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    A terrific development. Nielsen was terrible in almost every way, with awful personality and nonexistent leadership skills to boot. The only two reasons she was in the job at all are 1. General Kelly, and 2. Trump couldn't get anyone better confirmed. But finally Trump realizes that it's become an absurd constraint when no one but a fifth columnist could win a vote, and he doesn't need confirmations anyway - everybody can be 'acting' for a while, then 'senior official performing the duties of ...' practically indefinitely. So he might as well pick whoever he wants and someone who will - get this - actually pursue his agenda with vigor, and to hell with the Senate democrats.

    Law says an acting secretary must be:

    the current deputy
    another Senate-confirmed person
    someone serving in the agency in question at GS-15 or above for 90 days in past year

    Trump can’t, by law, appoint Kobach Acting DHS or Acting anything. Ditto any other outsider. This isn’t like Defense, where Deputy Secretary Shanahan, whom Trump likes, can just hang around forever without any Senate hearings. Trump may be forced to keep the CBP guy, who seems lame-oh, as Acting Secretary because there is nobody really good on immigration already on the inside to appoint as Acting, and nobody good can make it past the Senate of 47 Democrats plus Collins, Murkowski, Romney, and a bunch of other cucks.

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    If Trump goes and taps Rich Vittello on the shoulder after yanking his nom as ICE Director that's some 5D Wizard Go thinking right there.
  • @Pincher Martin

    I don’t know what you meant there but his problem has been hiring pro immigration GOPe people and expecting them to be anti immigration.
     
    Exactly.

    With the exception of Stephen Miller, who's left in the administration who actively seeks to limit immigration?

    Cissna, the guy running CIS.

    The new AG, Barr, seems good on immigration.

    Pompeo has slashed refugees and virtually eliminated Muslim refugee admissions.

    Not enough, but something.

    • Replies: @Pincher Martin
    I think Barr is okay, but Sessions was better.

    Cissna is under the Department of Homeland Security, and so a lower-level functionary in the bureaucracy. (And if you can't get that one right, what the hell is going on?)

    And Pompeo says stuff like this: New Mexican government 'great' on immigration

  • From the New York Times: Last month, the city won an important consolation prize in the competition for Amazon’s second headquarters: an operations center that will eventually employ 5,000 people at salaries averaging $150,000 a year. Birmingham, by comparison, has steadily lost population, and while its suburbs have expanded, their growth has lagged the Nashville...
  • @AnonFromTN
    TN tried to introduce income tax more than once. The poor people, who are robbed blind by the existing high sales tax and would have paid very little income tax (or none at all) almost rioted against it. More affluent people still benefit by their shortsightedness.

    The poor in Tennessee may have opposed an income tax because they didn’t trust that the sales tax would go down, much less be eliminated. Most state income taxes are also less progressive than the federal code, so the supposed hit to the rich and relief to the poor would probably have been underwhelming. I don’t blame people for not trusting a goo-goo “expert” idea. (Combining new income tax with abolition of the sales tax might be a winner.)

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
    Well, sales tax is regressive: poor people spend all their money on day-to-day necessities, paying sales tax, whereas affluent people spend only part of their money on taxable purchases. Not to mention that more affluent people buy a lot of expensive things via Internet, specifically from vendors who do not charge TN sales tax (and don’t charge shipping if your purchase is greater than $100). No matter what those poor people thought, they were incredibly stupid. I benefited, though.
  • @Anon
    Columbus OH and Nashville are the respective capitals of their states, insulating them from recessions. Same goes with Indianapolis and Madison. Not all of them have state flagship universities, but those that do also benefit, and receive ancillary benefits from research spending.

    Lansing and Springfield are capitals, but lack a flagship university. Also dominated by Detroit and Chicago.

    Think of Midwestern cities that are neither capitals nor flagships that are doing ok. Cincinnati and Kansas City. Louisville KY is not Midwestern, but also fits. None are doing particularly well, as the tech industry has largely bypassed this region in favor of the Oriental despotism that it can exert in the coasts with its imported workforce. Austin TX a major exception.

    Austin is a state capital with a flagship U.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    And Austin is a big state capital and its university is extremely well funded due to all the revenue from the state's oil tax going to the university system. Plus, Austin is just about the most scenic part of a rather dull-looking state. Plus Texas doesn't really have any other arts cities, so most of the most talented Texans -- Malick, Judge, Linklater, McMurtry, etc etc end up there. So it has multiple things going for it.
  • From The American Conservative: What The Weekly Standard Has Wrought Its shuttering is a loss. But the awful costs of the foreign policy it advocated shouldn't be forgotten. By SCOTT MCCONNELL • December 17, 2018 There’s a sadness in the shuttering of any print publication, and The Weekly Standard is no exception. If its website...
  • I would have preferred the WS stay open, but with the writers replaced by immigrants of color, just to see their reactions.

    JPod is even angrier over the closure than he was after Stephen Miller slam dunked Jim Acosta over immigration. You’d think Iran had threatened to nuke Israel from how angry he is.

  • From the New York Times: Last month, the city won an important consolation prize in the competition for Amazon’s second headquarters: an operations center that will eventually employ 5,000 people at salaries averaging $150,000 a year. Birmingham, by comparison, has steadily lost population, and while its suburbs have expanded, their growth has lagged the Nashville...
  • Nashville and the country music biz are getting pretty gay. Richard Florida strikes again! More queers, more creativity, more growth, amirite?

  • In Alabama, Huntsville, not Birmingham, is becoming more of a white STEM hub (space, autos; my employer in defense contracting has an office there).

    • Replies: @Clive Beaconsfield
    Yeah, I heard nearby Madison had the highest concentration of engineers in the entire country at one point.
    , @Olorin
    Hasn't Huntsville long been Rocket City?
  • @black sea
    Nashville has Vanderbilt, which also helps.

    Baltimore has Hopkins, Cleveland has Case Western, St. Louis has Wash U, and U Michigan isn’t far from Detroit. A good school helps, but can only do so much.

  • From the New York Times: So "white families" are the privileged enemy? Got it. This is an interesting question: Is Senator Warren just being an inept yokel again, or is attacking "white families" now smart politics given the demographics of the Democratic primaries and the current media crusade against whiteness and Beckys?
  • @Lot
    Bernie lost because he failed to win black voters (other than in his surprise Michigan primary win).

    2020 Iowa and NH will be less important because with so many candidates, SC will also need to winnow down the pack. California is only 6% black, but very Hispanic/Asian, and will start mail voting before NH and SC. Possibly before Iowa.

    Bernie lost because he failed to win black voters (other than in his surprise Michigan primary win)

    Bernie lost blacks in Michigan, too. His win was from downscale whites, same as most other places.

    2020 Iowa and NH will be less important because with so many candidates

    Will be critical to Bernie, and very important to Biden, Beto, and Warren (at least NH for her).

    SC will also need to winnow down the pack

    At the moment, and we are a long way off here, Kamala or Biden (Obama nostalgia) would seem to be the best bets for which way the SC blacks will go.

    California is only 6% black, but very Hispanic/Asian

    Kamala should dominate Cali thru name ID alone. If she doesn’t, she’s finished.

  • Accuser can't remember what year it was, probably in early 1980s, when both were in high school, but says she told her marriage counselor about it in 2012. According to The Megaphone, this is Incredibly Important. One oddity of her account is that the accuser can't remember the year, but is extremely certain of the...
  • @Lot
    I think the exact question for the various Senators who voted for Gorsuch but are undecided here is not whether this type of incident is disqualifying, but whether Kav lied to them about it.

    They may see it differently, but it isn't just he said she said. Judge denies it, her husband and therapist corroborated that she told them of his 6 years ago. Finally, Judge wrote a book a while ago about being a drunk in high school and mentions Kav getting puke-in-car drunk with him.

    For others, especially the red state dems, the question is whether they now have a free pass on what was looking to be a no-win vote.

    Therapist’s notes were vague. No names, said there were four boys, not two, said boys were now “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington”, which could be anybody. (Do Judge and the other two count as “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington”?)

    Did Judge’s book ever mention Kav being violent, or even flirtatious with girls?

    Accuser didn’t mention that Kav’s mother was a judge in the foreclosure case on the accuser’s parents’ house in Maryland in 1997. The court record is circulating on Twitter. If I’m reading it correctly, the Blaseys were getting foreclosed, the property was then sold, and the plaintiff (the trustee) motioned to dismiss and get his bond back. I don’t know if it means Judge Momma Kav ruled in favor or against the accuser’s parents, or it was just a routine action, but it should looked into for possible motive. The accuser was in her early 30s by then, so she might have been aware her folks were getting foreclosed and of the legal process they were going through.

    Also, accuser is a pussyhat-wearing, climate change alarmist, open border leftist.

  • @Harry Baldwin
    Hill communicated with Democrats but allegedly wanted to stay anonymous

    Hard to believe. She obviously revels in the celebrity she achieved in the hearings. What would she ever have amounted to without it? The Left looks after its own.

    I’m not saying Hill was honest. I’m just recounting how it went down — just like this thing with Kav is going down. Hill was not known to the public until Democratic Senator Howard Metzenbaum disclosed her name.

    As for the benefits to this new accuser, I fully expect a GoFundMe to pop up, a book deal, job offers, maybe even a run for Congress when Congresslady Eshoo (in office since 1993) retires or dies.

  • CNN has the full letter to DiFi, with names redacted. (Although we know one of them, Judge, the alleged accomplice.)

    Letter says:

    I have not knowingly seen Kavanaugh since the assault. I did see REDACTED once at the REDACTED where he was extremely uncomfortable seeing me.

    So there is something perhaps verifiable that (presumably) well postdates the alleged incident. Accuser says she ran into someone else who was at the party (Judge?) at some later event. Another high school thing? A professional conference? If we can prove whether or not she ran into so-and-so at such-and-such place and time, that would give more context to her credibility. (Also, if we find some evidence she did meet Kav after the alleged incident, that would undermine her credibility.)

    We also now know her girls’ school in Bethesda. Guaranteed classmates are going to come out of the woodwork.

  • @istevefan
    Well, it worked against Roy Moore so why not try it again. I recall some of us were concerned last fall about the accusations against Moore. Though he may not have been a sympathetic figure to many people on this blog, you didn't have to be a prophet to know the democrats and MSM would trot this stuff out again.

    My surprise so far is that it has been trotted out against a SC nominee which I had not anticipated. I figured it would happen to some GOP senate candidate. As a resident of Missouri I am still counting on Josh Hawley to be similarly accused some time in October. Claire is desperate.

    Um, it happened to Clarence Thomas, in very much this way (hearings were over, Anita Hill communicated with Democrats but allegedly wanted to stay anonymous, a Democratic Senator leaked her name to the press, and you should remember the rest).

    And don’t think the Democrats won’t pull this dirty pool on Republican Senate candidates. The Roy Moore stuff came out five weeks before his election. We are seven weeks away from the midterms.

    Hawley, Braun, Cramer, Rick Scott, and especially Ted Cruz… watch your backs.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Hill communicated with Democrats but allegedly wanted to stay anonymous

    Hard to believe. She obviously revels in the celebrity she achieved in the hearings. What would she ever have amounted to without it? The Left looks after its own.
  • @Lot
    It is more serious than a grope, and Kav seems to have told multiple senators, including Collins, the charge was completely false. In retrospect some sort of apology for boorish behavior when he was a minor and drunk would have been a better strategy.

    She seems very credible to me, and this gives the red state Dems who voted for Gorsuch cover to vote no. That means he can only lose 2 GOP votes, which include Flake, Corker, Collins, and Murkowski.

    Before this I was betting on him getting all the GOP votes plus 4 dems. I just switched to no confirmation by Oct 31, which pays 3:2 at the moment.

    It is in Collins interest to not have to vote for him one way or another, so I expect she will push for nominating someone else.

    Too bad if I am right, as Kav seemed to be more of a restrictionist than the other frontrunners.

    In retrospect some sort of apology for boorish behavior when he was a minor and drunk would have been a better strategy

    Only if he had done something wrong. If he did nothing wrong at all, if he never touched or even met this woman, there is nothing for which to apologize.

    And don’t be so laughably naive as to think apologizing gets anybody anything (at least, anybody who is a right-of-center white male).

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Under the current SJW order, an apology from a badwhite is a confession of guilt. The apology helps justify the punishment. It buys no forgiveness.
  • Oh, well, I thought I was done blogging about John McCain, but he is the gift that keeps giving: From the Washington Examiner:
  • @Anonymous
    Why was McCain unable to choose Lieberman as running mate?

    Too liberal on domestic issues (abortion, guns, environment, and many more). Contrary to liberal opinion, Lieberman was not a “conservative Democrat”; he was a standard neoliberal who embraced Bush on Iraq and terrorism.

  • @Art Deco
    I’ve yet to meet anyone who gets that McCain was a literal Democrat plant.

    You don't because he wasn't. The American Conservative Union reported that he voted with them 81% of the time over the course of his career (87% of the time prior to 1995, about 77% of the time thereafter). He was an episodic irritant but voted with the Republican caucus most of the time. About 20% of the current Senate Republican caucus would be at least as recalcitrant as far as party whips are concerned.

    The ACU doesn’t factor immigration in these scorecards. At least, they didn’t for 2013 (Gang of 8). Even setting aside that immigration is the most important issue (the view of people who read and comment on this blog), weighting immigration equally with other issues would still drag McCain’s score down (and, e.g., Jeff Flake, lifetime 93). Weighting it properly would put McCain and others in the toilet.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  • @Corn
    I agree. I’m not excusing McCain’s many flaws as a man or politician but after eight years of W, I think the Democrats would’ve won the Presidency in ‘08 if they nominated a dead chicken to run.

    Probably, but the size and shape of that Democratic victory might have been different, and thus the laws and policies of the incoming Democratic administration and Congress might have been different. A savvier Republican national ticket would probably have still lost, but might have dragged a few Republican Senators across the finish line (filibuster) along with some HoR seats.

