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    Who knew there were billions of people in North America? Or is that the expected population of North America once all the racists who believe in borders are dealt with? It's fascinating how Climate Change and Migration are concepts in wholly separate silos in the MSM mind. I'm no expert, but I take the idea...
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    If you care about climate change, shouldn't you want all those migrants to stay in their 3rd world low-emissions countries rather than our high emission/consumption society?

    If you care about climate change, shouldn’t you want all those migrants to stay in their 3rd world low-emissions countries rather than our high emission/consumption society?

    From the NY Times, November 4, 1990:

    Needless to say, few Earth Firsters actually practice Deep Ecology. Not many have given up their cars or unplugged their word processors. Even Dave Foreman, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and chomping on a cheeseburger in a Ramada Inn in downtown Tucson, Ariz., his home city, looks every bit the middle-class American he admits to being. “Certainly I recognize the contradiction in flying all over the country to give speeches about not doing that sort of thing,” Foreman says casually between bites. “There are constantly contradictions.”

    Foreman isn’t sure how many human beings the earth could support in a society that gave equal rights to all creatures. But Arne Naess, a Norwegian philosopher who coined the term Deep Ecology, once suggested, in all seriousness, a target population for the globe of 100 million people.

    Such thinking has lead some Earth Firsters to view human beings as, in Foreman’s words, “a cancer on nature.” Indeed, Foreman goes so far as to argue that the United States ought to be closed to immigration. His reasoning is that an influx of people striving to live a middle-class life in America will deplete our resources faster than if they’d remained home in the third world.

    Foreman has also suggested that such human tragedies as the AIDS epidemic and African famines can be viewed as examples of nature healing itself. Rather than send foreign aid to Ethiopia, he once argued, “the best thing would be to just let nature seek its own balance, to let the people there just starve.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/1990/11/04/magazine/if-a-tree-falls-in-the-forest-they-hear-it.html

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    LOL at the NY Times already 30 years ago:

    "target population for the globe of 100 million people", i.e., exterminate 98% of human life: yaaawn.
     
    But,

    "to argue that the United States ought to be closed to immigration" OMG! What kind of monster would "go so far"?!?!
     
    The NYT has been IYI for a long time.
  • From Rolling Stone: How Should France Rebuild Notre Dame? Much of the structure survived the blaze — but as rebuilding efforts move forward, the country will be left with a big question: What does the cathedral mean to 21st-century France? By EJ DICKSON ... But for some people in France, Notre Dame has also served...
  • Professor Jeffrey Hamburger: “[You] can’t just erase history. It’s there, and it has to be dealt with critically.”

    American SJW’s: “Hold our craft beers.”

  • A year and a half ago it seemed more likely that in April 2019 we'd be reading: "Philip Seymour Hoffman, Prince, Tom Petty, and now Tiger Woods ..." than "Tiger Woods, 2019 Masters champion ..." I have written once or twice over the years about Tiger Woods, who today won one of golf's four major...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Young golf pros don't want any distractions from concentrating on their games so they are intentionally boring. Old golf pros get more interesting in their interviews.

    Old golf pros get more interesting in their interviews.

    Everyone gets more interesting in their interviews as they get older. Just to name two I’ve read over the past few years, Jimmy Page and Bob Feller.

    And then there’s Quincy Jones. His 2018 Vulture interview is what every man should achieve: the day when you can speak without a fuck given.

  • Over the decades, I've noticed that whatever idea strikes me at a given moment is extraordinarily unlikely to instantly go viral over the Internet. Maybe a decade later, a TV commentator will introduce one of my perspectives to broad discourse, but my insights almost never take off in real time. For example, on Saturday I...
  • @Reg Cæsar

    No you’re just ahead of the game. Same thing happened to Shakespeare and Bach.
     
    Hardly. Shakespeare was a hit in his time. In the theater, you have to be. Bach was well-regarded too, but then went out of favor while his sons hit it big.

    orthogonal to the Zeitgeist
     
    When you consider the ages of SJWs, it would be more appropriate to call it the Zitgeist.

    In this case, most literally:


    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DneSqw4VAAAtz3K.jpg

    Celebrities opening up about skin problems.

    Um, that’s been going on almost a quarter century now. Just to name three off the top of my head: Katy Perry, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Naya Rivera. And it pre-dates social media. It goes back to broadcast television. It’s called “endorsing Proactiv.”

  • From MIT Technology Review:
  • This reminds me of one of the 23 questions Chuck Klosterman poses in his book Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs.

    Genetic engineers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a so-called super gorilla. Though the animal cannot speak, it has a sign language lexicon of over twelve thousand words, and an IQ of almost 85, and most notably a vague sense of self-awareness. Oddly, the creature (who weighs seven hundred pounds) becomes fascinated by football. The gorilla aspires to play the game at its highest level and quickly develops the rudimentary skills of a defensive end. ESPN analyst Tom Jackson speculates that this gorilla would be borderline unblockable and would likely average six sacks a game (although Jackson concedes the beast might be susceptible to counters and misdirection plays). Meanwhile, the gorilla has made is clear he would never intentionally injure any opponent. You are commissioner of the NFL: Would you allow this gorilla to sign with the Oakland Raiders?

    https://sites.google.com/site/23questions/

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    Not after the performance Gruden put in last year. Plus they already signed Burfict this offseason.
    , @Autochthon

    Though the animal cannot speak [except to mumble inarticulately], it has a sign language lexicon of over twelve thousand words, and an IQ of almost 85, and most notably a vague sense of self-awareness.
     
    Reduce the creature's weight by about four or five hundred pounds and it becomes indistinguishable from most of those already playing in the NFL....
    , @Reg Cæsar

    and most notably a vague sense of self-awareness
     
    Something our ruling class lacks.
  • Yes, there probably would be a comic called Black Viking. And to think that a real life “Black Viking,” Pro Football Hall of Famer/Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, gets hardly any props from the “we need positive black male role models” brigade.

  • Why is kidnapping for ransom so rare in the United States in the 21st Century? To be precise, kidnappings in custody disputes and for sex crimes (or for other motivations in which the kidnapper wants the victim around) remain a problem in the U.S. But unlike in some Latin American countries, kidnapping for ransom is...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Was Frank Sinatra Jr. a real kidnapping or was it faked? Roger McGrath was in highschool with Frank Jr., but I can't remember the outcome.

    Was Frank Sinatra Jr. a real kidnapping or was it faked? Roger McGrath was in highschool with Frank Jr., but I can’t remember the outcome.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Sinatra_Jr.#Kidnapping

  • CBS News in Los Angeles is keeping us up to date on all the latest about History's Most Famous Man: And then there's the prominent Haitian-Canadian rapper who performs in whiteface: Al Molson. Farrakhan added: "Nipsey Hussle and Russell Westbrook? Who are they? What happened to Nipsey Russell and Bill Russell? Why are there so...
  • “…how come we can’t make any money?” Louis, you need a business plan, like Morris Dees, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. They don’t care if the community is solvent as long as they are flush.

    If only the Nation of Islam had some yiddishe kops working for them.

  • Why is kidnapping for ransom so rare in the United States in the 21st Century? To be precise, kidnappings in custody disputes and for sex crimes (or for other motivations in which the kidnapper wants the victim around) remain a problem in the U.S. But unlike in some Latin American countries, kidnapping for ransom is...
  • @Ray P
    Was the Lindbergh baby the last truly famous ransom-case in the states?

    Three words: Frank. Sinatra. Junior.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Was Frank Sinatra Jr. a real kidnapping or was it faked? Roger McGrath was in highschool with Frank Jr., but I can't remember the outcome.
    , @Flip
    Eddie Lampert of Sears was kidnapped but talked them into letting him go after two days.
  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @swamped
    well, maybe it's only co-incidental but the highest women’s shoe heel heights seem to be located in states (& a territory) with the largest numbers of Hispanics. But that still doesn't account for the FLOTUS. As if Melania isn't already tall enough (for a woman) she also never seems to appear in public, no matter what high-priced, high fashion outfit she's decked out in, without the highest of high heels to match. She's often the tallest one in many White House photo's, towering over many visiting dignitaries. Whereas Frau Merkel always looks so short & dumpy.
    And for what it's worth, the late J.K.Galbraith, renowned liberal economist & Harvard prof., was 6'8" & lived to be nearly 100. A gentleman & a scholar to his last day. No shame in that.

    And for what it’s worth, the late J.K.Galbraith, renowned liberal economist & Harvard prof., was 6’8″ & lived to be nearly 100. A gentleman & a scholar to his last day. No shame in that.

    Can you say “outlier”?

  • From The Telegraph (UK): Man investigated by police for retweeting transgender limerick Camilla Tominey, associate editor Joani Walsh 24 JANUARY 2019 • 10:00PM A docker from Humberside has been investigated by police over a limerick he posted on Twitter after an officer claimed it constitutes a ‘hate incident’ against transgender people. Harry Miller, 53, from...
  • @eah
    Not unrelated: a society cannot attempt to emasculate men and boys, expecting no pushback or consequences.

    Rugby Australia says it intends to terminate Israel Folau's contract following a social media post by the full-back in which he said "hell awaits" gay people.

    https://twitter.com/BraveTheWorld/status/1115272282144952324

    I’ll keep asking this question until I get a satisfactory answer:

    What’s stopping the government from offering floundering men money in order to transition to female? Is it mental health risks associated with gender transitioning? If so, then why is this mental-health-threatening practice being celebrated by our culture?

    Men who are marginalized by society will remain a menace, and the time is coming when society either deals with it or faces a reign of terror like we have never seen.

    • Replies: @guest
    They're probably still working on the Terminal Man solution.
  • Our society is increasingly concerned about the existence of Racist Objects. From Los Angeles Magazine: Fulham is the second oldest pro soccer team in London, behind only Arsenal. They wear white jerseys. Unfortunately for Professor Kotler, Fulham lost its 9th straight and got relegated out of the elite Premier League earlier this month. Inspired by...
  • @Steve Sailer
    All these baseball teams that now tank and try to lose 100+ games so they can get better draft picks, the Houston Astros strategy, would get sent down to the minor leagues.

    The Baltimore Orioles were an independent minor league team for a long time. The owner sold Babe Ruth to the Boston Red Sox in the majors early, so he swore he wouldn't do that again. So, then when he got the best pitcher of the interwar era, Lefty Grove, he hung on to him for five seasons from age 20-24 because Lefty Grove sold tickets.

    The Orioles went 47-115 last year, so it would be fitting to relegate them to the International League where Lefty Grove toiled for five years.

