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  • Well, the US has been training Moslem (including Saudi) terrorists at least since the regime of Carter and every President seems to expand the program. The Saudis who carried out the 9/11 attacks trained in the US under the watchful eyes of Israeli “art students”, but at least they were doing it on their own time and own dime. Count on Trump to get things right and up to scale. Not only does the US Navy now train the terrorists on naval bases on US soil, but helpfully provides US naval personell for them to practics on.

  • Here's my movie review of Midway in Taki's Magazine: The first small-type book for grownups I ever read was in 1967 when I was 8: a paperback history of the U.S.S. Enterprise aircraft carrier in World War II. So I have a lot to say about the Battle of Midway. Read the whole thing
  • I liked the current Midway, but I also liked the old one, with the exception of the ridiculous sub-plot about Charlton Heston’s son and his Japanese girlfriend. Of D-Day movies, I liked the longest day a lot better than Saving Private Ryan. Of Pearl Harbor movies, Tora, Tora, Tora is the best.

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    The current Midway film is better than the 1976 version. One, for a sequence about Pearl Harbor in the story along with more on the Doolittle Raid. Two, for not having the "ridiculous sub-plot" the earlier film had.
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    I must have watched the original Midway, on TV, dozens of times over the years. I still click on it.

    I’ve come to really enjoy the entire cornball subplot of Thom Garth and Hiruko Sikora.

    “There’s no future for us, Thom. I just don’t love you any more. It was a mistake.

    Say it to my face, [gosh darn it]!”

    But I have a vague recollection of Charleton Heston also having a love-interest in the film. The woman, played by the actress who was the Julie Prescott character in ABC TV’s Rich Man, Poor Man miniseries, is last seen on the dock, tearing up when she realizes that Heston didn’t make it.

    It’s almost as though she was cut out of the movie, years after its TV release, in order to save on residuals, while Thom’s swear was removed in order to qualify the film for a PG rating.
    , @Ian M.
    The special effects of Tora, Tora, Tora frankly put the CGI special effects of modern war movies to utter shame.

    However, I must admit I found Tora, Tora, Tora... boring. But then, I'm not much of a war movie guy (although I find reading about WWII interesting).

    The major exception being The Bridge on the River Kwai. But that's really more of a prisoner-of-war movie, not a war movie proper.
  • In November, Barack Obama, who had avoided commenting on the Democratic presidential primary, came out forcefully in opposition to the extreme positions taken by some leading progressive contenders, positions that could cause the Democrats to be beaten by Trump in the 2020 election. Obama was a very popular president among Democrats, and what he has...
  • I know someone who for the past couple of years has predicted that Michelle Obama will be the Demo nominee, possibly in a brokered convention. This theory is now being aired in public, by Glen Beck for example.

    • Replies: @Stephen Paul Foster
    "[t]his theory is now being aired in public, by Glen Beck for example."

    Glenn Beck, a hysterical guy who regularly confuses his hallucinations with reality.
    , @Digital Samizdat
    Our own Mike Whitney, here at Unz, has been saying that for a year and half now, so there might be something to it:

    Face it: The Democrats aren’t going to change. They got a good thing going right now and they’re not going to mess with it. They already have Wall Street, Silicone Valley, most of the weapons manufacturers, and all the major media in their hip pocket, so what do they have to worry about? Nothing. All they have to do is keep the pressure on Trump until the economy tanks, then trot out Michelle Obama at the eleventh hour and, presto, they’ll be back in the oval office once again. That’s the plan, at least, and that’s why Michelle has been cozying up to all the Hollywood bigshots while she delivers her Book Tour stump speech to sell-out crowds across the country.
     
    https://www.unz.com/mwhitney/what-did-the-democrats-learn-from-the-2016-election-nothing/
    https://www.unz.com/mwhitney/why-is-amazon-running-a-full-page-of-michelle-obama-for-president-t-shirts/

    My own personal take on Michelle (Michael?), however, is that she is no more electable than Hellary.
    , @Hibernian
    That would be a bridge too far. Hilary was a Senator and Sec. of State between being First Lady and her almost successful Presidential run.
    , @Twodees Partain
    That's the ,kind of thing that makes me suspect that Beck never really stopped using drugs.
    , @bjondo
    Michelle O's only accomplishment is a smile.

    Kim Kardashian would be better.

    Of course,

    she would split the black vote: men, yes; women, no hell no.

    Trump should consider
    replacing Pence with KK
    through inauguration anyway.

    5ds
  • From The Babylon Bee:
  • For me, the golden standard of southern food, including fried chicken, will always be that set by my Grand-mother. Chik-fil-A is terrible on service and terrible on product. They’re even worse than KFC and I’m a native Kentuckian. I’ll have to try Popeye’s and Church’s.

    • Replies: @Smithsonian_6

    For me, the golden standard of southern food, including fried chicken, will always be that set by my Grand-mother
     
    Perhaps you would do your bit for humanity by posting the recipe and cooking method?
  • Parasite is an acclaimed film by the most popular movie director in South Korea, Bong Joon-ho, who has made The Host and Snowpiercer. The trailer makes it appear to be a horror movie, but it's not. This movie is about a very poor but close family of four in Seoul. The son fakes his way...
  • I thought Snowpiercer was way over-rated and I’ll probably pass on this one entirely.

  • So, it looks like that’s it for America, folks. Putin has gone and done it again. He and his conspiracy of Putin-Nazis have “hacked,” or “influenced,” or “meddled in” our democracy. Unless Admiral Bill McRaven and his special ops cronies can ginny up
  • Things are even worse than this article suggests. Putin has even tapped his Communist Chinese allies to help Tulsi and she is currently being trained in mixed martial arts by Weili Zhang, the first Communist Chinese UFC champion.

    https://www.tmz.com/2019/10/21/tulsi-gabbard-weili-zhang-ufc-sparring-hawaii-training/

    This will enable her to be a James Bond style assassin of whoever ends up being the Democratic candidate in the event her third party does not catch on.

    The UFC, of course, is a Putin Nazi Communist Chinese front, and mixed martial arts are the only art allowed in Putin Trump Nazi America, just as was predicted by Hillary supporter Meryl Streep in the 2016 campaign. One UFC champion is a Putin Nazi Russian, one a Communist Chinese, one a Nazi from Hawaii (Tulsi Gabbard’s home state) and all the rest Nazis.

    Wake up, America!! Connect the dots!!!

  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is opening up to the world. It used to be absolutely impossible to get a visa to enter, unless you were a religious pilgrim (therefore officially a Muslim), NATO military personnel, or a businessman or woman, invited by a local company or by the Saudi government. Even if you secured...
  • This makes me think of Gorbachev opening up the USSR. Within a few years, the USSR was gone. I think the same thing may happen to the KSA, but not so peacefully. How long will the poor masses of the KSA, including millions of foreign guest workers, tolerate a system designed not merely to enrich the royal family but to entertain wealthy non-Moslem foreigners? Combine this with losing a war to a much poorer Yemen and you have a formula for revolution, civil war, and foreign intervention which will make Syria seem like a walk in the park by comparison. The US is currently sending thousands of troops to the KSA, so American involvement is already a given.

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    The US should stay out or just exterminate the entire “royal family” and their hangers—on (tens of thousands of people) and take the oil fields permanently. I prefer staying out, but if they get in, get us something tangible in return. Us being Americans, not Israelis.

    I’m sure they’ll find a third option that leads to no benefit at all for the American people or the world.
  • Published in 2005 by Aberdeen Books It was the most deadly and destructive war in human history. Millions were killed, billions in property was destroyed, ancient cultures were reduced to rubble--World War II was truly man's greatest cataclysm. Thousands of books, movies and documentary films have been devoted to the war. There has never been...
  • This is a terrible story that needs to be told and the author does so brilliantly from first hand sources ranging from the high to the low, from the makers of genocidal policy to those who carried it out and their victims. This was not “The Good War”, it was not even A good war. It was the devil’s work carried out by his henchman on all sides. There were virtually no good guys at the top levels- certainly not the Anglo-American icons Churchill, FDR, and Eisenhower. Montgomery, usually ridiculed in US history, does get credit for humane treatment of German refugees.

    As a group, the British appear more humane than Soviets, French and Americans. This fits in with what I have read in other sources. Among all the victors, even the Soviets, there were individual, usually anonymous soldiers who behaved humanely and the author gives them due credit. He also gives great credit to the Salvation Army which apparently took the lead in refugee relief among charitable organizations. God bless them.

    Fortunately this reign of terror against the Germans (and their east European allies, although this is scarcely mentioned in the book apart from anti-communist Russians) lasted less than two years, apart from aerial bombardment, which was begun earlier in the war. The end of terror in the West apparently came mostly from the American people and the British finding out about it and demanding a halt. The end of terror in the East and the substitution of more than a generation of grim drab tyranny is not really touched on in the book, but I suspect that after initial blood lust was satiated, the Communists preferred living slaves to dead bodies.

    The Americans and British of that era were better people than those of today who minimize Dresden, justify Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and advocate brutal war against Iranians, Syrians, Venezuelans, Palestinians, etc. WWII wasn’t The Good War, it wasn’t a just war, it was just war against everyone, mostly civilians.

  • In a field beside a disused railway station on the plain just south of the Syrian-Turkish frontier, a brigade of Syrian Kurdish soldiers were retraining in order to resist an invasion by the Turkish army. “We acted like a regular army when we were fighting Daesh [Isis],” Rojvan, a veteran Kurdish commander of the YPG...
  • Trump a treacherous ally? Well yeah – much like Nixon, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, Obama – have I missed anyone? The Kurds are rather slow learners when it comes to the reliability of US presidents. And this time, they weren’t just defending their own territory, but used the excuse of the battle against ISIS to ethnically cleanse Arabs from territories well outside Kurdistan. Syrian Arabs could say to the Kurds what Syrian Armenians said to their genocidal ancestors a hundred years ago. “You have us for breakfast; they (the Turks) will have you for lunch.”

  • From the Natural History Museum of London:
  • If a species is not a breeding community, what is it exactly? Not only is there Neanderthal DNA in modern humans (sub-Saharan Africans excepted) but anatomically modern human DNA has been discovered in Neanderthal remains. Same is true of other ancient peoples such as the Denisovans. These are all sub-species of pre-historic times and probably more will be discovered.

  • As I mentioned earlier,
  • All this hair obsession reminds me of a controversy in Brazil a couple of decades ago. A singer/comedian came out with a song called “Look at her hair”, the first couple of lines of which were

    “Veja, veja, veja os cabelos dela
    Parece bom-bril de ariar panela.”

    “Look, look, look at her hair
    It looks like steel wool for scouring a pan.”

    The singer was accused by the woke of racism and he claimed it was a tribute to his mulata wife, who said she liked the song. I think it’s time for someone to write and record a good English language version.

  • One might be forgiven for thinking that the foreign policy of the United States is some kind of theatrical performance, like a comic opera, with new characters appearing on stage willy-nilly and then being driven off after committing an incredible faux pas only to be replaced by even more grotesquely clownish figures. Unfortunately, while the...
  • Captain Kumar may have thought that some Nigerian was trying to scam him.

  • Many have already noticed: The U.S. really, really doesn’t feel like the world leader, or even as a ‘first world country’. Of course, I write that sarcastically, as I detest expressions like ‘first world’, and the ‘third world’. But readers know what I mean. Bridges, subways, inner cities, everything is crumbling, falling apart. When I...
  • Hard to disagree with anything the author says in his description of the modern world.