  • It's worth looking back on the 2000 race for the GOP presidential nomination between George W. Bush and John McCain to try to puzzle out how they actually disagreed on the great issues of the 21st Century: intervention and immigration. At the time, Bush said he was for a "humble" foreign policy (in contrast to...
  • @Ghost of Bull Moose
    They can be very magnanimous towards the permanent, loyal 'opposition.' But while there is still some opposition to intervention in the Democrat party, skepticism about immigration is as dead as the unions.

    More than GWB, their response to Bob Dole's passing on will be worth noting. A real war hero, a gentleman, but he said some nice thing about Trump so we won't see anything like MSNBC's combination crocodile tears/gloatfest.

    Have they talked about the woman/hispanic/Muslima/tranny who 'might' now take his seat yet?

    You beat me to it. Dole will go before GWB, pretty soon, too. “Liked Drumpf, so ____ him. Hey, look, Omarosa…”

    Also, with GHWB, who is not long for this world, wanna bet the coverage will be heavy on his #NeverTrumpism, and #MeToo groping allegations, and light on everything historic and interesting?

  • What do you think?
  • Hardiman is proven to be horrible on immigration as both attorney and judge. Recommended by the President’s liberal sister (who did endorse Alito for confirmation, to be fair).

    Barrett is a cipher. An obvious affirmative action pick. Adopted Haitian kids. Does she have a brown nanny in the background (like those two women Bill Clinton was going to nominate but they had illegal alien nannies, so he went with childless closet lesbian Janet Reno)? Major risk there. Also, I’d rather not spend the next three months talking about uteruses and Opus Dei.

    Ann Coulter and Breitbart’s attacks on Kethledge are IMO overblown and thin on evidence. The guy has ruled conservatively on almost every immigration case for ten years. (I looked through a bunch myself. He turned down a guy applying for naturalization who was born in Mexico in 1946 to a US citizen mom, because the law in effect when he was born had conditions which the guy did not meet. Kethledge also denied the appeal of some labor unions who had a lost a suit against Border Patrol claiming that BP targets Hispanics. Doesn’t sound so bad to me.) Coulter says she knew him in the 90s, but hasn’t said what he said or did then to prove he is bad news. (He worked for Senator Abraham, an open borders guy. OK, Kavanaugh worked for Bush.) Breitbart’s article on Kethledge basically said, “He put aside his personal sympathies for some illegals to follow the law and deny their appeals!” This is bad… how? Mickey Kaus, who is also anti-Kethledge, makes a fair point that if Kethledge has private political opinions on immigration which are liberal, and even if he has put aside those opinions to follow the law as a lower court judge, once he is on the Supreme Court, he gets to make the law (I know it should not be that way, but it is). Still, the assumption that he is in fact an immigration liberal is just that, an assumption based entirely on Coulter’s say-so. She may be right, but we don’t know. Kethledge, BTW, appears to be ideologically identical and personally friendly with Gorsuch. (A clerk of his posted a photo of Keth and Gorsuch together on a fishing trip.) News even reported that Kethledge recommended Gorsuch to the Prez last year (when Kethledge was also under consideration). I’m not understanding the freak-out about Kethledge, even if there is a small risk (less than Hardiman or Barrett) that he is squishy on our top issue.

    Kavanaugh: seems good all around, including immigration. Was Bush’s information filter (Staff Secretary, a job just below Chief of Staff). That’s a bad sign, but Kav has had 12 years of court rulings to show he is no leftist. While Kav might be the best choice as a judge, he is problematic politically: worked for Ken Starr, was a legal advisor for Bush. His confirmation hearing would a relitigation of the Clinton impeachment and Bush War on Terror controversies (waterboarding and such). That’s a bad look for Republicans when they need to be hammering the Democrats on immigration, trade, and the D’s left-wing craziness (including their impeachment mania). How can the R’s say, “Stop the Democrats from impeaching our President” if we are spending the next three months talking about Clinton and Monica?

    tl;dr Kavanaugh or Kethledge.

  • There doesn't seem to be a shortage of opinions on the subject, so I don't have one.
  • I am betwixt and between on the JCPOA. The following things can all be true simultaneously:

    We should adamantly oppose war with Iran.

    The JCPOA is not the best deal for its stated purpose (preventing Iran from going nuke): no inspections of military sites, no Americans on inspection teams, nothing about missiles.

    Was the JCPOA the best we could do, even if it is not ideal? Beats me. Obama and Kerry were pretty desperate for a legacy win, which Iran saw, so I’m skeptical.

    Trump said ad nauseum that he hated the JCPOA and wanted out. We can say his decision is unwise, but it’s not a betrayal of a campaign promise. He criticized the deal before he was a candidate, and before he got in bed with people like Sheldon Adelson (who did nothing for Trump in the primaries, and threw in money for Trump relatively late in the general election campaign, and much less than he spent in 2012).

    Most of the JCPOA opponents are despicable neocons or liberal hawks (Schumer, Menendez). Their opposition is virtually entirely Israel-Firstism.

    Having said the previous sentence, not all JCPOA opponents are our enemies. James Webb, Rand Paul, and Gary Johnson all opposed the agreement. Webb in particular is someone to whom we should listen: right on Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, no neocon, and nobody’s patsy. Paul has also been mostly good about foreign policy under Trump (public with his opposition to the strikes on Assad, for instance, and voting against our Yemen involvement).

    I’m wait and see on what Trump does with Iran. My gut tells me, perhaps too optimistically, that he doesn’t really want war. His foreign policy has been disappointing from the perspective of his core 2016 supporters (myself included), but it has been relatively restrained compared with his recent predecessors. We smashed ISIS with relatively low investment in US manpower (and relatively few casualties), without full-on regime change for Assad or a direct shootout with Russia (Russia disavowed those Russian contractors we blew up, who attacked us first anyway). Trump cut off Obama’s funds for the “moderate” jihadists in Syria. In Afghanistan, Trump has stayed the course (bad), but not done what Obama did in his first term (i.e., jack up US troop levels to 100k and dramatically increase casualties). Our casualties in Afghanistan under Trump have been low (too many from our POV, but still low). With North Korea, Trump seems to be making progress with his tactics of big talk + sanctions + squeeze China (the only way to bring Rocket Man to heel), so he might deserve a little benefit of the doubt if he says he can squeeze Iran to make a better deal, rather than go to war.

  • From the NYT: Is Stacey Abrams Assembling a New Democratic Majority? By Aimee Allison Ms. Allison is president of Democracy in Color and the author of the forthcoming “She the People.” April 30, 2018 When early voting begins today in the Georgia primary campaign for governor, Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia...
  • I live in Georgia. I hope the Democrats nominate Abrams because she should be easy to defeat, even in a tough year like this. The other Democratic candidate for governor, also named Stacey, is a moderate Nice White Lady from the suburbs (with endorsements from local retired white Democratic politicians) who might be able to swing the crucial demo of suburban Nice White Ladies. Stacey Abrams is like a Democratic Karl Rove, someone whose strategy is innumerate. Blacks are something like almost 30% of registered voters in Georgia. If they are that much of actual voters, and you get 90% of them, that’s 27% of the vote. Where are you going to get the other 23% you need to get to 50? Atlanta has some white homosexuals and other leftists, but otherwise you need suburban Nice White Ladies (rural white people aren’t going for Abrams, that’s for sure, but a few might go for her Nice White Lady opponent).

    BTW, Abrams is not only a Woman Of Color, but she sets off my gaydar. Never married, no kids, looks lezbo.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    If she's lesbian as well a black and female, that gives her 3 Intersectionality Pokemon Points. As the Theory of Intersectionality posits, she who has the most points wins! Or deserves to win. Or will win after we start taking the vote away from anybody without points.
    , @psmith

    The other Democratic candidate for governor, also named Stacey,
     
    republicans plz nominate this guy http://www.house.ga.gov/representatives/en-US/Member.aspx?Member=790&Session=24

    nominative determinism will WIN!
  • From AP: Biden is reportedly considering the campaign slogan: "Joe Is the One and Only: A Democrat and a Normal White Guy." Biden will turn 78 a couple of weeks after the 2020 election. Do the Democrats have a shortage of white politicians below 70? It sure seems that way among California politicians. For example,...
  • Do the Democrats have a shortage of white politicians below 70?

    Gillibrand. Cuomo. But they won’t be the Prez nominee IMHO. (Nor VP for G if Kamala gets top spot: she might want another Biden/Kaine — FL Senator Nelson, if he wins this year, or Sherrod Brown, or Murphy of CT who is always going on about guns).

    Cryin’ Chuck is only 67: been in Congress since he was 30. Not a 2020 aspirant.

    Pocahantas will be 71 in 2020.

    Zuckerberg?

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Noah, NY State republicans are already digging dirt on Cuomo. His top henchman is currently on trial.Noah, NY State republicans are already digging dirt on Cuomo. His top henchman is currently on trial.
  • In the NYT, Tom Edsall, a kind of old-fashioned Democrat columnist, writes: Trump Has Got Democrats Right Where He Wants Them Thomas B. Edsall FEB. 1, 2018 President Trump’s immigration proposal has put Democrats in a bind; they know it and he knows it. Trump’s immigration “framework” — first outlined on Jan. 25 — represents...
  • @Jack D

    The Evil Party’s bitter rejection of Trump’s rather Stupid Party immigration offer is both evil and (extremely) stupid. Trump would be in a real bind if the Democrats would just say yes, but they are too accustomed to having their way totally on this issue above all others. At least this negotiation kabuki gets the country talking about chain migration, the visa lottery, and other issues which have been frozen out of discussion for decades.
     
    Two possibilities here - either, as you say, there's no way that the Dems can make a deal involving funding the wall, etc. (because it goes against their fundamental principles and would piss off their base) OR Schumer is just positioning himself for a better outcome (while at the same time appealing to his base by getting to publically call Trump a racist). From Trump's POV, the worst thing that could happen is for Schumer to actually say yes but I think he knows that won't happen. He has left himself an out in that unless Schumer 100% capitulates (which he would never do) he can always say "no deal".

    Really wish Trump hadn’t said “1.8 million” and “path to citizenship.” That’s very risky in demoralizing his core supporters. He could have just said, “We are open to legal status for a larger child arrival population than the current DACA applicants,” and let the Democrats turn him down as they inevitably would no matter what he said.

     

    Given that the Democrat no was inevitable (and we'll see if it really is inevitable) then offering the Democrats the moon and the stars was the better strategy. You can take your base for granted up to a point - is the base really going to switch sides and vote for Joe Kennedy XIV or Kamala Harris? If Trump had done what you said, it would have lessened the political value of the rejection. "I offered something vague to the Democrats and they rejected it" doesn't carry much of a punch, but "I offered citizenship to every last one of the 1.8M Dreamers and the Dems still rejected it because they love an unguarded border more than they love the Dreamers whom they profess to love but really don't give a damn about" has real impact.

    You can take your base for granted up to a point – is the base really going to switch sides and vote for Joe Kennedy XIV or Kamala Harris?

    People can not vote. That’s the real danger, not so much that they’ll vote Democratic (although do remember that Trump won by persuading enough previous Obama voters to switch — with immigration as one of the key issues behind those switches). Like it or not, not everybody understands all the nuanced 4d chess arguments. Some people just hear that Trump flipped on amnesty and they’ll take it at face value.

  • The Evil Party’s bitter rejection of Trump’s rather Stupid Party immigration offer is both evil and (extremely) stupid. Trump would be in a real bind if the Democrats would just say yes, but they are too accustomed to having their way totally on this issue above all others. At least this negotiation kabuki gets the country talking about chain migration, the visa lottery, and other issues which have been frozen out of discussion for decades.

    Really wish Trump hadn’t said “1.8 million” and “path to citizenship.” That’s very risky in demoralizing his core supporters. He could have just said, “We are open to legal status for a larger child arrival population than the current DACA applicants,” and let the Democrats turn him down as they inevitably would no matter what he said.

    If this is method rather than madness (and I’m still inclined to see it this way, given the largely positive action from this administration on immigration), he’s brilliant. If it’s just madness, stick a fork in this country.

    • Agree: Bill
    • Replies: @Boethiuss

    Really wish Trump hadn’t said “1.8 million” and “path to citizenship.” That’s very risky in demoralizing his core supporters. He could have just said, “We are open to legal status for a larger child arrival population than the current DACA applicants,” and let the Democrats turn him down as they inevitably would no matter what he said.
     
    Yeah, this. I sympathize with Edsall's point but I can't really agree with it.

    Like I said in a prior comment, I like Trump's idea a lot better as a proposal than as a policy. We'd like to think that the Democrats are going to channel their inner Arafat and muleheadedly reject it. I'm not as sure.

    And while I think this proposal can be improved by Congress, I think the 1.8 million number can't be walked back since Trump explicitly stated it. And besides the number, this would cause all kinds of enforcement problems.

    To top it off, we're not getting the one most important, most plausible thing we could conceivably get right away: mandatory e-Verify. If we have to choose between e-Verify and the wall, e-Verify is much more valuable by a long shot. I fear Trump feels the need from his campaign and the Pewitt/Coulter-style reactionaries to get a wall and we're paying a price for that.

    Notwithstanding that, we're still in way better shape now than we were a month or so ago.
    , @Anonymous
    I disagree. An "exact" number is way better rhetoric than saying "many." An exact number, even if pulled out of a hat, like Sen. McCarthy's "I have a list of 57 . . ." is realer than "many."

    The extreme anti-immigrant position is flawed because it is heartless.

    , @Ed
    I’m a “core supporter” and am not demoralized. I realize leveraging the fate to extract legal immigration changes is the best deal restrictionists will ever get for awhile.