    You think any players’ union would agree to that?

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @peterike
    OT, but speaking of shaming, white woman nutritionist in NYC opens a Chinese Restaurant focused on "clean" Chinese-American food. That is, Chinese food without all the garbage in it. Social media goes crazy calling her a horrible racist and Yelp has suspended comments to the restaurants' page.

    https://ny.eater.com/2019/4/9/18301861/lucky-lees-chinese-open-controversy-nyc

    Silly attractive white woman! How DARE you try to do something good!! It amazes me, though, that people can be so clueless as to not figure out what's going to happen to them.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/512740239576539136/JswCsdn5_400x400.jpeg

    OT, but speaking of shaming, white woman nutritionist in NYC opens a Chinese Restaurant focused on “clean” Chinese-American food.

    What was she thinking? That people would be cool with that?

    What's her joint's breakfast special, Brain Tumor Omelettes?

  • The Washington Post runs a long article about how, while the SPLC is trustworthy, co-founder Morris Dees was actually a white male and therefore had to go. In a series of emails and an interview with T
  • @Wilkey
    Of course the real problem here with Morris Dees, Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein, and all those other old fat fugly creeps is that where age and/or a shitty lifestyle used to slow you down quite significantly in your erogenous zone, these guys now have Cialis and Viagra to artificially keep them, um, humming along.

    Once upon a time an 80 y.o. who hit on a much younger woman would've just been a charming dirty old man. He wouldn't know what to do with you if he got you in the sack. Now these sad old creeps actually may be packing real heat down there. So for a young woman the creep factor has grown by like a billion.

    30 years ago if an 80 y.o. could actually manage to have sex maybe he actually was a catch, because it meant genuine virility. Not any more.

    Sometimes I wonder if the Hindus have it right. Spend age 24-48 working and raising a family, spend age 48-72 in an advisory role to younger people, then renounce worldliness at 72.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashrama_(stage)

    • Agree: Desiderius
  • @L Woods
    It’s as though current year mores are a conspiracy to disincentivize achievement. If you weren’t an early blooming jock/bmoc, there’s pretty much no reason to live as far as the good and the great are concerned.

    It’s as though current year mores are a conspiracy to disincentivize achievement. If you weren’t an early blooming jock/bmoc, there’s pretty much no reason to live as far as the good and the great are concerned.

    Then be mediocre. Maybe the greatest privilege of all is the privilege to be mediocre. Work just as much as you need to pay your bills. Don’t buy stuff you don’t want just to impress people you don’t know. Spend your life doing what makes you happy.

    • Replies: @Desiderius

    Don’t buy stuff you don’t want just to impress people you don’t know.
     
    That's not being mediocre, that's being a grownup.

    But you're right most of us have dropped out of that scene to focus on our families (not a euphemism) and communities. They need the love right now anyway.
    , @L Woods
    “Mediocrity,” unfortunately, no longer cuts it in winner-take-all America.
    , @anon

    Then be mediocre. Maybe the greatest privilege of all is the privilege to be mediocre. Work just as much as you need to pay your bills. Don’t buy stuff you don’t want just to impress people you don’t know. Spend your life doing what makes you happy
     
    good advice, especially "dont buy stuff you dont want just to impress people you don't know"

    i find that since i stopped watching TV and listening to radio i suddenly don't feel the need to buy all the junk they peddle

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Hate-Based Faith by Steve Sailer April 03, 2019 The recent upsurge among white liberals of their quasi-religious belief that racial differences in average behavior can’t possibly be real—what Matthew Yglesias calls “the Great Awokening”—is on a collision course with the routine workings of the criminal justice system, which...
  • I can’t wait for a lady rapper named Phyllis Killer.

    It turns out there’s a cover band based in Kansas City:

    https://www.facebook.com/Phyllis-Killer-142868894721/

    And a West Virginia roller derby player. Of course.

    http://www.beckleyareaderbydames.com/phyllis-killer.html

  • A book review in the New York Times that's a pretty funny exemplification of the main currents of the zeitgeist: Huh? Really? You don't say? In his new book, “Coders,” the longtime Wired magazine writer Clive Thompson works to describe those humans and exactly what their hands do. With an anthropologist’s eye, he outlines their...
  • @L Woods

    … He ends by describing how coal miners are now learning to code. The work that had seemed so complicated can be taught pretty easily, it turns out. The new Brahmins lose their power if everyone knows what’s behind the curtain, and that seems to be Thompson’s goal with this book. Algorithms are human tools, not magical spells.

    “You think miners can’t figure out how to write JavaScript?” he writes. “Think again.”
     
    The author is a twit, but he's correct enough on this point. The military has retrained a great many of its enlisted ranks (often former mechanics, cops, and other blue collar types) into cyber careers, although the degree of technical sophistication is broadly rudimentary in comparison to the high-flying elements of the commercial sector.

    The military has retrained a great many of its enlisted ranks (often former mechanics, cops, and other blue collar types) into cyber careers, although the degree of technical sophistication is broadly rudimentary in comparison to the high-flying elements of the commercial sector.

    Yes, and being in the military means you have to have some semblance of cognitive ability. As our blogger buddy stated after Hurricane Katrina:

    Almost nobody in the media is aware of the vast investment the U.S. military has made over the last 88 years in IQ testing of potential recruits, and the huge number of correlation studies they have done comparing soldiers’ IQ with their actual performance…Because the U.S. military knows that bad things tend to happen to low IQ soldiers—and to their comrades who have the misfortune to be standing nearby—since 1991 only about one percent of new enlistees have IQs below the 30th percentile (i.e., an IQ of about 92)…well over 80 million Americans lack high enough IQs to become a buck private in our high-tech modern military.

    https://vdare.com/articles/more-on-the-new-orleans-nightmare-why-we-have-to-talk-about-racial-reality-even-if-john-podhoretz-says-we-can-t

    I’d like to know what percentage of coal miners have the cognitive skills required to get and keep a coding job.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    I’d like to know what percentage of coal miners have the cognitive skills required to get and keep a coding job.
     
    Since John L. Lewis openly declared his goal to make coal mining labor expensive enough the miners could send all their kids to college, I'm going to guess that the more intelligent people kept their kids out of the mines, while keeping the genuinely stupid out of the mines for the safety of everyone else. So probably very stupid or very smart miners are rare (plus which, smart people would do all they could to get out of mining an would be able to do so).

    Mine engineers are another thing. Most if not all are descended from other mine engineers, it's very much a family trade. It must pay really well.
  • Michelle Malkin is all over the web of connections among Jussie Smollett, various Smollett siblings, Chicago State's Attorney Kim Foxx, Senator Kamala Harris, Tina Tchen, and the Obamas: Tchen, who is approximately a 5'2"" East Asian woman, somehow qualifies as an Honorary Large-and-in-Charge Black Sister. Ever since January 21, 2017, Tchen has been getting all...
  • @Reg Cæsar

    #1 show on TV.
     
    Which would be what? #50 on YouTube?

    Behind dog-and-pony stick videos.

    The season premiere was watched by 18.44 million viewers and had a 5.2 rating in the 18–49 demographic, the highest rated Tuesday entertainment telecast in six years among adults 18–49, and television’s highest rated comedy telecast on any night in 3.5 years, since The Big Bang Theory in September 2014.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseanne_(season_10)#Ratings

    Here’s an article about the 1994-95 TV season with a ratings chart. The 2018 Roseanne
    reboot would have ranked below Walker, Texas Ranger and The Critic.

    The overall rating was 21, https://www.vulture.com/2014/08/1994-95-week-opening-essay-ratings-graphic.html

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    That's how it compared to other television shows. I asked how it compared with all video media.

    How important is television anymore?
  • @DuanDiRen
    Chicago seems to be having some problems:

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-drug-suspect-escapes-arrest-20190319-story.html

    I occasionally read Second City Cop Blog, and wonder about the pension / tax balance for Illinois. I'm sure it will all work out eventually.

    Chicago seems to be having some problems:

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-drug-suspect-escapes-arrest-20190319-story.html

    I occasionally read Second City Cop Blog, and wonder about the pension / tax balance for Illinois. I’m sure it will all work out eventually.

    Who sent you?

  • From Motherboard: IN MODERATION | By Joseph Cox and Jason Koebler | Mar 27 2019, 9:00am Facebook Bans White Nationalism and White Separatism After a civil rights backlash, Facebook will now treat white nationalism and separatism the same as white supremacy, and will direct users who try to post that content to a nonprofit that...
  • @Hail

    Facebook will now ban content that includes explicit praise, support, or representation of white nationalism or separatism
     
    Someone on Twitter has a good point:

    Is Flemish separatism now banned on Facebook?

    Catalonian nationalism?

    Scottish independence activism?

    All the above are groups of Whites. All are nationalist movements.

    All the above are groups of Whites. All are nationalist movements.

    No, White Group A hating White Group B is perfectly all right. In fact, it’s encouraged.

    • Agree: reiner Tor
    • Replies: @Hail
    This leads me to wonder whether the SPLC-Facebook anti-hate coterie considers Jews to be White. I presume they do.

    Will any mention of Israel, Zionism (Jewish nationalism), or Jewish Pride be banned?


    Israel Declared 'Nation-State of the Jewish People and Them Alone'
     
    I mean, talk about nationalism.
  • From The Guardian: This whole innocent until proven guilty thing has gotta go. Conversely, being likely proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt like Jussie Smollett shouldn't weigh you down assuming you have enough Intersectional Pokemon Points. Who? Whom? I'm not saying Stalin was a great guy or anything, but at least he wasn't English. Know...
  • @Reg Cæsar

    If anything, the dead guys should get affirmative action. They’re handicapped by their inability to promote themselves.
     
    Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.

    GK Chesterton, "The Ethics of Elfland", in Orthodoxy.

    Chesterton and Tolkien had Elfland, Rome, and CS Lewis in common.


    Chesterton, Tolkien and Lewis in Elfland

    Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.

    I’m Jewish and a G.K. Chesterton fan. I own copies of Orthodoxy and What’s Wrong With The World. I like how he exposed the follies of his day, follies which are being continued now. Anyone, religious or not, can relate to how Chesterton cut throught the nonsense ideas of his time. My people only endure because we give our dead ancestors a say in how we live.

  • @songbird
    I look forward to the day when we will resort to seeking out the witch-doctor with the best reputation for hexes, like they do in Zimbabwe. They are more effective than you'd think, when it comes to the redress of grievances.

    Support witch doctors. Voodoo doesn’t hex, people do.

    A doll-weilding society is a polite society.