  • From This illustrates what has been remarked upon by many commentators on the right side of things--the rhetoric of the Democrat presidential field is out in far left field. Combining open borders with Medicare for all reall
  • The Democratic platform will never include a plank to raise taxes and may even include a plank to lower taxes on the middle class. Note that even Obama gave a tax rebate and even Trump’s trivial tax cut was an increase for some people, which cost the Republicans at mid-term. I would give the Republicans a slight edge in 2020, but right now there are still far too many unknown factors, including the Democratic nominee and the state of the economy.

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • People aren’t even scandalized anymore by scandals, just titillated. The corrupt are merely envied for their opportunities for corruption. And anything which happened the day before yesterday or before that is “ancient history”.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    Seemed like a whole lot of PR crisis firms were activated after the Epstein story was published. Is PR just getting better at managing these kind of bombshells?
  • Two years ago
  • A lot of these Israeli provocations are, as noted, Netanyahu electioneering. Hence, they are likely to stop or be diminished (the Gaza border massacres excepted) if Bibi either wins the election and can form a new government or loses and is driven from power with the opposition forming a new government. Worst case scenario is a continuation of the present situation with Bibi unable to form a government and having to fight yet another election. This would result in still further Israeli escalation until finally Iran or Hezbollah retaliates and the US is dragged in. Or he might just formally annex the West Bank and drive out the Palestinians to the applause of Trump and his supporters.

    There are other dangers as well, especially the collapse of Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a result of their defeat in Yemen. The US is sending 5,000 troops to SA just in time to defend the House of Saud from a possible overthrow or to fight on behalf of one part of that sociopathic family against another part.

    • Replies: @renfro
    If Cook is right and I think he is from keeping up with the maneuvering in the Isr election.....then Israel is eating itself.....that is bad for the ME short term but good in long term as it will implode in a way that will force the world to do something about it.

    How Israel’s Religious Right is Now in the Driving Seat
    Next month’s election is not a contest between the right and centre-left. It’s a battle between different nationalist camps
    by Jonathan Cook / September 2nd, 2019

    Yossi Gurvitz, an Israeli journalist and researcher on religious extremism, said the rise of the religious right was an indication of wider shifts in Israeli society.
    “Israel is getting more religious, and its religious parties are getting more extreme, while much of what’s left of Israeli society is becoming more militantly secular in response,” he told Middle East Eye. “Israel is polarising, and each side is increasingly intolerant of the other.”
    An overwhelming majority of right-wing Israelis – 79 percent – view Jews as the chosen people, and a similar number, 74 percent, believe Israel exists by divine promise.
    “If you think Israel is religious, conservative and hawkish enough as it is, wait for the fundamentalist theocracy that’s lurking around the corner,” the paper’s analyst Chemi Shalev concluded.

    “The ‘peoplehood nationalists’ are not interested in universal values. They think the Jewish people are special, and that they have extra rights as Jews. Any religious sentiments they harbour are subservient to this idea of peoplehood,” he said
  • Some of my best reviews are about Quentin Tarantino, but this won’t be one of them. Tarantino has gone from a director I loved (see my essay on
  • I’m not an overall fan of Tarantino and have passed on most of his flicks. But I really enjoyed this one. I lived in LA during the time of the Tate killings and Tarantino gets the vibe (and apparently the characters) just right while re-writing history to a much happier ending. Big thumbs up for this one.

  • From The Tablet: Granted, the race of the two men in the white Infiniti remains a mystery, but notice that their Infiniti was white.
  • “Another reason is that Jews in NYC who wear identifiably Jewish garb typically voted for Trump.”

    Is this true? If so, it certainly explains the attacks.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Yes it's true and no it doesn't explain the attacks. The attackers don't have anything as elevated as a political consciousness. They are not Antifas. They are just dindus who feel like beating up a white guy or a Jew.
    , @TomSchmidt
    Look at the voting map of Brooklyn, 2016. The one bright red Trump spot is Hasidic
    Williamsburgh in Downtown Brooklyn.
    , @Rich
    The reason for the attacks is very simple, the Hasids have Pale skin. And they aren't stupid, they know that;'s the reason. The MSM can try to spin it however they want, those of us on the ground know the truth.
    , @WowJustWow
    For reasons still unclear to me, a Jewish friend invited me and another friend to a Simchat Torah party at a Chabad center in Manhattan. It was a low-key event and we were the only males without yarmulkes, until one guy walked in wearing a MAGA hat, at which point about a third of the crowd spontaneously formed a loud, joyous singing and dancing circle around him.
  • The Thousand and One Nights (a.k.a., The Arabian Nights) are a famous collection of tales from the medieval Middle East. They are frequently organized in frame stories: Character A goes on an adventure in the middle of which his hosts ask him to tell them a story, so he begins a story about Character B...
  • The tales of the Arabian Nights are a collection of a lot of folk tales taken from various sources, many of them pre-Islamic. I don’t think they illustrate Islamic anti-black sentiment so much as the tendency of any culture to use ethnic stereotypes in a negative way in its folk tales. You should read what the Arabian Nights has to say about the Persians.

  • It is astonishing to observe some Americans twisting themselves into pretzels so they can continue to make excuses to explain the bizarre behavior of President Donald Trump on the world stage. The line most commonly heard is that he has “kept us out of new wars.” The reality is somewhat different. He has kept us...
  • Impeachment is inherently political and there are plenty of good reasons to impeach Trump as there were to impeach Obama, Bush II, Clinton and for that matter such all time greats as Lincoln and FDR. There are better reasons not to impeach him. If impeachment fails it paves the way for a backlash that would lead to Trump’s re-election by a landslide and more subservience to Israel than ever. If it succeeds, he is followed by Pence and more subservience to Israel than ever. And if a Democrat other than Tulsi Gabbard gets elected in 2020, keep in mind that the Democratic establishment is solidly pro-Israel as well. Only among some of the Democratic rank-and-file is there any opposition to doing the bidding of the Israeli government.

    • Replies: @anonymous

    And if a Democrat other than Tulsi Gabbard gets elected in 2020, keep in mind that the Democratic establishment is solidly pro-Israel as well.
     
    Sigh! There is no cure for stupid.

    Listen up!!... She is a hindoo nationalist cultist who has already clearly signalled her undying support for the zionist pestilence on earth.

    She tried to appear the peace-loving maverick by meeting up with Assad, but it hilarious how it has come to bite her cultist ass now.
  • In National Review, Christopher Caldwell reviews Dr. Stephen Smith of Duke's African's Studies department new book
  • @istevefan

    Stopping immigration from Africa and elsewhere is not going to save Europeans if they don’t get down to the job of procreating and raising children. A geriatric population will find it at best very difficult to repel a young and vigorous population attempting to move in. Even if the old geezers succeed, it just means they will be replaced by robots and wild animals as they die off. Nature abhors a vacuum.
     
    There are more Europeans in the world today than at any other time in history. We are not in a breeding contest with the rest of the world. The only reason we are even noticing what is happening in the rest of the world is because of an insane promotion of a borderless world, at least a borderless one as it pertains to the European world. You'll note Japan, South Korea and China are not being inundated while their birth rates are low and their populations age. It is not inevitable.

    In fact it is preventable and even with a reduced cohort of younger people, modern military tech and training make it vastly easier for fewer, better armed and trained people to hold off such migratory waves.

    And the military solution isn't even the most critical one at this stage. Simply refraining from subsidizing the migrants will be quite effective as well. They are only coming here because of the social safety net. You can see empirical evidence of this by the way they readily pass through or avoid certain parts of Europe for the greener pastures of Northern European welfare bennies. Or how about the reaction to Trump suggesting immigrants can't be government charges? They know the immivasion needs to be subsidized. Without said subsidies it dries up considerably.

    Our birthrates are immaterial to what is going on. Recall we had just had the greatest baby boom in our nation's history when they opened up immigration in 1965. No matter our birthrates they will continue to bring in more and more migrants until we demand a stop to it.

    “Since the turn of the century, Europeans have been faced with the most basic question about their future: whether they have one. In some countries — especially Italy, Germany, and Austria — the native population has been shrinking for decades. Birth rates have fallen so low that each native generation is about two-thirds the size of the last. …”

    Either this paragraph from the original article is wrong or you are mistaken in stating that there are more Europeans in the world than at any other time in history. Or you are counting as Europeans the recent migrants and their families, in which case what are you even concerned about? You may not think you are in a breeding contest, but if you don’t reproduce you will have no decendants. The laws of biology and mathmatics do not care whether you think you are in a breeding contest or not. Any country or family or ethnic group which does not reproduce at replacement level or above will eventually be extinct. This applies to China and Japan. Population collapse will start slowly but accelerate the longer it goes on. And it will be very difficult to convince people to start reproducing again once you have convinced them that sexual freedom is the ultimate value, children the ultimate burden and given them the technology to maximize sexual freedom and avoid children.

    • Agree: Travis
    • Replies: @istevefan

    You may not think you are in a breeding contest, but if you don’t reproduce you will have no decendants.
     
    I am not suggesting we don't breed. But I am also not advocating for having 5 kids per woman either. If you want to compete with the SSA, then you would have to try to go for a figure like that. In addition to keeping our nations for ourselves, there is also the concept of scale. Do you really want to live in hyper-populated areas even if those areas are European?

    Any country or family or ethnic group which does not reproduce at replacement level or above will eventually be extinct. This applies to China and Japan. Population collapse will start slowly but accelerate the longer it goes on. And it will be very difficult...
     
    Forever growing is not always the answer. That is why China implemented their one-child policy. You can't continue to grow forever without consequences. Once your population throttles back a bit, it should make family formation more affordable. A place like Japan is very populous and expensive. They have 130 million people. During WW2 they had 70 million. When their population starts to decline it should make housing more affordable for young families.

    The trouble we face in Europe and North America is that we are not going to benefit from a reduction in housing due to a declining population because our slack is being taken up by the rest of the world. So our housing and education costs continue to rise making it even less friendly for affordable family formation. Japan is not taking in vast amounts of aliens so when some point is reached, it will be the Japanese who benefit from the changed conditions leading to more Japanese births. We won't have that in our countries so long as we refuse to shut the gate.

    Either this paragraph from the original article is wrong or you are mistaken in stating that there are more Europeans in the world than at any other time in history.

     
    I conflated White Americans with Europeans. There are parts of Europe that are probably now showing declines in population much like Japan. However, as I wrote above the Japanese will be the ones who get to take advantage of any positive changes in affordable family formation since no one is coming in. Europeans and Americans will see no benefit since the slack will be taken up by aliens, and thus family formation will remain increasingly unaffordable.
  • Stopping immigration from Africa and elsewhere is not going to save Europeans if they don’t get down to the job of procreating and raising children. A geriatric population will find it at best very difficult to repel a young and vigorous population attempting to move in. Even if the old geezers succeed, it just means they will be replaced by robots and wild animals as they die off. Nature abhors a vacuum. Nor is it a feasible solution to bombard Africa with condoms and other contraceptives. The dumb Africans have long ago figured out that these are the gift of those who want to get rid of them. The smart Europeans still think, as they steadily dwindle in number, that contraceptives are the way to sexual freedom, which is the only value most of the geezers have left.