    In fact I’m ecstatic. We’re close to getting Cotton’s RAISE Act in exchange for a million or so illegals maybe getting citizenship 12 years from now.
    , @Jack D

    The Evil Party’s bitter rejection of Trump’s rather Stupid Party immigration offer is both evil and (extremely) stupid. Trump would be in a real bind if the Democrats would just say yes, but they are too accustomed to having their way totally on this issue above all others. At least this negotiation kabuki gets the country talking about chain migration, the visa lottery, and other issues which have been frozen out of discussion for decades.
     
    Two possibilities here - either, as you say, there's no way that the Dems can make a deal involving funding the wall, etc. (because it goes against their fundamental principles and would piss off their base) OR Schumer is just positioning himself for a better outcome (while at the same time appealing to his base by getting to publically call Trump a racist). From Trump's POV, the worst thing that could happen is for Schumer to actually say yes but I think he knows that won't happen. He has left himself an out in that unless Schumer 100% capitulates (which he would never do) he can always say "no deal".

    Really wish Trump hadn’t said “1.8 million” and “path to citizenship.” That’s very risky in demoralizing his core supporters. He could have just said, “We are open to legal status for a larger child arrival population than the current DACA applicants,” and let the Democrats turn him down as they inevitably would no matter what he said.

     

    Given that the Democrat no was inevitable (and we'll see if it really is inevitable) then offering the Democrats the moon and the stars was the better strategy. You can take your base for granted up to a point - is the base really going to switch sides and vote for Joe Kennedy XIV or Kamala Harris? If Trump had done what you said, it would have lessened the political value of the rejection. "I offered something vague to the Democrats and they rejected it" doesn't carry much of a punch, but "I offered citizenship to every last one of the 1.8M Dreamers and the Dems still rejected it because they love an unguarded border more than they love the Dreamers whom they profess to love but really don't give a damn about" has real impact.
  • Commenter Noah172 writes: Then there was the obscure Taba talks of early 2001. If Trump’s DACA negotiating convinces millions of white normies that the Democrats are not and will never be reasonable on immigration (redpills them, basically), Trump will deserve credit f
  • @Anonymous
    Brietbart has several articles up that reveal the dirty details of trump's framework proposal. Somebody worked awfully hard to put every trick in the book into the fine print.

    The proposal is a well thought out plan to bamboozle trump's base and leave them empty promises that supposedly kick in ten years down the road.

    What fine print? It’s one page. A bill before Congress would be fine print.

    And if virtually all Democrats and some TBD number of Republicans reject it while it is still one page, it’s not going to be law.

    But as I made clear above, it’s a terrible deal on the merits.

  • It's almost as if it really isn't about the Alien Minors, it's about electing a new people to insure one party rule. Are the Democrats going to shut down the government again?
  • @Opinionator
    We are 1/4 of the way through his presidency and:

    --No security fence construction is underway
    --No immigration restriction legislation has been signed into law
    --The mass migration of foreigners into our country continues apace
    --The highest priority in the public sphere is a DACA amnesty
    --eVerify and birthright citizenship aren't even on the president's radar

    – He needs Congress, controlled by cucks, to appropriate funds. And the Democrats have been waffling on the wall lately (they have voted for one in the past).

    – No other Senator has co-sponsored the rather mild Cotton-Perdue bill. Hard to get from 2 to 60.

    – The administration has been doing decent things through the executive branch (deportations, fewer refugees [far fewer Muslim refugees], holding up H1B applications and renewals, fighting for the travel restriction in court [already won once with Supremes]).

    -DACA is the only thing to offer the Democrats to get them to consider restrictionist measures without offering up the whole illegal population. It also forces them into these damaging govt shutdown antics.

    -Legit criticism.

    • Replies: @Opinionator

    - He needs Congress, controlled by cucks, to appropriate funds. And the Democrats have been waffling on the wall lately (they have voted for one in the past).

    - No other Senator has co-sponsored the rather mild Cotton-Perdue bill. Hard to get from 2 to 60.
    - The administration has been doing decent things through the executive branch (deportations, fewer refugees [far fewer Muslim refugees], holding up H1B applications and renewals, fighting for the travel restriction in court [already won once with Supremes]).
     

    Congressional behavior is subject to public, media, and presidential pressure. Trump hasn't gotten out there and led on this ever so crucial issue beyond firing off a few occasional tweets. There has been little engagement with and education of the voters. Little public pressure on people on his own party. He has the platform for it.

    There is also little evidence the administration has given thought to using carrots such as tax reform or deregulation or Obamacare repeal to extract votes on immigration control from GOP lawmakers.


    -DACA is the only thing to offer the Democrats to get them to consider restrictionist measures without offering up the whole illegal population. It also forces them into these damaging govt shutdown antics.
     
    DACA is a good bargaining chip, yes, but the prominence and framing given it in the overall debate reflect a failure of public relations and strategy leadership on the part of Trump and the GOP. See above.
  • I would be angrier about this proposal, which is lousy on the merits, if it had a chance of becoming law. If it wakes up some normies to the extremism of the Democrats, it might be worth the heartburn on the right. I am disappointed in people like Mark Krikorian and Mickey Kaus and Ann Coulter who only see the proposal as terrible (which it is, when considered in isolation) but who don’t see the value in exposing the insanity of the left.

    This incident reminds me of the 2000 Camp David summit between President Clinton, Ehud Barak, and Yasser Arafat. Barak made the most generous offer ever from an Israeli: a Palestinian state with all the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem (the last a painful concession for Jews, and would have gotten Barak assassinated like Rabin had it come to fruition). Arafat said no FTMP because of what was omitted: a right of return for the Palestinian diaspora — his version of electing a new people. Arafat’s refusal, and the intifada that started soon after, convinced many Israelis that the Palestinians can never be reasoned with (the Israeli left has never really recovered from 2000-01).

    If Trump’s DACA negotiating convinces millions of white normies that the Democrats are not and will never be reasonable on immigration (redpills them, basically), Trump will deserve credit for a bold, risky move with generational payoff.

    Trump should take the Democrats hysterical rejection as license to say, “To hell with it. They’re all going back.”

    That’s the good spin. I hope it’s the right spin.

    • Replies: @Opinionator

    Barak made the most generous offer ever from an Israeli: a Palestinian state with all the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem.
     
    Citation needed.
    , @Opinionator
    An otherwise good post.
    , @Parsifal
    It *is* the right spin but don't expect the bed-wetting brigade to concede this point.
    , @Anonymous
    Arafat's refusal had much to do with the fact that he would have been killed had he tried to implement it. Israel vs. The Palestinians is a zero sum and irresolvable conflict, given that both sides want the same land (and no other), exclusively, and believe their tribal god has not only permitted but mandated they do so. There is no "good" or "fair" solution. One or the other will win. So far, the Pals have not shown the most smarts, but they correctly hate the US for unquestioningly supporting Israel.

    If cut off from the US tit, Israel might or might not survive. If the modern IDF were what it was under Dayan, their chances would be fairly good. Today, who knows.

    The political power of Jews and God-Damned Rapture Bunnies in the US means that so long as the US prospers, the money and weapons will flow to Israel. The US as a sovereign single nation is safe in the short term, but terminal in the long term. If you're under, say, 25 and live to be 80, you'll see the outcome. I probably won't.
  • Your thoughts?
  • @27 year old
    1. The continued presence of 800k DACAs isn't that big of a deal. I think extending their temporary deferred status is reasonable, if we get something good out of it. We can always revoke it again later.

    2. The Wall (tm) isn't that big of a deal. Going after employers and government staffers who give jobs or services to illegals is much more important and its also easier to do.

    3. This kinda seems like a nothingburger, where we can't lose much and probably get some minor wins.

    4. What are the specifics (at a policy wonk level) of "end chain migration"? Anybody know what is actually being proposed? Like when we boil it down, are they going to say you can't bring your cousin but you can still bring your mother to go straight onto social security? If so, put a tally in the black pill column...

    5. I really hope Trump is just grandstanding about "preventing a government shutdown". A government shutdown over illegal immigrants would be great for him. Probably the best thing that could happen.

    1. The Goodlatte DACA bill gives the DACAs only renewable work permits, nothing permanent. That’s a step in the right direction. Has other good provisions (going off the summary in the WSJ). Still against any deal because of Democrats’ extreme bad faith, but it’s smart to put reasonable ideas out there to counter the media narrative.

    2. Wall stops drugs (heroin epidemic) and people who come here for reasons other than working legal jobs (gangs, smugglers, terrorists). Wall and interior enforcement are not mutually exclusive, but complementary.

    3. We can lose bigly if 800k get permanent status (which will eventually be citizenship) and we can’t stop new illegals and the DACAs get to sponsor relatives.

    4. As I understand it, ending chain migration means nobody beyond spouses and minor children of the sponsor.

    5. Yes, Trump is trying to set up the Democrats to be the bad guys in any shutdown fight. He may not necessarily want one, but he wants to win the PR battle if it happens.

  • Wesley Lowery -- National Reporter for the Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize winner, is extremely angry at Heather Mac Donald for writing an article for National Review that mentions the huge race gap in shootings in New York City: Is Heather's 50X for shootings in NYC correct? It was not in 2014: Instead, 50X was...
  • Moreover, NYC whites are exceptional among American whites in general in being less prone to gun violence.

    Because they are a more Jewish group than whites elsewhere (and less Scots-Irish* and Irish). Also, many NYC whites are rich elites.

    * actual Scots-Irish, not iSteve comment thread (((Scots-Irish)))

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Italians and Irish don't shoot each other much either.

    The better Mafia movies have only a few murders.

  • From CNN: It's funny how over the last three years, Ann Coulter has been the most pragmatic political analyst while the mainstream conventional wisdom (¡Jeb!) has been the most foolish.
  • The Democrats gave up on DACA for 2017, which ends in a week and a half. There is still 2018. There are some uncomfortable noises coming from the Senate and White House on the issue. As long as Trump insists on something, anything, which is a deal-killer for the Democrats (e.g. wall), then there will be no amnesty. Amnesty-for-wall/more enforcement is still a bad deal, but holding out poison pill bargaining chips for the Democrats to make them look unreasonable is good politics. My fear is that he, or at least a Congressional majority (Democrats plus open-border Republicans) will craft a bill that’s a too-large amnesty (more than the 700k DACAs) for too little gain (not that any gain is really worth the DACAs, let alone any larger group).

  • I wrote in VDARE in 2009: Of course, Republicans haven't followed this
  • @Art Deco
    My point not made clear is that protestants don't vote for nationalist parties and Catholics do not vote for Unionist ones. I recall seeing some data collected in the 1970s which indicated that the Catholic share of the Unionist vote was < 2%.

    Ok, then, NI Prots and Catholics are each <2% of the UK, and are concentrated in one small geographic region with a distinct history. The point the first commenter mentioning American blacks was making is that they are an exceptionally cohesive political bloc despite large numbers (both absolute and relative), geographic dispersion, and class/occupational variance. There aren't many analogues to this — again, a demographic bloc larger than a single-digit percentage of the electorate, geographically dispersed, which consistently and overwhelmingly supports one political party and/or one ideological persuasion — among advanced-world democracies. Israeli Arabs would be the closest that springs to my mind: ~1/5th of the eligible Israeli electorate, voted nearly unanimously Labour when Israel had direct elections for Prime Minister (1996-2001), went overwhelmingly Joint List in recent elections (despite that bloc containing secularist and Islamist factions), and likely to do so again for the near future.

  • @Art Deco
    Voting blacks tended to be Republicans prior to 1932. From 1932 to 1964, they favored the Democrats, but roughly 30% of voting blacks tended to cast their ballots for Republican candidates. After 1945, blacks began to successfully navigate the labyrinth of chicanery in the Southern states and work their way onto voting registers (aided crucially by federal legislation enacted in 1960 and aided to a degree by supplementary legislation enacted in 1965). The historical curio is that in the course of adding millions of voters drawn from a population segment which had been abused by politicians of the Democratic Party, the ratio of voting preferences among that class of people went from 2.33: 1 to 10:1.


    I'm aware of one or two loci in the occidental world where you see those ratios. Ulster is one and Quebec (intermittently) might be another. Both are interesting in this discussion. In Quebec, political separatism gained a considerable constituency after 1959 coincident with the dissipation of Quebec's unique culture. In the U.S., we see extreme ethnic bloc voting emerge even as racial classification is less-and-less salient in determining outcomes in other spheres; such bloc voting benefits the political party most implicated in abusing the black population over the previous century; and the chatterati within that party successfully propagate historical fiction to the effect that such bloc voting is a consequence of something the Republican Party did (the term "Southern Strategy" is uttered as a screen witch might say 'abracadabra', as if blacks have for 50 years been steamed by ads featuring Roy Acuff and Strom Thurmond). N.B. even in Quebec and Ulster, you see varigated prefeferences within communal blocs. There are multiple Unionist and multiple Nationalist parties in Ulster. The right in Quebec may have evaporated electorally by 1981, but some sort of starboard dissent had re-emerged by 2003.

    Canada’s francophones aren’t politically monolithic to the degree of US Negroes. In the 1995 independence referendum, ~40% of Quebec’s francophones (exit poll IIRC) voted no (total no vote was 50.5%, what with the near unanimous opposition of Quebec’s anglophones and allophones). The francophones also split their votes among the left parties (Bloc, Grits, NDP).

    And your own comment undermines your point WRT to Ulster: two Unionist and two Republican parties (although both groups consolidated around the more strident parties on their respective sides in the recent Commons election). Ulster Prots were also split on Brexit: most were for Leave, but there were enough Prot Remainers (affluent Belfasters if I’m not mistaken) combined with the Catholics (basically all for Remain) that Ulster went 56% Remain. In any case, NI is only 3% of the UK — the blacks are one-eighth of America with little political variety (not only 90% Dem, but overwhelmingly liberal on a host of specific issues).

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    My point not made clear is that protestants don't vote for nationalist parties and Catholics do not vote for Unionist ones. I recall seeing some data collected in the 1970s which indicated that the Catholic share of the Unionist vote was < 2%.
  • From Ezra Klein's interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates in Vox:
  • In reality, bookish Da Hennessy Coates got regular beat-downs from the bigger, meaner black kids in Baltimore.

