it plenty of difficulties. But I think involuntary dissolution will bring more.

    A dollar collapse–something I think is coming shockingly soon–will force the issue on the national debt.

    Apparently it all nearly came apart in 2008. But we printed money, bought the distressed assets with it (they are, I believe, mostly still tucked away on the Fed’s balance sheet but it’s all pretty opaque), and here we are 11 years later rocking right along.

    Wealthy people are willing to pay the government to borrow their money instead of the other way around. Government debt is the equivalent of gold ingots, which have storage costs. These are presumably very smart, connected people. They don’t see a problem with $22T debt.

    I’ve heard all my life that the collapse is coming. My esteemed father tells me he’s heard it all his life too, but here we are. What is money at this point? Why are we still taxing labor?

    Is it possible our baseline productivity is high enough that we’ve hit Post-Scarcity and the debt really and truly does not matter? I don’t see how but nobody with money, including the people with LOTS of it, is acting like the debt is a problem. If we really have hit Post-Scarcity, then I say we vote for the Chinese technocrat and give me my #YangBucks.

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein

    I’ve heard all my life that the collapse is coming...
     
    The collapse isn't "coming." It's here---now. It's just that the losses are so socialized that the frog is boiling rather than getting skewered outright. The collapse is manifesting itself in the slow and steady erosion of purchasing power; in stagnant wages; in the relentless rise in the cost of housing, education, and healthcare; and in the depreciation of capital assets that aren't being repaired or replaced. The economy isn't growing, but it's maintaining a semblance of activity by liquidating the stored value of everything.

    Right now we're riding a tiger of financial repression. Artificially low interest rates are the key to the entire puzzle. We know that if we were to let interest rates normalize then the whole jig would be up, the massive debt would be unserviceable, and the depression we've been living in for the last decade would suddenly appear in Stay Puft proportions.

    My guess is that as long as the Baby Boomers are still alive and compos mentis in electorally significant proportions, the low interest rate regime will continue in order to preserve their nominal asset values. Once their feeble old hands lose their grip on the levers of power, the whole thing falls apart.
    , @Audacious Epigone
    Economic growth has been slower from the 2008 crash to today than it was from the 2001 crash to the 2008 crash, and it was lower during that period than it was between 1987 and 2001. This is the first 'recovery' where the Fed has utterly failed to normalize interest rates to something above free money. Now the Fed is beginning the cut towards zero. We're stalling out now. We'll be dropping shortly.
  • @L Woods

    Political dissolution will allow us to separate the good guys from the bad guys, see. And if we have sufficient lead time, the oppressed minorities in bad guy states can move to good guy states.
     
    This is something that gives 'good' commenters here fainting spells, and yet here it is casually featured on Fivethirtyeight of all places. Mass population exchange was a darker event when it occurred in the the past century in large part because most people's livelihoods were still tied to the land; in a modern economy, it needn't be anything more than just another move.

    IOW, the moral preening of some of the deadwood old fools around here is beneath contempt -- please get over yourselves.

    As in any divorce, things get real nasty when it gets down to who gets what, and has to pay what.

    The first consequence of that divorce would be $22 TRILLION in federal obligations going up in smoke. So a lot of people wake up one day to find they have no job, no cash, the 401k’s are probably unenforceable, and the ATMs are frozen because nobody knows what to do. Formerly bourgeois businessmen now reduced to begging and petty thieving. Then the replacement government has to issue new money so all the unemployed claims adjusters and store managers can get back on their feet, and the fun really begins as your new State’s elites start competing for the resources that will back their new currency. Is there enough water? Can they attract industry? Can goods get in and out?

    If the US blows up, it will take 10 years to sort through things while most of the place just scratches out a living selling food and clothes to each other and repairing each other’s cars. E.g., the Dominican Republic, or Vietnam. Not unlivable, but a big, big step down from the glory days.

    Did I mention the nukes, or 300 years of pent-up tribal hatreds, or hollowed-out cultural capital?

    That’s why a lot of people figure the sunk costs are so high they may as well keep the US together. It won’t work, but it also means the break-up won’t come until things get intolerable, as in Soviet Union-level intolerable.

    Happy to be proved wrong. There’s probably a way to a peaceful break-up but I don’t see it.

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
    Indeed.

    And the national infrastructure will not function without the national tax base and the national regulatory regime. Things like oil and gas pipelines, the interstate highway system, river management, the railroads, and the electric grid will now have to be handled piecemeal by a slew of regional powers, themselves in various states of disarray. Anybody interested in how this process will play out should research the Ukrainian gas wars.

    What we can expect from national dissolution would be a drastic lowering of living standards across the board. There would be a notable decrease in life expectancy, an increase in the crude death rate from all causes, a decrease in the number of births and the total fertility rate (already below replacement), and a whole lot of poverty, crime, and social dysfunction. America would go through a Yeltzin era many times worse than that of the Soviet Union, since he USSR had much less far to fall and was never the bearer of the world's reserve currency.

    It will not do to say that people will pick up the pieces and life will go on, for that is just a cynical restatement of the Keynesian tautology that in the long run we're all dead. Life always goes on, but that doesn't mean that certain courses of action should have been pursued with reckless abandon, and it doesn't make it up to the generations who had to livingly experience the horrors that life went on in spite of. Shades of Ivan Karamazov and the Grand Inquisitor appear here.

    And I know what you're thinking, AE. You're about to say "But the breakup is inevitable, so we might as well start thinking about how it can be achieved peacefully and democratically." This demonstrates a remarkable naivete of real-world politics and war. You will have oligarchs seizing the wealth of whole realms for their private possession, making and unmaking leaders at their pleasure, while popular demagogues lead their masses to dead ends. If we're lucky, after a decade of chaos a non-ideological strongman like Putin may appear to put an end to it all by restoring a national system. Inevitably, the champions of the breakup will become objects of derision and scorn.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Very good commentary by you and I.D. there. This debt-bomb that we have will explode anyway, regardless of the political situation, though I agree a big break up would bring the problem of the debt to the forefront immediately. I think it'd be better to at least have a known direction out of the financial pain and turmoil that's inevitably coming, such as we could have had if Ron Paul had been our President.

    The preppers are right, keep in mind. They are ready, or trying to get ready, for the economic pain and some of the local political turmoil that is bound to happen. However, in the aftermath of the SHTF, the time will be ripe for all kinds of political solutions by all kinds of groups. This includes the Communists, who tend to crawl out of the woodwork every century. It's about that time again. It'd be nice if the average American was in a frame of mind to not buy that particular brand of stupidity.
    , @Mitleser

    It won’t work, but it also means the break-up won’t come until things get intolerable, as in Soviet Union-level intolerable.
     
    The thing is that the late Soviet Union-level was hardly intolerable for most of the population.
    The referendum in 1991 showed as much.
    What really broke the Union was the weakness of the ruling class, the CPSU whose members at the top were undermining it for various reasons (incompetence, the wish to rule the republics without oversight by the central Soviet government).
    , @Audacious Epigone
    A dollar collapse--something I think is coming shockingly soon--will force the issue on the national debt. As I've written in other threads about dissolution, it will be the impetus for a breakup if we don't soberly think about one beforehand. Suddenly people will be running away from the debt obligation, not wanting to be stuck in a union that is left holding the bag.

    I'm in the process of trying to make sense of how cryptos play into this. My guess is bitcoin and the others will collapse, but something like Facebook's libra will not because it's valuation is going to be tied to a floating currency basket. Something like that will be fairly easy for states to adopt.

    I very much agree that voluntary dissolution will bring with it plenty of difficulties. But I think involuntary dissolution will bring more.
  • I can't tell from the trailer whether in any flashback scenes Scorsese uses high tech gimmickry to de-age Pesci, DeNiro, and Pacino, like he promised to do a few years ago when he started on this project. Or maybe Scorsese gave up on the tech and just let his three old guys do what they...
  • Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci are elderly. I’ll surely see this movie, but watching men in their 70s play men in their 50s will distract me. 70-somethings, even fit 70-somethings, just move differently; you’ve lost a lot of cartilage and gained ossification by that time.

    Are there no 50-something Italian or Irish actors left in Hollywood? But I guess the economics are unavoidable. De Niro and Pesci are pretty close to guaranteed draws. Actors seem so rigorously selected for looking good and buff on camera now. I guess we’ll never have any other De Niros or Pescis.

  • From Salon a few years ago: Bruce Hay is a Harvard Law School Professor. In the two weeks since his death, many have spoken about Antonin Scalia’s undeniable impact on American law. As attention shifts to filling the vacancy he has left on the Supreme Court, I would like instead to talk about his less...
  • Hay calls himself a “naive young fool” at age 53? This kind of delusional thinking is what gets you in bed with a French whore with a Pakistani tranny pimp.

    For clarity’s sake, I think this story can be abbreviated thusly:

    Sultry Judeo-French hooker: “Ah seenk yü are verry, verry attractif”

    Esteemed Harvard Professor: “You don’t say? I find we are in agreement!”

    Hooker: “Ah wass married to a wooman and haf several cheeldren wiss a Pakeestani transsexuale. Do yü want to haf sex wiss me?”

    Esteemed Harvard Professor: “Why not? What could possibly go wrong?”

    • Replies: @Lot
    Also, “Of course the baby is yours, you need to ‘disentangle’ from your wife, get a $500,000 2nd mortgage, give me all your passwords, meet daily with my transwife to copyedit her trannie-rights op-eds.”

    Hay: “Does that mean I can have no-orgasm sex with you for a third time? Really?”
    , @jcd1974
    Well done, sir.
  • “The Cold Civil War” is heating up with the fight between President Donald Trump and “The Squad” of Leftist minority congresswomen, particularly former refugee Ilhan Omar. The question in this political struggle is as fundamental as the one at the center of the more violent 19th century conflict: The Republican base clearly believes the U.S....
  • @Corvinus
    "Not liking certain people is all the justification you need for keeping them out."

    Are you Mikey?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYEXzx-TINc

    I’d keep out sexually conflicted, passive-aggressive mischlings too.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "I’d keep out sexually conflicted, passive-aggressive mischlings too."

    So someone like yourself. That is mighty brave of you to admit your failings. Of course, you could be talking about Mikey. FYI--It's a commercial with child actors. It's OK for them to be passive-aggressive. As far as sexually conflicted, it's only breakfast cereal. Are you trying to page your inner Freud?
  • @obwandiyag
    The reason to oppose immigration is because it causes wages to go down, increases unemployment, and prevents unionization. Not to mention increasing housing prices.