    • Replies: @istevefan

    Stopping immigration from Africa and elsewhere is not going to save Europeans if they don’t get down to the job of procreating and raising children. A geriatric population will find it at best very difficult to repel a young and vigorous population attempting to move in. Even if the old geezers succeed, it just means they will be replaced by robots and wild animals as they die off. Nature abhors a vacuum.
     
    There are more Europeans in the world today than at any other time in history. We are not in a breeding contest with the rest of the world. The only reason we are even noticing what is happening in the rest of the world is because of an insane promotion of a borderless world, at least a borderless one as it pertains to the European world. You'll note Japan, South Korea and China are not being inundated while their birth rates are low and their populations age. It is not inevitable.

    In fact it is preventable and even with a reduced cohort of younger people, modern military tech and training make it vastly easier for fewer, better armed and trained people to hold off such migratory waves.

    And the military solution isn't even the most critical one at this stage. Simply refraining from subsidizing the migrants will be quite effective as well. They are only coming here because of the social safety net. You can see empirical evidence of this by the way they readily pass through or avoid certain parts of Europe for the greener pastures of Northern European welfare bennies. Or how about the reaction to Trump suggesting immigrants can't be government charges? They know the immivasion needs to be subsidized. Without said subsidies it dries up considerably.

    Our birthrates are immaterial to what is going on. Recall we had just had the greatest baby boom in our nation's history when they opened up immigration in 1965. No matter our birthrates they will continue to bring in more and more migrants until we demand a stop to it.
  • Russia has never been as rich as America, so they make up for it in competition with us by having crazier technology, like, apparently, nuclear-powered (not just nuclear-armed, but nuclear-powered) cruise missiles. That sounds like something Richard Feynman and Klaus Fuchs would have brainstormed over lunch at Los Alamos in 1945.
  • Could this “accident” be caused by cyber-sabotage on the part of the US? Hasn’t this been done before to the Iranians by the US and Israel?

  • America again wins the annual International Math Olympiad! The contest pits the brightest high-school students of countries against each other in six-member teams. The American victories continue the mastery by the European cultures that invented most of modern math. This supports the claim (I hope I do not sound racist) that European superiority is genetic....
  • iSteve commenter Hail writes: I'm reminded of the poem by C.P. Cavafy:
  • Good observation! Civil war and economic collapse are also two solutions unlikely just to happen on their own. Catastrophic defeat in a large scale war or heavy destruction to the homeland would put an end to the current system, but the elites seem to have perfected the art of small scale warfare increasingly outsourced to robots which devastates only third world countries and triggers the kind of mass migrations which the elites favor.

  • I moved out of Southern California in the summer of 1969. I was ten years old, and my parents were fleeing decadence and depravity in favor of the more wholesome Midwest. Before our move, a story had circulated about some local (Newport Beach) high schoolers who had “gone on an LSD trip” and gotten caught...
  • I read Chaos and I lived in LA throughout the Manson years and much longer. There was a lot of crazy stuff going on and yes the CIA was involved at least on the periphery of some of it. But Chaos just takes everything that was going on and seeks to connect it to CIA mind control experiments by means of Kevin Bacon conspiracy theorizing. (Everybody in the world is connected to Kevin Bacon by no more than 6 degrees of separation.) There was one CIA operative in LA at the time whom I briefly worked with (not knowing at the time of his affiliation) who had a connection with Oswald and who was propagating a specific theory of the Manson murders. He’s not mentioned in the book, but I guess he must have been in on the plot which means that I was, wittingly or not, which means that all my friends and associates, etc. etc.

    • Replies: @lloyd
    I read on Charles Manson's blog, he was asked was he an agent for MK Ultra. He replied. "What is MK Ultra.?" Charley was sold into slavery by his mother as a small child. A family friend later that day or next day, bought him back. That was I think in 1939. In prison, he shared an apartment with Shira Shiran. He was never actually convicted of murder, only of conspiracy. He was an orator, a musician and an artist and his predictions of racial war and environmental catastrophe have turned out to be right.
    , @getaclue
    I've read several times over the years as to this that a member of the Sheriff's Department I believe it was (the police with jurisdiction over where the Manson group was living) stated that they knew they were there and were going to go arrest them for various things, before the murders, only to be told by "above" to lay off them...it seems there were other plans for them....
    , @ChuckOrloski
    Hey Kurt!

    Yes, "lots of crazy stuff going on..., but one is especially obscured.

    Fyi, in Vincent Bugliosi's book "Helter Skelter," and in a very brief paragraph, he noted how members of a British satanic cult called "The Process" visited imprisoned Charles Manson during his murder trial.

    Am curious to know if author, Kevin Barrett, recalls "Bug" having included that strange visitation. 🤔

    Of course, no followup from the MSM of that time, but there are really excellent books available that illustrate Manson's satanic proclivities.

    Thank you, Kirt.
  • There is no support for dissolution. A
  • It’s very naive to think that the US rulers would allow the country to peacefully break up when they won’t even let places like Syria and Venezuela peacefully run their own affairs. Lincoln, who drowned the attempted secession of the southern states in a bloodbath is usually considered the greatest American president precisely for this reason. A catastrophic military defeat abroad might set in motion the break-up of the imperial heartland, but it would most likely not be peaceful, but quite sanguinary.

  • It used to be comical, but suddenly it is not, anymore. In the past, blind hatred towards China could had been attributed to ignorance, or at least to indoctrination by the Western propaganda and mass media outlets. But now? China’s tremendous leap forward, its excellent, humane social policies and determined people-oriented scientific research, as well...
  • China is certainly a powerful and advanced country populated by some very intelligent people. In purchasing power parity, its economy is now apparently larger than that of the US, but with 4 times as many people, that’s almost to be expected. But I’m not quite buying the China as paradise on earth story being promulgated here. How does one explain the phenomenon of birth tourism? Why do Chinese tiger moms come to the US to have offspring born here so that they can automatically become US citizens and eligible to go to universities here for cheaper tuition? Surely Chinese universities must be superior. And I am not aware of any trend in the opposite direction – Americans or other westerners desperately trying to acquire Chinese citizenship for their kids. In a few cases, elites may have their kids learn Mandarin, but English remains by far the most popular international language.

    • Replies: @last straw

    China is certainly a powerful and advanced country populated by some very intelligent people. In purchasing power parity, its economy is now apparently larger than that of the US, but with 4 times as many people, that’s almost to be expected. But I’m not quite buying the China as paradise on earth story being promulgated here. How does one explain the phenomenon of birth tourism? Why do Chinese tiger moms come to the US to have offspring born here so that they can automatically become US citizens and eligible to go to universities here for cheaper tuition? Surely Chinese universities must be superior. And I am not aware of any trend in the opposite direction – Americans or other westerners desperately trying to acquire Chinese citizenship for their kids. In a few cases, elites may have their kids learn Mandarin, but English remains by far the most popular international language.
     
    China is not a paradise, nor the U.S.

    See "One third of Americans consider living abroad".

    For some reason, East Asian countries and regions, such as South Korea and Taiwan, which are already developed, still tend to have a lot of emigrants.
  • From the Los Angeles Times:
  • Didn’t we go through this 25 or so years ago with the LAPD and the Crips and the Bloods? The cops infiltrate the gangs and the gangs infiltrate the cops and the losers, as always, are the ordinary citizens.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    1998 Ramparts Scandal was played up in the media as racist white LAPD cops, but it was actually affirmative action hires like the black/Latino twofer Rafael Perez gone rogue, with some help from famous gangsta rappers. Hollywood movies like Training Day and Crash portrayed the Ramparts scandal more realistically (even though in highly fictionalized form) than did the L.A. Times.
  • So it’s been an exciting few weeks for Antifa and the rest of the neoliberal Resistance. OK, they haven’t yet managed to overthrow the Putin-Nazi occupation government (hereinafter “POG”), but they’ve definitely got “the Fash” on the run. “Fascism” hysteria is spreading like wildfire. Liberal Twitter mobs are out for blood. At this point, it’s...
  • @fnn

    How many ordinary people do you know that if you told them that some “fascist” got beaten up wouldn’t reply with: “Serves him right!”? I’m all for free speech and free expression but let’s not fool ourselves here.
     
    Curious how George Lincoln Rockwell and his uniformed American Nazi Party were mostly left unmolested at a time when there millions of young and fit actual WW2 veterans out and about. GLR was assassinated in 1967, but the deed was done by one of his disgruntled followers.

    In 1966 during a brief vacation in San Francisco following my release from the Army, I witnessed a rally of the American Nazi Party where Rockwell attempted to give a speech. He and his dozen or so followers and the police who protected them were attacked by projectiles thrown by leftists in a mob of hundreds. One of the police died of a heart attack as a result of this.

    • Replies: @padre
    What isyour pint, and how do you know mob of hundreds were leftists?I don't think taht the expression even existed at that time!
  • My opinion on "American Exceptionalism:" America is exceptional ... to me, because it's my country. I don't need any "American Exceptionalism" theories about why I should or shouldn't love my country and want the best for my fellow American citizens. I just do.
  • People who push American exceptionalism generally mean that the rules don’t apply to the US. The US gets to attack and wreck other countries because we’re “the good guys”.

    • Agree: Cagey Beast
  • Honor Codes have traditionally been more common at Southern than Northern universities in the U.S. For example, when I went to Rice U. in Houston in the 1970s, professors would give out take home closed book tests: nobody could tell whether you opened your book to cheat, but you swore you didn't and you were...
  • @scrivener3
    The honor code is administered by students, they are elected to the honor Court, if a student or professor suspects an infraction he brings a complaint to the court, one judge is appointed prosecutor. The student judges try to discern the truth of the matter and they have the power to throw out any student. It's rules with bite.

    OK, so it basically is just a set of rules with penalties for violations. Any rules occasionally enforced have “bite”. The fact that it is enforced by a student elected court doesn’t make it any more honorable, but probably makes it less objective since student peers are always in some way in competition with each other.

  • Spies, Femme fatale, deadly plots, killings, bombs, knives, guns, and an array of unique murderous weaponry that would make James Bond and “Q” envious. All this, combined with dozens of unapologetic and brutal cloak and dagger assassinations in foreign locales worldwide? Sounds like the makings of a great spy thriller. Indeed. But, despite decades of...
  • Kirt says:

    I read this book several months ago, shortly after it was first published. I wasn’t looking for it, just noticed it in my local Barnes and Noble, and read it in a few hours at the coffee bar as I’ve read so many other books. Two things struck me about it. One was the fact that Israel has been responsible for so many of these state sponsored terrorist assassinations (although the US may be catching up thanks to its drone strikes). The other is that the Israeli deep state wants this known, in general if not in every specific operational detail. The Mossad wants the general public everywhere to know its global reach and to “be afraid, be very afraid”.

    • Replies: @Jake
    Correct. The purpose is terrorism: people are to be terrified to do anything that the ruling Jews find upsetting.

    That, of course, is the way that Arab and almost all non-Indo-European Mohammedans operate as a matter of course. Semitism is a culture of terrorism. Both wings of Semitism, Talmudic Jewish and Arabic Mohammedan, are terroristic at base.
    , @Parfois1
    I stopped reading at:

    What this book does more importantly reveal is a multi-faceted unmasking of Israel’s steady descent from the moral to the immoral tactics of war;
     
    It is not a descent from the moral; the whole Zionist project was immoral from the start, from theft to thuggery. Israel is the personification of evil, first and foremost. And under its tutelage USA becomes Nosey USA, infected with the same immoral code - hence the "spats" from drone assassinations and the like.