    He can spell “guillotine,” but no way is he ever dragging anybody to one.

  • From The New Yorker, an interesting self-portrait of growing up Jewish and American in mid-Century America by Philip Roth, author of Portnoy's Complaint and American Pastoral. Roth is one of the survivors from a generation formed before the Sixties and before the subsequent rise of globalism, along with Woody Allen, Ralph Lauren, and, perhaps, Bob...
  • Didn’t Roth write a novel about Charles Lindbergh winning the Presidency as a Nazi?

    Doesn’t seem like Roth has all that much affection for flyover goyim.

  • Here's Elliott Abrams (who is some sort of Podhoretz-in-law) in 2012 denouncing the Real Anti-Semites: Tom Friedman and Joe Klein. By the way, two LLs and two TTs in Elliott, Andrea. The neocons ... they're just relentless careerists. How many times do they screw up and get handed more chances? What do they have to...
  • This could be total bunk, but even if true, gotta figure some Republican Senators wouldn’t go for this. If Rand Paul is no in FR committee, plus all the Democrats, then the nomination would go to the full Senate without committee recommendation, which is historically a kiss of death. Plus in the full Senate you may have Republicans not on the committee who object. There are eight current Republican Senators (among them McConnell) who were members of Congress or staff when Iran-Contra became public, so some of them might have ill will toward Abrams. There is a reason this guy hasn’t had a Senate-confirmed job since the scandal (was an adviser during Bush II).

  • If you are a younger Democrat like, say, Senator Cory Booker, who just a month ago was happily looking forward to a well-funded future of big donations from Jews paranoid about Trump's purported anti-Semitism, you can't be pleased with Obama's decision during his lame duck period to drop the mask covering up his (admittedly understandable)...
  • @Peter Akuleyev
    E-Verify does nothing about drugs, weapons, or people crossing for reasons other than finding work.

    Those are precisely the issues the wall does nothing to stop. The wall will stop poor Mexicans and Central Americans trying to find work. The wall won't stop drugs - Cartels already have tunnels in place, the money to bribe officials, and, if need be, airplanes. Weapons go from the US south for the most part, they are already easy to obtain in the US.

    The wall is an expensive symbol that will do very little other than allow Trump supporters to gloat. If you actually care about stopping immigration, rather than just about annoying liberals, than focus on penalizing workers who hire illegals. Make it impossible for illegals to get drivers' licenses, buy cars, attend public schools, rent an apartment, or do most of the things one needs to do to live long term in a foreign country. Those fixes are not glamorous, and are going to result in countless sob-stories about poor immigrants being mistreated, but that is the serious way to address the problem.

    Given Trump's history of show over substance, I am a little worried the wall is going to be more of the same. A grand symbol to placate voters while little actually changes on the ground.

    If you read my comment, you would notice that I don’t disagree with any of the interior enforcement measures you mention (“all of the above”).

    Again, it’s not wall or “unglamorous” measures; it’s both.

    Interior enforcement is part of Trump’s immigration platform in any case. He also has Sessions, S. Miller, and Kobach(?) on the team. Kelly at HomeSec also looks pretty good.

  • @SFG
    Actually enforcing E-verify would be much more effective than a wall, to be honest. Start fining businesses who employ illegal workers to the degree it doesn't pay to do it--if they can't get paid, they won't come.

    But, of course, that would go against Free Enterprise (tm) and all the businessmen who write the congressmen's campaign checks. So, hey, wall.

    E-Verify does nothing about drugs, weapons, or people crossing for reasons other than finding work.

    A wall is also basically permanent (very difficult to remove).

    Immigration enforcement should be about both/and, not either/or. Use an “all of the above” strategy.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
    E-Verify does nothing about drugs, weapons, or people crossing for reasons other than finding work.

    Those are precisely the issues the wall does nothing to stop. The wall will stop poor Mexicans and Central Americans trying to find work. The wall won't stop drugs - Cartels already have tunnels in place, the money to bribe officials, and, if need be, airplanes. Weapons go from the US south for the most part, they are already easy to obtain in the US.

    The wall is an expensive symbol that will do very little other than allow Trump supporters to gloat. If you actually care about stopping immigration, rather than just about annoying liberals, than focus on penalizing workers who hire illegals. Make it impossible for illegals to get drivers' licenses, buy cars, attend public schools, rent an apartment, or do most of the things one needs to do to live long term in a foreign country. Those fixes are not glamorous, and are going to result in countless sob-stories about poor immigrants being mistreated, but that is the serious way to address the problem.

    Given Trump's history of show over substance, I am a little worried the wall is going to be more of the same. A grand symbol to placate voters while little actually changes on the ground.
  • @Polynikes
    Johnson is a smart guy....not a great politician, but a smart guy. I think he's the only senator with a manufacturing background. I'd feel good if he was involved with this on the Senate side.

    Rojo got reelected against a former 3-term Senator after trailing in every single poll leading up to the election, in a state which had not reelected a Republican Senator since 1986. Sounds like a savvy politician to me.

    • Replies: @CrunchybutRealistCon
    Rojo largely won on Trump's coattails. He was careful to be mildly pro-Trump, but not too pro-Trump so he grabbed a few of the 3rd party voters put off by Trump's declasse persona.
    Russ Feingold was a simple pro-Hillary cipher this cycle, and he tied his fate very closely to her policy wise.
  • Choosing a Secretary of State has always seemed like it would be a challenge for Donald Trump. Foreign policy is arcane, and it is traditionally conducted in indoor voices by people who don't brainstorm in public. International relations comes with a lot of traditions and tacit knowledge that are alien to Trump. So here are...
  • @Steve Sailer
    He's a cool guy, but does he have a Secretary of State's gravitas?

    but does he have a Secretary of State’s gravitas?

    Did Warren Christopher? (Another Southern Californian, FWIW.)

    Rohrabacher > Rudy > Newt > a corpse > Bolton.

    Webb should be at Defense.

    • Replies: @CrunchybutRealistCon
    Professor Andrew Bacevich. That guy is rock solid. Deserves a major role.

    One final thing: there needs to a be major Cabinet position which deals solely with antagonizing and misdirecting the MSM. It would be too exhausting for just the Press Secretary. We know this is going to be trench warfare over the "Narrative" from day 1. Perhaps a Jesse Ventura or Clint Eastwood. Somebody with Star Power & ruthlessness.
  • At the blog People Who Did Not See Mike Brown Being Killed, Mike Sylwester reviews the much pooh-poohed Ferguson Effect of rising violence following BLM activism in, appropriately enough, Ferguson, Missouri: Crime rates rose significantly in Ferguson during 2014-2015 Crime in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, has risen significantly since police officer Darren Wilson was...
  • @Lot
    So did property crime really go down as murder/rape/assault doubled to tripled? Of course not. The people who report property crime have (1) moved out (2) lost their ability in insure their property and with it most incentive to file a police report (3) been replaced by "victim/criminals" who are victims of property crime but do not report it because they are also active criminals with open warrants.

    Violent crime increased across the country (as Trump pointed out in the debate) even as property crime continued to decline (modestly).

    The unpleasant reality is that we are seeing an increase in people who want to hurt others for motives less rational than material gain.

    • Replies: @Nico
    But they are being allowed and encouraged to do so by a perverse intelligentsia who will use their votes and stupidity to rocket themselves to perpetual power and stranglehold over us all.

    There is always an answer to "cui bono?"
  • Whaddaya say? Leave a comment.
  • @iSteveFan
    Back in May, Sheldon Adelson quipped that he was behind Trump and was ready to donate $100 million to help him win.

    Has Adelson committed any funds yet? Or was that just an empty promise?

    I have a feeling in 3 months when people on this blog are complaining that Trump was not supported by the bigwigs, our local neocons will point out how Adelson backed Trump with $100 million, even if he didn't.

    I’ve checked FEC records on this very matter. So far not a cent from Adelson for any super PAC, Trump’s campaign, or the Republican Party all year.

    • Replies: @iSteveFan
    I don't know whether it is good or bad. On one hand Trump could use $100 million to run ads countering all the negativity in battleground states. But if he wins and Adelson donated such funds, I'd be worried that Adelson might get a seat at the table.
  • The phrase "America's Greatest Vice President" doesn't show up much on search engines, with most of the few mentions going to Joe Biden, Dan Quayle, Spiro Agnew, or Hubert Humphrey. But, really, the more I think about it, the more the title of Greatest Vice President of the Old, Weird America must belong to Dick...
  • Biden is definitely the greatest VP for saying — in public, in apparently prepared remarks — that Jews control the media and are to be credited with leftist advances in this country such as abortion and, especially, homosexual marriage. He, a liberal, meant it as praise, but you know what Jews say: a philosemite is an antisemite who likes Jews. Thanks for speaking the truth, Mr. Veep! No Republican had the guts to do that.

  • From the NYT: Well, not exactly. A more accurate way of looking at it is that blacks acquired a number of close-in neighborhoods -- Harlem, most of Washington DC, the south lakefront of Chicago, a huge swathe of Los Angeles between the beach and downtown, etc. -- and then held onto them longer than would...
  • Obama went after Westchester County, NY on housing, now Dubuque.

    These places are both Democratic, the former also wealthy and home to some connected people (the Clintons).

    I get wanting to dump hot potato blacks on burbs and flyover podunks, but why screw your own voters? And Iowa is a swing state (voted Dem 6 of last 7 times, actually); Hillary’s gonna need good Dem turnout in Dubuque.

    • Replies: @Marty T
    Perhaps Donald Trump should ask Hillary if she supports dropping housing projects in Iowa...and in Chappaqua. Perhaps he should go to the Philly suburbs and tell them Washington has no right to be their zoning board. Does he have it in him?
  • It turns out that Shakespeare was brown, as were almost all his characters, except that Iago and Bottom were orange like Donald Trump after a fresh spray tan.
  • Shakespeare looks like WEB DuBois (with more hair).

    Juliet is Mexican.

    Julius Caesar reminds me of former Congressman Major Owens of Brooklyn (very dark, white hair on sides, shiny bald pate).

    The masts on the ship look like the three crosses of Calvary. Naughty Google!

    • Replies: @Formerly CARealist
    And the three witches remind me of that joke with the drawing of three klansmen looking down a man-hole.

    wowza. So much un-PCness in one sentence.
  • From Politico:
  • it’s possible most vote against Sanders for other reasons (antisemitism, anti-Northeasternism, ignorance about his policies, residual fondness for Bill Clinton, etc.)

    Blacks don’t go for Northern egghead liberal insurgents in Democratic presidential primaries, excepting possibly R. Kennedy and McGovern way back when. Not McCarthy; not E. Kennedy; not Hart; not Tsongas; not Jerry Brown; not Bradley; not Dean; and now not Sanders. Blacks in the prez primaries vote establishment, Southern, or black (Carter, Jackson, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Obama, Clinton).

    Plus, Sanders wants to be different from Obama, and (as Steve suggested some weeks ago) blacks view this as a “racist diss” on Obama — even though Sanders wants to be more left, and stresses economic leftism to boot, which blacks really like in the abstract, along with his pathetic groveling to Black Lives Matter, Sharpton, et al.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Plus, Sanders wants to be different from Obama, and (as Steve suggested some weeks ago) blacks view this as a “racist diss” on Obama — even though Sanders wants to be more left, and stresses economic leftism to boot, which blacks really like in the abstract, along with his pathetic groveling to Black Lives Matter, Sharpton, et al."

    The only way Bernie Sanders wins the Black vote is if he promises to abolish the police if he becomes president.

    Conservatives want to abolish the IRS, Blacks want to abolish the police.

  • #BlackVotesDon’tMatter

    “we got murdered.”

    Good for him he didn’t say “lynched”.

  • Commenter Andrew writes: ... 1) Trump won the Driftless area and the Canadian Shield. These are the agriculturally poor rural areas in the west and north of the state. Economically they are former mining and timber areas. They are essentially equivalent demographically and economically to places like western Massachusetts, West Virginia, upstate New York, northern...
  • Anti-immigrant message went over predictably like a lead balloon

    Muslim ban had 70% support, on the high end of the exit polls which asked about it. Most Cruz voters were for it.

    Wisconsin’s Republican congressional delegation, Ryan significantly excepted, is decent on immigration: Sensenbrenner, who represents the district that just voted most heavily for Cruz, is pretty good (voted against Reagan amnesty, Bush 41 legal immigration expansion, and Bush 43 amnesty).

  • Audacious Epigone catches Fox trying to distract from the big issue.
  • Diversity?

    The words are all in English, BTW. Bet Jeb! and Rubio!! don’t agree with that.

  • Being a relatively honest professional politician is not much of a living, if we can believe their net worth filings. For example, Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has two VISA credit card liabilities, one for $10,000 to $15,000 at 8.5% interest and one for $15,000 to $50,000 at 10.25% interest, which is kind of depressing for...
  • The current First Family were getting by on cash-out condo mortgage refinancings until Barack’s 2004 speech at the Democratic convention spurred sales of his previously-remaindered 1995 memoir

    Obama’s credit card was declined when he tried to rent a car in LA at the 2000 Dem convention.

    My takeaway is that we probably ought to pay elected officials more

    Hear, hear. Everybody says, “Cut their pay,” as if that will help anything. Lousy pay means you get self-funding zillionaires, political scions (Jeb!) who can tap Daddy’s fundraising network, and insular hacks who only know how to run for office and spout faculty lounge/think tank garbage, and who are desperate to please their puppetmasters (Sheldon, et al.).

  • Commenter AndrewR asks: This isn't a universal pattern (Colin Powell), but it's likely true as a tendency: e.g., Ben Carson, Herman Cain, Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, etc. Obama's consigliere Valerie Jarrett is a fairly amusing example of the Democratic appeal to the other end of the African American color range. Part of the explanation may...
  • @Priss Factor
    Race on Lib side is more 'fluid'. There is more mixing. So, you have interracist whites and interracist blacks in the Democrats.