    Not because you don't like them. Who cares what you don't like. Americans who judge everything by what they like and don't like are imbeciles.

    Incidentally, immigration hurts African-Americans worst, so you should be for it.

    Not liking certain people is all the justification you need for keeping them out. Your comment makes no sense.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "Not liking certain people is all the justification you need for keeping them out."

    Are you Mikey?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYEXzx-TINc
  • THE UNDERGROUND DEBATE SERIES - LIVE AT THE VILLAGE UNDERGROUND Comedy Cellar 117 MacDougal Street New York, NY 10012 Monday, July 22, 2019 Showtime: 8:00PM (seating begins 1 hour prior to showtime) Price: $40.00 Qty: JAMIL SMITH: Jamil Smith is a Senior Writer at Rolling Stone, where he covers national affairs and culture. His career...
  • @trelane
    With a lineup like this, surely we'll get to the bottom of this important question.

    I’ve already gotten to the bottom of it: it’s being debated, so it is going to happen. “Democracy” and “justice” have no limiting principles.

  • From Mother Jones:
  • @Paleo Liberal
    She says she voted for Ross Perot. She despises the entire Bush family.

    Her family immigrated to the US in 1980, and they really liked Reagan. They also greatly preferred Guilliani to Dinkins. (Dinkins was such a bad mayor even I voted for Guilinani in 1993).

    These days she has been voted more for Democrats. This is more of a comment on the sad state of the GOP these days. She made a comment to our kids once that if she didn't have any kids she would vote Republican, but since she has kids she votes for the Democrats. Maybe that has something to do with the way the Wisconsin Republicans have been cutting funding for education recently. In the old days, both Democrats and Republicans in Wisconsin agreed to fund education and roads. Cutting funding for education and roads probably lost the last gubernatorial election for Scott Walker. People up here like having good schools. That is why the current governor is a former school teacher whose last position was superintendent of the schools for the entire state.

    Cutting funding for education and roads probably lost the last gubernatorial election for Scott Walker. People up here like having good schools

    The effect of “more funding” on having “good schools” is exactly zero. In fact, it’s often below zero because more funding leads to wasting money on stupid initiatives, fads and administrators that are counter-productive. The best way to improve most public schools would be to cut their budgets by 50% and tell them to figure it the hell out. Education is the most over-rated good sold in America, but people fall for the con, especially women.

    Roads, on the other hand, are important.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Kronos
    Don’t forget about unfunded federal legal requirements. Special Education, bilingual classes, etc. that stuff is expensive! The Supreme Court requires it but won’t pay or even supplement it.
    , @Jim Don Bob

    Education is the most over-rated good sold in America, but people fall for the con, especially women.
     
    Women fall for a lot stupid stuff, because feelz.

    There is no demonstrated relationship between student achievement and $ spent per student. There is between student achievement and Magic Dirt.
  • Overall, President Donald Trump has disappointed patriots but he’s still set in motion a Republican transformation that can’t be stopped. The top concerns for GOP voters now: building the wall and limiting legal and illegal immigration. Serious Republican candidates for office now have to talk about immigration to maintain grassroots credibility—or else, like Justin Amash,...
  • The Heirs of MAGA—Who Will Lead Historic American Nation After Trump?

    Hopefully someone with balls, brains and power.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "Hopefully someone with balls, brains and power."

    That leaves you out. So you can't even have a short list?
  • From Mother Jones:
  • @Chrisnonymous
    Stockholm Syndrome

    Stockholm syndrome? More like one of the bank robbers, or wreckers. He’s a Hindu who wants to bring in more Asians to assuage his sense of alienation in a majority-white country. “America,” as he is repeatedly told by the goodwhites, is just a proposition, not a particular people nor even a particular place. The American biome is nothing to him but a constant, grating reminder of his outsider status. How many Hindu do you ever see backpacking, hunting or fishing, or looking at old monuments or architecture? You think he gives a hoot about the place becoming the same ramshackle, filthy, termite mound as India?

    The immigrant always wants more immigrants–his sense of grievance and resentment of his hosts defines him. We need a full, two-generation moratorium. We won’t get it, so it will all end in tears.

    • Agree: Hail
    • Replies: @Hail
    Brutal comment.

    Hereby nominated for an honorary Gold Box.
  • From National Review:    
  • @JohnnyWalker123
    David French claims you guys are harassing him.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/10/donald-trump-alt-right-internet-abuse-never-trump-movement/

    Trump’s alt-right trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
     
    He had beef with Ann Coulter.

    I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter’s face in a gas chamber. It was the evening of September 17, 2015. I had just posted a short item to the Corner calling out notorious Trump ally Ann Coulter for aping the white-nationalist language and rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. Within minutes, the tweets came flooding in. My youngest daughter is African American, adopted from Ethiopia, and in alt-right circles that’s an unforgivable sin. It’s called “race-cucking” or “raising the enemy.” I saw images of my daughter’s face in gas chambers, with a smiling Trump in a Nazi uniform preparing to press a button and kill her. I saw her face photo-shopped into images of slaves. She was called a “niglet” and a “dindu.”
     
    The next paragraph sounds like it was written by "Whiskey."

    The alt-right unleashed on my wife, Nancy, claiming that she had slept with black men while I was deployed to Iraq, and that I loved to watch while she had sex with “black bucks.” People sent her pornographic images of black men having sex with white women, with someone photoshopped to look like me, watching.
     
    Erick Erickson fears Trump supporters.

    Erick Erickson experienced his own ordeal more than a month before we did. After Erickson dis-invited Trump from his Red State gathering, angry Trump supporters showed up at his house. A grown man yelled at his children at a store, condemning their father for opposing Trump. Erickson wrote in the New York Times that his son is still fearful that Trump supporters will come back to their home.
     
    "My conversion to Judaism." Interesting.

    In March, writer Bethany Mandel related her own experience. After tweeting about Trump’s anti-Semitic followers, she was called “slimy Jewess” and told that she “deserves the oven.” It got worse:
    Not only was the anti-Semitic deluge scary and graphic, it got personal. Trump fans began to “dox” me — a term for adversaries’ attempt to ferret out private or identifying information online with malicious intent. My conversion to Judaism was used as a weapon against me, and I received death threats in my private Facebook mailbox, prompting me to file a police report.

     
    Ben Shapiro.

    An Anti-Defamation League report identified 800 journalists who’ve been targeted with anti-Semitic tweets, ten journalists (including NR’s own Jonah Goldberg) who’ve borne the brunt of the attacks, and one — my friend Ben Shapiro — who’s received a staggering amount of hate:
     

    Why Shapiro? Because he represents the worst of all possible anti-Trumpers — he’s a Jewish man who turned on the twin pillars of the alt-right, Trump and Breitbart.com.
     
    David French is not happy.

    My wife is a tough woman. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. The notion that she can no longer open her Twitter timeline without seeing men boasting about having sex with her while I was gone — or even while I’m home — is intolerable. It’s relentless, and it often gets under even her very thick skin.
     
    Did anyone of you visit him at home?

    Of course, no story would be complete without a truly ominous threat. The moment we landed back at home after I declined to run for president, she turned on her phone to see an e-mail from a Trump fan, a veteran who informed her that he knew the business end of a gun and told her directly that she should shut her mouth or he’d take action.
    We contacted law enforcement, she got her handgun-carry permit, and life returned to the new normal of daily Twitter harassment, until the day this month when an angry voice actually broke into a phone conversation between my wife and her elderly father, screaming about Trump and spewing profanities. My wife was on her iPhone. Her father was on a landline. That launched a brief, anxious search inside my father-in-law’s home for a potential intruder and yet another call to law enforcement.
     
    You guys really seem to have ticked him off.

    I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of America’s most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. I’ve never experienced anything like this before.
     

    My wife is a tough woman. She’s a survivor of sexual abuse and assault.

    That’s what she told you it was, David.

    French also made a big deal about getting his wife to pledge not even to post on Facebook while he was deployed, lest she be tempted into intimacy with any man other than David French, adoptive father of his wife’s child.

  • @bomag

    French cannot possibly believe this, unless he wants to do away with revocation of residency and citizenship status for immigrants who break various laws. Why put it in such ridiculous terms, then?
     
    One wonders if D. French is willing to go all the way and make citizenship constantly contingent on exhibiting approved behavior. What a wonderful world that would be.

    Step out of line; mouth the wrong platitudes; mark your ballot incorrectly; upset the boss ("boss"); then off you go to the camp to await resettlement.

    If America is a Proposition Nation, then inevitably Americans will end up policing each other for ideological heresy, with only thinkers of approved thought making the cut.

    • Agree: Prodigal son
  • While Andrew Yang's campaign speeches sound like he's free associating based on reading a lot of 2011 magazine articles about artificial intelligence, Julian Castro's speeches sound like he hasn't read anything since 1969. E.g. today Castro called for adding women and non-white Americans to textbooks. Dave Weigel of the Washington Post is following Presidential candidate...
  • @He's Spartacus
    I love history, and not long after finishing college I thought I wanted to be a high school history teacher. Going into a suburban high school for observations at the beginning of the certification program, I noticed that the student body was quite mixed. It got me to reconsider. History is taught at least partially to help the student understand who they are, but given diversity, whose history should I teach?
    For example, our ideas about separation of Church and State were informed by, among other things, the Reformation and subsequent wars of religion, by the investiture crisis, by the events at Canossa in the 11th century, by the philosophy of St. Augustine, and by "Render therefore unto Caesar...." As a teacher, how could I possibly get a teenager from Somalia or Afghanistan or Cambodia to care about any of these?
    I decided to go get a job at Home Depot instead.

    Different races, different creeds, different heroes, different histories.

    Different everything.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    Not as different as you make it out to be, ol' chap.
  • As obsolete tanks rolled in Washington for the Fourth, and fighter planes howled in adrenal provocation, and the truculent classes reveled, besotted by in America’s eternal martial priapism, the alert might have asked: What, exactly, has der carrot-topped Fuhrer actually accomplished? A look at Trump’s report card: North Korea: A negligible country of twenty-five million,...
  • @Harold Smith
    Om the contrary, it's not a lie. If it was not for orange clown's continuing occupation of Syria and continuing support for terrorists there, the fighting - which is still killing Syrians - would be over with by now.