  • @Anon7
    OK, I’ve changed my mind. Maybe Joe is right about that white man’s jurisprudential culture. Who are today’s vibrant thinkers competing with, anyway?

    Author Fonda Lee Decries Barnes & Noble Stocking J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert Jordan Books: We are Competing with ‘Dead Guys’

    Science Fiction and Fantasy author Fonda Lee, the writer of the Green Bone Saga, decried Barnes & Noble for stocking popular fantasy authors J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert Jordan.

    Lee would write on Twitter, “This is what modern fantasy writers are up against. In my local B&N, most authors are lucky to find a copy of their book, super lucky if its face out. There are 3.5 shelves for Tolkien. 1.5 for Jordan. Here’s who we compete against for shelf space: not each other, but dead guys.”

     

    It’s frustrating to be forced to compete with dead guys! That they are dead white guys just adds insult to injury. Great legal minds going all the way back to the Magna Carta, for chrissakes. Great legal minds going back to Roman times, or even earlier. Dead white guys piled one onto the other. It must feel good to just throw them off and start afresh.

    If anything, the dead guys should get affirmative action. They’re handicapped by their inability to promote themselves.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    If anything, the dead guys should get affirmative action. They’re handicapped by their inability to promote themselves.
     
    Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.

    GK Chesterton, "The Ethics of Elfland", in Orthodoxy.

    Chesterton and Tolkien had Elfland, Rome, and CS Lewis in common.


    Chesterton, Tolkien and Lewis in Elfland

  • @Achmed E. Newman

    Yes, I eat there. And I support gay marriage. Deal with it, world.
     
    That just great! For every #2 Spicy Chicken Combo you order, another homo couple has to travel all the way to the Castro district of San Francisco, with a side trip to the wine country, in order to get married. Have you no shame, sir?!

    BTW, is it "New Joisey Gye", is that right? I want to get it right.

    So I help out the airline and wine industries. You’re welcome.

  • @Whitney
    "You know when you’re standing in line at a coffee shop, trying to figure out what to order? Your mind races. How much caffeine can I handle today? Should I get that overpriced bagel?"

    I don't even understand how anyone can function in the world who has this much stress about ordering a cup of coffee. This is sad and pathetic.

    I don’t even understand how anyone can function in the world who has this much stress about ordering a cup of coffee. This is sad and pathetic.

    At Chick-Fil-A when asked for my name, I just give a letter.

    Yes, I eat there. And I support gay marriage. Deal with it, world.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Yes, I eat there. And I support gay marriage. Deal with it, world.
     
    That just great! For every #2 Spicy Chicken Combo you order, another homo couple has to travel all the way to the Castro district of San Francisco, with a side trip to the wine country, in order to get married. Have you no shame, sir?!

    BTW, is it "New Joisey Gye", is that right? I want to get it right.
  • @Steve Sailer
    How does Stephen Curry pronounce his name?

    I went with Steve rather than Steven because there is only one way to spell and pronounce it. People have enough problems with spelling "Sailer."

    How does Stephen Curry pronounce his name?

    “STEFF-en.” The first “e” is short. His full name is Wardell Stephen Curry II. His father, who went by “Dell,” played 16 years in the NBA and was named Sixth Man of the Year in 1994.

    Sometimes guys named “something junior” go by middle names to differentiate themselves. There were three generations of David Bells in baseball. One went by Gus, his son was Buddy, and Buddy’s son went by David.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    Still does. He’s the new manager of the Reds.
  • @Paul
    I have had my last name mispronounced in other countries -- particularly in non-English speaking countries in the third world. I did not know that people in the third world were so deeply racist. I now understand!

    I have had my last name mispronounced in other countries — particularly in non-English speaking countries in the third world. I did not know that people in the third world were so deeply racist. I now understand!

    No, when you mispronounce their names, you’re being racist, imperialist, and colonialist.

    When they mispronounce your name, they’re asserting their cultural sovereignty and performing a counter-narrative to Eurocentrism.

    ———–

    The world should be thankful I was raised by normal people. If I had SJW parents, I’d be dangerous.

  • @Ghost of Bull Moose
    Oh, you're supposed to give the coffee guy your real name?

    'And your name?'

    'Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfe­schlegel­stein­hausen­berger­dorff­welche­vor­altern­waren­gewissen­haft­schafers­wessen­schafe­waren­wohl­gepflege­und­sorg­faltig­keit­be­schutzen­vor­an­greifen­durch­ihr­raub­gierig­feinde­welche­vor­altern­zwolf­hundert­tausend­jah­res­voran­die­er­scheinen­von­der­erste­erde­mensch­der­raum­schiff­genacht­mit­tung­stein­und­sieben­iridium­elek­trisch­motors­ge­brauch­licht­als­sein­ur­sprung­von­kraft­ge­start­sein­lange­fahrt­hin­zwischen­stern­artig­raum­auf­der­suchen­nach­bar­schaft­der­stern­welche­ge­habt­be­wohn­bar­planeten­kreise­drehen­sich­und­wo­hin­der­neue­rasse­von­ver­stand­ig­mensch­lich­keit­konnte­fort­pflanzen­und­sicher­freuen­an­lebens­lang­lich­freude­und­ru­he­mit­nicht­ein­furcht­vor­an­greifen­vor­anderer­intelligent­ge­schopfs­von­hin­zwischen­stern­art­ig­raum, Senior.'

    At least that guy had the decency to go by “Hubert Blaine Wolfe+585.”

    People should be allowed to legally change their name to alphanumeric strings. Hell, in fifty years we’ll all be cyborgs anyway.

  • From the Jerusalem Post: In 20
  • @Achmed E. Newman
    Missed your comment, New Jersey guy, as I had an old page loaded up, and just wanted to give R.F. a hard time about it.

    Missed your comment, New Jersey guy, as I had an old page loaded up, and just wanted to give R.F. a hard time about it.

    Never let me stop you. There’s always room for more nitpicking on Unz.com.

  • With all the current emphasis on hearing from too-long suppressed Voices of Intersectional Diversity, we are getting a crash course in what Women of Color have on their minds. Which often turns out to be: Let's talk about how adorable I am. Let's complain about how white racism causes white people to constantly talk about...
  • @R.G. Camara
    Six months from now, from the same author, without any self-awareness:

    "Why have men suddenly decided I'm invisible?"

    This women's "novels" must suck ass, if she's so dang unaware of how humans work. Perhaps she should try writing woke scifi with John Scalzi instead?

    This women’s “novels” must suck ass, if she’s so dang unaware of how humans work. Perhaps she should try writing woke scifi with John Scalzi instead?

    She shouldn’t write fiction at all. She’d be of more use to the human race if she wrote biographies of prominent Korean-Americans.

  • From the Jerusalem Post: In 20
  • @Redneck farmer
    Well, they've got a better car than Jake and Elmo, so maybe that's a sign.

    Jake and Elwood.

    No red Muppets were in the Blues Brothers.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Missed your comment, New Jersey guy, as I had an old page loaded up, and just wanted to give R.F. a hard time about it.
  • Kids are taking over the streets in other countries, rallying and chanting and refusing to go to school one day a week. Young people across the world are striking to draw attention to the ravages of climate change. They are demanding -- with their bodies and their voices -- that the catastrophe each of them...
  • The only people who can claim any moral high ground here are the ones who wouldn’t post here.

    Because it’s against their religion to use the Internet.

  • I've long felt that black guys can do pretty well career-wise out of learning sports with few blacks in them, like tennis or soccer (in the U.S.) and going into instructing. From the Yale Daily News: Meredith allegedly used players to write his grad school papers BILL GALLAGHER & SKAKEL MCCOOEY 9:46 PM, MAR 16,...
  • @Buffalo Joe
    Walsh, I don't know what Meredith was paid at Yale, but for an eye popping look at college coaches' salaries, Google: 47 Ohio coaches that make more than $250k per year. These are not just Ohio State coaches but lesser level college coaches. Fencing coaches make over $250K, who knew?

    In 2017 there were 39 states where the highest paid state employee was a football or basketball coach. It would have been 41 if Duke and Stanford were public universities.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/22454170/highest-paid-state-employees-include-ncaa-coaches-nick-saban-john-calipari-dabo-swinney-bill-self-bob-huggins

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    nj, Thank you. College football coaches actually head programs that adds revenue to the state.
  • From The New Yorker: Moser was employed by the SPLC from 2001 to 2004 -- i.e., a long time ago. And yet the SPLC continued to be promoted by the Great and Good as the final, unquestionable arbiter of Virtue vs. Evil until, hopefully, last week. The firing of Morris Dees, the co-founder of the...
  • a massive modernist glass-and-steel structure that the social critic James Howard Kunstler would later liken to a “Darth Vader building” that made social justice “look despotic.”

    James Howard Kunstler is going to be looked back some day as the prophet of our times.

    • Agree: Cortes
  • In the early 20th Century, New York City had an enormous population of German gentiles, such as Babe Ruth's popular sidekick on the New York Yankees baseball team, Lou Gehrig, who was a Manhattanite born and bred: What happened to them? One half-German New Yorker moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and another changed his name...
  • @Daniel H
    German Americans have always been mellow, undemonstrative. In the 18th century Ben Franklin observed that they were just absorbed, swallowed into the great heartland and not a peep was heard from them. In New York City, even at their height, they couldn't keep up with the cunning and crafty Irish. Then came the Italians and Jews. And since the '50s, with all the newer ethnies, forget about it.

    German Americans have always been mellow, undemonstrative. In the 18th century Ben Franklin observed that they were just absorbed, swallowed into the great heartland and not a peep was heard from them.

    It’s a shame the whole country didn’t immigrate to America.

  • From the New York Times: The Case for Reparations A slow convert to the cause. By David Brooks Opinion Columnist March 7, 2019 ... Nearly five years ago I read Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Atlantic article “The Case for Reparations,” with mild disagreement. All sorts of practical objections leapt to mind. What about the recent African immigrants?...
  • @Neil Templeton
    It appears to be an intractable problem, but there is a solution. Given that he is 50% African slave and 50% Cracker, he is certain to have an indigent relative with unlimited need. If the indigent descends from the slave half, the Cracker half works hard every day to give 100% of his earnings to his African half, who then shovels half of his receipts to his indigent cousin. If the ne'er do well was Cracker spawn, our white slave half works his ass off every day to split his earnings 50% in reparations to his black slave half, and 50% to his bloodsucking Cracker relative. Any way you slice it, it's justice.