    Cons tend to be more into preservation. You're more likely to find race-ist whites and race-ist blacks in the GOP.

    It's like when two lib nations become allies, they wanna trade people and mate across national lines.
    When two con nations become allies, they agree on 'your nation is over there' and 'our nation is over here'. Cons are agreed on principles but separate on properties. Libs are more into sharing the same properties; after all, it is Euro Libs who say 'LET THE ARABS IN. WE MUST SHARE SOVEREIGNTY.'

    (But 'shared sovereignty' is an oxymoron. If US were to share sovereignty with, say China or India, what kind of sovereignty is that? Principles can be agreed upon, but sovereignty must be independent to be meaningful.)

    Also, it seems Christianity is the only real glue that brings black cons and white cons together. Carson is devoutly Christian. I guess in the case of Herman Cain, it's business and competition, but such blacks are less prominent than Christian blacks.
    Also, the Dem Party has changed so much that it is welcome to enterprisers: Dems sure love Silicon Valley and Hollywood and vice versa. So, even a capitalist Negro will do well with Democrats.
    But as the Democratic Party has become so hostile to Christianity, there are prolly some true blue(or red) black Christians who refuse to stick with the Dems.

    Btw, I'll bet the same is true with Jews. GOP Jews are likely to be more pure Jewish. Orthodox Jews want to preserve their Jewishness and they are more likely to be pro-GOP than secular Jews are likely to be. I wouldn't be surprised if lots of Orthodox Jews are Democratic, but still, an Ortho Jew is surely more conservative on most matter than secular Jews. Take Michael Medved. Very much into Jewish identity and married a Jewess. But many Lib Jews marry non-Jews. Look at Zucky who married the tree-stump-legged China girl.

    Also, white Lib women are more likely to go with a black man than white con women would. So, there's gonna be more interracist kids among Libs than among Cons.
    Elizabeth Wright who was a conservative negress was even for segregation.

    Ultra-Orthodox Jews are pretty conservative, but sometimes vote Dem in local NY elections if the Dem panders more to the ultras on welfare or something (or conveniently neglects to bring legal smackdown on the ultras for their building code violations and child molesting). The ultras are very savvy in playing politics, for such a tiny (and not-well-liked) group (but that’s Jews for you).

    Modern Orthodox are mostly Republican AFAIK, and some are actual conservatives, although Joseph Lieberman and Peter Beinart are both modern ortho.

    Neocon David Frum, one of very few immigration skeptic Jews in the MSM, is IIRC a secular (if ethnocentric) Jew, and married to a blonde shiksa goddess.

    Neocon ogre John Podhoretz is on his second Jewess wife.

    David Brooks is non-observant and married a shiksa with a very English-sounding name who “converted” to Jewishness and changed her name to sound more Jewish. They’re divorced now. Brooks’ half-racially-Jewish son serves in the IDF (maybe to prove to himself and others that he’s really Jewish).

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    "Neocon ogre John Podhoretz is on his second Jewess wife."

    Ever noticed the similarity between Podhoretz and khalid sheikh mohammed?

    http://www.adweek.com/fishbowldc/files/2013/01/Podhoretz_Swim.jpg

    http://www.b.dk/globalt/hjernen-bag-11.-september-for-retten-paa-guantanamo


    Two Buttocks of the same bum.

    It is, BTW interesting to see how the KSM images have been pretty much erased from US web sites and only exist on those controlled by foreign johnnies.
    , @Bill Jones
    Serving in foreign militaries should be automatic deprivation of US citizenship.

    Dual citizenship should be abolished.

    (any guesses as to the ethnicity of the Supreme Court Judge who cast the deciding vote finding it was a right back in the '60's?)

    , @Anonymous
    David Brooks is a half-Jew, so his son is one-quarter Jewish by ancestry.
    , @Priss Factor
    -------------David Brooks is non-observant and married a shiksa with a very English-sounding name who “converted” to Jewishness and changed her name to sound more Jewish.--------------


    That is hilarious considering it used to be the other way around.

    If some Jewish guy was named Steinofinkelshwarzenfeld, he'd change it to Stone.
    I guess Stone becomes Steinfinkel...
  • Dark black Republicans: the ones Steve mentions above; Tim Scott (really dark); Allen West; Alan Keyes; JC Watts; Armstrong Williams (mentioned by another commenter); some candidate for Congress in Arizona who lost to an atheist bisexual lady Dem (saw him on TV, thought “he’s really dark”); and James Brown was kinda sorta Republican

    Average black Republicans: Condi; Michael Steele; Lynn Swann; Ken Blackwell

    Light black Republicans: Powell

    I guess it comes down to mulattoes gotta prove their “authenticity,” which inevitably means leftist down-with-whitey politics, whereas really dark blacks are secure in their racial identity and thus at least have the potential to think independently on matters political and cultural.

    Notice how the outlier black Republican, Powell, was always on his party’s left flank, and eventually endorsed Obama on racialist grounds. (Pat Buchanan noted how Powell refused to repudiate his support of the Iraq War in his endorsement of Obama, thus making the endorsement more nakedly racial rather than political.)

    Oliver Stone picked an actor, Jeffrey Wright, noticeably darker than Powell to play Powell in W.

    BTW, Piyush Jindal is pretty dark, but Nimrata Haley sure isn’t — and it so happens that Jindal is the more conservative of the two. Coincidence?

    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson
    I say, "Piyush Jindal for President!"
  • The Western world has had relatively few national leaders who were unambiguously 100% Jewish in ancestry, upbringing, religion, and ethnic identification. The American presidency, for example, remains remarkably WASP-dominated. But going back to Queen Victoria's favorite prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who identified strongly as a racial Jew while espousing Anglicanism as his religion, there has...
  • British Labour just tried to win with an atheist, not strongly ethnocentric Jew with a commie father, but he flopped. (Especially in Scotland: the Scots-Irish wouldn’t go for the “Scots-Irish”.)

    The Tories had a Jew leader for the 2005 election. Disappointing in the end, but I think he tried to bring up immigration patriotism as an issue. Sure woulda been better than Blair/Brown, though had he won he would’ve been blamed for the economic crash and then Westminster would be under leftist open border traitors again.

    France’s Socialists would have been led by the Jew Dominique Strauss-Kahn except for his recent unpleasantness. How would the 2012 election have been different? Sarkozy v. DSK: reduced fat Jew or regular?

    Bahrain, of all places, has a politically influential Jewish family, the Nonoos.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Bahrain's ambassador to Washington is a Jewish lady.
  • From Politico: Here's a link to Jeb orating in Spanish from a better camera angle: Comparing the Spanish and English videos from the same event, Jeb strikes me as a more appealing speaker in Spanish. He seems more like a plausible leader when speaking his confident, personable Spanish than he does when speaking English, a...
  • The Mexican Prez looks like Greg Kinnear — like Kinnear playing a president in a movie.

  • From Money magazine: Magazines go through a lot of churn in these listing so that they don't just come up with the usual suspects year after year ("Latest findings! If you are really rich, La Jolla is still a nice place to live. Also, don't forget about Park Avenue!") Still, it's worth taking a look...
  • Looked at the QuickFacts for the towns’ foreign-born proportions. All but two or three under the national average of 13% (TX, Mass, and maybe one other — I closed the page); all under 20% (TX highest at 19-point-something); all but one under 15%; a majority under 10%. The Nebraska town is 3.6%, a quarter the national average. These burgs are not immigrant magnets.

  • With the whole world rushing to issue press releases announcing they have cut all ties with Donald Trump for mentioning the I-word, I'm struck by the dog that hasn't barked: Bill Clinton, who has long been said to be a member of the Trump National Golf Club - Westchester. Bill doesn't appear to be in...
  • Bill Clinton is just from a different generation. He may be a liberal (really more of an unprincipled opportunist), but he doesn’t have SJW, Twitter, YouTube, Daily Show, anti-Straight-Cisgendered-White-Male-ism in his guts the way so many younger illiberal leftist fanatics do. Remember the Hillary-Obama marathon of 2008? Mr. C. said some rather impolitic (though true FTMP) things about the contest that would have destroyed the career of many a Republican.

    And, politics aside, Clinton and Trump just both like p***y. They dig each other.

    • Replies: @AnAnon
    He is a sociopath, and while he hasn't internalized the squiggles, he repeats them all the same when convienient.
  • From the Daily Mail: I wrote in VDARE in 2006: Since then, however, I just haven't seen much more evidence come along to back the hybrid vigor theory as being terribly important in America. There's no question that inbreeding is a major problem in the western half of the Muslim world (and among Pakistani immigrants...
  • But we don’t see much of the unlucky losers (unless they have a lot of talent besides looks).

    However, here’s a rare photo of Richard Pryor with his comedienne daughter Rain Pryor

    Billy Joel’s daughter with Christie Brinkley looks like her father (and I suppose sings like her mother). Big genetic loser (but, hey, she’s Billy Joel’s daughter, so she doesn’t have to worry about supporting herself or finding a man).

    • Replies: @Anon
    "Billy Joel’s daughter with Christie Brinkley looks like her father"

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyuck.
    , @WowJustWow
    Bruce Willis's daughters also got a little too much gene expression from their father.
    , @Keith Vaz
    She does have to worry. Status doesn't make girls more attractive to men.
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "Billy Joel’s daughter with Christie Brinkley looks like her father (and I suppose sings like her mother). Big genetic loser (but, hey, she’s Billy Joel’s daughter, so she doesn’t have to worry about supporting herself or finding a man)."

    I just Googled her, and she basically looks like a younger Christie Brinkley, with darker coloured hair. Not everyone finds Nordic-looking women to be our innate aesthetic superiors. I mean, its a popular choice, to be sure, but to suggest Brinkley's daughter is a "big genetic loser," based on little more than her having nearly-black hair, seems a tad ridiculous. I find her much more appealing than her mother. And yet, nearly all her individually identifiable facial features, clearly come her mother's side of the family.

  • From the New York Times:
  • Straight white cisgendered male, so who cares? No percentage in protesting.

    • Replies: @Truth
    No one is stopping you.
    , @Gato de la Biblioteca
    "How many times I gotta say it? There's no percentage in smartenin' up a chump." - from "The Set-Up" (1949)
  • From the NYT: Jewish Group, With Hired Protesters, Opposes the [Gay Victory] Parade Some of the most curious costumes worn along the parade route belonged to protesters. Behind a barricade, a group of men wore the fringed Jewish prayer garment known as the tzitzit and held up anti-gay signs bearing the logo of a group...
  • Protesting a political/cultural shift, but hiring Mexers to do the dirty work because you’re too sensitive (or lazy) to face your opponents? Now that’s chutzpah.

    Kinda like hoodwinking some hick Roman governor to execute a harmless carpenter who pisses you off because you don’t have the guts to cause a ruckus with his followers by killing him yourself.

  • From The Tablet: To be pedantic, Benjamin's kinsman David Levy Yulee, who first became a U.S. Senator from Florida in 1845, was openly Jewish ethnically (he even added a second Sephardic surname as an adult), although he converted to Christianity when marrying the daughter of a former U.S. Postmaster General and governor of Kentucky. Senator...
  • @Anon
    It's probably due to the strong Christian religiosity of Southern culture that's automatically assumed to be anti-Semitic in the minds of Jews, specially liberal, culturally Jewish types.

    Christianity is sorta like psychological Kryptonite to Jewish people; it weakens their ability to think logically and reasonably.

    Personally, I never could understand why so many Jews continues to move to "Christian" countries full of symbols and history they detest so much when they have their own country that is fully Jewish and prosperous.

    Really? You wonder why Jews prefer America and Europe to Israel?

    Safety

    Better financial and professional opportunities

    and most importantly…

    Schtupping shiksas

    I’m serious about that last one. For all their kvetching and tribal solidarity in politics, Nice Jewish Boys would loathe living in a country where their pool of marital and sexual partners were limited to women who remind them of their Overbearing Jewish Mothers.

    Lust for Shiksa Goddesses is a big undercurrent in Jewish politics. It’s humiliating to Jewish men that their own women are so undesirable, and that they (the men) pine for what they have been taught to hate and disdain. It’s humiliating to Jewesses that their men don’t want them. Hence a lot of the anti-goy mishigas from both sexes of Jewry.

  • Hispanic as a catchall is a ridiculous term. I was thinking about this a few days ago when I saw this article, Google's staff worldwide still overwhelmingly white and Asian men, where it actually notes the underrepresentation of "Hispanics." Why does this matter exactly for an international corporation like Google? Presumably people of Middle Eastern...
  • @Twinkie
    I am always annoyed by people who cite demographic projections 30, 40, 50 years out, as if they were Gospel truths. "Demography is destiny" and all that.

    I was (briefly) in the future prediction business, and the one big lesson I took away from it was that the future is stochastic. Hence the tiny print warning, "past performance is not an indicator of future outcomes."

    The precise numbers may be different, but the trend is clear: 50 years from now, California will have a large “Hispanic” (mostly mestizo, mostly Mexican-origin) population; which will be larger in absolute numbers and as a percentage of the state’s population than today; which could very well be the majority, and if not then likely the plurality; which will do worse than everybody except blacks (whatever are left in California by then) on just about every social metric; which will anchor the state stubbornly in the political left; but, at the same time, the state’s Democratic elites (not just officeholders but donors and activists) will be disproportionately coastal white/Jewish (although mestizo voters will more and more vote in Dem primaries for whoever has a Spanish surname, no matter how attractive the non-Hispanic candidate[s]). For the overall trend to change, a lot of things in American and California politics, culture, and economics must change (immigration policy, the white-Hispanic fertility gap, genuine assimilation among Hispanics [that is, they stop thinking of themselves as a victim minority separate from whites], etc.). 50 years from now, California will almost certainly be a place even less welcoming than today for middle-class, white, married-with-kids, politically center-right, Christian-affiliated (that is, not Nones) families. I wouldn’t necessarily attach numbers to these trends, but nobody has a good explanation of why the trends will change drastically in our lifetimes or our children’s.