    Trump, under pressure from the entire political, media and think tank establishments, has a token force in the desert and some bombings of empty buildings, broadcast loudly well beforehand. The fighting in Syria is essentially over. Russia and Syria are just trying to figure out what to do with the rounded-up fighters (mostly foreign) that everybody else is calling “refugees.”

    He has defused the Korean peninsula. He took the US out of onerous, hyper-legal, and economically insane treaties–and suddenly Fred’s all multilateral on us.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith

    "Trump, under pressure from the entire political, media and think tank establishments, has a token force in the desert and some bombings of empty buildings, broadcast loudly well beforehand. "
     
    Nonsense. Upon being inaugurated, Trump immediately betrayed his supporters and reversed himself - his campaign rhetoric that is - and escalated in Syria, increasing the illegal, immoral and unconstitutional U.S. military deployment there.

    Trump's murdered lots of innocent people in Syria, and he continues to do so. Trump continues to support terrorists there, and Trump is apparently trying to recruit other countries' military forces to replace any U.S. forces withdrawn from Syria.

    The U.S. has made and continues to make life miserable for Syrians.

    Here's a link where you can see a list of ongoing killings by the "U.S. led coalition" in Syria by date:

    https://airwars.org/civilian-casualties/?belligerent=coalition&country=syria

    And what about this atrocity:

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/syrias-rukban-little-more-than-a-u-s-controlled-concentration-camp-and-the-pentagon-wont-let-refugees-leave/256689/

    Clearly, Fred Reed is correct in his description and you're the liar.
    , @Pericles
    Yeah, Trump seems to be looking at his watch wrt Syria but some people just won't take the hint and get up and leave.

    Furthermore, terrorism inspired by Syria has basically disappeared from Europe since he was elected. For which I thank him.

    He's also so far avoided various suggested wars with Venezuela, Iran, etc. Again, well done.
  • Just five years ago, everybody who was anybody, like Obama, was explaining that we need lots more video cameras everywhere to catch all the white racists in action. Now we have lots more video cameras ... but we're mostly getting to see family brawls in Toon Town, and so we are being endlessly warned that...
  • @El Dato
    Because humans are not engineered based on independently developed components but grow from a single cell that differentiates the body into parts over time. Formation of facial structure and the brain modules that deal with the muscles thereof are practically certain to be correlated with various ensembles of behaviorial traits.

    Would YOU trust this officer?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNwy0R_0im0

    Look up actor Robert Patrick. Genuinely good guy.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    I know.

    But here he is playing a machine that plays a cop but evidently lets completely human messages through that makes him look shifty. Realistically, pseudo-cop would have zero dubious signalling.

    So he play a machine playing a shifty human playing a cop.

    Ohhhh. OT!

    Undocumented ‘Black Vest’ migrant protesters occupy Pantheon in Paris, demand papers (VIDEOS)

    This is not the german way of demanding papers for sure.
  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Autochthon
    If you reckon golf and marathons do not involve physicality, I regret that I must once again trot out this chestnut:

    https://youtu.be/G2y8Sx4B2Sk

    I suspect you mean "physical violence" or "contact with other athletes" or even just "contact" (though even with that last term you're not making sense regarding marathons, which are contact after contact after contact...).

    The kooks at Oxford University (say, don't they have some claim to authoritative lexicography?) have this zany thought for us:

    physicality mass noun

    1. The fact of relating to the body as opposed to the mind; physical presence.

    There's an emphasis on the physicality of the actors.

    1.1 Involvement of a lot of bodily contact or activity.

    The intense physicality of a dancer's life....

    The sheer physicality of the game means fouls occur at regular intervals.
     

    Thanks! Now google “pedantic.”

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    No need, as I only write and speak words I already know the meanings of – including that one.

    (It's a practice I recommend.)
  • The United States believes that it is so invincible, exceptional and so frightening that no one would ever dare to protest, let alone defend its people against constant humiliation, economic embargos and military threats. It used to be like this for quite some time. In the past, the West used to bully the world before...
  • @RadicalCenter
    Great phrase. But this Trump voter no longer takes him seriously OR literally. Since I live in California, it looks like a third-party vote for me in 2020.

    That’ll show … somebody!

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Anonymous
    You are very, very ignorant. Soccer has as much serious injury as American football, and when it comes to injuries of the knees, ligaments and spine, it is worse.

    Cimparing American football to boxing or MMA is asinine because combat sports are at a whole other level when it comes to severe injuries. Every year, a couple dozen boxers *die* inside the ring. The same for MMA outside America where the regulations are looser. How many NFL players have died inside the gridiron? Neither the real football or the American version are comparable to boxing and MMA, so your point is moot.

    You are very, very ignorant.

    Marathon running and golf generate many injuries of the knees, ligaments and spine. That’s not a metric for physicality. Nobody who’s played football or rugby is physically intimidated by a soccer game.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    If you reckon golf and marathons do not involve physicality, I regret that I must once again trot out this chestnut:

    https://youtu.be/G2y8Sx4B2Sk

    I suspect you mean "physical violence" or "contact with other athletes" or even just "contact" (though even with that last term you're not making sense regarding marathons, which are contact after contact after contact...).

    The kooks at Oxford University (say, don't they have some claim to authoritative lexicography?) have this zany thought for us:

    physicality mass noun

    1. The fact of relating to the body as opposed to the mind; physical presence.

    There's an emphasis on the physicality of the actors.

    1.1 Involvement of a lot of bodily contact or activity.

    The intense physicality of a dancer's life....

    The sheer physicality of the game means fouls occur at regular intervals.
     
  • Kipling's insanely brilliant short story "The Man Who Would Be King," which he wrote at age 22, is about two British sergeants who journey to pagan Kafiristan in Afghanistan to introduce civilization in the form of modern warfare. But Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery in John Huston's 1975 movie), upon becoming king of Kafiristan, notices that...
  • “The Man Who Would Be King” and the great 1970s movie adaptation could be the official iSteve mascot.

    Familiarity with the story prepares you for this site. Familiarity with the site deepens your understanding of the story (and Kipling in general).

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
  • As obsolete tanks rolled in Washington for the Fourth, and fighter planes howled in adrenal provocation, and the truculent classes reveled, besotted by in America’s eternal martial priapism, the alert might have asked: What, exactly, has der carrot-topped Fuhrer actually accomplished? A look at Trump’s report card: North Korea: A negligible country of twenty-five million,...
  • Trump Derangement Syndrome. Let’s take just one of these:

    Syria: Trump has managed to kill a great many people and ruin the lives of others for generations while failing to accomplish anything else.

    This is a lie. In fact, Trump is one of few sane voices in Washington preventing the wholesale slaughter of Syrians.

    • LOL: bluedog
    • Replies: @Fakeologist
    Good comment.
    , @TomSchmidt
    My thoughts also. I was appalled when Trump bombed Syria in2017, but it seems he fired off a bunch of missiles where they wouldn't kill people.
    , @Harold Smith
    Om the contrary, it's not a lie. If it was not for orange clown's continuing occupation of Syria and continuing support for terrorists there, the fighting - which is still killing Syrians - would be over with by now.
    , @Curmudgeon
    The problem with Fred including this, is that The Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act was passed by Congress in December 2003. If anyone thinks CIA spooks and Special/Black Ops forces haven't been in Syria, stirring the pot, since that time, I've got a bridge I'd like to sell you.
    , @dmv gringo
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=70JHpEU_WJM&ebc=ANyPxKpau0enCE8dXMchUJIJgAslsy-_vOs-XdlEd42WU5fJKGqreTvnN0AkeBSj2MM-h1RA9KQmvSeEcd-WYWZmzbAv67fTew
  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Anonymous
    Drew carey lays the smack down on Americans and their ignorance, on why football or "soccer" is the greatest sport in the World. He addresses the criticism of the scoring. He is right. Much worse than low scoring is the massive amount of scoring in basketball, which makes the scoring meaningless. In soccer, the "almosts" is what makes it exciting, and when the goal does happen it is almost like an orgasm. Americans will never get it due to their insularity and provinciliasm, which makes them immediately hostile to anything that is not typically American. Carey, also addresses the criticism that football is a sport for little girls, and not a man's sport. In reality, professional men's soccer is incredibly violent, one of the most savage sports. There are almost as many concussions in soccer as there is in American football, but there are far, far more serious kness, leg and spine injuries than in American football. Far more professional soccer players end up in wheeelchairs than in American football. Oh, and unlike in American football there are no paddings or armor. No one, literally no one in the World besides Americans consider soccer a girl's sport. Some of the best quotes from Carey:

    "We have been lied to about how great is the Super Bowl. The World Cup is three Super Bowls a day for a whole month."

    "If you just watch your kids play soccer, high school or whatever, you haven't really seen soccer. You can't believe how violent and rough-and-tumble professional soccer is. These guys really go at each other. 90% of the time you watch these guys on the ground holding their knees, it's because they are really holding their knees. They cosntantly get elbows to the face, teeth knocked out, etc..."

    https://youtu.be/Lv5FZvzrYdA

    In reality, professional men’s soccer is incredibly violent, one of the most savage sports.

    Soccer is not even in the same realm of physical violence as American football or rugby, much less boxing or MMA. Not even close.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    You are very, very ignorant. Soccer has as much serious injury as American football, and when it comes to injuries of the knees, ligaments and spine, it is worse.

    Cimparing American football to boxing or MMA is asinine because combat sports are at a whole other level when it comes to severe injuries. Every year, a couple dozen boxers *die* inside the ring. The same for MMA outside America where the regulations are looser. How many NFL players have died inside the gridiron? Neither the real football or the American version are comparable to boxing and MMA, so your point is moot.

    You are very, very ignorant.
    , @Cowboy Shaw
    A professional football player would last about 10 seconds on a professional rugby field. Everyone in the UK knows this. I don't know what he is smoking.
  • Kipling's insanely brilliant short story "The Man Who Would Be King," which he wrote at age 22, is about two British sergeants who journey to pagan Kafiristan in Afghanistan to introduce civilization in the form of modern warfare. But Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery in John Huston's 1975 movie), upon becoming king of Kafiristan, notices that...
  • Probably the future president of Pakistan.

  • From the Washington Post: My impression is that whatever woke craziness happens, expensive law firms like Baker McKenzie will still come out on top. If tomorrow there were a Khmer Rouge coup in Washington and the government began executing people who wear glasses, the big time law firms would just add free laser eye surgery...
  • @DuanDiRen
    This.

    Baker McKenzie is made up of lots of super high IQ people, but they have no loyalty to their associates, and the associates know it. Every single person is one failure or embarrassment away from getting the boot. It is more efficient that way.