    It appears to be an intractable problem, but there is a solution. Given that he is 50% African slave and 50% Cracker, he is certain to have an indigent relative with unlimited need. If the indigent descends from the slave half, the Cracker half works hard every day to give 100% of his earnings to his African half, who then shovels half of his receipts to his indigent cousin. If the ne’er do well was Cracker spawn, our white slave half works his ass off every day to split his earnings 50% in reparations to his black slave half, and 50% to his bloodsucking Cracker relative. Any way you slice it, it’s justice.

    I can see an episode of The Twilight Zone where reparations are signed into law, a biracial person is denied them and he uses magic to split himself into two: a White and a Black, and the Black one extorts reparations from the White one. But the White starts to slack off, and the Black can’t kill him because he’d be killing himself.

    OK, this needs a little work.

  • @David In TN
    Some years ago Brooks' fellow neocon, the late Charles Krauthammer, advocated reparations in a column. Krauthammer termed it a one time thing which would end racial preferences, etc.

    Krauthammer termed it a one time thing which would end racial preferences, etc.

    This would have been me, responding to Krauthammer, had he said that to me:

  • From the Washington Post opinion section: If only Jews could find the courage to finally speak up about the hushed-up subject of anti-Semitism. When Americans think of anti-Semitism, they think of the Holocaust. ... This focus on the Holocaust gets Americans off the hook. ... But anti-Semitism is an American problem. ... It is this...
  • @njguy73

    May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants;
     
    Washington was addressing people who knew the Torah inside out. The audience for the letter knew that Washington recognized Jews and Europeans as sons of Abraham, who was descended from Noah's son Shem. Hence "Semitic." Abraham's descendants included the twelve tribes of Israel. The Jews, per the thought of the times, are descended from Levi, Judah, and Benjamin, while Europeans are from the other nine.

    Africans were considered descended from Noah's son Ham, who begat Cush, who is said to be the father of the East Africans; and Canaan, who is said to be the father of the desert tribes who were driven out of the Promised Land.

    And Noah's other son Japheth is said to be the father of Asians. One of Japheth's grandsons was Ashkenaz, who is said to be the father of West Asians. One theory posits that the Ashkenazim are the mixing of Semitic Jews with Armenians.

    So Washington's letter is no 18th-century example of modern-day "wokeness." He was very specific as to which races ranked where in the hierarchy of the day.

    Upon further review, the Japhetites seem to be some Western Europeans and some East Asians, while the Semites are Eastern Europeans and Middle Easterners.

  • @advancedatheist
    White slave owners in the Caribbean and in the American South had no trouble finding white women who wanted to marry them and bear their children, despite current nonsense about women's superior "empathy" and conscience about social injustice. You probably couldn't find an incel among them. Slave owners apparently had at least a bit of that "bad boy" thing going for them that women find irresistible.

    No wonder the Fire-Eaters were so adamant about keeping slavery legal, and why the sons of rich planter were against their father manumitting slaves in their will. It’s like, “You got to get chicks that way, and you won’t let me? Fuck that shit!”

  • @istevefan
    Left out of that quote from Washington's letter is this:

    May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants;
     
    That seems like an important qualification, and something that is subject to periodic reevaluation.

    May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants;

    Washington was addressing people who knew the Torah inside out. The audience for the letter knew that Washington recognized Jews and Europeans as sons of Abraham, who was descended from Noah’s son Shem. Hence “Semitic.” Abraham’s descendants included the twelve tribes of Israel. The Jews, per the thought of the times, are descended from Levi, Judah, and Benjamin, while Europeans are from the other nine.

    Africans were considered descended from Noah’s son Ham, who begat Cush, who is said to be the father of the East Africans; and Canaan, who is said to be the father of the desert tribes who were driven out of the Promised Land.

    And Noah’s other son Japheth is said to be the father of Asians. One of Japheth’s grandsons was Ashkenaz, who is said to be the father of West Asians. One theory posits that the Ashkenazim are the mixing of Semitic Jews with Armenians.

    So Washington’s letter is no 18th-century example of modern-day “wokeness.” He was very specific as to which races ranked where in the hierarchy of the day.

    • Replies: @njguy73
    Upon further review, the Japhetites seem to be some Western Europeans and some East Asians, while the Semites are Eastern Europeans and Middle Easterners.
    , @Anonymous

    One theory posits that the Ashkenazim are the mixing of Semitic Jews with Armenians.
     
    Is that why someone said Mark Krikorian is related to Jews?
  • @Steve Sailer
    Jews really don't like to talk about the Jewish role in South Africa.

    Jews really don’t like to talk about the Jewish role in South Africa.

    With all due respect, Mr. Sailer, what does that have to do with me? Any more than what people of your ethnic group did outside the U.S.?

  • @Mr McKenna

    My general feeling is that this stuff is just weaponized propaganda, but there seem to be an incredible number of Jews who actually, deeply, viscerally believe this stuff.
     
    Well yeah--a number of them are regular contributors to this comment forum..

    there seem to be an incredible number of Jews who actually, deeply, viscerally believe this stuff.

    I don’t.

    Well yeah–a number of them are regular contributors to this comment forum..

    I am.

  • As I point out in my new Taki's column "Truth or Trope?," Rep. Ilhan Omar has been savaged over and over for mentioning "tropes" that Jewish-Americans tend to have a fair amount of money and sometimes use it to influence American foreign policy in favor of Israel. A number of years ago, the same critics...
  • The term “trope” does not deny the existence of reality. What differentiates a trope from a cliche or a stereotype is in essentiality. Every idiom requires tropes, but cliches and stereotypes can be avoided due to their overuse or hokeyness.

    In a mystery story, tropes include the “red herring,” the “thing that doesn’t seem important but is,” and the “let’s recreate the murder” scene. A cliche would be “the butler did it.”

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Right, it's a way of sidestepping the question of factuality (and so is probably the response to the increasingly frequently observed truth of stereotypes) and dismissing the target group as thoughtless followers beguiled by Russian hackers. This means that the establishment media have not left the high school namecalling thing and are still terrified of unproctored conversations.
    , @Bardon Kaldian
    I've read many TV tropes 2 or 3 years ago & found them to be very entertaining. Just, I don't see them being essentially different from cliches.

    For instance, in another medium, literature (and I'm talking about big guns), there are no tropes in Dante, Shakespeare, Tolstoy or Melville. One can, at best, speak of something "archetypal" & that's all.
  • My teen comedy movie pitch: An entire college team made up of uncoordinated sports-hating rich dorks, whose parents had rigged their admissions into college by catfishing that their kids were super jocks, find out they have to actually play ball to stay out of jail. They bitch, then they start to bond, practice hard ......
  • All we got on this team are a buncha Jews, (who definitely don’t contribute disproportianally to political candidates,) Latinx, African-Americans, gender non-conformists, and a mentally challenged mucophagist!

  • From the New York Times: Here's a video of Felicity Huffman's husband William H. Macy answering investigators' questions in a confidence-inducing manner: The case unveiled Tuesday was stunning in its breadth and audacity. ... The charges also underscored how college admissions have become so cutthroat and competitive that some have sought to break the rules....
  • @Anon
    At the center of the sweeping financial crime and fraud case was William Singer, the founder of a college preparatory business called the Edge College & Career Network, also known as The Key. Federal prosecutors did not charge any students or universities with wrongdoing.

    He can write a book: The Wolf of Ivy League.

    He can write a book: The Wolf of Ivy League.

    Yes, because montages of faking SAT scores and doctoring photographs will pack the multiplexes.

    Maybe if there’s a scene where Singer goes on a Quaalude bender before meeting a coach.

    Wait. Hold the phone.

    Have Tiffani Thiessen play Lori Loughlin in a scene where she panty-less-ly seduces Singer into forging something.

    Man, it’s hard work being this good.

  • @Dr. X
    I've taught at low-level public colleges for twenty years. I'm completely fed up with it. There's not a day that I go to work that I don't wish I had been able to do something else. The probability that I will have a different job at this time next year -- maybe even driving a truck -- is extremely high.

    The entire system of higher education is completely corrupt, from top to bottom. Faculty and administrators who do absolutely nothing make six figures, while adjuncts making minimum wage with no benefits or job security do teaching overloads. People are hired not because of academic qualifications, but because they have dark skin, a vagina, or the correct politics -- or because they're Members of the Tribe. It's nothing but wall-to-wall bullshit, subsidized by the government and 100% tax-free no matter how big the endowment is.

    I'm not surprised at all that rich white parents hired a guy named (((Singer))) to offer tens of thousands in bribes to get their kids into colleges that would have gladly admitted blacks and illegal aliens with IQs of 80 -- or less. Nothing surprises me any more.

    Colleges aren't about education. That's a pretext. It's all about the Benjamins, baby. I wouldn't piss on a college if it were on fire.

    I’ve taught at low-level public colleges for twenty years. I’m completely fed up with it. There’s not a day that I go to work that I don’t wish I had been able to do something else. The probability that I will have a different job at this time next year — maybe even driving a truck — is extremely high.

    I hope you’re married to someone who has a job with medical, hospital, and prescription coverage.

    • Replies: @Dr. X
    B-I-N-G-O!!
  • For plants, that is. From the New York Times opinion page: This reminds me that ear
  • When these foreign plants start paying taxes and voting, then we’ll give a shit about them.

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  • From the New York Post:
  • Brooklyn firefighter Clyde Phillips was axed Wednesday after his third arrest stemming from charges of domestic violence, The Post has learned. …

    And he played in the NFL, one arrest and people would be clamoring for his expulsion from the game.

    Just goes to show where our country’s behavior standards are.

  • @Reg Cæsar
    I was a Nets fan back then. The only one in town. I've blocked out memories of that other team.

    I was a Nets fan back then. The only one in town. I’ve blocked out memories of that other team.

    Let me guess: you grew up on Long Island during the Dr. J-ABA era? I used to see them at the old Brendan Byrne/Continental Airlines Arena. From Buck Williams to Derrick Coleman, from Drazen Petrovic (RIP) to the Jason Kidd/Vince Carter era. I haven’t been to the Barclays Center yet.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Let me guess: you grew up on Long Island during the Dr. J-ABA era?
     
    No, we were already upstate when the New Jersey Americans were founded in Teaneck. I followed them in the standings; that's all we had.

    We did have a house on the Island, though we didn't spend much time in it, what with my father's job taking us away. We did stay friends with our neighbors there. So I identified as an Islander (pardon the pun) long after losing the accent to another.