    • Replies: @Twinkie

    The precise numbers may be different, but the trend is clear: 50 years from now, California will have a large “Hispanic” (mostly mestizo, mostly Mexican-origin) population
     
    While that may be likely based on recent trends, future has a bad habit of throwing us unexpected curve balls. And extrapolating future trends based on past and current ones has a dramatically diminishing predictive value as the time horizon stretches.

    For example, on another thread, Mr. Khan referred to the Four Asian Tigers. If you looked at assessments made of their future in 1950 and then compare those predictions (economic and demographic) to actual reality in 2000, you'd find that some of the forecasts were wildly inaccurate. In 1950, the GDP per capita of Venezuela was about 8 1/2 times that of South Korea and nearly 4 times that of Japan.
    , @Twinkie

    I wouldn’t necessarily attach numbers to these trends, but nobody has a good explanation of why the trends will change drastically in our lifetimes or our children’s.
     
    Well, some of us wont' be around 50 years from now...

    But I don't think anyone is saying "the trends will change drastically." Merely that, we do not know whether and how the trends will change.

    There are just too many variables (known or unknown) whose effects we cannot predict and/or quantify. There could be wars, disasters, diseases, revolutions, economic and technological changes (not just negative; but something unexpectedly positive somewhere in the world) and a whole host of other factors we cannot foresee today that could subtly or significant affect future outcomes.

    If future trends were so easy to predict accurately based on past and current trends, there would be NO money to be made in the securities market.
  • From the NYT: The North Central region is really the main battleground. On November 12, 2012 I wrote in VDARE: Romney could have won the Electoral College in what can be called the Big Ten states (after the college football conference of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest: remember, Illinois and Michigan each have two...
  • @Ed
    I think Clinton is making a mistake trying to mirror Obama's coalition. People tend to forget Obama's first base of support was not Blacks but educated progressive whites. It's only after he won Iowa that Blacks moved en masse to his side. He never had to make race an issue to win Blacks, him being a Democrat, Black with a legit shot at winning was enough. That freed him up to reassure white Dems and others that he wasn't some Jesse Jackson clone.

    Clinton however needs to engage Blacks with issues that are important to them just to keep them on board at levels she needs to win. However by doing this she alienates not only white working class voters but more importantly educated white progressives. A good example of this dynamic at work is DeBlasio's tanking popularity among White New Yorkers.

    There was a pic floating around today on Twitter of Bernie Sanders at some event I think in GA. It was a sea of white faces. What happens if he gets to Iowa and actually wins? He'll be competitive in NH and then off to SC. By this point Blacks maybe willing to ditch Clinton for the real socialist. Even if Clinton wins the nomination she is going to be extremely weak against a populist GOP nominee.

    Blacks do not vote for insurgents in Democratic presidential primaries unless the insurgent is black or mulatto (Jackson 1984, 1988; Obama 2008). They definitely don’t vote for egghead insurgents. What black person is going to vote for an elderly Jew from the whitest place in America who looks like Doc from Back To The Future?

    If Sanders or any other rival to Clinton catches fire, she (or rather her husband) will lean heavily on low-IQ blacks and mestizos to save her in the South and West after embarrassing defeats in Canadian border state whitopias.

    The wild card here is O’Malley, who proved in the past he could win over black voters against black candidates, and, after the recent unpleasantness in Baltimore, might have to pitch his appeal to blacks rather than whites scared of black crime (which all whites are, even, especially, liberals).

    • Replies: @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "Blacks do not vote for insurgents in Democratic presidential primaries unless the insurgent is black or mulatto (Jackson 1984, 1988; Obama 2008)."

    I'm pretty sure McGovern made some inroads into the Black vote in 1972, but that was a long time ago, and a very different Black America.
  • From the Arizona Republic: That reminds me: I've been working on some slogans for Senator Graham's Presidential campaign, such as: and
  • @Sam Haysom
    I welcome Graham's presence in the race because I think it will do a good deal to dispel the notion prominent among some paleocons that all Republicans are as bomb happy and interventionist inclined as Graham. I predict and hope that no candidates are going to be dragged toward Graham's direction on foreign policy.

    Opposition to unfettered immigration and support for a rational pro-middle class immigration policy is for whatever reason negatively correlated with opposition to American power and prestige/ "empire". To note two prominent examples Ron and Rand Paul are squishes on immigration whereas Tancredo was quite hawkish. Now the correlation is far from perfect Pat B and Steve steadfastly oppose both "empire" and illegal immigration, but it is real.

    It's the same dynamic that arises when libertarians hold out for the largely mythical fiscal conservative but socially permissive candidate. I'm anxious to see which facet of the invade the world, invites the world mantra the paleo-right opposes more. It's my hope that Graham will bring into contrast the hawkishness of the neo-cons represented by Graham and to a lesser extent Romney (via his advisors) four years ago and the more traditional power politics foreign policy of those like Santorum, Rick Perry and Scott Walker.

    Your negative correlation applies to elected officials, candidates, activists, think tankers, and pundits, but less so among the general public (especially non-Republicans who want less immigration).

    Here and there in Congress you have people who are against Invite and Invade, or at least less zealously for Invade, especially with a Dem as Prez. Walter Jones (NC) and Jimmy Duncan (TN) are strongest against both I-words, and America’s Senator Jeff Sessions has backed off interventionism a little in recent years. (He should realize by now that genuflecting to Israel wins him no favor from the puppetmasters who loathe him for his immigration patriotism.)

    • Replies: @Sam Haysom
    Yes there are more opponents of both immigration and American power projection among non-elected officials and Walter Jones is a good example of an elected official who opposes both, but the fact remains that he voted for the Iraq War. And he isn't likely to ever to run for president. If paleos in general are satisfied with Sessions level hawkishness (i.e. Supportive of American forces deployed abroad and a strong American involvement in NATO albeit correctly suspicious of nation building) then that's an excellent basis for a paleo-right/ non-establishment Republican right rapprochement. This would go a long way towards driving the Jennifer Rubinites out of their positions of influence.

    But I suspect that a large contingent of the paleo-right is convinced that any projection of American power is genuflecting to Israel. I hope I'm wrong.
  • Hispanic as a catchall is a ridiculous term. I was thinking about this a few days ago when I saw this article, Google's staff worldwide still overwhelmingly white and Asian men, where it actually notes the underrepresentation of "Hispanics." Why does this matter exactly for an international corporation like Google? Presumably people of Middle Eastern...
  • @JohnnyWalker123
    California is a very expensive state these days. Given the growth of the IT industry and the desirability of the coastal land in California, it seems likely that many working class Hispanics will be priced out of the real estate market in the long-term. I can see many of these people heading for Texas 0r Florida.

    Or they could just go to interior California. Techies don’t live in Fresno.

    And besides, techies and Hollywooders still need service workers. For every Palo Alto, there is an East Palo Alto; for every Brentwood, there is an East LA.

  • From Breitbart:
  • Duggar fallout? (What skeletons could this guy be hiding?)

  • From Slate: The Conservative Attack on Big Business How some Republican presidential candidates are running against the rich and powerful. By William Saletan ... 2. Attack big business as a friend of immigrants. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is betting on this message. Here’s what he said last week as he kicked off his campaign:...
  • What’s bitterly disappointing about this Republican primary scramble is that the only two (out of almost 20) candidates who are close to being any good about immigration, Santorum and Walker (in that order), are good little Steppin Fetchits for Bibi, and I fear that both care more about pleasing God’s (alleged) Chosen than preserving the nation which would elect them. I want dearly for an honest-to-goodness restrictionist to make it to the White House, but I don’t want a restrictionist who wants to start a neocon Zionist war before getting around to the immigration issue. A failed war in the Muslim world would discredit the President who launched it and the rest of his agenda, fairly or unfairly. It happened with Bush: his unpopularity rooted in the Iraq debacle soured his unrelated domestic priorities, and trashed the reputation of his core supporters, the religious right, bringing us Obama and hastening the advent of homosexual marriage. (I am lifting this analysis from Ross Douthat.) I don’t want the cause of restrictionism fatally wounded by association with some bungled crusade in humanity’s quicksand pit, the Middle East.

    • Replies: @nglaer
    exactly. . .
  • The Jewish Daily Forward reports: Striking, yet unsurprising. Political activists have known for years that members of the Jewish community are over-represented in the field of political contributions. And now, with the 2016 election cycle beginning to warm up, these Jewish donors are on the minds of all prospective candidates. The 2014 list represents donors...
  • Re: Paul Singer, he is a real piece of work. Not only does he donate to Republican campaigns in order to push his leftist views on immigration and homosexuality, he also uses his Jewish lucre to corrupt Christianity. He is the top donor to the Evangelical Immigration Table, a “Christian” pro-amnesty organ that is actually a front for Singer, Soros, Walmart, and the Chamber of Commerce to further their anti-white/corporate greed interests.

    This brings up a larger point: Savvy Jews don’t just donate to candidates; they also drop serious coin on think tanks and activist groups, which influence elite and public opinion, irrespective of who wins this or that election. A lot of evangelical Christians might encounter the EIT’s open borders propaganda and think they are hearing an authentic voice from their coreligionists, when they are really just being played by puppetmasters who despise that same evangelical audience.

  • @Rob McX
    Is there any info on how many gays are actually liberal, as opposed to how many liberals are pro-gay? Voting for the Left's open-borders programme is insane from gays' point of view. White Western countries are the only places where the present level of homosexual activity would be tolerated, and there is no prospect of this state of affairs being replicated in any non-white society. If they think Europeans are homophobic, just wait till the Muslims take over.

    Exit polls for the last four presidential elections have shown, if memory serves, about a 3-to-1 Dem/Rep split for the homosexual vote. Don’t know about outside the US but it is probably less stark, insofar as center-right parties in most other advanced countries are less conservative on cultural issues compared to the GOP (e.g., it was Tory Cameron who delivered homosexual marriage to Britain), thus leaving homosexual voters free to vote on other matters.

    • Replies: @Desiderius

    leaving homosexual voters free to vote on other matters
     
    Please. Very few homosexuals give a flying flip about getting married. They're just as free to vote on other matters here as there, they're just terrified of being unfashionable.
  • From the Baltimore Sun: Baltimore City, New York, and Milwaukee test scores are broken out separately in the NAEP test's Trial Urban District Assessment program. (The other two districts are suburban counties in the rich Washington DC area. Three of the top five most expensive districts in the country are in liberal Maryland.) I'll look...
  • National (public schools): 51% basic or above, 14% proficient or above, 2% advanced

    Well, whaddya know. 50% of blacks have IQs above 85, 16% above 100, 2% above 115.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Kinda looks like that, doesn't it?
  • Being a fact is what makes it racist. That the designated next host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, doesn't get that cornerstone of political correctness troubles a lot of nice white liberals, no matter how many Pokemon points being born in Soweto gets him. From the New York Times: Comedy Central Stands Behind Trevor...
  • @Salman
    Abe Foxman is the Jewish Jesse Jackson wannabee.

    But it is in the nature of Jews that there really cannot be a Jewish Jesse Jackson.

    No Jew whose paycheck he doesn't sign cares what Abe Foxman says, though some in the media may pretend.

    Foxman’s job isn’t to influence his fellow Jews; it’s to intimidate goyim, in which Foxman succeeds regularly.

  • Two possibilities:

    This comic becomes a complete PC pussy to save his career. Don’t know what that means for ratings: Stewart’s audience is PC liberal, but they want to laugh. If he can’t hold a Stewart-sized audience he’ll be gone, and the story will be he failed because of his awful awful anti-Semitism blahblahblah.

    He continues to say what he feels like saying and the Jews destroy him. Being a person of color (not really) didn’t save Rick Sanchez; it won’t save this mulatto foreigner who doesn’t have a big enough American following to be too valuable to dismiss summarily.

  • When Republican Presidential contender Senator Ted Cruz announced his intention to run before a packed audience at Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia, the one line in his speech that drew the most applause was “Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with the nation of Israel.” I...
  • @The Grate Deign
    Just looking at the complaint about cash... $3 billion. Sheesh. That's it?

    The Bushes spent a thousand times as much, roughly $3 trillion, defending Kuwait and the Saudis from Iraq and Iran. And what do we get for that but a Saudi sponsored economic war against our domestic oil industry?

    Or on different note, various sources say tax fraud in the past decade also comes to around $3 trillion. Still another web source says federally employed tax crooks owe several hundred billion to the federal government.

    But I have come to see that when Israel is the subject, there is no sense of scale. Worthless wars and even home grown tax evasion can be thousands of times more significant in financial terms. But it doesn't matter. The big enemy is the Zionist entity.

    Just looking at the complaint about cash… $3 billion. Sheesh. That’s it? … But I have come to see that when Israel is the subject, there is no sense of scale

    3 billion USD for Israel is ~1.2% of Israeli GDP — equivalent to another country giving the US ~210 billion dollars — and that’s just for one year.

    More importantly, US support for Israel does not begin or end with direct cash aid.

    Israel also has a very favorable free trade agreement with the US through which Israel has reaped large annual trade surpluses in bilateral trade (meaning trade deficits for America) of around 4% of Israeli GDP. Sense of scale: China’s trade surplus with the US, a subject of no small degree of consternation in this country, is similar in size relative to Chinese GDP as Israel’s bilateral trade surplus.

    Israel gets intelligence cooperation with the US to a degree no other non-military-treaty ally gets, and Israel steals what secrets we won’t tell them, and we don’t punish them for it (by, say, withdrawing their aid or revoking their favored trade status).