    That describes most law firms, and probably most professional service firms. It’s not really a scalable model.

  • President Donald Trump’s attempt to sell the Brooklyn Bridge to the Palestinians – using Gulf Arab oil money – has so far been a resounding failure, as was widely predicted. The so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ turned out to be a shabby swindle. I watched Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, deliver the first part of his...
  • Turkey, long a supporter of Palestinian rights, has suffered US-backed coup attempts and intense economic warfare orchestrated from Washington that have left it destabilized and weakened.

    I found a reference to financial sanctions against two Turkish cabinet ministers. The 2016 coup was typically murky, homegrown fare for the region, and may or may not have had ties to the Pasha of the Poconos. I think the truth is more that the Turks have other priorities besides Palestine.

  • You know the drill by now. Right? The whole concept of the so-called "double standard." If this had been scores of white people throwing fireworks at black families trying in vain to peacefully enjoy Fourth of July fireworks, then when confronted about the Independence Day assault viciously attacked by dozens of whites, media outlets from...
  • We should have picked our own cotton…..

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Guest Ghost
    Re "we should have picked our own cotton", some of our ancestors DID -- as did many poor White people.
  • Beirut is mad! It is thoroughly insane. And that is not an insult. The inhabitants of this Middle Eastern metropolis are proud of their own lunacy. They wear it as a coat-of-arms, as their identity. “Do you like Beirut?” “Yes. But it is mad,” you reply. “Yes!!!” They grin at you with delight. It means,...
  • @Andre Vltchek
    No. Ron offered to use my essays on his site. And I agreed.

    Left out of arguments? LOL. We are burying you alive, aren't we? Ideologically. You are finished.

    Left in the West is of course finished. But I am not interested in the left there. I do not work with the left in Europe or North America. It is irrelevant. I work with the left OUTSIDE the West.

    BTW, as I matter of principle, all my work is first published in Russia, China, etc. Most of my films were first shown in Latin America. Or Iran. In the West, I only allow re-prints of my stuff. Mostly free of charge re-prints. I definitely do not want to depend on my enemies ;)

    Of course you do, like the Mormon or Jehovah’s Witness with nowhere to peddle his dubious gospel but to cultural followers from the Third World.

    It sounds like the Lebanese have long since figured out that all the old Ba’athist social democrats were wrong, and I doubt it has much traction elsewhere in the region. I enjoyed the responsibile, socially mature message of “Capernaum.” There is definitely cause for optimism in the Middle East, and I guess at that point you’ll concentrate on SE Asia.

  • For seventeen years Violeta and I lived in town or in Guadalajara and had nothing to do with gated communities. We regarded these as custodial institutions for people who didn’t want to be in Mexico but liked the weather and cheap gardeners. For strange reasons irrelevant here, a year or so ago we moved to...
  • @Kratoklastes
    Now do Hawaii... doubtless you have an Exceptionalist Bullshit version of that, and the US annexation of the Philippines, and so forth. Sadly for your version, people who didn’t do 12 years saying pledges to pieces of coloured cloth have access to the internet - which is why your version is going the way of most partisan narratives.

    Godwin alert: Nasty Uncle Dolfie could always point to someone “asking for help” as he was annexing territory; the entire Anschluss was putatively a response to overwhelming popular support for integration into the Reich (based on plebiscites in the target regions).

    Uncle Joe Jugashvili was a bit less enthusiastic about plebiscites, but his tanks were also invited quite a lot of the time.

    Now do anywhere. The hunter-gatherers are always in trouble when the farmers show up, and the farmers always show up.

    We took the sparsely populated American Southwest from the Mexicans, who seceded from the Spanish, who conquered the hunter-gatherers, who engaged in regular warfare with each other, often culminating in human sacrifice.

    The history of the American Southwest is more complex than that of course, with a combination of wars, purchases, settlement and secession/annexation. All of it is par for the course in human history, and neither morally nor politically remarkable.

    • Agree: HammerJack
  • @Kloss Tummybag
    Dear Fred,

    You're out of touch. 95% of American women are like this now, including the young ones. Please send us more agreeable 22 year old Mexicanas who don't have tattoos, 17 prior sexual partners, and all the charm of a staph infection.

    And who want to have families before they're so old they have to freeze their eggs.

    And I mean really have them, not abort them in the third trimester.

    Thanks!

    Your pal,

    Kloss

    Hubba hubba

    • Replies: @anonymous
    I don't know the obesity rate in Mexico but, in the US, 77% of Mexican-American women are overweight or obese.
  • Beirut is mad! It is thoroughly insane. And that is not an insult. The inhabitants of this Middle Eastern metropolis are proud of their own lunacy. They wear it as a coat-of-arms, as their identity. “Do you like Beirut?” “Yes. But it is mad,” you reply. “Yes!!!” They grin at you with delight. It means,...
  • @Andre Vltchek
    Well, in Asia, Latin America, even East Africa (Mainly Swahili Coast) we have horrific problem with migrants: tens of millions of desperate, depressed, potbellied West European and North American men in their 60's and 70's, chasing maids and village women to get married and be allowed to stay... speculating with properties... now even white Euro-beggars in Thailand, Bali etc. Millions overstayed; illegal.

    I wrote about them in the past. Should do more.

    But strange how on this site, everything end up with racist white supremacy convos... Perhaps it should be moderated?

    LOL. You didn’t browse the site before you started submitting your columns to Ron? Welcome to the Internet. It’s good to have you here, reminding us that the Left is out of arguments other than visceral dislike of white people.

    • Replies: @Andre Vltchek
    No. Ron offered to use my essays on his site. And I agreed.

    Left out of arguments? LOL. We are burying you alive, aren't we? Ideologically. You are finished.

    Left in the West is of course finished. But I am not interested in the left there. I do not work with the left in Europe or North America. It is irrelevant. I work with the left OUTSIDE the West.

    BTW, as I matter of principle, all my work is first published in Russia, China, etc. Most of my films were first shown in Latin America. Or Iran. In the West, I only allow re-prints of my stuff. Mostly free of charge re-prints. I definitely do not want to depend on my enemies ;)
  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: San Francisco vs. Frisco by Steve Sailer, July 03, 2019 Sen. Kamala Harris leaped upward in the polls by denouncing Joe Biden for opposing racial school busing in the 1970s, citing how she was bused in Berkeley as a child. Harris has since doubled down on busing, stating:...
  • @danand
    If global warming has its way, there won’t be any white kids for Kamala III or IV to fret over. The “Birth Strike” movement looks like it’s finally hitting its stride with white women worldwide.

    https://youtu.be/Om0nyfLt7Ec

    Oops, nix-ayy that Kamala the 3rd, she has no biological children. But her chances are starting to look good for becoming the 1st Black-Woman & Jewish (by marriage) US president. With 3 in the bag, how can she miss?

    And she’s not even ethnically American black. Nor was Obama.

    Clarence Thomas is the most prestigious public official who’s roots go back to African-American slavery.

  • @Anonymous
    OT;

    Didn't Know He Was Still Alive Dep't:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/02/obituaries/lee-iacocca-dead.html


    RIP Lee Iacocca , 94

    It’s the celebrity quantum state: Schrodinger’s celebrity.

    Lee Iacocca was in the quantum state; no observer knew whether he was alive or dead. Then somebody somewhere read about him and flipped the state, 50-50 odds. Oh well.

    Dick Van Dyke – look him up. Actually, don’t.

  • With Corporate American stridently celebrating Stonewall Pride on the 50th Anniversary of Gay Lib, it's interesting to check whether anybody remembers anymore that Gay Liberation caused AIDS, an epidemic which was not centered in backwaters of homophobia, but instead spread from exactly where Gay Lib triumphed: Castro Street, Santa Monica Boulevard, and Christopher Street. Or...
  • @Hypnotoad666

    While there are promiscuous heterosexuals, it just isn’t part of hetero culture the way it is for gay men.
     
    The problem with hetero promiscuity is you have to find a willing, f***able female. This involves a lot more time and effort than boring a glory hole in a bathroom stall.

    There doesn't seem to be any challenge at all to homosexuality. That's the problem.

    The problem with hetero promiscuity is you have to find a willing, f***able female. This involves a lot more time and effort than boring a glory hole in a bathroom stall.

    There doesn’t seem to be any challenge at all to homosexuality. That’s the problem.

    Right. A much overlooked fact is that they’re not promiscuous because they’re gay; they’re promiscuous because they’re men.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
  • @Hippopotamusdrome
    There's conspiracy theories.that's AIDS isn't real.

    The one I hear is that the government is suppressing the cure for AIDS.

  • @Colin Wright
    'The reason AIDS is present in heterosexuals in the third world (but rarely spread heterosexually in the first world) is explained by the poor health of third worlders...'

    No, it's a black thing, not a poor thing. AIDS rates in Africa are literally an order of magnitude higher than they are anywhere else, and that includes lots of non-black third-world countries.

    It’s a behavioral thing: anal intercourse, drug use, and hyper-promiscuity. Blacks exhibit less impulse control on average, so blacks have higher rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    'It’s a behavioral thing: anal intercourse, drug use, and hyper-promiscuity. Blacks exhibit less impulse control on average, so blacks have higher rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.'

    Avowedly racist as I am when it comes to blacks, I'm skeptical. Black Africa is still largely governed by traditional mores -- and the region is one of the more decidedly homophobic on the planet.

    ...and most of them can't afford drugs. Nor, I suspect, are they 'hyper-promiscuous.' Try that crap in your average African village, and I suspect you're dead.

    So I can't see it. Why should the AIDS rate be ten-fold what it is in any non-black country?

    Genetics. Sure as blacks have lower IQ's, it's genetics.
  • @TheMediumIsTheMassage
    Steve, please don't jump the shark. You know better than this. AIDS was caused by a great multitude of factors, not gays being able to somewhat live their lives without having to hide in fear of being thrown in jail/fired/etc in the 70s. We were still having sex in the decades prior, FYI. I'd encourage you to read 'And the Band Played On' by Randy Shilts, one of the definitive texts on the early days of the AIDS epidemic. The faults of many gay community leaders, bathhouse owners, etc. are laid bare in that book, but it's far more than just them. The government and medical institutions failed to respond; the media failed to report on the topic, pressure the government for funds, and help deliver public health warnings; blood banks refused to heed warnings from scientists.