    And to make it clear, the book is a glorification of evil and a message to the world that Zionist Israel can do anything with impunity relying on its status as being above laws and morality.

    Besides it is not "tactics of war" either. This is calculated murder on large scale because their reach is global and anyone who opposes Zionism could be in danger, even the "Anonymous" commenter here.

    With such record of wickedness a deserved retribution is on the cards when it comes. Stalin made a start... maybe why he was bumped off.
  • Honor Codes have traditionally been more common at Southern than Northern universities in the U.S. For example, when I went to Rice U. in Houston in the 1970s, professors would give out take home closed book tests: nobody could tell whether you opened your book to cheat, but you swore you didn't and you were...
  • Aside from consulting the book on a take home closed book test (and in the age of the internet, that hardly seems necessary), what are the most typical honor code violations and how are they detected? If there is a fairly consistent way of catching violators, even if it doesn’t work a lot of the time, then what you have is not really an honor code. It’s just a regular set of rules that you’ll be punished for violating if you are caught. If violations can only be detected by the violators turning themselves in, then it’s possible that the groups which produce the most consistent violations are actually the most honorable because they are the most honest. Note the “it’s possible”; there would really be no way to tell for sure.

    • Replies: @scrivener3
    The honor code is administered by students, they are elected to the honor Court, if a student or professor suspects an infraction he brings a complaint to the court, one judge is appointed prosecutor. The student judges try to discern the truth of the matter and they have the power to throw out any student. It's rules with bite.
    , @William Badwhite
    The honor code at UVA leads to a lot of nice things. One of which (dating myself here) is Charlottesville merchants had no problem accepting checks from students (few would dare pass a bad check).

    Another was that during exam week you'd be given all of your exams on Monday with instructions as to when they were due (typically some time on either Thursday or Friday afternoon depending on when the the professor wanted to get started on grading). Most exams had a finite amount of time you were allowed to work on it and also would specify whether that time once started didn't stop or whether you could take breaks during which your allotted time did stop running. They'd also specify whether they were closed book or not. This allowed a student to take an exam at home when he felt ready, as opposed to "be in classroom 123 at 10am on Wednesday".
  • Approval of them seem to be strongly correlated... at least according
  • Maybe not so puzzling or very strange. Respondents might be more likely to have participated in honor killings or have friends and relatives who have done so, than consider themselves homosexual or have friends and relatives who are homosexual. Also you’re comparing something once approved, now disapproved and something once disapproved, now approved. During a transition of values period, you may get all sorts of polling results with such a comparison.

  • From the Texas Tribune:
  • White and Hispanic are overlapping census categories, not mutually exclusive. Since claiming to be Hispanic can be advantageous with respect to government preferences and benefits, anyone with any plausible excuse to do it, will so claim. Excuses can be surnames, even if acquired by marriage, and remote ancestry. White, on the other hand, is not only unprivileged but extremely disadvantaged. No one with any plausible excuse to do otherwise, will claim to be exclusively white. There is even a push by large subgroups such as Middle Easterners to create an exclusive privileged subgroup for themselves. And they are encouraged in this by self-appointed border policers like WN’s and “race realists” who busy themselves with trying to identify groups which aren’t really white but trying to pass, all the while complaining about how whites are getting fewer and fewer.

  • From the New York Times:
  • If Tucker Carlson did this, he certainly did God’s work. Unfortunately, I’m afraid the deep state false flaggers (here and/or abroad) have just learned that they have to spill American blood, maybe a lot of it, for the false flag to work. BOLO.

  • The flamboyant Italian opera and movie (the 1968 Romeo and Juliet) director has died at 96 after a long life of believing too much is never enough when it comes to making audiences happy. Zeffirelli's 1999 movie about his upbringing in 1930s Florence, Tea with Mussolini, is a fairly rare example of the genre of...
  • @Anon

    apparently he was a protege of the Marxist director Visconti
     
    Visconti's greatest work by far was the reactionary THE LEOPARD.

    Visconti was Marxist in the way that earlier Italians were Catholics. The new official faith of the postwar era.

    http://curnblog.com/2014/01/11/luchino-visconti-german-trilogy/

    WOW! Thanks for the link to that interesting analysis of Visconti’s work. I’ve seen The Damned at least three times and found it interesting since it dated from the end of an era when Catholics, Communists, and many others alike viewed the Nazis as degenerate homosexual militants. This was true of at least part of the Nazi movement and Hitler’s own role was ambiguous, as documented in Lothar Machtan’s book The Hidden Hitler. This history is now in the process of being scrubbed since the PC position is that anyone who opposes homosexuality is a Nazi. I didn’t know until yesterday that Visconti was homosexual, as was Zefferelli. Is it a thing with Italian directors? Anyway, this article and discussion have prompted me to try to see some of these Italian movies that I have heard of, but missed – like The Leopard. Beats the hell out of this 5th grade comic book super hero garbage, which is all you get out of Hollywood these days.

  • I liked Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth and his Romeo and Juliet, but otherwise paid no attention to him. His passing has prompted me to look up his Wiki biography which is quite interesting. Apparently he was a protege of the Marxist director Visconti and like Visconti, a homosexual. Yet he evolved into a practicing Catholic who defended the Church’s position on such things as abortion and homosexuality, and served in the Italian parliament as a member of Berlusconi’s Forza Italia Party. Interesting guy. RIP.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Anon
    Taming of the Shrew was probably his best work, though I'll take Swept Away by Wertmuller any day.

    Zeff was opulence done with syrup. Too much. His Jesus movie was a chore as dull as Greatest Story Ever Told. Romeo and Juliet is okay for highschoolers.
    , @Dan Hayes
    Kirt:

    A tip-off about his Catholic sensibilities. A long time ago on "Sixty Minutes", Harry Reasoner when interviewing Zeffirelli pointed out that he had gone out of his way to cast the Romeo and Juliet clergy in good light.
    , @Anon

    apparently he was a protege of the Marxist director Visconti
     
    Visconti's greatest work by far was the reactionary THE LEOPARD.

    Visconti was Marxist in the way that earlier Italians were Catholics. The new official faith of the postwar era.

    http://curnblog.com/2014/01/11/luchino-visconti-german-trilogy/
  • The percentage of men under the age of 30 who report not having had sex in at least a year came in at 28% in 2018, the highest figure ever recorded in that age range since the survey first began asking about sexual frequency in the late eighties (N = 2,818). From 1989 through 2012,...
  • It’s hard for me to believe there is even such a thing as an incel if the term literally means “involuntary celibate”. Given the availability of prostitutes, anyone who wants to really have sex and is willing to put out the minimum effort and/or money can have it. I think incels are actually those guys who can’t have the girl they specifically want with her picking up the tab.

    • Replies: @Dumbo
    Prostitutes can offer sex but not companionship. Yes, young men overvalue sex, but in the end, other things in a relationship are more rewarding and what they really need. Also, sex with prostitutes is usually low-status. Even though politicians do it all the time.

    I think "incel" really means a young guy without a girlfriend. A guy who invites many girls out and they refuse, they "don't have time" or "they are not ready", so they end up creating resentment of women in feneral. Being more of an introvert for most of my life, I can partly understand them, although it is also a fact that many of those type of guys don't even take care of themselves or try to improve themselves, don't learn how to socialize, don't even dress well, I mean, you have at least to make an effort, it may be hard to get a girl, but not impossible by any means.

    The Staceys may be having sex with the Chads, but the non-Staceys are getting ignored, by the very non-Chads who are the subjects of this pity party.
     
    The problem is that some non-Staceys are makeing themselves unattractive, through feminism, obesity, blue or pink hair, or just their attitude.

    I just saw the other day a girl walking on the street, not particularly attractive but not ugly either, a nice average young white girl in her 20s. However, her whole body was covered in ugly, cartoonish tattoos, and she also had a nose ring.
  • Inexplicably, a demographic breakdown of views on George Zimmerman's acquittal in the case of Trayvon Martin's death has to this point not been provided here. Better late than never! The following comes from a
  • I think Zimmerman was correctly found not guilty because he was overcharged. Same with Casey Anthony. Had either of them been simply charged with negligent homicide rather than murder, the prosecution would probably have won.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Had either of them been simply charged with negligent homicide rather than murder, the prosecution would probably have won.

    'Negligent homicide' would be a nonsense charge. He shot someone who was on top of him practicing MMA ground-and-pound moves. There isn't any doubt of that. The autopsy report, photographs taken at the scene, recordings of 911 calls, and the most secure eyewitness testimony are consistent on that point. All the available evidence indicated that Trayvon Martin had quite deliberately refrained from entering the back door of the townhouse where he was a guest, walked 75 yards down a residential alley, and attacked Zimmerman (who had no idea where he was and was loitering around waiting for the police to arrive).
  • Every time you think the corporatocracy’s manufactured anti-Semitism hysteria cannot possibly get more absurd, they somehow manage to outdo themselves. OK, stay with me now, because this is a weird one. Apparently, American Hitler and his cronies are conspiring with some secret group of “Jewish leaders” to stop British Hitler from becoming prime minister and...
  • Very logical analysis! Obviously the work of a racist, anti-Semite, white, male, patriarchalist, Putin-puppet. Did I forget homophobic? That too!

  • All Europe is under the shadow of war. It is like an eclipse of the sun. In the warring nations the darkness is most intense, amounting to a continuous blackout. The neutral countries form a sort of twilight zone, where life is better, yet far from normal. In nature, an eclipse is a passing phenomenon;...
  • Kirt says:

    This book was quite revealing and chilling, made all the more so by the icy objectivity of Stoddard’s prose, whatever may have been his private opinions. It’s really astounding that the Nazis were able to achieve such a complete level of totalitarian control after less than 7 years in power and with relatively little bloodshed until the beginning of the war. The Bolsheviks took 15 to 20 years and had to kill maybe ten million or more people to accomplish the same thing. The Nazis probably killed fewer than 20,000 from the time Hitler took power up to the beginning of the war.

  • Ynet’s headline yesterday acknowledged what has been obvious to many Middle East commentators: Israel can’t win the next war. The most respected Israeli military correspondent Ron Ben Yishai’s headline reads as follows: “
  • Iran is no threat to Israel in the military sphere. It’s an easy target for Israeli nuclear missiles and has none of its own to respond. Hezbollah, however, sits right on the border of Israel. Hence nuclear missiles can’t be used against it due to the fallout problem nor can the Israelis defeat it on its own turf by conventional means. But neither can Hezbollah conquer Israel. In the event of another war, this means Hezbollah rockets against Israeli rockets and bombs until Hezbollah runs out. Israel won’t run out because they have the US to resupply them. They will suffer few civilian casualties due to their excellent civil defense system. They’ll suffer short term severe economic loss, but the US will make that up to them as well. They’ll suffer few military casualties because they won’t be foolish enough to actually invade Lebanon as they did last time.

    What Bibi would like is for the US to attack Iran, creating a major distraction to cover the Israeli expulsion of almost all Palestinians from Israel and the West Bank. It’s true that they are winning the demographic war by a combination of immigration and an above replacement level and rising fertility rate. The latter is a truly remarkable accomplishment in the contemporary world. But there are still millions of Palestinians in the way. The Israelis may not be strong enough to beat neighboring armies as they once did, but they can still beat civilians armed only with rocks.

    • Agree: Tsigantes
    • Replies: @Wally
    "Iran is no threat to Israel in the military sphere. It’s an easy target for Israeli nuclear missiles and has none of its own to respond."