    Worst of all by far, America has fought, and may fight yet again, Israel’s enemies at atrocious and increasing cost in American blood and treasure. In 1973, there was Operation Nickel Grass, which cost no American casualties (thank heaven) but sent us into a bad recession when the Arabs retaliated with an oil embargo. In 1982, Reagan sent our marines and sailors to intervene in Lebanon’s civil war on Israel’s behalf, not America’s interest: 265 American lives down the drain, plus an inspiration to future terrorist Osama bin Laden. Then came the Persian Gulf War, fought in part to rein in an enemy of Israel (as well as, yes, securing oil supplies), and in which Americans were sent into harm’s way in direct defense of Israel in the form of Patriot missile batteries warding off Scud missile launches at Israel. Results: more than 300 Americans dead, some billions spent, Patriot tech secrets sold to Communist China, and an aftermath which has left America militarily entangled in Mesopotamia to this day. Then came the Iraq War: 4500 dead Americans, 30+ thousand wounded, 1-2 trillion bucks squandered, reverberating chaos across the Middle East. Now Israel and its American fifth column want a war with Iran, which would be even more disastrous than all the previous pro-Israel interventions, cataclysmically so.

    How do those scales tip now?

  • For some time now I’ve been intrigued by the bizarre length to which conservatism, inc. goes in trying to woo minority groups that vote consistently Democratic. I’ve heard from Republican journalists that the Democrats, and especially Obama, are abusing blacks by not lending enough support to charter schools. Before that I recall being serenaded (especially...
  • This column is missing an important piece of the story: moderate white voters. Republican candidates want to be seen pandering to various victim groups not really so much because they expect to get many votes from these factions (Republican politicians aren’t actually that stupid and blind, although maybe Jack Kemp was and Rand Paul is), but to reassure moderate whites that Republicans aren’t the meanie racists that the mostly leftist MSM claims that they are.

    Gottfried is right that GOP pandering to the Jews is mostly about money, not votes (ditto for the Dems, for that matter), it should be noted that Romney got 30 percent of the Chosen, according to the 2012 exit poll — the best Republican performance among that subgroup since 1988. This may be attributable to the growing Orthodox proportion of American Jewry, or the realization among smart Jews that the Republicans really aren’t going to ban abortion or roll back gay rights, leaving Jews free to vote on Israel policy or taxes or health care or what have you. I fear that Romney’s little bump in a little voting bloc will convince (has convinced) Republicans that their slavish Zionism is reaping electoral reward, so they should amp it up, soldiers in coffins be damned.

  • I may be offending other members of the Old Right by expressing enthusiasm for the Israeli prime minister, but no one can accuse me of doing this in order to butter up Bibi’s American partisans. There is no group on Earth I loathe more deeply than the neoconservatives and the rest of Bibi’s cheering gallery...
  • Netanyahu and his ilk have been inflicting grievous harm on this country, my country, Paul Gottfried’s country, for years, at unconscionable cost in American (mostly white gentile) blood and treasure. Nixon’s airlift, Reagan in Lebanon, the Persian Gulf War and its 12-year aftermath, the Iraq debacle, and now Iran: we do their dirty work, while they snicker and count the money. Netanyahu has been laboring long and hard to bamboozle the American people into a cataclysmic clash with Iran, with tactics as brazen as they are shameful (and shameless). I don’t care if he’s a nationalist for his people; he’s trying to get my people killed (can’t say the same about Marine Le Pen or Viktor Orban), so to hell with him and the nation that reelects him.

  • As you've likely heard, Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that he was shocked, shocked to discover arresting of blacks going on in Ferguson, Missouri at a higher rate than for the population as a whole. But, is Ferguson unique in blacks getting in trouble with the law more than whites? Indeed, I asked,...
  • @International Jew
    After spending way too much time fiddling with those maps, I see that the highest black arrest rates are in the nice suburbs of heavily black cities. Emeryville, CA (next to Oakland), at 700+/1000 might take the cake. Grosse Pointe, MI (next to Detroit) and Hobart, IN (sorta near Gary) also impressive.

    All, net crime importers.

    Check out the suburbs of Milwaukee. Some towns have black arrest rates of >1000/1000 (Wauwatosa, 1363/1000, is the highest I saw).

    Also, Congressman Ryan’s hometown of Janesville has a black arrest rate of ~1170/1000. And we heard he’d be the next Jack Kemp, bringing blacks into the GOP!

  • The stats from self-righteous lefty college towns are real hardy-har-har. The black arrest rate in Madison, WI is 593.1/1k(!), almost 10x the non-black rate. Berkeley, CA is also 10-to-1. Ann Arbor, MI, 10-to-1. Princeton, NJ, 9-to-1. Cambridge, Mass is “only” 6-to-1. Charlottesville, VA, 4.5-to-1 (black rate 398/1k, though). Oberlin, OH, 3.5-to-1.

    But give it up for the Yale PD (distinct, apparently, from New Haven): blacks, 1.7, non-blacks, 2.9. Principles lived by! (I guess those Yalies are waiting to rob and pillage legally, on Wall Street and in Washington.)

    How on earth is the black arrest rate in Detroit only 52/1k? Good heavens, the police department must be frighteningly undermanned.

    • Replies: @Big Bill
    "Undermanned" or "lazy". I am not sure which.

    Here is Charlie LeDuff illustrating the problem on the Evening News:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1KmTAY67zA

    Enjoy!
  • @prosa123
    My impression of Hispanic crime is that it's mainly against other Hispanics and usually involves criminals and victims known to each other. There's not a great deal of predatory crime against outsiders.

    My impression of Hispanic crime is that it’s mainly against other Hispanics and usually involves criminals and victims known to each other. There’s not a great deal of predatory crime against outsiders.

    Chandra Levy could not be reached for comment. Ditto the PR office of MS-13.

  • @countenance
    I checked out the map in and around St. Louis and eastern Missouri in general, and almost all of the departments and places where there was an under-disparity were:

    1. Places with exceedingly few white people

    2. Places with exceedingly few black people

    3. State prison towns

    This is what I found glancing around the map, too. Looking at NJ (where I grew up), SC (where my wife is from), and GA (where we live now), the few places with under-disparities are Hispanic slums, white redneckvilles, almost-all-black rural slums, and maybe an odd Atlanta suburb.

    • Replies: @roadrunner
    In NJ, there are three. One is North Hanover, which is about 80% Ft Dix Correctional Institute. The other two are part of Havana on the Hudson (Gutenberg and West New York), hardly slums but certainly working class Hispanic.
  • C. Van Carter points to the official website of the State of Texas Department of Public Safety, where, once again we see our culture's lack of diversity, with white males hogging eight of the top 10 spots: Benjamin
  • Reminds of the funniest iSteve post of all time: “Can You Spot The White Hispanic Among All The Hispanic Hispanics?”

    • Replies: @Clyde
    Quiz: Can you pick out the "white Hispanic" amidst all …
    isteve.blogspot.com/2012/12/quiz-can-you-pick-out-white-hispanic.html

    223 posts ·
    By Steve Sailer ·
    Published Dec 01, 2012

    ... were in power and an oppressed group (hispanic hispanics) ... Can you pick out the white criminal(s) from this 'Most Wanted' list?" Again, ...
  • Earlier this month I reposted an observation I made way back in 2004 that gun control is about white urban liberals trying to signal to white rural conservatives that they want their help in disarming dangerous urban minorities, but without ever mentioning the word "black" and with lots of denouncing of the white conservatives as...
  • St. Louis, which last year saw a 33 percent rise in killing, to 159 in a city of 318,000

    That’s 50 per 100k — more than 10x the national rate.

    Criminologists point to all the usual reasons for the violence

    Did they mention race? If not, then they didn’t get all the usual reasons.

    Missouri conservatives would love to be rid of St. Louis, BTW. It’s the white Democrats (McCaskill, Carnahan family, Nixon) who need to keep STL in the state.

    • Replies: @countenance
    The rate among city blacks is around 100 per 100k, which is ESL's murder rate.
  • How to Raise a University’s Profile: Pricing and Packaging By KEVIN CAREY I went on the university’s website to look for some kind of data or study indicating how much students at George Washington were actually learning. There was none. This is not unusual, it turns out. Colleges and universities rarely, if ever, gather and...
  • @grey enlightenment
    It would seem the smaller percentage of applicants who are admitted, the more prestigious the university becomes.

    It would seem the smaller percentage of applicants who are admitted, the more prestigious the university becomes

    True, but another thing is, the more Jewish a university (in the US), the more prestigious (excepting explicitly Jewish institutions such as Brandeis and Yeshiva, which are viewed by rich secular Jews as college versions of the shtetl, and which are invisible to rich scalawag goyim). Is there any elite university in the US whose student body is less than, say, 10 percent Chosen? Harvard and Yale are at 30, Princeton 20. Washington in St. Louis got more way more Jewish as it climbed the magazine ranking (not coincidental).

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Harvard and Yale are at 30, Princeton 20. Washington in St. Louis got more way more Jewish as it climbed the magazine ranking (not coincidental).
    --
    There's been a recent controversy over Harvard's admissions policies, so some back and forth re this number. A discussion is here

    https://sites.google.com/site/nuritbaytch/

    In sum, the correct figure is around 9% of Harvard's student body, not 30%.
  • John Sexton turned New York University into a global higher-education player by selling the dream of downtown living to students raised on “Sex and the City.”

    Students “raised” on Sex in the City? Forgive me for my fuddy-duddiness: minors should not be watching a program like that one. (Neither should adults, for that matter, but really wrong for kids.)

  • The New York Times has a piece within the title Experts See Signs of Moderation Despite Houthis’ Harsh Slogans. It mulls over the fact that the Houthi rebels, who are rapidly becoming the establishment, brandish anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans, and are clearly getting Iranian money. The piece mentions that the Houthi rebels are Zaydi, which...
  • Good diagram, except by having equal size squares it distorts the relative importance of these groups. A huge majority of global Islam is Sunni (don’t know the relative popularity of each school of jurisprudence — that would be interesting), and non-Sunnis are rare to unknown east of Pakistan and west of Lebanon/Yemen. Some of the listed groups are analogous in their obscurity and microscopic size to the Amish, non-LDS Mormons, many Eastern Rite Catholics, Old Believers in Russia, and similar curiosities within the Christian (or Christianish) world.

  • From the NYT: An interesting and unexpected aspect of the contemporary world is its relative stability. For example, we always hear a lot about the Arab Street, but nothing much happens. History used to show that out of turmoil new talent can emerge: the classic example being the French Revolution opening careers to talent and...
  • Tunisia: genuinely free elections (plural), people tried the Islamists, got spooked, elected 88(!)-year-old former regime enforcer as new president

    Syria: Assad hanging in there, can’t win, can’t lose (unless we tip the scales: right now we are fighting some of his enemies [ISIS] but helping the rest, but not enough given their disorganization and Assad’s firepower)

    Jordan: relatively moderate royal family, poor, burdened with refugees, chaos on two borders, but strangely doesn’t seem at risk of imminent collapse

    Kuwait: Kuwait who? Never hear about them, but it’s our most important base of operations in the region

    Bahrain: still tense, but Sunni immigrants and Saudi goons suppress Shiite discontent

    Qatar: too rich and (relative to neighbors) tolerant of revelry to be angry

    UAE : ditto

    Saudi: one of these days, good old deceased Abdul-Aziz is gonna run out of sons — but there is enough money to go around to give all the grandsons and great-grands and great-great-grands a stake in not supporting a coup, as well as maintaining well-paid and -equipped armed forces

    Egypt: the people with the guns, in concert with the relatively sizable bourgeoisie, will never let the slum-dwellers turn the place into Pakistan-on-the-Nile

    Libya: CF

    Yemen: ditto (everybody’s armed and high all the time; Shiites 45% of the population — enough to cause trouble but not enough to dominate and maintain order, unless Iran wants all-out proxy war with the Saudis; American CT ops way unpopular, but remote-controlled war is what we want — we have to fight them over here over there so they don’t fight us over here)

    Iraq: ditto (the new PM had the gall to complain recently that the West hasn’t been arming and training his army fast enough — as if it were our [expletive] job to defend his [expletive] country; Kurds want out, and can get their way, and should in the long run as a moral and strategic matter; Sunnis don’t want to live under Iranian puppets, but don’t want to secede because the oil is under Shiite and Kurdish turf)

    Algeria: enough oil to prop up economy, French secularizing influence, France as dumping ground for angry “youths” (until FN wins an election, if that is ever allowed: maybe France will learn from its former colony and cancel the results if the wrong people win)

    Morocco: benign despot in charge: conservative enough for the imams, liberal enough for the foreigners and few local bourgeois

    Sudan: no more troublesome south

    Remarkable indeed: chaotic stability.

    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
    Iran?

    The oil price drop seems likely to cause the neo-communist Venezuela government to collapse, could it force a capitulation on nuclear enrichment?

    Just like in 2001, Iran is now a de-facto US ally.

    I do wonder if they can maintain war in Syria and Yemen, without depleting social spending enough to cause an uprising.

    http://www.ngvglobal.com/iranian-cng-revolution-continues-1-5-million-ngvs-and-growing-0805

    I always found that interesting.
    , @colm
    The sons of Ibn Saud run out with the current crown prince (aged 69), and the grandsons will fight against each other. Ibn Saud has at least 2,000 male descendants eligible for throne, and even though the Saudi throne is very wealthy it cannot support the lifestyles of 2,000 princelings.
    , @Lot
    Nice summary Noah:

    Jordan: relatively moderate royal family, poor, burdened with refugees, chaos on two borders, but strangely doesn’t seem at risk of imminent collapse
     
    Palestinian refugees and their descendants are more numerous than, but oppressed by, the natives. So the natives know that if order breaks down they may lose control.

    W/r/t Yemen, it resembles sub-Saharan Africa more than the rest of the ME. On the list of "worst countries in the world" it has got to be in the top 10 along with Somalia, Liberia and both Sudans.
  • It looks like a combination of the top and low ends of the socioeconomic distribution, Geographic clusters of underimmunization identified in Northern California: The paper is not live, but it will be here at some point. In Southern California most of the resistance has been in affluent a
  • East Sacramento: one of the nicest parts of town, 80+% white-plus-Asian, affluent.