    If it had been treated the way Legionnaire's Disease was a few years prior, the number of victims would have been enormously reduced, but it was essentially allowed to spread unchecked until the mid to late 80s. Gay community activists who put sexual liberation first and protested against bathhouse closure and widespread, direct public health campaigns are certainly to blame as well, but they were also operating from a place of (understandable) deep mistrust towards the government.

    At any rate, AIDS would have spread even if there hadn't been any gay liberation because of African immigrants and intravenous drug users, in whom the spread of the disease was entirely separate from the gay community rooted in New York and San Francisco in the early 80s. The first cases in many European countries, for example, were in African immigrants. The disease was coming to America and the rest of the world no matter what. The long latent period of the virus (over 5 years on average) and the fact that the world was already quite globalized with constant air travel ensured that.

    Today, AIDS affects several orders of magnitude more people in Africa, which has nothing to do with gay liberation.

    the media failed to report on the topic, pressure the government for funds, and help deliver public health warnings

    I was around 82-86 and it seemed to me then, as now, that the media was constantly advocating for government involvement, demanding that more research be done, etc..

    I also remember the efforts of Mayor Ed Koch in New York City to shut down those horrid dens of iniquity – the gay bathhouses – and getting a tsunami of a tantrum from gays who insisted that these sex joints must stay open and only a self-hating, closeted gay homophobe could recommend otherwise. Gays knew that thousands, upon thousands were being infected in these bathhouses but their access to easy, promiscuous sex trumped all other considerations.

    BTW, the very notion of a gay bathouse, where men engage in sexual activity with multiples of other men – one after the other, after the other, after the other…..- in a public setting, is disgusting, revolting. It is degrading. Behaviour unworthy of a human being.

    • Replies: @El Dato

    I was around 82-86 and it seemed to me then, as now, that the media was constantly advocating for government involvement, demanding that more research be done, etc..
     
    Yup, once it started it didn't stop.

    Quite scary too as no-one knew anything and maybe they were hiding easy transmission?

    BTW, the very notion of a gay bathouse, where men engage in sexual activity with multiples of other men – one after the other, after the other, after the other…..- in a public setting, is disgusting, revolting. It is degrading. Behaviour unworthy of a human being.
     
    drugs & sex are prime directives for some.
    , @Dr. X

    BTW, the very notion of a gay bathouse, where men engage in sexual activity with multiples of other men – one after the other, after the other, after the other…..- in a public setting, is disgusting, revolting. It is degrading. Behaviour unworthy of a human being.
     
    100%. I think gays should be involuntarily committed to mental institutions for life where they are drugged into a catatonic stupor.

    The fact that these sick people practically control the corporate and political structures of our society (along with a certain Middle Eastern Tribe), and their perversion is openly celebrated, is proof positive that our society is collapsing a into a new Dark Age as we speak.
    , @Ris_Eruwaedhiel
    It was observed at the at the time that for the first time in history, a fatal disease had civil rights.

    Ironic that Gays have achieved acceptance, considering that they are probably the most disease-ridden group in the world. In an earlier age, their general hedonism, which includes heavy drinking, drugs and smoking, would have doomed them to an early death, as well as universal social opprobrium.
    , @JMcG
    Agreed 100%. I think 60 minutes did a show on how AIDS infected gays were quarantined in Cuba. The cognitive dissonance among my lefty acquaintances was palpable.
  • I've long noticed the peculiar fanaticism of the Bazelon legal dynasty to hatch ideas that raise the crime rate and get more black men murdered by other black men. There was David Bazelon, the most important judge in the country not on the Supreme Court during the Warren Court years. He was chief judge of...
  • @The Alarmist

    I’ve known white Harley Davidsons and Mercedes Benzes, but “Kash Register” just seems on the borderline.
     
    Then there was Crystal Shanda Lear.

    These names have been normalized by the black underclass for a while.

    • LOL: The Anti-Gnostic
  • Our very own Editor Peter Brimelow has been engaged in an on-going twitter brawl with the Israeli philosopher Yoram Hazony, recently celebrated for his 2018 book The Virtue of Nationalism. It began when Peter was invited by Hazony to July’s ‘National Conservatism’ conference, only subsequently to receive a form letter refusing his acceptance because Peter’s...
  • @AaronB
    You're not wrong, but you're exaggerating just a bit.

    But Israel has a national unifying idea, and a unifying culture, so a people will be forged out of these disparate elements.

    It's interesting what America would have been, if simultaneous with immigration, she had kept the melting pot, the strong national unifying idea.

    The great tragic thing about America is that they encourage immigration while at the same time encouraging each group to keep its culture and not gel into a single nation.

    Assimilation means outmarriage. Thus, peoples originating within the Hajnal lines tend to be assimilable. As the line extends further out, assimilation gets harder–the groups just evolved completely differently. Persians are very competitive in the sexual marketplace; Meso-Americans, not so much. Most of them are sexually invisible to other groups.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "Assimilation means outmarriage."

    COULD mean. You are conveniently ignoring how socioeconomic status and educational achievement plays an integral role in determining whether or not immigrants will engage in that process.

    "Thus, peoples originating within the Hajnal lines tend to be assimilable."

    All people are assimilable.

    "As the line extends further out, assimilation gets harder–the groups just evolved completely differently."

    Actually, nature and nurture both play in important role.

    "Persians are very competitive in the sexual marketplace; Meso-Americans, not so much."

    According to Who/Whom?
  • Former President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, had finished his 15-minute discourse in a courtroom, while being locked inside a sound-proofed cage. He read a poem about his love for Egypt, and then collapsed, and died. His demise sent shock-waves all over Egypt, the region and the Muslim world. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to...
  • @Colin Wright
    'The sincere Muslims were in the process of exterminating the Copts when the generals decided they’d had enough of sincere Muslims running the country.'

    This happens to be just about the opposite of the truth, but hey...

    The Copts were being slowly genocided under the Muslim Brotherhood government. Thank God the generals stepped in to stop Egypt’s slide into Mohammedan brutality.

  • @jack daniels
    Another example of America showing the splendors of freedom and democracy to backwards middle-eastern societies. Al-Sisi is a product of the US Army War College and supposedly has a brother in the Mossad. At any rate, Israel seems to have supported his brutalities as did the degenerate Coptic "Pope" Tawadros.
    These countries would all be better off under sincere Muslims than secular intellectuals on one hand or decadent playboy autocrats on the other. But the US insists that whoever we support, he's got to be AGAINST GOD.

    The sincere Muslims were in the process of exterminating the Copts when the generals decided they’d had enough of sincere Muslims running the country.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    'The sincere Muslims were in the process of exterminating the Copts when the generals decided they’d had enough of sincere Muslims running the country.'

    This happens to be just about the opposite of the truth, but hey...
  • Well, at least Joe's haircut has improved since he was first elected to the Senate in 1972 when he was 29. Joe's hair seems to have migrated over the last 47 years from the back of his head to the top. In shocking news, Biden told segregationist centennial Senator Strom Thurmond that he saw him...
  • Biden is aging like fine brine. I mean, wine.

    • LOL: The Anti-Gnostic
  • The US and Canada are not supporting “the return of democracy” in Venezuela as they claim. Instead, they are following in their histories of colonialism, imperialism, exploitation, illegal wars of aggression, and overthrowing governments. They are crushing democracy in Venezuela by exploiting class and race warfare, being carried out by an elite white-supremacist minority against...
  • @AWM
    With the looks of some of those Latin gals, I vote horny.
    For the most part, they are even hotter than the Slavic gals, and good buddy, that's HOT!

    iSteve commenters sure are thirsty.

  • I don’t want to bother with Venezuela, because I don’t want to be invaded by their bitter, angry refugees. Fortunately this article absolves me of any racism with that thinking. Whew! Having said that I do wish American corporations just cut a check to whoever is in charge, and stop using American military and debt. Those insider frat parties must be great.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
  • You will never read about it, but Dayak people, the “First Nation” of the enormous island of Borneo, are broken, robbed and brainwashed. “Unity in diversity” it says; the motto of Indonesia. But it could be argued that the opposite is true. There is very little unity, and less and less diversity, as the country...
  • If there was to be a referendum, most of the islands, including the tourist island of Bali, would opt for independence. But that is a hushed fact, as it would never be allowed.

    So ethno-nationalism would help to mitigate many of the problems in Indonesia. Alt-right ideas are just empiricism applied to politics.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Anon
    It would neither help, nor do damage.
    What happens with multi-racial countries intra-nationally happens/would happen between bordering ethnostates, internationally; the stronger would still take what they wanted.

    But yes, at least the overriding is more apparent and stirs a slightly louder clamour when it happens in the case of separate countries, so it's slightly less simple to do.
    , @Corvinus
    Except empiricism is rife with confirmation bias and is subject to the overconfidence phenomenon.
  • From the New York Times: Urged to Launch an Attack, Trump Listened to the Skeptics Who Said It Would Be a Costly Mistake By Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Thomas Gibbons-Neff June 21, 2019 WASHINGTON — He heard from his generals and his diplomats. Lawmakers weighed in and so did his advisers. But among the...
  • @Autochthon
    A thousand times this!

    Executives read less than Chris Rock's "n-----."

    You can make a major point the first sentence in the executive summary on the front page of a memo. Then, at the meeting to discuss the memo, after shamelessly announcing he reqd the memo with interest and is looking forward to discussing it with you, the executive will ask as his first question exactly what was answered unambiguously as that major point in the first sentence of the executive summary.

    They are douchebags.

    Like everybody else, some are, some aren’t.

    Chief executives are not there to fret over details and pore over dense text and spreadsheets. That’s why they hire you, to do the analysis and brief them so they can make a decision according to the general principles they’ve accrued from back when they did what you’re doing. It’s the 30,000-foot view, to use some shopworn but correct corporatespeak.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Are you an executive yourself? I ask because the unambiguous point I made with glacial clarity and model concision has fuck-all to do with your non sequitur "explanation" and rejoinder about executives not having time to be mired in minutiae....

    Me: "The army can't take a beach even after the navy do all the work by shelling and bombing all all defenses to smithereens within ten miles of the coast. The army are douchebags."

    The Anti-Gnostic: "Yeah? Well, the army's only job is to physically occupy the beach after all defenses within ten miles of the coast have been shelled and bombed to smithereens by the navy; that's what the navy get paid for!"