    It really ticked me off that the NHL Islanders weren't named the Long Island Ducks, after the minor league team with the rabid fan base. Then Disney got the name for good.
  • Tormenting Senator Elizabeth Warren seems kind of fun. She doesn't seem to have the natural politician's knack for avoiding saying something that will just cause more trouble for her later. From CNN: Elizabeth Warren declines to say if she supports financial compensation as a form of reparations By MJ Lee, CNN Political Correspondent Updated 4:13...
  • @Change that Matters
    I agree there should be financial reparations for Blacks, though I probably disagree with Wigwam Warren about who should pay them.

    Because although members of Worst Culture in the World have obviously benefited from the magical world built by Blacks, it's also evident none of us had a say in our arrival into it.

    But that's not true for recent migrants. Looking at the Land the Slaves Built, its sins shining like the sun, they nonetheless still come, seeking to reap the rich rewards available only because America is founded on the dead bodies of those it exploited. No morally coherant individual could read Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates and still wish to participate in this racist experiment.

    I maintain, therefore, the overwhelming burden of financial reparations falls on those who have, while willfully turning their gaze from Black Suffering, entered the country since 1962. A sliding scale should suffice, with more recent entrants paying the most.

    It's disgusting so many have come to the Very Worst Country in the World, knowing full well its appalling history. The time has come to put things right.

    I stand with Elizabeth White-Eagle and any other right thinking individual who sees what lies plainly before them.

    Maybe we should have Between The World And Me translated into various languages and handed out around the world. If that doesn’t keep them out, then no wall will.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Denizens of the Central African Republic will be horrified that in America a white woman might nudge their five-year-old sons out of the way as they dawdled at the foot of an escalator. Best take one's chances with endless civil war, famine, and disease.
  • Well, it's been a quiet week in Minneapolis, Minnesota, my hometown, out there on the edge of the prairie, as the Somali Outlaws sex trafficking gang exchanged eye-for-an-eye shootings with the untouchables of the Madhiban With Attitude ritual circumcision-performing caste. With fearless Somalis much in the news, from the Minneapolis Star Tribune: East African community...
  • @Hannah Katz
    Deport, deport, deport.

    Deport, deport, deport.

    Not happening, dream on, maybe in the next world.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    If we can't send them back to Somalia, how about reuniting them with their brethren in Australia?
  • @ic1000
    Have any Minneapolis Star-Tribune reporters taken the David Simon career track, going Hollywood to write for TV or the movies? If you don’t care about the decline of Minneapolis, the material Steve excerpted is most of the way to the script for a funny-but-stupid comedy skit. Well, except for the IRL carnage. I can see why Ms. Diamond’s family might not feel like laughing along.

    You think any channel would pick up a show with the pitch “It’s like The Wire, but in Minneapolis instead of Baltimore, and with Somali versions of Stringer, Omar, and Mario”?

    Please. Before that happens, they’ll reboot My Mother The Car with Casey Affleck in the Jerry Van Dyke role, and Roseanne as The Mother.

  • From People: iSteve commenter Tyrone observes: What year will they come for Mr. Rogers?
  • SJWs and Trumpers remind me of the Northbound Zax and the Southbound Zax.

  • From NBC Sports: In other words, in the Current Year, this is the state of news coverage from the main wire service: Across the U.S. and in many places abroad, transgender athletes are breaking barriers in high school, college and pro sports and being embraced by teammates and fans. But resentments can still flare when...
  • @Vinteuil

    Navratilova’s argument is “centered on a fabrication, a fantasy, and a fiction,” McKinnon said...
     
    Talk about projection.

    (This dude is even nuttier than his clan's previous contribution to the life of the mind, Catherine MacKinnon - who's still going strong, at 72, btw, tenured at Chicago & visiting at Harvard. I wonder what's her take on all this? Whatever's most likely to lead to male extinction, presumably.)

    Gotta' love his talent for alliteration, though.

    Catherine McKinnon’s only objection to MTF transition is that some men aren’t undergoing it.

  • @Anonymous

    The vitriol can surface even at the high school level. In the track and field community in Connecticut, the dominance of transgender girl sprinters Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood has stirred resentment among some competitors and their families. …
     
    This is Andraya Yearwood: https://www.dangerous.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/hc-andraya-yearwood-20170406.jpg

    “Sorry that your old friend Rob Pilatus took his own life.”

  • Although this one is a doozy. From the Detroit News: Jackson gay rights leader accused of burning down own home Francis X. Donnelly, The Detroit News Published 12:00 a.m. ET Feb. 25, 2019 | Jackson — When the home of Nikki Joly burned down in 2017, killing five pets, the FBI investigated it as a...
  • @ben tillman
    When the D Tau (football) frat house burned down at Brown, the Phi Delts (hockey) blasted Burning Down the House all night from right across the quad.

    And then the D Taus took over the freshman dorm and threw nerds out the window.

    For those who didn’t see Revenge Of The Nerds: in the scene before this the jocks had a crazy party with the hot sorority and burned there own house down while the Talking Heads song played.

    • Replies: @Lot
    "For those who didn’t see Revenge Of The Nerds:"

    Possibly the movie that played on TV the most times from 1990-1995. Both on HBO and sanitized versions on broadcast stations plus TBS/TNT/USA.
  • @NJ Transit Commuter
    I actually like AOC because she is honest and her comments and actions are exactly aligned with her beliefs. Her utter lack of cynicism is refreshing.

    Of course I disagree with our politics, but as opposed to most politicians, I know what her political views are.

    Sadly for her, she’s young and naive. Speaking out against senior Democrats like Feinstein and killing big biz deals that are greased with cash for politicians and unions assure she won’t have a long future in politics.

    she is honest and her comments and actions are exactly aligned with her beliefs. Her utter lack of cynicism is refreshing.

    Man, it is so going to come crashing down for her.

  • @Reg Cæsar

    The church officials, Barbara Shelton and Bobby James...
     
    Agent 99!

    "I Think We're Alone Now"!

    Word of advice, Reggie Boy.

    If you’re going to make puns on the run around here, get your references correct. Or we’ll correct it for you.

    We’re Sailerites. We notice stuff. We nitpick. We’re geeks. We correct stuff. We live for that.

    • LOL: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson 3

    We’re Sailerites. We notice stuff. We nitpick. We’re geeks. We correct stuff. We live for that.
     
    Hmm. Sorry, but don't include me. I like a few more degrees of freedom than the schoolmarm perspective permits.
  • From The Forward: Not a good year for movies, so not a good year for Jews in the movie business. I should go back and look at older Forward articles like this, but this might be the worst year for Jews in movies in the last century. On the bright side ... Rachel Weisz is,...
  • @Hail
    The phrase/concept "Jump the Shark" is a pretty dated reference by now.

    Black Panther may symbolize a conceptual fusion of "Jumping the Shark," in the classic entertainment-biz/culture sense, with what people meant by "Affirmative Action Nobel Peace Prize" when Obama got it after a few months in office in 2009.

    Maybe "Black Panther" or "Wakanda" will be transformed into a "Jump the Shark"-like idiom for the 2020s and beyond.

    Nobody says “jump the shark” anymore.

    Now it’s “nuke the fridge.”

  • @donut
    If you could go back in time would you strangle the infant Jack Dorsey in his crib ?

    If you could go back in time would you strangle the infant Jack Dorsey in his crib ?

    No, if I could go back to 1976, I’d buy 100 shares of Walmart, place a bet on Seattle Slew to win the Triple Crown, and pitch a story to Hollywood about a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire.

  • @Johnny Smoggins
    There's no comparison. SNL almost all comes off as stupidly adolescent while SCTV just seems to look better and better with age.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOF7qAQUE8I

    There’s no comparison. SNL almost all comes off as stupidly adolescent while SCTV just seems to look better and better with age.

    Battle Of The PBS Stars. ‘Nuff said.

  • @Jefferson
    In that Deuce Bigalow scene Eddie Griffin refers to Rob Schneider as White, that would definitely trigger The Alt-Right.

    Eddie Griffin should be more famous than Kevin Hart. Griffin was the best part of the Deuce Bigalow movies. The second best was Amy Poehler as the Tourette’s sufferer.

    “Goddamn, white boy! Don’t make me he-bitch man-slap you!”

  • @R.G. Camara
    I never understood the vehemence that Adam Sandler/Rob Schneider movies got and have continued to get from critics. You would think two Jews making hit movies for the goyim would get celebrated, but no----to critics, "Adam Sander" and "Rob Schneider" are punchlines meaning "talentless hack."

    More than a billion people have found their comedy funny, but I guess that doesn't count; it only counts if the NY Times and WaPo and Roger Egbert think you're funny.

    It's reminiscent of the absolute hate Larry the Cable Guy gets from many lefties, including the reprehensible David Cross. Larry the Cable Guy makes a lot of money and fills auditoriums and is a national celebrity, but somehow he "isn't funny".

    Heck, these same folks call Bob Hope "not funny." Imagine that---literally the most successful stand up comedian of the 20th Century isn't funny because a NYC hack doesn't like him.

    How self-centered do you have to be to think you and about 100 colleagues are the sole arbiters of what's funny for billions, despite ticket sales and income and celebrity and testimony from millions to the contrary?

    It’s reminiscent of the absolute hate Larry the Cable Guy gets from many lefties, including the reprehensible David Cross. Larry the Cable Guy makes a lot of money and fills auditoriums and is a national celebrity, but somehow he “isn’t funny”.

    Larry the Cable Guy is a one-trick pony.

    Jeff Foxworthy, on the other hand, deserves to be ranked with Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. He is way more than “the redneck joke guy.”

  • From The American Conservative:
  • @anon
    Like killing and eating it?

    You know, the way things are headed, I wouldn’t be surprised if 100 years from now, eating a cow will be a crime and having sex with one won’t be.

  • Boot and Kristol must have pictures of someone doing something with a farm animal. Something they shouldn’t be doing.

    • Replies: @anon
    Like killing and eating it?
  • From the New York Times Magazine: The 1990 H-1B visa, obviously. Employers chose to employ foreign men over American women.
  • The answer is The Patriarchy. Toxic Masculinity. Bro Culture.

    It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that woman would have gone into coding before 1970 are now going into law and medicine, two fields which are now majority female. As well as other fields where women were rare.

    This is not the fact you’re seeing. You may go about your business. Move along.