    I remind you that Iran has plenty of biological weapons, the sanctioned man's nukes.
  • Darkness fell over the São Paulo skyline. Like most cities, dusk brings the evening commute, but this one is a little different. One by one, all across the business district, helicopters lifted off buildings and roared into the humid night sky. São Paulo has one of the largest private helicopter fleets in the world. Usually...
  • Interesting analysis. I’d also be interested to read the author’s take on how the US losing its position as world hegemon will impact the internal arrangements. Currently, this loss of position is occurring very slowly, but it could be speeded up a lot, for example, by a catastrophic military defeat.

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
    • Replies: @Disordered Deacon
    for starters, less birth tourism, less foreign people buying houses, ergo whites will have some more room. there might be some economic downturn, particularly coastal areas, and the dollar might fall. but it might be compensated by the return of money to local pockets.
  • @bored identity
    OT:

    Remember that time when the old Marxist De Sade from Vermont felt the bern on his palmed, saggy-shrinking moxie while a couple of Dian Foosey's close associates were snatching the stage, mic, and probably even the Nomination from him? :



    http://liberalamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Bernie.jpg

    https://static.seattletimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Bernie_Westlake_Confrontedtzr.jpg

    http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/13/13-bernie-sanders-black-lives-matter-protest.w529.h352.jpg


    https://youtu.be/H8Bu0OZNSNg

     
    Well, this Saturday's reverse engineered situation drove the United Henhhood to capital letter meltdown over Kamala's mic 45 seconds long surrender to some PETAcostal Church Bronobo:

    https://one-news.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Protester-grabs-mic-from-Kamala-Harris-during-California-convention.jpg

    https://nowbiz.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/protester-grabs-microphone-from-kamala-harris-at-san-francisco-event.jpg


    https://mfamediagroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/5326366_060119-kgo-protester-takes-kamalas-mic-2-img_Image_17-03-1508.jpg


    https://youtu.be/LVVOv3buJkg





    And here's Mashable's adaptation of the same event for audio-visually impaired audience:



    After Karine Jean-Pierre heroically intervened between Cook and Harris, and several people, including Harris's husband Douglas Emhoff, escorted him off stage, Harris reportedly returned to speak and told cheering audience members, "I'm good, I’m good... All good. No worries."


    It's appalling for anyone to storm a stage and make people feel that their safety is at risk, but for a man to interrupt a woman as she's speaking about gender equality — not to mention attempt to take away from a woman of color's time at the mic — is a whole other level of ridiculous.

    This is patriarchy embodied. A white man runs up on stage UNINVITED, steals the mic from a black woman who is ANSWERING A QUESTION ABOUT THE GENDER PAY GAP, and says he has a “much bigger idea.” Masterful handling of this shameful behavior by @K_JeanPierre and @KamalaHarris. https://t.co/JETBlFbcEm

    — Lauren Rankin (@laurenarankin) June 2, 2019

    https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1120413411828011008/m7LaWiXJ_400x400.png

    Not only does @KamalaHarris have to deal with this, but she has to laugh it off as just a guy having an opinion and pretend like she wasn’t insulted, degraded, and worse - could have been physically attacked while doing her job. It’s enraging and shameful.

    — Lauren Rankin (@laurenarankin) June 2, 2019

    We live in a world where this cannot ever happen. We live in a world where a Congresswoman was shot and nearly killed at a constituent event. This man could have done serious harm to Kamala Harris and all the women on this panel.

    This is unacceptable. https://t.co/xFix9Rmk3r

    — LaToya Morgan (@MorganicInk) June 2, 2019

    A white dude rushing the stage and grabbing the mic from a WOC, while she’s speaking about the gender pay gap, and then being escorted away without being charged with anything feels like a short play written to raise awareness about mansplaining and white male privilege. https://t.co/0uGkXwL1VF

    — The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) June 2, 2019

    Manbunwhiteboybeard hopping on stage uninvited to GRAB THE MICROPHONE OUT OF KAMALA HARRIS’ HAND and talk over the women of color IS THE EXACT METAPHOR FOR WHY WE ARE IN THIS POLITICAL HELLSCAPE RIGHT NOW #BigIdeaspic.twitter.com/vzKc5wZ24D

    — Jenny Yang stands w the WGA (@jennyyangtv) June 2, 2019

    I’m no Kamala supporter but let me say this: no one bum rushed the stage for any of the non-Black Women candidates. We are always in more danger.

    — LeslieMac 🖤 (@LeslieMac) June 2, 2019

    I just saw this and it makes me so afraid. I see @K_JeanPierre act. I see @KamalaHarris not flinch. I know they have no time for fear and I want to follow their example.
    But I'm terrified of these people right now. Their metastasized and amplified privilege. How do we stop them? https://t.co/tbMtMSEYoh

    — Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) June 2, 2019

    Kamala Harris doesn’t flinch. She is tough and strong. She certainly isn’t “timid.” Dudes can mansplain all they want, and their avatar in the White House - the Mansplainer in Chief - is in trouble with her opposite him on the debate stage.

    — Ian Sams (@IanSams) June 2, 2019

    Reworking tomorrow's show a bit. We need to talk about the invasion of these women's physical space... https://t.co/a96YwTZANw

    — Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 2, 2019


    https://mashable.com/article/kamala-harris-man-takes-mic-move-on-festival/

     
    Bonus:
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/protester-who-interrupted-sanders-rally-in-2016-takes-mic-from-kamala-harris

    I have a certain hunch that this was staged, but Steve has a near infallible sense for these things. What does he think?

    • Replies: @bored identity
    bored identity knows from experience that Uncle Sailer never spills the beans before the swine...or something like that.

    He also prefers charts, diagrams, and patterns of not so hidden, hate figures (and facts), over reading from the entrails of the random event.

    That's exactly how he built his uniquely reprllent reputation over decades.

    When the times come, he will cast his vote.

    Or maybe not.
  • I was in Kabul a decade ago when Wikileaks released a massive tranche of US government documents about the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. On the day of the release, I was arranging by phone to meet an American official for an unattributable briefing. I told him in the course of our conversation what...
  • @RobinG
    Great post, but your last sentences stopped me from hitting AGREE. [The tiny minority which considers killing foreigners a bad idea, especially when it is the entire basis of US foreign policy, is powerless to do anything about it. If they try, they’ll end up like Assange.]

    If that (the "tiny" part) is true, then all the religious types (I'm mostly familiar with Christians) who decry the slaughter and appeal for 'human rights' are really hypocrites who, in their heart of hearts, couldn't care less? Or, as I've mused, it's not their hearts, it's their lizard brains that are so callous: eat you before you eat me.

    Also objectionable is the resignation to powerlessness. Such defeatist mindset precludes any action. Are we so hopeless? Must I agree? Sad.

    Thank you, Robin. I’m Christian myself, but most of the anti-war Christians I know are within my extended family. There is no large scale anti-war movement within Christian churches, indeed no detectable anti-war movement at all. So the tiny part is true. As far as the powerlessness is concerned, the highest ranking anti-war person I am aware of in the US government is Representative and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard. No one gives her the least chance of getting the Democratic presidential nomination and she is despised by the Democratic political establishment and the mainstream media, as was the case with Republican anti-war Representative Ron Paul several years ago. I don’t think this necessarily precludes any action. Political campaigning can be a chance to spread the truth on a small scale and truth is important. And there are certainly many charities which exist to aid the victims of US policy; this can make an important difference in the lives of individuals even if the policy is not changed. But barring a miracle (and as a Christian, I can never rule that out) I think the only thing that can change US policy is a catastrophic military defeat and the economic and political fall-out from that.

  • Kirt says:

    Assange is a noble and tragic figure. His mistake was being naive enough to believe that once Americans found out that their government was wantonly murdering assorted foreigners in their name, they would be outraged and demand that it stop. In reality the majority of Americans are ignorant and apathetic, they don’t know and they don’t care. What’s more they resent anyone who, like Assange, seeks to remedy their ignorance and apathy. A substantial minority of Americans think it is a really good idea to murder foreigners and are so much in favor of the US ruling the world that they call Assange a traitor for daring to go against the US government. It matter not to them that he is not even an American citizen; he dared oppose the US government. The tiny minority which considers killing foreigners a bad idea, especially when it is the entire basis of US foreign policy, is powerless to do anything about it. If they try, they’ll end up like Assange.

    • Replies: @RobinG
    Great post, but your last sentences stopped me from hitting AGREE. [The tiny minority which considers killing foreigners a bad idea, especially when it is the entire basis of US foreign policy, is powerless to do anything about it. If they try, they’ll end up like Assange.]

    If that (the "tiny" part) is true, then all the religious types (I'm mostly familiar with Christians) who decry the slaughter and appeal for 'human rights' are really hypocrites who, in their heart of hearts, couldn't care less? Or, as I've mused, it's not their hearts, it's their lizard brains that are so callous: eat you before you eat me.

    Also objectionable is the resignation to powerlessness. Such defeatist mindset precludes any action. Are we so hopeless? Must I agree? Sad.
  • There are two main types of mass shooters: - Suicide Mass Shooters who stick around to finish off wounded at the personal cost of dying or going to prison for life. Suicide Shooters tend to be white or Asian, although the Virginia Beach guy was black. - Murder Mass Shooters who wound many while trying...
  • I figured the shooter was not white because this would have been mentioned ad nauseam if he was. So I headed over to this site to find out what he actually was.

  • I loved the Game of Thrones series when it first got started. I watched it on the recommendation of Greg Hood’s Counter-Currents reviews of
  • Kirt says:

    Martin is a talented writer, but he got lost in his own maze of plots. He could never have completed the series so the much less talented TV writers had to. As far as Brandon having the best story, that’s absurd. Brandon was a bore. That’s actually not a bad quality for a ruler, but it’s unattractive to a TV audience. If they decide to go for a GoT2, expect Bran to be gruesomely assassinated in the very first episode.

  • Long-time iSteve favorite, the often tired and emotional EU supremo Jean-Claude Juncker, summed up his views in a speech that sounds like I wrote it for him. From CNN: "Jean-Claude Juncker" would be a great name for the villain in a Die Hard sequel. Okay, but isn't acting in solidarity with those
  • “Jean-Claude Juncker” would be a great name for the villain in a Die Hard sequel.

    Steve, you crack me up!

  • From the New York Times opinion page: Did I mention I wrote a novel? Did I mention I have an
  • Classic iSteve bait – Sophie makes it too easy!

  • Jeeves, the excellent valet of Mr Wooster, had an ace up his sleeve: if going was tough, he had used his access to the records of the
  • Profound analysis by Mr. Shamir. It confirms that one of the important reasons for the decline of freemasonry is the monopolization of political conspiracy by the intelligence services. Who needs the lodge when you have the CIA. An aspect of the rule of spies that Mr. Shamir does not touch on is the legitimization of this rule through popular culture. This started with the James Bond novels and movies and by now has become ubiquitous. Spies and assassins are the heroes of the masses. While secrecy is still needed for tactical reasons in the case of specific operations, overall secrecy is not needed nor even desirable. So you have thugs like Pompeo actually boasting of their villainy before audiences of college students at Texas A&M and you have the Mossad supporting the publication of the book Rise and Kill First which is an extensive account of their world-wide assassination policy. They have the power; now they want the perks that go with it, including being treated like rock stars.