    The sobriquet suits you, sir.
  • You will never read about it, but Dayak people, the “First Nation” of the enormous island of Borneo, are broken, robbed and brainwashed. “Unity in diversity” it says; the motto of Indonesia. But it could be argued that the opposite is true. There is very little unity, and less and less diversity, as the country...
  • Andre Vltchek is hilarious. He’s the classic social justice warrior-NPC: no fixed address; no family ties of mention; heart aflame with moral indignation over the plight of peoples with whom he has not the slightest connection.

    And ironically, obliviously, proving the point which would horrify him: blood and soil matter, borders matter; this is what separate countries are for.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Well, whether or not he is "hilarious" is a matter of personality and not, I judge, of debate.

    He is not the classic social justice enthusiast in one remarkable detail: he is, or at least looks, in good faith, and truly anti-violence. While on both sides of the gap many, especially many who have a job connected with what they say and write, don't look in good faith, nor anti-violence where the violence threatens their opponents.

    So — maybe hilariously, I wouldn't know — while I disagree profoundly with his idealism, I am pleased to read him none the less.
    , @Corvinus
    "blood and soil matter"

    With the people of a particular place making their own determination as to what they means for them individually and collectively.

    "borders matter"

    I wish it did, friend.

    "this is what separate countries are for."

    We do have separate countries. It's just that within a country as mixed up as the United States racial and ethnic wise, we will always be a draw to "outsiders". How do you think your own ancestors got here in the first place?
  • From KSTP: St. Cloud Mayor says NY Times article doesn't reflect the community June 21, 2019 07:32 PM As more Somali refugees settle in St. Cloud, a New York Times article published on Thursday, reports anti-immigration activists are beginning to push harder against a resettlement program that has brought many, mostly Muslim, refugees to the...
  • @Daniel H
    >>He said refugees and immigrants are an important part of the community as entrepreneurs, authors and city employees.<<

    Authors? I guess doing a job that Americans just won't/can't do.

    And no kidding that they are going to be city employees. And the long term plan will be to increase city/municipal employment, because that's just how it's done in the old country.

    AGREED, Daniel. I noticed that too. How many authors would a city of St. Cloud have, that DON’T have another job or welfare to support them? This is the clue that this Mayor is just talking out of his ass here. He knows what’s going on with the city gov and that that’s the easiest way to employ worthless people. It’s the only thing keeping the black middle class out of the insignificant range.

    Then he put in “entrepreneurs” because anyone who can sell Somalian crap out on the street is an entrepreneur.

    I guess you can’t expect a mayor to stand up for the people in his community against those writers of the NY Times. He’d have to not be a coward or something, a rare thing anymore in politicians. Maybe if there are any literate Kennedies left, onc can write Profiles in Cowardice. It should be easy to find material.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Hibernian
    "Maybe if there are any literate Kennedies left, onc can write Profiles in Cowardice."

    I'm sure they can find a ghost writer if they want to.
  • From the New York Times: Urged to Launch an Attack, Trump Listened to the Skeptics Who Said It Would Be a Costly Mistake By Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Thomas Gibbons-Neff June 21, 2019 WASHINGTON — He heard from his generals and his diplomats. Lawmakers weighed in and so did his advisers. But among the...
  • @Dave Pinsen
    I think Tillerson’s ego got in the way a bit, which is understandable for man of his accomplishments and previous position. “He doesn’t read” is a cop out. Darren Beattie is as intellectual as they come, and wasn’t troubled by Trump’s reading habits.

    Most high-level executives don’t like to read. They’d rather be meeting, talking, analyzing, being briefed, and making decisions.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    Yep.
    And I'll add that Trump's style reminds me of the rah-rah BS from several of the CEOs I've worked under. I'll bet much of the hysterical and allergic reaction Trump elicits on the left is due to the fact that influential leftists don't work in typical corporations. They're in government, universities, foundations etc. Some work in the media, true, but the culture there still shields them.
    , @Autochthon
    A thousand times this!

    Executives read less than Chris Rock's "n-----."

    You can make a major point the first sentence in the executive summary on the front page of a memo. Then, at the meeting to discuss the memo, after shamelessly announcing he reqd the memo with interest and is looking forward to discussing it with you, the executive will ask as his first question exactly what was answered unambiguously as that major point in the first sentence of the executive summary.

    They are douchebags.
  • As a commenter pointed out about my review of This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto by Suketu Mehta, the scion of an Indian diamond merchant clan, diamond merchants are about the last who ought to lecture white Americans on their failures of inclusion and diversity. The diamond business is globalist yet intensely nepotistic....
  • What’s the Hindu term for “chutzpah?”

  • From ESPN: Dominican Republic Attorney General: Ortiz shooting case of mistaken identity play 8:05 PM PT Associated Press SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, another man who was seated at the same table at an...
  • @Cortes
    I wonder if Gomez is feeling miserable.

    Not in the slightest. “Head of Illegal Cartel” is one of those positions where a refined ethical sense is actually a handicap.

  • I guess this would be a ‘targeted killing gone wrong’.

    • LOL: The Anti-Gnostic
  • From Blavity: "Vandyck" was added after she married her current husband Fredrick in 2017. The 46-year-old, who grew up between Chicago, Illinois, and Beloit, Wisconsin, says she used to question why her mom gave her such an odd name (her sisters are named Kimberly and Robin). "It makes it difficult sometimes," Vandyck previously admitted to...
  • A “Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education ”

    is the equivalent of this:

    • Agree: syonredux
    • Replies: @Dr. X
    It sure as hell ain't quantum physics, that's for sure.
    , @Stan Adams
    I know the kids are getting drunk pretty young these days, but this is ridiculous.

    Mommy and Daddy will be so proud when they come home to find little Johnny and Tiesha barfing in the bushes.
    , @Desiderius
    Cardinal Stritch would be awfully proud.
    , @Desiderius
    She’s even depicted on the packaging serving the white kid the beers he’ll need to make it through Clownworld.

    We’ve truly entered a new Age of Enlightenment.
    , @Mr. Anon
    The kids will need that after a long day of playing this:

    https://i.redd.it/pythe5mnklo01.jpg
    , @Anon
    The bartender looks pretty pissed off. Did he get stiffed on a tip.

    I am assuming that toy box is fake ... Right?
    , @Jim Christian
    The box even depicts a Black Crack Hoe. I like the bartender, heh..
    , @Olorin
    This "University" used to be a school in which the Milwaukee diocese trained nuns up as catlick schoolteachers.

    IIRC they got their University status, as colleges generally did in the '70s to '90s, by ginning up a doctoral program, and IIRC the doctoral program they ginned up was this very Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education.

    (It was the talk of higher ed circles--which is to say Thursday night Guinness circles among Ed Biz folks--in Wisconsin at the time. Since the nuns who originally ran it were Assisian [sp?] there were also extremely non-PC jokes about preaching to the anim...oh never mind.)

    Always figured we'd hear about it again some day. I presume that these days it's mostly online, since TV watching is something even the dimmest can do.

    So am not even in the least surprised.

    The 46-year-old, who grew up between Chicago, Illinois, and Beloit, Wisconsin,
     
    In other words, part of Chicago's gentrification in the '80s and '90s involving farming out its welfare cases to Wisconsin. Good growing weather for the House of Dolt Wrangling.

    As for that FP box, man, I love the look on the bartender kid's face. He's going to grow up to be this guy, but better looking.

    https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-0346582ca1de15d21b357ff9ca4a57f0-c
  • From Associated Press: "Economic hardship and human rights abuses in African countries," a.k.a., just another Tuesday in African countries. Angl0p
  • @ic1000
    > Michael Brendan Dougherty once tweeted that migrants with the initiative to get from Central Africa to America in this way would probably be good additions to the country.

    So if the US belatedly decides to make it much harder to emigrate from Cameroon, Nigeria, Somalia, etc., that means that the lower number of uninvited guests will be better as "additions"? I'm not so sure about that. But, hey, it's something different. Worth a try!

    If they’re good, their country needs them. If they’re not, our country doesn’t.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic, ic1000
  • @Hypnotoad666

    people fleeing economic hardship and human rights abuses in African countries are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border
     
    This is objectively incorrect. These people were done "fleeing Africa" the day they arrived in South America.

    By the time they reached the U.S. border they were "fleeing Mexico."

    Likewise, the assertion that they walked through the Amazon jungle, swam the Panama Canal, and hiked across the Sonoran Desert on foot is beyond preposterous and patently false.

    The AP, like the NYT, is just a propaganda fake news outlet.

    These people were done “fleeing Africa” the day they arrived in South America.

    That’s why you can never sign off on legislation with people who aim to replace you. Because they will never honor the law. They only want to open the door to your country and allow as many in as possible.

    For example, as part of the 1986 amnesty the other side promised there would never be such an amnesty again, and that border enforcement would become a priority. How did that work out? DACA is effectively an amnesty, and border enforcement is a joke. But the other side got their original amnesty up front 33 years ago and so far has given up nada.

    The refugee law was supposed to give refuge in the first safe country a refugee came to. But apparently “first country” is just a code word for USA. They keep bending the rules because they know, just like possession is 9/10ths of the law, residency in the USA pretty much gives a guy a 90% shot at remaining. So the goal is to get them on US soil where they know the odds are very good the refugee will never leave.

    Ultimately this goes back to the 1965 Immigration Act. No that act did not cause the refugee scam. But that act effectively said that the USA was no longer a White nation. It was akin to Australia abandoning the White Australia policy. And once the USA admitted it was no longer a White nation, it lost the will to defend itself against these insane laws that are ripe for abuse.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    All true and well done!
    , @Kylie
    So well said. Thanks.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    For example, as part of the 1986 amnesty the other side promised there would never be such an amnesty again, and that border enforcement would become a priority. How did that work out? DACA is effectively an amnesty, and border enforcement is a joke. But the other side got their original amnesty up front 33 years ago and so far has given up nada.
     
    None of these were "amnesties". They were outright gifts. To lawbreakers.

    The only policy that merits the term amnesty is deportation without further punishment.

    Nothing in the word amnesty implies a reward of any kind. Look it up:

    am·nes·ty
    /ˈamnəstē/

    noun
    noun: amnesty; plural noun: amnesties
    1.
    an official pardon for people who have been convicted of political offenses.
    "an amnesty for political prisoners"
    synonyms: pardon, pardoning, reprieve; More
    an undertaking by the authorities to take no action against specified offenses or offenders during a fixed period.
    "a month-long weapons amnesty"
    verb
    verb: amnesty; 3rd person present: amnesties; past tense: amnestied; past participle: amnestied; gerund or present participle: amnestying
    1.
    grant an official pardon to.
    "the guerrillas would be amnestied and allowed to return to civilian life"
    synonyms: pardon, grant an amnesty to, reprieve; release, discharge, liberate, free; forgive, excuse, exempt, spare, deliver; deal leniently with, be lenient on/to, be merciful to, show mercy to, have mercy on; informallet off, let off the hook, go easy on
    "the guerrillas were amnestied and allowed to return to civilian life"

    https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1ZCEB_enUS844US844&q=Dictionary#dobs=amnesty
     
  • That's classic. The only thing better would have been if Will had announced:
  • @Art Deco
    You've confounded culture with technology.