  • In my current Taki's Magazine column, I praised the Grievance Studies Hoax for making the term "grievance studies" into a Thing. But, I wondered, do skeptics really need to create fake Grievance Studies papers when countless real ones already exist that are comparably funny? For example, there's Sophie A. Lewis, feminist uterine geography theorist and...
  • @Anon
    https://twitter.com/TitaniaMcGrath/status/1093872856004481024

    I once stated on this site that Titania McGrath needs to win the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

    But if that tweet is real, then someday Jon Stewart and Chris Rock will be awarded the Titania McGrath Prize for America Humor.

  • Babe Ruth was baseball's most important revolutionary -- he went against all the conventional wisdom of his day -- that the best hitter put his bat squarely on the ball the most, hitting the most line drives to strikeouts. Ruth chose instead to up his chance of striking out considerably to increase his chance of...
  • In baseball, Maury Will’s 104 stolen bases in 1962 ended the career of several national league catchers who could hit well but not throw well enough to get Wills and Lou Brock out.

    Yes, and it started new careers of better catchers.

    The years following 1962 were characterized by a frantic search for new and better defensive catchers. In what must be a record of its kind, 11 of the 20 major league teams had a different No. 1 catcher in 1963 from the one they had had in 1962. Three of the new catchers—Tim McCarver, Bill Freehan and John Bateman—were 21 or younger. Older ones like Doc Edwards, Earl Battey and Clay Dalrymple must have felt lucky to hold on to their jobs. Smoky Burgess may have become the last .328 hitter to lose his.

    Teams combed the woods for hot young catching prospects who could throw. Not surprisingly, quick, strong-armed youngsters, who might have spurned catching before, began to gravitate toward the position. Another remarkable coincidence: There were probably more outstanding catchers born in 1947 than in any other year, notably Johnny Bench, Thurman Munson, Ray Fosse and Bob Boone. With those catchers coming along, plus Carlton Fisk, a year younger, and strong throwers like Freehan and Joe Torre who were already in business, the rate of increase in stolen bases slowed through the ’60s.

    – Bill James, 1982

    https://www.si.com/vault/1982/09/06/624392/so-whats-all-the-fuss

    • Replies: @Marty
    Thanks for that link to James' SI piece from '82. It serves to remind us that everyone has to bullshit a little when they're first coming up. In support of his thesis that Wills ended the careers of poor-throwing catchers, he cites Doc Edwards and Smoky Burgess. Except, Edwards played only for bottom-tier American League teams, who presumably weren't worried about Wills, and was never a regular anyway because he coukdn't hit. Burgess was already 35 in 1962, when he only started 94 games. How many games woukd he gave caught at 36-37 even if the stolen hase had been outlawed? Jeez. And you wouldn't count Johnny Bench among the crop for which teams responding to Wills "beat the bushes", woukd you? After all, he replaced Johhny Edwards, who was known as a good thrower, but also couldn't hit. Finally, the best thrower of them all, Jerry Grote, was given up on by the Colt .45's because he couldn't hit.
    Well, what the heck, even sabermetricians need time to develop, right?
  • Commenter ihtness writes in regard to my new Taki's Mag column:
  • @Counterinsurgency
    LeGuin was an interesting author. She was apparently of the Susan Sontang school of thought, and simply wanted to end Western civilization. At the time she wrote, there were several other authors of that school (Barry Malzberg being one of them), and even the most prominent science fiction writer, R.A. Heinlein, was writing books that envisioned a sort off non-western society.
    In one of LeGuin's books, she took the "survivors of shipwreck" theme and changed it a bit. The protagonist, essentially murdered every other survivor, for the express purpose of ensuring that human life would not take hold in a new place.
    At the time, US and Western society looked so solid that such works appeared to be simple anomalies (LeGuin, for example, was published by Baen's publishing house while Jim Baen was still alive. Baen tended to publish adventure / military stories, and LeGuin's work was antithetical to that). LeGuin was taken no more or less seriously than was Erasmus in his time: as hyperbole that might prove useful, as Orwell's _1984_ looked useful, in avoiding "extremes".
    US and Western society doesn't look quite so stable now. Both LeGuin's and Orwell's books have become "how-to" manuals.

    Counterinsurgency

    The protagonist, essentially murdered every other survivor, for the express purpose of ensuring that human life would not take hold in a new place.

    She probably considered Cain evil becuase he didn’t go far enough.

  • @Jenner Ickham Errican

    I like to find common tactics and traps in programming that don’t have names and name them. I don’t only do this because it’s fun. When you have named a thing you give your brain permission to reason about it as a conceptual unit.
     
    Ursula K. Le Guin explains (1985) that names are constraining, patriarchal artifacts:

    “She Unnames Them”

    https://www.thoughtco.com/analysis-of-she-unnames-them-2990526

    ThoughtCo.’s take:

    Eve clearly views names as a way to control and categorize others. In returning the names, she rejects the uneven power relations of having Adam in charge of everything and everybody.
     

    It is also a story about tearing down barriers. Names serve to emphasize the differences between the animals, but without names, their similarities become more evident.
     

    Names serve to emphasize the differences between the animals, but without names, their similarities become more evident.

    I sure hope this Eve, after unnaming everything, didn’t see what Adam named a “chicken” and what he named a “sabre-toothed tiger” and she didn’t only see similarities.

  • @J.Ross
    Barbara Ehrenreich to Marie Kondo: Speak English!
    Marie Kondo to Barbara Ehrenreich: Even though you are very old, you can still be useful to people if you are less dirty. There, that was English.
    https://nypost.com/2019/02/05/author-faces-backlash-for-racist-marie-kondo-tweets/

    I think Barbara Ehrenreich has reach her post-fuck-giving stage.

  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Hypnotoad666

    Some of the Victim clergy are much better than others — think ADL and Deborah Libstadt.
     
    They should have an award for the best propaganda coinages. (They could call them the "Newspeak Awards" or the "Himmies" as an homage to Himmler).

    I would definitely nominate whoever came up with the "______ denier" epithet. If you are a "denier" then, by definition, you are rejecting an objectively established truth. Once that is your label, it's hard to climb out of the resulting rhetorical hole.

    There’s the Doublespeak Awards.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doublespeak_Award

    And its opposite, the Orwell Award.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orwell_Award

    Yes, the committee has a liberal bias, but they are on to something.

  • @Jack D
    I had never seen this Orwell quote before, and it's a good one:

    If you simplify your English…when you make a stupid remark its stupidity will be obvious, even to yourself.
     
    The inverse of this is that if you want to write something stupid, you write it in complex language so its stupidity will NOT be obvious. Academic writing in the Grievance Studies field is intentionally opaque and filled with jargon for this exact reason. And a side effect is that it's very easy to perpetrate a hoax - there is no real content anyway and the style lends itself to parody.

    Most of the machinery of modern language is labour-saving machinery; and it saves mental labour very much more than it ought…It is a good exercise to try for once in a way to express any opinion one holds in words of one syllable. If you say “The social utility of the indeterminate sentence is recognized by all criminologists as a part of our sociological evolution towards a more humane and scientific view of punishment,” you can go on talking like that for hours with hardly a movement of the gray matter inside your skull. But if you begin “I wish Jones to go to gaol and Brown to say when Jones shall come out,” you will discover, with a thrill of horror, that you are obliged to think.

    Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton (1908)

    https://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Gilbert_K_Chesterton/Orthodoxy/The_Romance_of_Orthodoxy_p1.html

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Wow, another good one that remains fresh. I didn't realize that social sciences academic speak went that far back, although Chesterton's version of it is a paragon of clarity compared to most current academic jargon.
  • The importance of names is underrated. When something doesn’t have a name, humans have a hard time noticing a pattern. It’s hardly impossible—otherwise we’d never develop names in the first place—but names exist to make thinking easier.

    – Steve Sailer, conversative columnist

    I believe in the power and mystery of naming things. Language has the capacity to transform our cells, rearrange our learned patterns of behavior and redirect our thinking. I believe in naming what’s right in front of us because that is often what is most invisible.

    Naming things, breaking through taboos and denial is the most dangerous, terrifying and crucial work. This has to happen in spite of political climates or coercions, in spite of careers being won or lost, in spite of the fear of being criticized, outcast or disliked. I believe freedom begins with naming things. Humanity is preserved by it.

    – Eve Ensler. feminist author

    https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5285531

    Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we’re not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller.

    – “Syme,” from George Orwell’s 1984

    http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/4.html

    • Replies: @Jack D
    As Steve points out, it didn't really turn out the way that Orwell predicted - instead of slimming down the language, our pseudo-intellectuals have entered a baroque phase where they make it ever more complicated and filled with obscure jargon. Even the rules of English grammar have become more complex with new pronouns (they, singular) and suffixes (Latinx).
    , @Rosamond Vincy
    Happily, Ensler is now in trouble with the trans people. Privileging birth-body parts, you know.
  • iSteve commenter Lot notes: If Senator Warren used the brunette dye and some sunlamp, she'd look a little like Princess Tiger Lily: iSteve commenter Last Real Calvinist replies: After your hair has turned white/gray, it's easier to dye it blonde because the natural roots don't show as badly, so you don't have to dye it...
  • @Mr. XYZ
    Is Kamala actually Black enough, though? I mean, she has no American slave ancestry and even her spouse isn't Black.

    The analogy of Kamala Harris to Barack Obama is too embarrassingly obvious to spell out: America loves African-American politicians…as long as they weren’t actually raised by their African-American fathers, who, ideally, aren’t even American…In practice, the current Democratic party line appears to be: The less American America’s African-American politicians, the better.

    A certain blogger, June 2016

    https://www.takimag.com/article/california_scheming_steve_sailer/2/

    • Agree: bomag
  • Although Donald Trump is supposed to be some kind of fascist dictator, the Trump Era seems more like Peak Democracy, with huge election turnouts and everybody and their brother running for President. The latest is Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). Other than Booker being a 49-year-old bachelor, he seems like a pretty demographically reasonable candidate for...
  • @Alden
    Didn’t bill gates give booker a gazillion dollars for the retard Newark school system? Or was that another billionaire liberal?

    That was Zuckerberg who did that in 2010, mainly because a movie was coming oit which made him look like a jerk. Five years later, a book came out assessing the donation, among other things:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/27/business/dealbook/the-melting-of-mark-zuckerbergs-donation-to-newark-schools.html

    • Replies: @Alden
    Thanks
  • I used to wonder why people who found some art work “problematic” didn’t just mak their own art. You don’t like the fact that there’s no Black people in something? Write your own story.

    Now I know. All these “thinkpiece” generators have no artistic chops. They couldn’t tell someone about their day without boring them to death. So they whine about being marginalized.

    You don’t see Shonda Rhimes or Amy Tan caterwauling, do you? No. They’re too busy doing.