    • Replies: @israel shamir

    Who needs the lodge when you have the CIA
     
    Good explanation of freemasonry's decline, Kirt!
    As for popular culture - almost all latest cinema characters are spies - like Avengers))
    , @Paw
    Mr.Shamir = Xrays eye ! Yes , the criminals are the victims of their crimes,too.
    , @annamaria
    "Yes, they were and are stupid. They are no sages, evil or benevolent. My main objection to the conspiracy theorists is that they usually view the plotters as omniscient and all-powerful. They are too greedy to be all-powerful, and they are too silly to be omniscient."
    The impunity of the Deciders (that is, the lack of a healthy protective response by a society) has been killing the host along with the parasites.
  • From the New York Times: In the U.S., the secret ballot was known in the late 19th century as the "A
  • Kirt says:
    @AKAHorace
    How many times do we have to see polling organizations badly predict election results due to a bias towards the leftist party?

    Is this a bias in the polling organizations or the "Shy Tory effect", people being unwilling to admit to polsters that they will vote for right wing candidates ? Would love to hear comments from Australians about this.

    It’s not either/or. Bias in polling organizations, which are believed quite correctly to be part of the ruling establishment, leads to the “shy Tory effect”. This is bound to increase as people observe (in Australia just recently as well as the US and other countries) that you can lose your job and suffer other punishments for holding politically incorrect opinions. As long as the ballot remains secret, you can always lie to the SJW inquisitors about whom you voted for.

    • Replies: @Wilkey

    Bias in polling organizations, which are believed quite correctly to be part of the ruling establishment, leads to the “shy Tory effect”. This is bound to increase as people observe (in Australia just recently as well as the US and other countries) that you can lose your job and suffer other punishments for holding politically incorrect opinions. As long as the ballot remains secret, you can always lie to the SJW inquisitors about whom you voted for.
     
    Is it "shy Tories," or is it that Tories tend to be a little older and that older people grow increasingly tired and distrustful of organizations and random phone callers asking our political opinions? There are lots of places and people to whom I'm willing to admit my political leanings, including to my wife's co-workers, who lean far to the left. But who the hell is that guy or girl calling me on the phone, are they really who they say they are, how are they going to store my answers, and who are they going to give or sell it to?

    It has nothing to do with shyness.
    , @bored identity



    This is bound to increase as people observe (in Australia just recently as well as the US and other countries) that you can lose your job and suffer other punishments for holding politically incorrect opinions.

    As long as the ballot remains secret, you can always lie to the SJW inquisitors about whom you voted for.

     
    ....and that's how Biden crumbles.
    , @Wilkey
    As long as the ballot remains secret, you can always lie to the SJW inquisitors about whom you voted for.

    If you're a respectable, decent person, telling the truth about how you voted may be worth as much as (or more than) your vote itself.

    We need good people out there telling people that it's ok to vote for Trump, and for issues like immigration enforcement. You don't have to tell it to the pollsters, but for the love of God please tell it to your coworkers and friends. You don't even have to say that you like Trump. I sure don't. Just acknowledge that some of his issues are important enough that we leaders who are more like him than like Hillary or Obama.
    , @Sam Malone

    As long as the ballot remains secret, you can always lie to the SJW inquisitors about whom you voted for.
     
    Which leads me to wonder if in future the ballot will be allowed to remain secret.
  • From a new paper: It's not clear if left-handers tend to be overall better fighters or if they just enjoy an advantage from being in the minority and thus their opponents are less familiar with their style of fight
  • This is “common knowledge” which has been around apparently for millenia. So has the intuitive explanation – lefties are used to fighting righties, but righties are not used to fighting lefties.

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine:
  • Between flight from white and expulsion from white (term applies only to northern and maybe southern and eastern Europeans, depending on whom you ask), you’re bound to get a contraction in the white population even without a falling birthrate. Far from being a privilege, there is not a single advantage and many disadvantages in the contemporary US that derive from claiming to be white.

  • From the National Post of Toronto: Presumably, most Indigenous women in Canada who are murdered are murdered by Indigenous men who are drunk and enraged and soon regretful they just murdered their loved one. But if you want to automatically make that first degree murder ... Uh, I thought goodthinkers in Canada were concerned that...
  • OK, you got me! Does anybody know what 2SLGBTQQIA is? Anybody? Bueller?? Er, I mean Buller.

    • Replies: @Oleaginous Outrager
    two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (2SLGBTQQIA+)

    2S:

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/two-spirited-indigenous-conversation-1.3524020
    , @Hypnotoad666
    I think the "QQ" may refer to people who are doubly-queer.
    , @haddox
    Take off, eh. Some research findings for you hosers . . .

    -2S is two spirit. Can also be T or TS. Seems to be a Canadian indigenous deal.
    -the Qs are queer or questioning (also a ? mark)
    -I is intersex (not sure)
    -A is (straight) ally. Sometimes SA (echt?)
    -looks there can be up to 3 other Ts (tansgender, transexual, transitioning).
    -And then there can be a + at the end to cover any other identities.

    So theoretically 2SLGBTTTQ?ISA+. . hitting great password entropy at this point
    , @Dtbb
    I came up with one but got deservedly whimmed.
    , @TheMediumIsTheMassage
    I'll give it my best shot: Two-spirit (it's a native American thing that has something to do with sexuality, that's as much as I know), no idea what the 'S' stands for (it surely can't be straight), lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, no idea what the second Q is, intersex, and asexual.
    , @RonaldB
    Joys of google:
    http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/pride-month-celebration/c
  • Since the 1960s, there have been sporadic reactions in film against emergent liberal hegemonies in culture. In the early 1970s, when the social changes borne of the countercultural 1960s were, in very short order, becoming the mainstream culture and translating into the disastrous social policies of that era, there were occasional sympathetic depictions from Hollywood...
  • Kirt says:

    I’d highly recommend Dragged, but not if you’re looking for light entertainment with a happy ending. It’s quite serious and rather depressing. It’s extremely well done. One slight criticism I have from the standpoint of credibility comes from some scenes at the end where duffle bags supposedly full of gold bullion are being slung around as if they weighed no more than 40 or 50 pounds at most. In reality, I think that much gold would probably weigh several hundred pounds and not be portable at all by one man, perhaps not even by two.

  • My favorite Martin Scorsese film is Gangs of New York (see my review
  • Gangs of New York is one of the worst movies ever made.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    Gangs of New York (2002) was flawed, definitely not "worst." Of the films of the past few years the "worst" application can be applied to the racialist, Body Snatchers rip-off Get Out (2017). This malignant dreck gave white SJW-types the vapors because everything black people do is genius.
    , @Che Guava
    I agree, too, but the book is fascinating, and well worth reading.
  • From the New York Times: So these "False Fears" are not so false. In fact, they represent the grand strategy of the Democratic Party to import enough future Democratic voters to turn the U.S. into a one-party country, unified mostly by constantly whipped-up hatred for the former majority. After all, the New York Times runs...
  • Kirt says:
    @216
    Number of Christian Prime Ministers of Japan

    Number of Christian Prime Ministers of Israel

    Percentage of Christians in each country

    Taro Aso, a Christian, was Prime Minister of Japan for a brief time and is currently deputy Prime Minister. There may have been other Christian Prime Ministers of Japan; I don’t know. There has of course never been a Christian Prime Minister of Israel. The percentage of Christians in both countries is pretty small – 2% in Israel, 2.3% in Japan.

    • Replies: @anon

    There has of course never been a Christian Prime Minister of Israel.
     
    the real question is has there ever been a non-racist, non-supremacist Prime Minister of israel?
  • Outrageous cultural appropriation by Sports Illustrated!

  • This translates to nine months plus the nine months already served, which is the full length of time that the prosecution asked for (probation office asked for 12 months). Here is how this stacks up
  • I feel sorry for this naive lady who basically was found guilty of being Russian when anti-Russian hate hysteria is at an all-time high in the US.

    • Agree: Hail
  • Andrew Yang - THE WAR ON NORMAL PEOPLE (
  • I read The War on Normal People two or three months ago and agree with Yang’s promotion of the UBI without considering it necessarily a cure-all. As a believing and practicing Christian, I’m inclined to consider spiritual factors as more important than strictly material ones in determining societal as well as individual health. That said, I may well vote for either Yang or Gabbard in the Demo primary. Both of them have some good points and so are not merely “lesser evils” as compared to Trump.

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
    We need a "lesser evil" than Trump ?

    You won't be voting Democrat then.
  • Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers (1959) marked his transition from writing juvenile pulp science fiction to serious novels of ideas, in this case setting forth a highly reactionary and militarist political philosophy. Paul Verhoven’s 1997 film of Starship Troopers takes quite a few liberties with Heinlein’s plot but manages to capture its spirit and communicate...
  • It’s accurate to call the movie a parody of the book – an entertaining parody, but parody nonetheless. I’d still like to see a movie which more closely follows the book. I’d also like to see a movie made of Glory Road, my favorite Heinlein novel.

    • Agree: atlantis_dweller
    • Replies: @Tom Welsh
    Exactly right. To my mind, it was a malicious parody deliberately crafted to misrepresent Heinlein's ideas in the worst possible light.

    At a time, moreover, when such a misrepresentation would be likely be popular and make money.
    , @Tom Welsh
    As I pointed out in an Amazon review (possibly now removed for some reason), a film of "Starship Troopers" without powered suits is like a film of "Midway" without aircraft carriers.

    If it wasn't technically possible to do the powered suits, the project should have been abandoned.
    , @Wrench
    I loved Glory Road
  • Two very different political waves are sweeping through the Middle East and north Africa. Popular protests are overthrowing the leaders of military regimes for the first time since the failed Arab Spring of 2011. At the same time, dictators are seeking to further monopolise power by killing, jailing or intimidating opponents who want personal and...
  • Betting that any revolution becomes a bloody mess and puts in a regime worse than the one overthrown is a bet I’ll win about 95% of the time – more than that in the ME and Africa. And I certainly hope that the slogan “Christ at the heart of the Revolution” does not become widespread or widely known. It just sets up Christians to be blamed for the next genocidal blood-letting in the Moslem world. In fact, Christ specifically repudiated the idea that his mission was to overthrow the rulers of his time.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Christ specifically repudiated the idea that his mission was to overthrow the rulers of his time. Muslims say the same thing, even while talking out the other side of their mouth.

    The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father.
  • It’s fitting that it is happening to Dan Crenshaw. The freshman representative from Texas, a former
  • They’re over here to a large extent because we’re over there. This doesn’t just apply to the Middle East and Africa. US interference (including the massive use of death squads) in South and Central America and Mexico have led to much of the huge Latin American immigration to the US in recent years, not to mention the spread of drug use in the US, which the violent interference of the US in Latin America was supposed to prevent.

  • David Lynch’s third feature film is his 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic Dune. Herbert’s Dune is widely hailed as a masterpiece, while Lynch’s Dune has a much more mixed reputation, tending toward the negative. When I first saw Lynch’s Dune, I was deeply disappointed. Herbert’s novel had left a powerful and vivid...
  • Dune is one of my favorite movies despite the flaws. Trevor Lynch is outstanding in analyzing both the good and not-so-good aspects of David Lynch’s work. Now Villeneuve will know what to do and what to avoid.

    • Agree: Andrei Martyanov
    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov

    Now Villeneuve will know what to do and what to avoid.
     