    Then we are back where we started, because a society that just scratches out a living on an island in the endless tropical summer is not going to have much cultural potency beyond their rudimentary technology and life cycle events. So again, when the society with the Catholic imperial culture born of leisure and division of labor and seasonal change shows up, that’s what gets followed. Indigenous Filipino culture, such as it was, vanished some time ago.

    Cultural following is also what keeps all the Christian sects chasing each other from village to village in the “mission field.”

  • Americans are brought up to believe that the United States is a shining city on a hill, a light to mankind, that the world envies us for our values and freedoms, and hates us because we have them. This is ground into us from birth. Those of us now long in the tooth remember the...
  • @Mick Jagger gathers no Mosque
    From John Derbyshire

    Homelessness mnemonic. In the matter of homelessness, I have a mnemonic.

    When we first started reading about homelessness as a big social problem forty years ago, I had a friend who was a social worker—he was actually involved, as a salaried professional, in dealing with homelessness.

    My friend taught me a mnemonic which, he said, encapsulated the entire homeless issue. I shall now teach you that same mnemonic, as a public service. You're welcome!

    Here is my friend's mnemonic encapsulating homelessness: "CATO-4321." Got that? "CATO"—a "C," an "A," a "T," and an "O." Then, "4, 3, 2, 1."

    The first part, the "CATO," gives the four categories of homeless people; the second part, "4-3-2-1," gives their relative proportions. I'll take the four categories in turn.

    "C" stands for "Crazy." I apologize for that: It's not a very sympathetic way to speak about people with mental-health issues. This was forty years ago, when we spoke more bluntly. The "C" of "CATO" goes with the "4" of "4321": Forty percent of the homeless are afflicted with mental-health issues.

    Next, "A." That stands for "Addicts," and it goes with the "3." Thirty percent of homeless people are drug addicts. Alcoholics may be in there, too—I forget.

    Next after "C" and "A" comes "T." That stands for "Tramps." This word isn't much used in American English; my friend and I were living in England. I think the nearest equivalent here is "hobos."

    This population of homeless, the "T's"—who of course are twenty percent—these are people who like living on the streets. They're not crazy and they're not drug addicts. Homelessness is their chosen lifestyle. They're the happy homeless.

    For the love of God, man, don’t leave us hanging. What are the “O’s”?!

    All of this rings true to my observation. There’s probably a large overlap between C and A: after years of hardcore drug and alcohol abuse, A graduates to C.

    Also to my observation, these people cannot be cured. Their brains are broken, and we can’t even repair neural tissue much less understand the consciousness interface.

    * EDIT

    Found it: the Out of luck – 10% Rollo Tomassi calls them the Zeroed Out. Basically the only ones salvageable assuming they don’t become C or A.

    • Agree: mark green
  • Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, available exclusively on VDARE.com Cover story in last Sunday's Long Island Newsday: in Trump Era, LI Immigrants Cope With Tougher ICE Actions, "Climate Of Fear", June 7, 2019, by Will Van Sant [Email him] and Víctor Manuel Ramos. [Email him] That headline raised my hackles right away. I am...
  • @Hail
    Comments on John Derbyshire's 1985 visa and goings-on in the world at the time:

    The United States of America, non-immigrant visa
    issued at
    LONDON

    Date issued
    21 Oct 1985

    Valid for Multiple applications for entry until
    27 Oct 1987

    U.S. Immigration, New York, N.Y.
    Admitted: Oct 24, 1985
     
    The last date's stamp is unclear; slightly sloppy stamp-work by the New York immigration agent. It looks possibly like '1986,' but Derb explains elsewhere that his first entry was indeed 1985. Plus, why wait 368 days from date of issuing rather than 3 days?

    The visa issue date (Oct. 21, 1985) was a Monday. John Derbyshire's arrival, Oct. 24, was a Thursday. On the same day as Derb's arrival, British footballer and soccer-hooligan-archetype Wayne Rooney was born in Liverpool, England, to parents of Irish-Catholic ancestry.

    The weekend before Derb's arrival, Japan's Nintendo released its first video game system ("NES") for sale in select markets in the U.S. (general release was not until Q3 1986; over 30 million NES sets were eventually sold in the USA, one for every three U.S. households at the time). A few weeks after Derb's arrival (Nov. 1985), Bill Gates released Microsoft Windows 1.0. A younger Donald Trump was, in Oct. 1985, in the process negotiating his purchase of the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, a deal he soon finalized, formally gaining title on Dec. 27, 1985.

    In fall 1985, Ronald Reagan was (of course) president and it was not a U.S. election year. Planning was underway for the first Reagan-Gorbachev summit, to be held at Geneva in November 1985.

    There was, when Derb stumbled out of the plane and onto U.S. soil that Thursday in fall 1985, as yet no sign at all of serious dissident activity in the communist nations of Europe; no sign of anti-regime activity in Leipzig; nor in Krakow or Warsaw, now that Solidarity was "over;" not in Prague, not in Budapest, not in St. Petersburg. Not anywhere, really. Exactly four years after Derb's first arrival (i.e., Oct. 1989), major nationalist-tinged protests were underway in East Germany (the earliest and largest in Leipzig) and the fraying-at-the-seams of East Berlin's Socialist Unity Party regime was also underway, with some degree of internal chaos and resignations (Communist premier Erich Honekcer resigned Oct. 18, 1989, four years to the week after Derb's first U.S. arrival). The fall of the wall followed (Nov. 9, 1989). Derb, arriving at the airport on that Thursday in Oct. 1985, could not have foreseen any of that happening in a short four years, unless he had some kind of special clairvoyant powers.

    In the U.S. Congress, an illegal immigrant amnesty bill had been introduced five months before Derb's first arrival, on "the recommendation of the bipartisan Commission on Immigration Reform, chaired by Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, then President of the University of Notre Dame." That bill had passed the Senate 69-30 a month before Derb's arrival (Sept. 19, 1985), but would not pass the House until Oct. 1986.

    As a result of that ill-conceived bill, in the process of passing Congress when Derb dropped into the U.S. for a multi-decade sojourn and eventually citizenship, several million illegals were amnestied-in in the late 1980s; fresh illegal crossings increased and many chain-migrants were brought in by these new, quasi-fraudulent citizens. The negative effects of that bill, surely one of (if not the) worst of the entire decade, have been with us very much in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, with no sign of it stopping in the 2020s.

    That ugly little bill, the evil "mini-me" to the 1965 bill, was a quiet turning point for the USA. Derb was perhaps even unaware of the bill when he presented himself to the passport-stamping-agent on that Thursday, October 24, 1985.

    From Derb's main text:

    Why are legal immigrants entitled to food stamps? Put it another way, why are we admitting for permanent settlement people who can’t support themselves?
     

    Shouldn’t college financial aid be for Americans?
     
    Thoughts I am sure would have supermajority support among 1980s Americans, and even easy-majority open support. By the mid-late 2010s, something weird has occurred, and I expect only a minority of even core (White) Americans would openly say such common-sense things.

    Thank you for that.

    I’m also old enough to remember “exchange students,” because of course, land-grant colleges have only so many slots, which are reserved for the youth of the State’s citizenry which chartered the college and maintain it. So foreigners wishing to enter the college would be “exchanged” with students of our college. Naturally, the numbers were very, very low, college being a scarce commodity reserved for a qualified few, after all.

    How quaint!

  • That's classic. The only thing better would have been if Will had announced:
  • @Corvinus
    I see you are backtracking, from "really no culture" to "just subsistence living". Do you ever tire of being a blowhard who generally gets their comeuppance? Perhaps after being led by the nose by your wife all week you seek to use the Internet as your comfort food.

    No. That’s what I said here:

    “If your culture is essentially just growing food and fishing and thatching the roof of your hut”

    What do you do for a living? I’d like to get to know you. Take random jabs at your personal life.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    “If your culture is essentially just growing food and fishing and thatching the roof of your hut”

    Except that is NOT essentially their culture, as my sources showed. But you had to go for the glory hole shot ("there's really no Filipino culture"), and you wildly missed. Some friendly advice--Do some cursory research, and you won't get shivved.

    http://factsanddetails.com/southeast-asia/Philippines/sub5_6a/entry-3833.html

    "What do you do for a living? I’d like to get to know you. Take random jabs at your personal life."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17ocaZb-bGg
    , @Art Deco
    You've confounded culture with technology.
  • @Corvinus
    "I think the other factor is that there’s really no Filipino culture."

    Thanks for the false premise.

    http://www.artesdelasfilipinas.com/archives/197/the-filipino-people-before-the-arrival-of-the-spaniards

    A Spanish friar named Juan de Plasencia authored a publication named Customs of the Tagalogs as an illustration of the existing culture that the Filipinos, particularly the Tagalogs, once had prior Spanish colonization, who stated...

    “This people always had chiefs, called by them datos, who governed them and were captains in their wars, and whom they obeyed and reverenced.

    “The subject who committed any offense against them, or spoke but a word to their wives and children, was severely punished.”

    “Dowries are given by the men to the women's parents.

    “If the latter are living, they enjoy the use of it. At their death, provided the dowry has not been consumed, it is divided like the rest of the estate, equally among the children, except in case the father should care to bestow something additional upon the daughter.”

    “Among their many idols there was one called. Badhala, whom they especially worshiped. The title seems to signify “all powerful,” or “maker of all things.”

    “They also worshiped the sun, which, on account of its beauty, is almost universally respected and honored by heathens.

    “They worshiped, too, the moon, especially when it was new, at which time they held great rejoicings, adoring it and bidding it welcome.”


    We now return to regular scheduled programming.

    Yeah. Like I said, pretty much just subsistence living which vanished as soon as civilization showed up.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    I see you are backtracking, from "really no culture" to "just subsistence living". Do you ever tire of being a blowhard who generally gets their comeuppance? Perhaps after being led by the nose by your wife all week you seek to use the Internet as your comfort food.
  • @The Anti-Gnostic
    I think the other factor is that there's really no Filipino culture. They were Pacific Islanders conquered by the Spanish, which eviscerated whatever native culture there was.