  • Sometimes I ask myself, “Why don’t these journalists write their own books? Why don’t they create characters of their group who solve mysteries or do whatever?” Or that young Asian lady who wrote about how she felt ignored by ’80s teen flicks and wanted to see an Asian Ferris Bueller or Claire Standish, and I ask myself, “Why doesn’t she write a script?”

    Now I get it. They can’t. They have no creative ability. They probably couldn’t even hold a conversation about their day for five minutes without making the other person want to gnaw their own limbs off. And it pisses them off no end. They hate creative people who don’t look like them. They love Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Coogler, but resent the fact that they’re not them.

    I know damn well I could never write short stories like Isaac Bashevis Singer or direct movies like Steven Spielberg. But I don’t go around insisting that every book, movie, or comic have a Jewish character. I just take in what I like.

  • I don’t supposed any of these would be screened for Black HISTORY Month:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African-American_documentary_films

    No. Of course not. They’re not up for Oscars.

  • No, not me, Willie Brown dated Kamasutra Harris. From the San Francisco Chronicle: If that's the difference, I think Speaker Pelosi, Senator Feinstein, and, especially, Governor Newsom have some explaining to do. The Chronicle goes on to explain: Two-term mayor of San Francisco, renowned speaker of the California Assembly, and widely regarded as the most...
  • Usually unmentioned in tributes to Willie Brown is his alliance with the Rev. Jim Jones in 1970s San Francisco in the years leading up to the 1978 murders and suicides of 919 people at Jonestown. This may have put a crimp in Brown’s otherwise sterling career, dooming him to never represent anything larger than San Francisco, where people didn’t ask unkind questions about politicians’ buddying up with the maniacal cult leader.

    Read my comment, eh, Steve-o?

    Consider that my 2019 donation 😉

  • I'm pretty good at remembering stuff, but I can't actually remember the names or dates of any American generations after the Baby Boomers of 1947-c. 1964). Why not? Because they are arbitrary and I can vaguely recall suggested generation names and dates that didn't catch on. Leftist sociologist-demographer Philip N. Cohen has a good rant...
  • Born in 31 December xxxx and you are one type of person, born in 1 January xxxx+1 and you belong to another generation.

    Find me two men. One born December 31, 1943 and the other born January 1, 1944. I assure you, their attitudes towards government will differ simply because the former was not subject to the Vietnam draft lottery and the other was.

    And I don’t need to do any reasearch to state that two NYC teenagers born one day apart in 1958 will have different attitudes towards city government simply because one could have gone to CCNY tuition-free and the other couldn’t.

    • Replies: @Feryl
    The modern mandatory K-12 school process seems to make a big difference. Older generations were more likely to spend time around people of a different age, particularly in terms of one's family. I don't remember who it was, but I heard a guy eloquently explain what a difference it makes to go to school, and hear about the experiences and feelings of people who are the same age as you. One thing he brought up was divorce; people born in the 1940's, when they went to Junior High, very seldom heard about other people's parents getting divorces. Whereas someone born in 1968, even if their own parents were together, would've gone to school in 1981 and heard about a friend's parents being divorced. On a similar level, we all had friends whose parents were a little bit different than ours. My parents didn't care too much about video game violence, but my best friends's did. How our peers act, and how adults act toward our peers, makes a big impact on generational characteristics.
  • @Feryl
    What are you smoking?

    STD rates are highest among Boomers (early Gen X-ers are pretty diseased as well). Boomers have the highest divorce rates. Boomers are doing epic levels of prescription drugs in older age (Prince, Tom Petty both dead far earlier than they should've been), after having smoked everything on Planet Earth in the 60's and 70's.

    Smoking, rates of alcohol drinking, and hard drugs, were far greater problems for younger Boomers and X-ers than they are for Millennials and Gen Z.

    Because society no longer has Greatest Gen or Silent Gen "squares" to serve as cultural gatekeepers, it's become much more acceptable for popular culture to be superficially accepting of nihilism, porno culture and gender confusion. 1970's TV was incredibly scrubbed of anything vulgar or graphically violent, because TV networks back then were run by Greatest Gen suits who were cautious about offending middle America.

    Now that Boomers and early Gen X-ers are the gatekeepers, pop culture has become a total freakshow. But what else would you expect, given the kind of people elevated to star status by young Boomers: The Rolling Stones, Lenny Bruce, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie in his 70's weirdo phase, George Carlin, etc. All "rebel" types, loud vulgarians and nihilists at worst, unpleasant weirdos at best. (with serious promiscuity and/or substance abuse problems exhibited by all of them). How many youth culture celebrities of the late 60's and 70's represent anything studious/cerebral, or wholesome?

    Boomers might complain that many of these 60's and 70's celebrities weren't actually Boomers by chronological birth, but that's irrelevant because Boomer audiences embraced them, thereby making them iconic figures of Boomer culture.

    Overall, please spare us the non-sense that Millennial culture resembles, in any way whatsoever, the Dionysian abyss of the 1970's (when divorce on demand destroyed millions of families).

    Because society no longer has Greatest Gen or Silent Gen “squares” to serve as cultural gatekeepers, it’s become much more acceptable for popular culture to be superficially accepting of nihilism, porno culture and gender confusion.

    Yes. In fact, the main factor in societal shifts isn’t so much the rise of young generations who don’t remember life before something. It’s the death, or exiting of public life, of old generations who retain certain cultural memories.

  • @adreadline

    Both me and my younger cousin might like Nirvana and Seinfeld, but the fact remains that I remember life before the Internet and he doesn’t.
     
    I was born in 1989 and I remember life before the Internet. For that matter, the average Sub-Saharan African -- it's a safe bet there will be many billions of them in the future -- born in the late 1990s or even in the early 2000s remembers how it was to live permanently offline: he did so until very recently.

    Then smartphones happened.

    Talk about an upcoming major clash of worldviews and outlooks on life. (It's actually already happening)

    I was born in 1989 and I remember life before the Internet. For that matter, the average Sub-Saharan African — it’s a safe bet there will be many billions of them in the future — born in the late 1990s or even in the early 2000s remembers how it was to live permanently offline: he did so until very recently.

    Then smartphones happened.

    Talk about an upcoming major clash of worldviews and outlooks on life. (It’s actually already happening)

    I was discussing American generations. Other countries have their own generational dynamics prompted by major cultural or institutional shifts in their countries.

  • From the Washington Post: As part of iSteve's Declutter America campaign, I'd say ... No.
  • @TTSSYF
    She "unexpectedly" gave birth? You mean, no one noticed she was pregnant until she suddenly went into labor and produced a baby?

    She “unexpectedly” gave birth? You mean, no one noticed she was pregnant until she suddenly went into labor and produced a baby?

    I stopped being shocked by incompetence a long time ago.

  • I'm pretty good at remembering stuff, but I can't actually remember the names or dates of any American generations after the Baby Boomers of 1947-c. 1964). Why not? Because they are arbitrary and I can vaguely recall suggested generation names and dates that didn't catch on. Leftist sociologist-demographer Philip N. Cohen has a good rant...
  • @Paleo Liberal
    Indeed.

    I was born in 1959. We had a completely different world from people born 1946, while someone born 1945 had a very similar world to someone born 1943.

    Let’s see — by the time I turned 18, the protests were mostly gone, the Vietnam War was over, there was no draft, and the jobs the early boomers got in the rapidly expanding economy were all gone.

    Note that Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Donald Trump were all born about the same time.

    I grew up in Arkansas, and the friends of Bill C, born in 1946, were parents of people my age.

    I was born in 1959. We had a completely different world from people born 1946, while someone born 1945 had a very similar world to someone born 1943.

    Thank you. Finally, someone who gets it.

    Despite our society’s attempts to designate generations by marketing, the ultimate factor is historical turning points. Both me and my younger cousin might like Nirvana and Seinfeld, but the fact remains that I remember life before the Internet and he doesn’t. I was a young adult when 9/11 happened and he was in grade school. Our outlooks on life will necessarily be different.

    You are a “Babybuster.” You are from the generation between Boom and X, when the birthrate plummeted starting in 1958 and America’s attitude towards children changed dramatically.

    http://babybusters.org/

    • Replies: @adreadline

    Both me and my younger cousin might like Nirvana and Seinfeld, but the fact remains that I remember life before the Internet and he doesn’t.
     
    I was born in 1989 and I remember life before the Internet. For that matter, the average Sub-Saharan African -- it's a safe bet there will be many billions of them in the future -- born in the late 1990s or even in the early 2000s remembers how it was to live permanently offline: he did so until very recently.

    Then smartphones happened.

    Talk about an upcoming major clash of worldviews and outlooks on life. (It's actually already happening)

  • Commenter Ozymandias explains:
  • @Trevor H.
    Why are we still calling them Native Americans? The first group of people to arrive get to be called Natives? Even if so, there was no place called America then. So that doesn't make sense.

    And if we're conferring extra legitimacy upon people just because their ancestors arrived earlier, that's the same as saying that Americans of Dutch and English descent are more legitimate than the third worlders now flooding in. Is that what we all mean?

    Why are we still calling them Native Americans? The first group of people to arrive get to be called Natives? Even if so, there was no place called America then. So that doesn’t make sense.

    – Indigenous Person
    – Aboriginal
    – First Nation

    Would any of those make sense?

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    "Guys that should have had better border security "?
  • With Kamala Harris in the news, I've been interested in her old boyfriend Willie Brown, former speaker of the California Assembly and mayor of San Francisco. He never went to Washington, so he's little known outside of California, but he was a tremendously gifted and successful politician in California. In recent decades, Northern California has...
  • @Steve Sailer
    I turned on the TV late in the 4th quarter of the Saints-Rams game just in time to see the now infamous no call at the 5 yard line. I remember thinking, Wow, the Saints defensive player must have made a really good play, because it sure looked like a good pass, and look how modest he's being. He's not celebrating his big play or anything, just walking quietly as if he doesn't really want any attention.

    Dear Steve,

    OT: Have you ever done a piece on how the Jonestown massacre cost an entire generation of California politicians a shot a national office? Willie Brown especially got hurt.

  • @Alden
    Photoshop of Trump and Brown’s heads. Cute.

    No, that actually happened. I remember that episode. Here’s the IMDB page for it. Brown, Trump, Mr. T., and John McEnroe all cameoed as themselves.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0712721/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_5

  • From Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • @Dieter Kief
    "(...) which now uses the human race to make up stories for their own amusement."