    He already stated that his major influence is Lynch's Dune. I do not watch Lynch's Dune (I have both versions--2 hour and 3 hr. 15 min., disowned by Lynch ) anymore for story--it is a mental-visual experience, I wish Lynch elaborated even more on Dune's visuals.
  • “Unlike other presidents, I keep my promises,” Trump boasted in a one-year warning” before taking drastic
  • Many if not most of Trump’s supporters are Christian Zionists who support the most hard-core elements of the Israeli settlers. So Trump is giving them exactly what they want and they love him for it. There is no conflict between this and his family ties and his non-stop choosing of neo-con advisors. What’s more, relentless support of Israeli nationalism is the one issue on which the Dems dare not criticize him, other than leftists like AOC and Muslims like Omar. And of course, he wants the criticism of people like that. I didn’t vote for him in 2016 and won’t in 2020, but it’s increasingly hard to see him losing in 2020, absent a severe recession or a catastrophic military defeat for the US.

    • Replies: @Bill

    it’s increasingly hard to see him losing in 2020
     
    He's going to win MI and PA again? After the tax cut? And the no wall? And the trade strategy focusing on protecting corporations' IP?
  • Update: Bibi is expected to be able to form a right of center coalition, his 4th straight win and 5th going back to 1996. He won't last forever, but he seems at this point like the most influential political figure of the last quarter of a century worldwide. Israeli elections are usually pretty close, and...
  • @Anonymous
    The way it was explained to me Bibi (via his coalition) has this thing locked up. The job of the President of Israel now is to meet with all elected officials and to ask them who they think should be PM; Bibi's coalition won the majority of seats and the parties that supported him will all recommend him to be the PM. The President could ignore the will of the Knesset and pick whomever he wants to be PM, but this is like the theoretical powers of the Queen of England, or the "possibility" for members of the electoral college to vote for whomever they like; it's just not a done thing, in other words.

    If anybody with more knowledge of the Israeli system wants to correct my understanding of the situation I'd appreciate it.

    Assuming Bibi is the man, the question confronting him is not dissimilar to the one Trump faced: does he make good on his campaign promises and throw red meat to his right-wing base, or attempt a more moderate stance to assuage international sensibilities (most especially those of Israeli Jews)? Israel's never had a more sympathetic White House; my sense is Trump will back Netanyahu on almost anything, if only to goad Ilhan Omar into making more ill-advised Tweets. Does Bibi seize the moment, do whatever unpleasant things he feels ultimately must be done? Or does he just try to meander along in relative placidity?

    Bibi will continue to do unpleasant things and Trump will continue to support him. That’s Bibi being Bibi and Trump being Trump.

  • From the Jerusalem Post: In 20
  • Are Gantz and his Israeli military junta really any more affiliated with American Democrats than Bibi is? As far as the matter of how to treat Palestinians is concerned (and this seems to be the core of the leftist objections to Israel), Gantz doesn’t even pretend to be any less anti-Palestinian than Bibi. He even posted a now notorious campaign video boasting of how he had run up the Palestinian body count and bombed parts of Gaza back into the stone age. He won’t be any more popular than Bibi is with Omar and any candidates of the Demos whom she influences.

  • In Israel, the New Right party (e.g., Naftali Bennett) to the right of Bibi trolls/triggers its critics. From the Times of Israel:
  • Ayelet Shaked is hot and Israeli campaign ads a lot more amusing than the boring American ones. Since all the candidates who have a chance in the upcoming elections are ultra-right nationalists, the Israelis might as well vote for the one who looks sexiest. She definitely beats out Bibi and Benny Gantz.

    • Replies: @Clyde

    Ayelet Shaked is hot
     
    Hot and she knows it! But she's no dope. Check out her wiki.

    [10] At Tel Aviv University, she obtained a BSc in electrical engineering and computer science. She began her career in the Tel Aviv high-tech industry,[1] working as a software engineer at Texas Instruments and later becoming manager of the company's marketing.
     
  • Applying the same happiness index As in the case of marital status, controlling for age does not attenuate the relationship. To the contrary, it actually modestly strengthens it, especially among younger cohorts. Okay, but belonging to a church creates a sense of community. Maybe the benefits are entirely secular rather than spiritual. Yeah, maybe. Score...
  • Why only give the stats for non-Hispanics whites? It would be interesting to see the stats for other racial/ethnic groups. While I suspect the overall trend would be the same (believers happier than non-believers, religious practitioners happier than non-practitioners) there might be interesting differences in degree among various groups.

    • Replies: @Audacious Epigone
    Touche.
  • And then they came for Morris Dees ... Here, suddenly, is the Southern Poverty Law Center's web biography of its co-founder but now Junk mail genius Morris Dees has been one of the grand rogues of American public life for decades. His minions at the SPLC were tiresome pests, but, personally, I'm going to miss...
  • Race or sex – maybe both. Nobody gets fired for fund raising success no matter how dishonestly done or personally exploited.

  • These days, white people enjoy so much White Privilege that Arab-Americans are plotting how to renounce their whiteness. From LAist:
  • The only purpose for the census question in any form is to help the distribution of bennies for favored ethnic groups and the establishment of disabilities for unfavored ones (whites and sometimes Asians). Since white is the most unfavored group, there is no advantage whatsoever to claiming to be white on a census form.

  • The ever more popular Theory of Intersectionality sure brings out the best in people. Yesterday, we heard from a black New York Times ex-writer,
  • All women should play patriarchy chicken and then we men can decide which to step aside for and which to permit a collision.

  • Breaking news from CNN:
  • I guessing Jewish for this kid.

  • In contrast to Israel supporters, recent iSteve regular
  • Everybody is descended from some family or other. Has Rep. Omar introduced some legislation to benefit the Isaaqis?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    'Everybody is descended from some family or other. Has Rep. Omar introduced some legislation to benefit the Isaaqis?'

    If not, she'd best get started. The Israel Lobby's built up a hell of a lead.
    , @Henry's Cat
    The first clue will be who she employs on her personal staff.
    , @J.Ross
    Whereas the Christian thumb-twiddling about angels on the head of a pin actually had a legitimate philosophical pursuit, an enormous amount of time is wasted by Muslims agonizing over claimed Prophetic descent and consequent patrimony. Muhammad was not only a prophet but an earthly authority with a government, and any family connection to him or his officers, no matter how tenuous, is taken pretty seriously. This is the original basis of Shi'ism (which subsequently invented mysticisms far more logical than "we think that other guy should have won"), but also of numerous Sunni cultural institutions such as the title Sayyid (which denotes a descendent of the prophet; != Sa'id, which is a name). There are also hilariously serious claims to be descended from the Companions of the Prophet. This is what happens when you don't require clerical celibacy.
    , @duncsbaby

    Everybody is descended from some family or other. Has Rep. Omar introduced some legislation to benefit the Isaaqis?
     
    If you had read iSteve's article a little more closely you would know that Rep. Omar is no friend of the Isaaqis.

    Personally I find this very fascinating. Omar was a member of the privileged elite in Somalia & now is crafting out for herself a membership in America's new privileged elite by positioning herself as a member of the oppressed. Nifty trick.
  • OK, but isn’t that just 3 different guys having a little fun spoofing how Jussie and the brothers must have rehearsed the attack? Or am I applying too rigidly the principle of don’t disbelieve anything until you see it on youtube?

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing
  • Steve, your proposal for annual hate hoax awards to be known as “jussies” reminds me to ask if there was ever a “male of the year” award for 2018. If there was, my bad for missing it.

    • Replies: @slumber_j
    Yeah: we need a Male of the Year now more than ever in Donald Trump's Divided America.

    The first award brought forth perhaps my favorite Steve Sailer sentence ever:

    The 2015 iSteve Male of the Year award goes to a man who vividly represents so many facets of the American male in the 21st Century: his diversity, vagueness, obscure heritage, strange destiny, poverty, multiculturalism, dreams of violence, feelings of guilt, terrible job, worse friends, professional cuckoldry, and vague, gnawing awareness that he’s just a hapless patsy in much larger schemes that, if he could only understand them, would turn out to be even stupider than he is.
     
  • Whaddaya think?
  • If you’re Trump, you declare yourself the winner no matter what happens. It’s what you do.

  • From The Atlantic print edition: Unfortunately, no link is given. I find interesting early notions of more modern ideas. For example, Plato's Republic's opening pages offer proto-versions of Adam Smith's division of labor idea and David Ricardo's comparative advantage idea, but don't develop them. Theophrastus was a philosopher, scientist, and teacher who was Aristotle's popular...
  • Violent men kill each other off. That’s fairly obvious.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    The resolution in every old crime drama was to have all the bad guys shoot each other.

    Watch Peter Gunn. Those old crooks couldn't kill each other fast enough. Today, we have the young crooks killing each other right and left in the big, violent cities. But for some reason, there's always a new generation of punks ready to take up the mantle of violence when the older guys die off or go to prison.
  • Unlike
  • Clearly this isn’t due to any increase in religious devotion among the Jews of Israel; indeed the opposite seems to be the case. Since religious dedication is usually associated with high fertility and secularization with falling birthrates, this makes for quite a puzzle. Have incentives sponsored by the Israeli government been a cause of this? Government incentives have been at best marginally effective in other countries. I’ve heard it suggested that fertility rises when people can see a bright future for their children, whether or not this perspective is accurate. If this is true, the Jews of Israel and particularly the less observant ones must foresee a future which is bright indeed.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    I think their universal conscription, which excludes the Arabs/Palestinians, is a big part of their cohesiveness and optimism. I mean, you spend a year or so of the most formative time in your life working as a team with your countrymen. Plus it helps the youths find Jewish mates and get going on the big family. Brilliant for a small country.
    , @Nachum
    All evidence shows that Israel is indeed seeing an increase in religious devotion. To a certain extent, it's always been there, but is now more recognized and more socially acceptable. About a quarter of Israeli Jews are fully observant Orthodox, and about another half are "traditional," a category that would rank as quite religious by American standards. Even the remainder, the "secular," often tend to be rather traditional. Only about one or two percent of the Jewish population describes itself as "anti-religious."
  • During some recent travels, I came across a copy of Lonely Planet: Cuba. The authors, who clearly sympathize with the country’s communist regime, nonetheless note the following: Cuba then fulfills the usual pattern for Latin America, with predominantly-white elites fighting among themselves to determine the country’s direction, with the black, Amerindian, and/or mixed-race majority remaining...
  • @Anonymous
    Trujillo, wasn't he assassinated by the CIA? I had an office in the Dominican Republic, back in the 80's. There were no black politicians. There were jokes about how you couldn't be elected if you were black.

    Right you are. The Cuban Commies launched an abortive invasion to get rid of Trujillo but it failed miserably. It was CIA assets who got the job done and then the US Navy was dispatched to chase his sons into exile. The CIA also went after Duvalier but the old voodoo witch doctor was more than a match for them and passed the rule on to his incompetent son, who lasted a surprisingly long time before ending up in exile and eventually broke in France.

  • I vaguely recall hearing many years ago that shortly after the Cuban revolution took power, one of the top leaders (I don’t remember if it was Fidel, Raul, or Che) said something to the effect of “We got rid of one ni##er dictator (Batista) and now we have two to go (Duvalier and Trujillo)”. Anyone else remember something like this?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Trujillo, wasn't he assassinated by the CIA? I had an office in the Dominican Republic, back in the 80's. There were no black politicians. There were jokes about how you couldn't be elected if you were black.
    , @Gleongelpi
    I don't know if any of them said that, but Batista was a mix-blood man: White, black and oriental.
  • On January 25 2018 YouTube unleashed the latest salvo in the war on conspiracy theories,
  • Politics is the very art of conspiracy although conspiracy is not confined to politics. Official conspiracy theories (Russiagate, to give a current example) should inspire much more skepticism than dissident conspiracy theories. But any theory should be subject to analysis and challenge. If a theory is impossibly convoluted or unfalsifiable, ignore it. Also, the vague generalization “it’s all part of the conspiracy” is not helpful at all. It suggests that there is only one conspiracy and that conspiracy explains everything – sort of like Divine Providence, but malevolent.