    Ann Coulter has used the term "cultural follower," and I think it's pretty useful. If your culture is essentially just growing food and fishing and thatching the roof of your hut, and then the Catholic Spaniards show up, then that's what you're going to be.

    Filipino culture, such as it was, has been gone for nearly 500 years. Spanish imperial Catholicism didn’t allow competition.

    Anthropology, by contrast, has only been extinct for about 30 years.

  • @Jonathan Mason
    Well the Canadians assimilate well because Canada is pretty much US-lite, and the Philippine immigrants are mostly wives of servicemen with mixed race children, so they would assimilate better and would probably know the language before they came, or pick it up from their children.

    The problem with the effect on communities comes about largely when there are large communities of one immigrant type in a location. I live in a small town in Florida, and it is not really a problem. We have some Filipinos, Haitians, and Indians in town. My daughter's teacher is a Filipina, I buy my gasoline from an Indian guy and his wife, I have near neighbors who are Haitian, there is a Mexican restaurant down the road, I have a Vietnamese doctor and so on. They all have their place. None have any detrimental effect on the community.

    It is well known that the US, well-developed as it is, is incapable of producing enough doctors or nurses or even apple-pickers to services its own needs, while other countries like Cuba and India have a surplus that they are able to export.

    The rich man in his castle,
    The poor man at his gate,
    God made them high and lowly,
    And ordered their estate.

    I think the other factor is that there’s really no Filipino culture. They were Pacific Islanders conquered by the Spanish, which eviscerated whatever native culture there was.

    Ann Coulter has used the term “cultural follower,” and I think it’s pretty useful. If your culture is essentially just growing food and fishing and thatching the roof of your hut, and then the Catholic Spaniards show up, then that’s what you’re going to be.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    I think the other factor is that there’s really no Filipino culture.

    Amazing the number of anthropologists who comment here.
    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    Filipino culture, such as it was, has been gone for nearly 500 years. Spanish imperial Catholicism didn't allow competition.

    Anthropology, by contrast, has only been extinct for about 30 years.
    , @Alden
    Centuries before the Spanish arrived, there was a thriving Chinese diaspora merchant and manufacturing group in the Philippines. There still is. The Chinese and Chinese mixes are the middle and upper class of the Philippines. Ethnically they are noticeable because of their lighter skin.
    , @Corvinus
    "I think the other factor is that there’s really no Filipino culture."

    Thanks for the false premise.

    http://www.artesdelasfilipinas.com/archives/197/the-filipino-people-before-the-arrival-of-the-spaniards

    A Spanish friar named Juan de Plasencia authored a publication named Customs of the Tagalogs as an illustration of the existing culture that the Filipinos, particularly the Tagalogs, once had prior Spanish colonization, who stated...

    “This people always had chiefs, called by them datos, who governed them and were captains in their wars, and whom they obeyed and reverenced.

    “The subject who committed any offense against them, or spoke but a word to their wives and children, was severely punished.”

    “Dowries are given by the men to the women's parents.

    “If the latter are living, they enjoy the use of it. At their death, provided the dowry has not been consumed, it is divided like the rest of the estate, equally among the children, except in case the father should care to bestow something additional upon the daughter.”

    “Among their many idols there was one called. Badhala, whom they especially worshiped. The title seems to signify “all powerful,” or “maker of all things.”

    “They also worshiped the sun, which, on account of its beauty, is almost universally respected and honored by heathens.

    “They worshiped, too, the moon, especially when it was new, at which time they held great rejoicings, adoring it and bidding it welcome.”


    We now return to regular scheduled programming.
  • Women's soccer is a big deal in the U.S. every four years during the Women's World Cup because it wasn't, until recently, a big deal in the rest of the world, allowing the U.S. team to win three women's World Cups. For example, in their first game yesterday, the U.S. ladies defeated the Thai team...
  • @Paleo Liberal
    I remember many years ago Steve wrote a column in which he stated that club soccer was a way for upper middle class white guys to keep their daughters from the riff-raff, esp non-white riff-raff, while they competed at a high level in sports.

    Not long afterwards one of my kids participated in a sports tournament in Wisconsin. My kid is mixed race. She was the only kid on her team with brown eyes. All the rest had blue eyes.

    When we got to the tournament, she was the only kid there who wasn’t white. Only half-white

    Most liberals live in heavily segregated areas as soon as they can afford it.

  • @candid_observer
    I'm surprised Steve didn't bring up the big controversy over the 13-0 win. It sure looks like the US Women's team went out of their way to run up the score, and certainly couldn't stop themselves from celebrating every last goal. If the men did this, nobody would hesitate to lambaste them for it.

    Driven women don't seem to get how to rein in their competitiveness, whether it's a failure of nature or nurture. They too easily turn into Madame Defarge.

    Might be more of a lesbian thing than a woman thing.

  • "My religion defines who I am. And I've been a practicing Catholic my whole life," said Vice President Joe Biden in 2012. "I accept my church's position on abortion as ... doctrine. Life begins at conception. ... I just refuse to impose that on others." For four decades, Biden backed the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits...
  • @follyofwar
    Didn't the Supreme Court already rule that a bakery cannot be forced to bake and decorate special wedding cakes for homosexuals if it goes against their moral values?

    Regarding abortion, these extreme fetal heartbeat bills will come back to bite republicans. Most voters are somewhere in the middle and hate the extremes (i.e. NY's law allowing abortion up until the baby leaves the mother's womb). I seriously doubt that the SC will ever outlaw abortion. It should be a states rights issue.

    The Supreme Court can’t outlaw, i.e., criminalize, anything. What they can do is say that an issue does not implicate a Constitutionally protected right and is therefore a policy decision for the States to deal with as they see fit. Roe v. Wade is terrible jurisprudence because it’s tendentious analysis to gin up a right out of thin air, and jam it into the 14th Amendment. Same for gay marriage, and contraception.

    The Founders wanted democracy and federalism, so they drafted the Constitution. People need to grow up and become self-governing.

  • @WorkingClass
    I prefer that decisions regarding abortion be made by pregnant women. If they are influenced by Christians, Jews or SJW's I don't care. But it's none of Imperial Washington's fucking business.

    That’s what Scalia and Thomas have said, repeatedly.

    • Replies: @gsjackson
    Yes, but as you say that opinion is irrelevant to their task as justices, which is to determine whether the Constitution has anything to say about abortion. If it doesn't, the issue is returned to the states and the opinions of state legislators become relevant.
  • That's classic. The only thing better would have been if Will had announced:
  • @Art Deco
    The homicide rate among West Indians living in Britain is elevated compared to what's normal in Western Europe. At about 6 per 100,000, doesn't look that bad compared to the U.S., Russia, or a menu of East European countries.

    That’s a metric for a specific crime, and they’re still committing homicide at 3x the rate of American whites, and 5x the rate of European whites. That’s enough to know which neighborhoods to avoid.

  • @ThreeCranes
    I've only met one in my entire life.

    What part of Wyoming do you live in?

  • Women's soccer is a big deal in the U.S. every four years during the Women's World Cup because it wasn't, until recently, a big deal in the rest of the world, allowing the U.S. team to win three women's World Cups. For example, in their first game yesterday, the U.S. ladies defeated the Thai team...
  • @Peter Akuleyev
    The U.S. system isn’t at all good at winning the men’s World Cup, but, if you ask me, it seems better than the Dutch system for giving kids some healthy exercise on their way to a decent life.

    If you're a black kid coming from a poor neighborhood, maybe. Unfortunately, having lived in the US and Europe, the Dutch system works out much better for middle and upper class kids. Most kids, whether in the US or Europe, will never be professional soccer players, and most people in Europe figure that out by age 10. But so what? Most European kids who like soccer, join a club and keep playing anyway, for fun. Or they just play on the playground. They play all the time. In the US sports has become not just a path to a professional career, for the middle and upper middle class it is your ticket to a good college, potentially a scholarship. That creates a pressure cooker for excellent (but not elite) athletes that doesn't exist in Europe. The Dutch still value sport for its own sake.

    I just saw a big sign at a boy’s league field:

    1. I’m just a kid.
    2. It’s just a game.
    3. The coaches are volunteers.
    4. The officials are human.
    5. No college scholarships will be given out today.

    Except for calling managers “coaches”, this is perfect.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Maybe the managers get a nominal salary from fees for registration but the coaches don't?

    (I doubt it; I'm just trying to give the "single mom" who probably made the sign the benefit of the doubt.)
    , @Paleo Liberal
    I’ve seen variations of that sign in a number of places.

    If you talk to seasoned parents, they will tell you the worst parents are at the youngest age groups. I still remember a championship game in a U10 tournament (I won’t say which sport) where the parents from the opposing team were constantly screaming at the officials claiming my kid was cheating. My kid wasn’t cheating. My kid made some plays that sealed the victory, which really pissed off the other team’s parents.

    A few years later, tense playoff game in a 14U tournament. The officials yelled at the parents for being too quiet. “We’ve got a 2-1 game here! Make some noise”.

    Last year at some 16U tournaments. Coaches drafted me into some duties because they couldn’t find any other parents around.
    , @MikeatMikedotMike
    Referring to a head coach as a manager is mostly a pro baseball designation.

    College and high schools refer to their head baseball coaches as head coaches. Same in all the little leagues I've seen in baseball and softball.
  • @Peter Akuleyev
    The U.S. system isn’t at all good at winning the men’s World Cup, but, if you ask me, it seems better than the Dutch system for giving kids some healthy exercise on their way to a decent life.

    If you're a black kid coming from a poor neighborhood, maybe. Unfortunately, having lived in the US and Europe, the Dutch system works out much better for middle and upper class kids. Most kids, whether in the US or Europe, will never be professional soccer players, and most people in Europe figure that out by age 10. But so what? Most European kids who like soccer, join a club and keep playing anyway, for fun. Or they just play on the playground. They play all the time. In the US sports has become not just a path to a professional career, for the middle and upper middle class it is your ticket to a good college, potentially a scholarship. That creates a pressure cooker for excellent (but not elite) athletes that doesn't exist in Europe. The Dutch still value sport for its own sake.

    Professional sports are as old as civilization but ideally, athletic competition should be an amateur activity to build character and keep people fit, not a professional entertainers’ guild. I hadn’t realized that rugby union didn’t go pro until 1995. It is what it is.