    Which means what: That poor me, being undoubtedly not one person glued together from the better halfes of a genius (Wolfe) and an at times impressive writer (the other one, you mention above) - as I say: Being only me, I have a good excuse to be not that amused about what's going on here. I find it quite troubling, I have to admit. And Jonathan Haidt's Heterodox Academy one of the good answers (Steve Sailer's on the spot dissections of these modern times conundrums working as an immediate pain killer - the victory lap is well deserved).

    (In small letters - very small ones: What about the new book, Mr. Sailer? Does it grow? It needn't become that big. Even 200+ p. would do nicely! title: Identity Stalinism)

    My point is that real life is turning into one big postmodern novel filled with characters like Rev. Reggie Bacon, Charlotte Simmons, Officer Nestor Camacho, Professor Coleman Silk, and Swede Levov.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    I see. And I agree - with one little caveat: You're right Bacon, Simmons, Officer Camacho, Silk etc. are prototypes of our societies.
    My caveat: That's what novels are about - since ages: To create characters, which allow the reader to understand and feel even - better what's going on.
    My caveat: That is what modern literature is all about - and there is basically no difference between - Thomas Manns Felix Krull and Balzac's Lucien Chardon in Lost IllusionsThe Human Comedy.
    Tom Wolfe was right: The Postmodern novel is the modern novel - is the novel...

    The career of the expression postmodernity is in itself - in its inner unnecessity and intellectual superficiality and hollowness and pompousness - just one more example for the human comedy.

    (If one thinks of Sterne (or Jean Paul as the most advanced German writer of the 18th/19th century) there is not a single aspect of the supposedly postmodern novel, that - Jean Paul especially - would not have shown already (not to mention the Fatrasien of the French middle ages - - - ).
  • @Anonymous
    The interesting thing to me is libs piling on who don't need, by any prevailing standard, to hold an opinion on such a small hatcrime du jour. Is this status sensitivity, or really just Type A competition to be "content providers?" I understand the clickbait interns' incentive, but why does Alyssa Milano feel the need to play pundit over faddish news filler? Isn't being Alyssa Milano satisfactory?

    why does Alyssa Milano feel the need to play pundit over faddish news filler? Isn’t being Alyssa Milano satisfactory?

    No, it’s not satisfactory. She’s too old to be the hot chick, she doesn’t have the chops for Amy Adams/Jessica Chastain-type parts, and it would be a waste of time for her to ugly herself up and beg for an Oscar. As for selling stuff to moms, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba are the Coke and Pepsi there, and Milano couldn’t even be RC Cola.

    So SJWing it is.

    Unless someone wants to reboot Who’s The Boss with her as the upper-class single mom who hires a Dominican ex-ballplayer to be her housekeeper.

    Gad! How do I do it?

  • First, in October, there was the Filipino-Italian bodybuilding male stripper who sent suspicious packages.

    Now, The Smirk Seen Around The World.

    I’m starting to think that in May of 2018, Philip Roth and Tom Wolfe did not die. They got together and merged into one being, a being which ascended to a higher plane of existence and which now uses the human race to make up stories for their own amusement.

    • Agree: Peter Johnson
    • Replies: @J.Ross
    But if it was Philip Roth then a white Christian would be traveling killing Jews just because they are Jewish and police would do nothing because of some sexual anxiety.
    , @Dieter Kief
    "(...) which now uses the human race to make up stories for their own amusement."

    Which means what: That poor me, being undoubtedly not one person glued together from the better halfes of a genius (Wolfe) and an at times impressive writer (the other one, you mention above) - as I say: Being only me, I have a good excuse to be not that amused about what's going on here. I find it quite troubling, I have to admit. And Jonathan Haidt's Heterodox Academy one of the good answers (Steve Sailer's on the spot dissections of these modern times conundrums working as an immediate pain killer - the victory lap is well deserved).

    (In small letters - very small ones: What about the new book, Mr. Sailer? Does it grow? It needn't become that big. Even 200+ p. would do nicely! title: Identity Stalinism)

    , @TWS
    I was wondering who was writing this comedy.
  • Commenter Ozymandias explains:
  • @The Alarmist
    Gone are the days when you could, with impunity, take your gentleman's cane or drum-stick to uppity street urchins.

    Gone are the days when you could, with impunity, take your gentleman’s cane or drum-stick to uppity street urchins.

    Forget gun rights. What this country needs is cane rights.

    We need to start the NCA: The National Cane Association. Support first-swing laws.

    A cane-wieding society is a polite society.

    Canes don’t hit people. People do.

    • LOL: The Alarmist
    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    If you outlaw canes, only outlaws will have them.
  • A lousy year for movies, as shown by the Oscar nominations for Best Picture: BlacKkKlansman and Vice are bad movies with bad directing by Spike Lee and Adam McKay, respectively. Vice has good casting but McKay isn't content to let his expert actors (Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, all...
  • @syonredux
    READY PLAYER ONE .......The only time that I've actually fallen asleep while watching a Spielberg film.......

    READY PLAYER ONE …….The only time that I’ve actually fallen asleep while watching a Spielberg film…….

    Didn’t see Crystal Skull, huh?

    • Replies: @syonredux

    READY PLAYER ONE …….The only time that I’ve actually fallen asleep while watching a Spielberg film…….

    Didn’t see Crystal Skull, huh?
     

    READY PLAYER ONE is so bad that it makes Crystal Skull look like a flawed masterpiece, a latter-day The Magnificent Ambersons or Major Dundee.....
    , @Anon
    Didn’t see Crystal Skull

    Superb action film, maybe the best Indy Jones movie though I still go with the first one.
  • @Pat Boyle
    Grant doesn't need any more roles. The guy has already been in everything. Tom Cruise has only been in 48 movies . Grant is currently at 127.

    Best role - "Mountains of the Moon".

    Christopher Lee had a 68-year career in acting and appeared in more movies than any English-speaking actor ever. It is he, and not Kevin Bacon, who can be connected to any other actor in the fewest number of degrees.

    And he was never nominated for an Academy Award.

    • Replies: @syonredux

    Christopher Lee had a 68-year career in acting and appeared in more movies than any English-speaking actor ever. It is he, and not Kevin Bacon, who can be connected to any other actor in the fewest number of degrees.

    And he was never nominated for an Academy Award.
     
    Bit limited as an an actor....Still, if Hammer had made a series of Solomon Kane movies in the '60s, he would have been an excellent choice for the lead.....




    https://mehtakyakehta.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/solomon_kane.jpg
  • With Kamala Harris in the news, I've been interested in her old boyfriend Willie Brown, former speaker of the California Assembly and mayor of San Francisco. He never went to Washington, so he's little known outside of California, but he was a tremendously gifted and successful politician in California. In recent decades, Northern California has...
  • Suddenly Susan ran on NBC from 1996 to 2000. It starred Brooke Shields as the titular journalist and Judd Nelson as the owner of the San Francisco-based magazine where she worked. There’s an episode where Nelson’s character is shown playing poker with some friends. Two are pictured below. One is the allegedly blind then-mayor of the city. The other is somebody else.

    https://www.gettyimages.fr/detail/photo-d’actualit%C3%A9/ll-see-that-and-raise-you-susan-episode-22-aired-photo-dactualit%C3%A9/140850569

    • Replies: @Alden
    Photoshop of Trump and Brown’s heads. Cute.
  • A lousy year for movies, as shown by the Oscar nominations for Best Picture: BlacKkKlansman and Vice are bad movies with bad directing by Spike Lee and Adam McKay, respectively. Vice has good casting but McKay isn't content to let his expert actors (Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, all...
  • @Pat Boyle
    When you write "n-----rs", are you intending to convey the word "nigger"? If so why don't you just write it out. It's an archaic term now. In all my 76 years on the east coast and the west coast I don't think I've ever heard anyone actually say it in public. I've heard it in some movies of course, but no one actually uses it in common speech much less as a personal insult. It just isn't done.

    If you can't manage to make yourself even write it out - just don't use it. Say rather black or negro or even African-American. All those terms are still OK.

    If so why don’t you just write it out.

    People like keeping their jobs.

  • Jessica Valenti obsessing over the youth in the MAGA hat is much like the opening of countless romance novels: iSteve commenter Reactionry snarks: Jessica's dirty little secret is that she's a cisgender heterosexual woman.
  • @anon
    "Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but I have a great deal of affection for my boys and their friends, and little time for women who would use them, sexually or otherwise. So I won’t take risks in that regard, but rather gather them under my wings when and where I can and keep them far, far away from the Jessica Valentis of the world."

    Dude, your're the one sounding like a creepy old dad who wants to "save" his boy from those terrible women. Maybe you could recommend the priesthood for him.

    Dude, your’re the one sounding like a creepy old dad who wants to “save” his boy from those terrible women. Maybe you could recommend the priesthood for him.

    What would you say to a twelve-year-old boy who approached you and asked you how he could survive in this world of ours?

    • Replies: @Alden
    I’d tell him what we told our sons and grandsons. I’d tell him that as White man he will be discriminated against in everything he does. I’d tell him the best way to get into college or a career is to just check the black box on all applications.

    I’d tell him that 3 black men together is almost always s mugging team and to watch out for mugging teams. I’d teach him to fight as we did. Not sissy boy karate but boxing and to break the attacker’s nose first. I’d tell the kid to attack and hit hard as any White man is worth 3 blacks in a fight

    That’s what we told our boys when they were 10. We didn’t worry about their sex lives. One did date a law student when he was 18. We thought it was cool.
  • 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
  • @Henry's Cat
    You have to wonder what fraction of the staff at the NYT, WaPo, NPR, BBC, Guardian, etc. have any regular contact with teenage boys.

    You have to wonder what fraction of the staff at the NYT, WaPo, NPR, BBC, Guardian, etc. have any regular contact with teenage boys.

    No, there’s no way that statement could be misinterpreted.

  • From Vox: Almost all of the actresses who’ve played Cleopatra have been white. But was she? Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga are rumored to be contenders to play the queen in a new biopic. By Nadra Nittle Jan 14, 2019, 6:20pm EST Since meaty roles for women are still too few in Hollywood, landing the...
  • @TelfoedJohn
    Given that Gaga’s folks come from the part of Sicily that was heavily Greek, she’s probably the best match for Cleopatra.

    No, have Gaga play Maria Gaetana Agnesi. It’ll be Hidden Figures for guidettes.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Gaetana_Agnesi

  • @Anonymous
    Cleopatra was of Greek descent, from Ptolemy, one of Alexander's generals.

    Cleopatra was of Greek descent, from Ptolemy, one of Alexander’s generals.

    Two words: Jennifer. Aniston.