    • Replies: @Wade

    Politics is the very art of conspiracy although conspiracy is not confined to politics.
     
    Good point. Here's how I've often thought of it: What's the difference between collusion and conspiracy? We have for decades referred to collusion and how it should be avoided in certain contexts. Think about the economics profession's attention to anti-trust and trust-busting. You could just as easily call it economic-conspiracy-busting.

    Every time the board of a company makes plans to merge with another company, or sell out to corporate raiders, but hides this information from middle management and the rest of the employees until the last possible moment is a conspiracy against the interests of all the workers who might, individually, be better off if they were aware of the plans in advance.

    Most collusion when it occurs against the general interest has to be accomplished primarily in secret, at least in the initial stages of carrying it out, so that society doesn't get a chance to mobilize an effort to stop it in time. For example The Federal Reserve Act was written in secret on Jekyll Island by private bankers colluding, or conspiring largely against the public will.

    I really don't get why the belief that conspiracies occur in secret against popular interests should, intellectually speaking, be all that controversial. Happens all the time.
  • The end of America’s unchallenged global economic dominance has arrived sooner than expected, thanks to the very same Neocons who gave the world the Iraq, Syria and the dirty wars in Latin America. Just as the Vietnam War drove the United States off gold by 1971, its sponsorship and funding of violent regime change wars...
  • The thought has struck me in the last few weeks that Trump may be the Gorbachev of the US. Gorbachev and his conflict with the Soviet deep state destroyed the Soviet Union, though both sides in that conflict wanted to strengthen it. Trump and the US deep state may be doing the same thing to the American world empire. Dare we hope?

    • Replies: @atlantis_dweller
    Although a minority of it, there's a slice of those in the backstage that plays on the same team as Trump. He would have been ousted already, if not.
    , @Sowhat
    Oh, yes! I hope. This may cause suffering amongst the Proles within the dissolving American Empire- those that receive their monthly pay checks from it but, we'll hopefully then be free of the chains of the MIIC and the FED/ World Bank and DEEP STATE mechanisms, hopefully.
  • From the New York Post this afternoon: Like I said last night, this one sounds so absurd that maybe it will turn out to be true, and we'll hear about it endlessly for the next 64 years, like we hear about Emmett Till every week these days. From the Boston Herald:
  • I’ll go with B. but it would be hilarious if some video turned up showing that D. was the case.

  • Fascism in its inception was a distinctly localised phenomenon, growing out of the specific concerns and obsessions of Italians in the immediate post-WWI period. For example, one of the main drivers in the formation of the movement that is little commented on today was the Dalmatian question. During WWI, Italy had been promised Dalmatia --...
  • My favorite Mussolini quote (apocryphal or not) – “It’s not impossible to rule the Italians, merely pointless.”

  • From the New York Times: So a child stood his ground while an adult banged a drum in his face? Probably some second cousins of Brett Kavanaugh went there, if you know what I mean. The school had advertised that students would attend this year’s Mar
  • Thanks to you and to Rod Dreher, Steve, for setting the record straight. I, one of my brothers, and many old friends are alumni of Covington Catholic High School.

  • The name, ‘The Southern Poverty Law Center’ (SPLC) is misleading. The SPLC does little to alleviate poverty, its own stated
  • At 233 out of 954, black nationalists have far more individual hate groups than any other ideology, although its possible that this is because similar whitish groups are broken out into many more different but related ideologies. Add up all the whitish ones and they may outnumber that 233, but given that whites far outnumber blacks in the US, that’s to be expected.

  • Julian Castro Tulsi Gabbard Kamala Harris As I've been pointing out since
  • @Uilleam Yr Alban
    Gabbard is particularly interesting. She has a Samoan-European Catholic father and a “Hindu” white as snow European mother.

    The Hinduism derives whence? The Hare Krishnas, one of the hordes of 60s-80s quasi-Hindu spiritual movements (cults?) that were en vogue among certain whites (including many Jews). (Why quasi-Hindu? Because Hinduism typically means castes determine ones spiritual merit and the ceiling of spiritual merit one can reach per incarnation, and random whitish “international” types do not have a caste.)

    As Age of Aquarius cults go the Hare Krishnas are relatively benign (cf. the Rajneeshies and their attempt to poison the water supply of some eastern Oregon yokels whose land they took over via electoral swamping).

    BUT - Gabbard’s family appears to have followed an offshoot led by a white guy surfer dude named Chris Butler, who has faced the typical accusations of abuse against devotees.

    How is this playing out in political posturing? Well, Gabbard just censured fellow HI Democrat Senator Hirono for trying to make Knights of Columbus membership (fundamentalist Catholic) disqualifying for the federal judiciary.

    Why does Gabbard care? Because if KofC membership is disqualifying for the judiciary, Chris Butler-brand Hare Krishnaism is disqualifying for the presidency.

    I’m not sure what the term “fundamentalist Catholic” is even supposed to mean, but the K of C guys I know are pretty much just regular guys. They go to church, take care of their families, cheer for their preferred sports teams and have a few beers every now and then. Like American Catholics in general, large numbers are Hispanic. I guess all that is fundamentalist by today’s standards. I understand Tulsi Gabbard’s father is a member of the K of C, so maybe that explains her objection to the anti-K of C positioning of her colleague.

    • Replies: @S. Anonyia
    A lot of my male relatives are members- Knights of Columbus is super mainstream and not even that "right" by traditionalist Catholic standards. It's the Catholic version of the Shriners, that's it. Good for Tulsi for calling out the other Democrats on this.
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe

    I’m not sure what the term “fundamentalist Catholic” is even supposed to mean, but the K of C guys I know are pretty much just regular guys. They go to church...and have a few beers every now and then.
     
    How long have they been working for Kavanaugh?
  • @APilgrim

    These ethnic cleansings are of recent vintage and thus relatively easy to reverse.
     
    False, 'these ethnic cleansings' date back to Time Immemorial.

    Industrial Age Technologies simply made 'these ethnic cleansings' more efficient.

    By “these ethnic cleansings”, I was referring to the ones which have taken place since the beginning of the current civil war, some within the last year or two, not to every ethnic cleansing which has taken place in that area since the time of Abraham. Many of the recent ethnic cleansings will be reversed. Some have been already as refugee Christians and Alawites have returned to areas from which they fled when ISIS was on the offensive.

  • Still don’t understand why everyone is so upset about the impending flood of Kurdish refugees. They are not threatened with massacre. The YPG has already cut a deal with the Assad regime. Indeed, both father and son Assad were pro-Kurdish in that the Assad regime was always a coalition of minorities – Alawite, Shia, Christian, Kurdish, and just enough Sunni Moslem Arabs. Assad never sent his army against the Kurds during the current civil war, considering them de-facto allies against the jihadists. It’s true that the YPG will have to give back some of the lands the US encouraged them to grab from the Arabs, but in turn, the Kurds will get back some of their own traditional areas such as the Afrin district when the Turks and their jihadist Arab mercenaries grudgingly withdraw under Russian pressure. These ethnic cleansings are of recent vintage and thus relatively easy to reverse. All this “we can’t betray our allies, the gallant Kurds” is just neocon propaganda to keep the war going for the sake of Israel, the jihadists, and the military industrial complex. The US has betrayed the Kurds so often by this time, that the Kurds already had a Plan B in place and are now implementing it.

    • Replies: @APilgrim

    These ethnic cleansings are of recent vintage and thus relatively easy to reverse.
     
    False, 'these ethnic cleansings' date back to Time Immemorial.

    Industrial Age Technologies simply made 'these ethnic cleansings' more efficient.
  • The Kurds fought against ISIS because ISIS attacked them, not to be doing the US a favor. At present, the Syrian Kurds of the YPG have already cut a deal with Assad, the Turks have “postponed” their threatened invasion (maybe cancelled it), the jihadists, except for the most fanatic, are negotiating surrender, and the Russians are using their diplomatic good will to smooth ruffled feathers all around. There’s unlikely to be a new refugee crisis; indeed refugees are already returning. Trump orders the pull out of US forces and peace starts breaking out all around. The horror! The horror!

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine:
  • Lists? Rankings? Time’s person of the year? What we’re all really waiting for is the iSteve Male of the Year.

    • Agree: vinny
  • From the UK Independent:
  • The US is way ahead of China on the air travel part; we’ve had a no fly list for more than a decade and a half. But we need to catch up on the rail travel part. Maybe first we need to have trains that are as fast as those in China so that the socially discreditable will actually want to ride them.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    Sometimes the Chicago Transit Authority at the train stations downtown Chicago will have the Constabulary set up a table with explosive sniffing machines and refuse to let you ride the train if you refuse this search of your body. I didn't sign up to be searched by CPD and simply walked to a different train station to take the train.
  • The New York Times runs a sizable article on the sentencing of the Israeli-American Jewish man who launched a thousand op-eds about how Trump was causing rising anti-Semitism by phoning in all those bomb threats to Jewish institutions in the U.S.. And yet, incredibly, the NYT never mentions the convict's name nor that he is...
  • I’m certainly glad that the NYT ran a large article and that the Israeli court was tough on him. I’m no fan of the NYT, but credit where credit is due. As far as his name is concerned, no one will remember it anyway. And since the headline describes him as American-Israeli, what else would he be but Jewish? A Palestinian would never be so described.

    • Agree: Tyrion 2
  • The Princess Bride is a classic. My kids watched it so often, they had not just the dialogue but the sound effects memorized.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Kirt, My two youngest daughters and I watch it every year after Thanksgiving dinner. "No more rhymes and I mean it, Any body want a peanut?"
  • One of the frequent comparisons that comes up in the Dissident Right is who was more correct or prescient, Orwell or Huxley. In fact, as the only truly oppressed intellectual group, the Dissident Right are the only ones in a position to offer a valid opinion on this, as no other group of intellectuals suffers...
  • In my estimation, That Hideous Strength, the final novel of the science fiction trilogy of C. S. Lewis, is the best and most prescient dystopian novel written – largely because it is so much more than just a dystopian novel. It combines great characters, imaginative fantasy from modern to medieval, and is a truly creepy horror story as well – with a hilarious happy ending which illustrates God’s very own sense of humor.

    • Replies: @Excal
    Orwell reviewed That Hideous Strength for the Manchester Evening News in 1945: search for 'lewisiana orwell'. He recommended it.

    1984 was published in 1949, so Orwell may well have been influenced by That Hideous Strength a bit.

    I disagree with Orwell's opinion that the atmosphere is The Man Who Was Thursday, however. Lewis wrote That Hideous Strength after he -- to Tolkein's lasting disgust -- had fallen under the spell of Charles Williams, and readers of Williams will easily recognise those distinctive elements. This is one reason it is so different in tone from the first two Space Trilogy novels.
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  • Question of the day – What do Cesar Sayoc, Avigdor Lieberman, and Pope Francis have in common? Props to the first with the correct answer. Anyone?? Bueller???