    South Sac: depends on what they mean. Around the zoo and the city college is mostly affluent and white+Asian. Or it could mean poor Hispanic.

    North/NE San Fran: In NE San Fran there is a swath of mixed-race poverty from Chinatown to Western Addition. The rest ranges from merely affluent to Zuckerberg.

    The stereotype of the anti-vaxxers is that they are la-di-da liberals with more money than sense. Without seeing the full study (I’d be curious if they have race/wealth/education data on the refuseniks), many of these geographic clusters seem to buttress the stereotype, while others leave (for now) the situation more muddled.

    • Replies: @Dain
    I grew up in South Sacramento. It has a bad reputation for poverty and crime, in line with the southern portion of lots of others cities. (What's with that, anyway?)

    It's astonishing the lack of any development out there too. Things have hardly changed since the days I rode my bike miles to purchase Garbage Pail Kids.
  • From CNN: Eleven years ago I pointed out the strength of the dynastic urge among the Bushes, quoting Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather: But back in the innocent days of 2004, I assumed that the Bushes would have the good grace to wait a generation for Jeb's son George P. Bush to be the...
  • @OsRazor
    Jeb is frightening. Who among possible GOP candidates will challenge him on immigration? Possibly Scott Walker, but I don't see him as terribly strong. You'd think the dirtball Jeb would never make it out of the primaries, but I'm not sure now. Jeb's election would definitely be the crossing of the rubicon--to continue the references to Rome. There's no ambiguity about his position on immigration--he's left of a lot of centrist Democrats.

    Scott Walker is squishy at best on immigration. He is also in the pocket of open-borders Sheldon Adelson, so whatever he might say to gullible voters, he won’t really do anything to combat the immivasion.

  • @e
    Jeb's wife is Mexican? I thought she was Colombian.

    Jeb’s wife is Mexican? I thought she was Colombian

    Her name is Columba, but she is from Mexico.

  • I find myself agreeing with about half of Phil Giraldi’s most recent diatribe against Israel, while shrugging my shoulders at the rest. I’d be the last to deny that the Israeli government has taken gross advantage of their “special relations” with the US or that GOP media drool on cue over “the only democracy in...
  • @Samson
    Can someone tell me how the USS Liberty incident/accident that happened 47(!) years ago (in 1967, during a war, mind you) is relevant to anything, really anything, that goes on today between the US and Israel?

    Seriously, when will Americans stop crying like toddlers about an obscure incident/accident that happened almost five decades ago?

    Kind of reminds me of the incessant whining about "foreign aid" to Israel, which amounts to a meagre 3% of Israeli GDP, which is delivered to ensure Israel remains militarily dependent on the US (thus serving American, not Israeli, interests), and which is far less than what the Americans give to Islamic and Arab countries hostile to Israel.

    Just recently, US consulate staff, believing they're entitled to do whatever they feel like doing as if it's their own damn country, infiltrated with no permission by the IDF a Jewish village (Adei Ad) to investigate false allegations by """Palestinians""" about uprooted olive trees. Have they apologized for their impudence?

    Will the Americans ever stop their hostility and belligerence towards their allies?

    Can someone tell me how the USS Liberty incident/accident that happened 47(!) years ago (in 1967, during a war, mind you) is relevant to anything, really anything, that goes on today between the US and Israel?

    They attacked a ship that was clearly, visibly marked as American (every crew member has said that the US flag was flapping in the breeze, and the ship’s name was painted in big bright letters on the side), not merely with one accidental strafing, which might be forgivable, but with repeated air and then attempted submarine attacks. An act of war, that is. Then, they used their fifth column within the American body politic to suppress a full investigation. Then they dawdled for years in paying full compensation, which wasn’t even really full even when they did pay. They have never admitted their wrongdoing.

    Seriously, when will Americans stop crying like toddlers about an obscure incident/accident that happened almost five decades ago?

    Seriously, when will your kind stop whining (and making movies, TV programs, museum exhibits, etc.) about a holocaust that occurred seven decades ago, which America did not start, and which America helped to end through enormous cost in blood and treasure?

    Kind of reminds me of the incessant whining about “foreign aid” to Israel, which amounts to a meagre 3% of Israeli GDP

    American support of Israel is a lot more than direct cash aid. The Israeli economy is dependent on, and has prospered greatly from, the US-Israel relationship. Israel has run up large (for Israel) trade surpluses with the US due to the overly generous US-Israel Free Trade Agreement of 1985. Bilateral US-Israel trade is Israel’s lifeblood. Israel has also benefited from US intelligence, both freely shared and stolen, with no serious consequences for the latter kind. The US protects Israel from UN sanction. And worst of all, US blood and treasure have been squandered fighting Israel’s enemies (Operation Nickel Grass, Reagan in Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Iraq, and possibly Iran with whomever wins the next presidential election).

    Just recently, US consulate staff, believing they’re entitled to do whatever they feel like doing as if it’s their own damn country

    Don’t want American meddling in your internal business? Quit taking the goyim’s money. Still want your welfare check? Then you have to listen to our concerns — and don’t throw [expletive] stones at our unarmed diplomatic staff!

    Will the Americans ever stop their hostility and belligerence towards their allies?

    Well, that’s chutzpah. Lavon Affair, theft of nuclear materials, the Liberty attack, Pollard, Franklin, sale of stolen weapons tech to China, false intelligence to sway America into invading Iraq, manipulation of the American political process… how’s that for “hostility and belligerence”?

    • Replies: @PokeTheTruth
    Thank you Noah172 for writing the truth about the evil of Zionism. June 8, 1967, a day America should never forget and as a former sailor in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, I never will.

    The State of Israel has been recognized as a sovereign nation by most members of the United Nations since 1948. Israel brazenly describes itself as America's ally but the truth needs to be unmasked. Let's look to history and see if they truly deserve such a title.

    Did the IDF ("Israeli Defense Forces) fight along side the United States in these military battles?

    1. Korean War
    2. Vietnam War
    3. Invasion of Granada
    4. Invasion of Panama
    5. Persian Gulf War
    6. Bosnian War of 1993
    7. Kosovo War
    8. Afghanistan War
    9. Iraq War
    10. Libyan intervention
    11. Current war against ISIS/ISIL

    Many United States military personnel shed their blood in these historical and contemporary battles. Where was Israel in all these conflicts, you know, America's ally, huh? Not one battalion, not one company, not one platoon, not one squad, not one soldier even as a token gesture of support from America's highly claimed ally. Not one loss of life from the IDF army for our country. Nothing. The reality is the Israeli Defense Forces have NEVER fought alongside the U.S. armed forces in any military battle since they became a country in 1948. Not one drop of IDF blood has been shed for America.

    However the craven Zionists like their Irgun forefathers are great at slaughtering the defenseless and occupied people of Palestine, stealing their land, year after year, decade after decade. They are the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East and should not be supported but instead condemned by the American people.
    , @Mohamed
    @Noah172,

    You forgot the bulldozer crushing of Rachel Corrie...
  • It's titled The Abortion Stereotype: Very happy to get a mention of the General Social Survey into The New York Times. Long time readers know I'm a big fan, and I wish more pundits and people would use it to check up on their intuitions and preconceptions. Also, you may have noticed, I'm contributing to...
  • Stereotypes flourish in ignorance.

    What do you mean by “stereotype”? If you mean it, as many people do, as “false negative characterization of every member of a given group,” then I suppose such things do flourish in ignorance. Yet if “stereotype” means “generalization of a group based on observed reality,” then stereotypes flourish in knowledge, not ignorance. The stereotypes of, say, wealthy Jews, athletic blacks, or studious East Asians persist among people who know something of these groups (both through personal experience and/or reading of data), while the truly ignorant believe things without factual basis.

    • Replies: @Chuck
    Good point. It should, if clarity is the intent, read: "Inaccurate stereotypes flourish in ignorance." That stereotypes are themselves typically inaccurate is a common inaccurate stereotype.
  • From Newsweek: From what?
  • From another Shoah!

  • Andrea Dworkin (1946-2005) was a polarizing figure among feminists since she brought an Old Testament prophet's fervor to the task of taking the logic of feminism to extreme lengths. And she was not illogical. But she was also a physically and psychologically unattractive person, a Jabba the Hut-shaped stereotype of an unbalanced feminist. According to...
  • @Marcus
    Good ol' Andrea the Hutt, at least she was entertaining compared to the current yenta matriarchs of feminism like Sandberg or Rosin. Anyway, I guess it was predictable that having to live as a normal society instead of being rootless cosmopolitans among the nations would produce more sexual dimorphism. It's also interesting to note that Israel still doesn't have same-sex "marriage" despite the homophilia of American Jewry: maybe this can be attributed to greater Orthodox and Sephardic influence?

    It’s also interesting to note that Israel still doesn’t have same-sex “marriage” despite the homophilia of American Jewry: maybe this can be attributed to greater Orthodox and Sephardic influence?

    The reason American Jews are into gay rights is the same reason they are into abortion, porn, secularism, war on Christmas, etc: because it angers bible-thumping goyim. Israel is Jewish turf, with no bible-thumping goyim to tick off, so there’s no need to wage Kulturkampf.

  • From IsraelUSA.net: Do you think Lebanese-Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim (net worth approaching $70 billion) regrets the $200 million he put up to financially rescue the New
  • @Clyde
    Jeff Bezos acquired the Washington Post very quietly so was able to buy it at 250 million. He bought it in August 2013. The stock market is frothier since then. The economy is perkier. If Adelson and Saban buy the NYT they will have to pay between one and two billion. At least it would revert back to a better class of Jews. The alleged Jews who own it now are disgusting liberals with semi-Jewish parentage at best. iSteve readers who think the NYT is pro-Israel are mistaken. Pro-gay, pro-illegals, yes. Pro Israel, no.

    At least it would revert back to a better class of Jews. The alleged Jews who own it now are disgusting liberals with semi-Jewish parentage at best

    Adelson and Saban are leftist on US domestic politics more or less like the Sulzbergers (except that Adelson hates organized labor, and wants lower taxes on plutocrats).

  • @Ed
    I read somewhere, maybe on this site, that the Sulzbergers were skeptical if not outright opposed to Zionism. There were many more Jews with that attitude than people today think. I don't know the extent to which this was true or if it changed with later generations. But it could explain Saban's and Adelson's interest in taking over the Times.

    "Impartial journalism can’t survive the free market any better than corporate research departments and good looking flight attendants. "

    This is a fascinating comment, but I don't quite get it, other than that all three have been disappearing. But arguably corporate research departments were done in by crony capitalism, not the free market. If the main determinant of the success of your business is government subsidized financing, navigating (or lobbying to create) government regulations, and maybe government contracts, how much do you really need to spend on research. And the disappearance of attractive female flight attendants I don't get at all.

    the disappearance of attractive female flight attendants I don’t get at all

    Anti-discrimination laws

    Union rules: can’t fire a broad just cuz she’s gaining weight or getting old

    Deregulation: once airlines could compete on price rather than amenities, no need to offer competitive pay for hot pieces of ass

  • Mickey Kaus weighs in. As does Roy Beck.
  • Had a thought:

    Now that the House Dems are at their lowest point since Hoover, maybe they’ll run some more moderate — and specifically, some more immigration restrictionist — candidates in Middle America, similar to how they ran some moderate Dems in the wave elections of 2006 and 2008 (Dean’s 50-state strategy). Immigration patriots need both parties to compete for our votes. I reiterate, let’s not end up like the suckers in the anti-abortion and traditional marriage movements.

    • Replies: @Sam Haysom
    You mean the suckers that consistently elect the politicians that stand up to amnesty? Because please keep calling suckers you guys are so numerous and such charmers that it would be delightful to see someone else carry the right wing in the county. Oh what's that you say you guys aren't really that numerous and need our help after all well I guess we aren't you only suckers. Just the only suckers with people skills.
  • From CNN's report on the national exit poll of voting for House of Representatives: I'd say the GOP needs to focus on white Catholics (i.e., middle class white Northerners). The Big Ten states from Pennsylvania to Iowa killed Romney's chances in the Electoral College in 2012. Off the top of my head, I'd guesstimate that...
  • @SFG
    Hey Steve, stupid question: is this an unusually good Republican showing among Jews? I know my odious relatives will never drift right, but a guy can dream...

    is this an unusually good Republican showing among Jews?

    Romney got 30%. Looks like the Republicans are having an upward trend with God’s Chosen Herrenvolk, after garnering an average of 20% of their votes 1992-2008. The Republican % among Jewry was in the 30’s from the 1950’s thru 80’s, so maybe as the loopy left Boomer Jews die off and are replaced with Likudnik, not-crazy-about-abortion Orthodox, the Republicans will persist in this electoral uptick.

  • Mickey Kaus weighs in. As does Roy Beck.
  • John Barrow of Georgia, the only good restrictionist Democrat left in Congress (even wanted to cut legal immigration), went down (to a Republican construction company owner who says he’s against amnesty, but also wants “guest” workers). Now immigration gets to join abortion and gay marriage as a purely partisan kabuki show. When will white American patriots learn from the Jews that you have to play in BOTH parties to get what you want?

    A Republican Jew on Long Island had a surprise victory over the Democratic Congressman after making an issue of the dumping of Central American illegal youngsters in the area. Mazel tov!

    Oregon voted 68% for no driver’s licences for illegals. Really, this issue can win almost anywhere. When will the Stupid Party learn?

    Cory Gardner, the new Republican Senator from Colorado and a sellout on immigration, got (my estimate) 35%-ish of the Hispanic vote. For comparison, McCain got 38% in 2008 and Romney got 23.

    The Republican is slightly ahead in Gabby Gifford’s former district on the Mex border. About time.

    Paul LePage, scourge of Maine Somali refugees, romped to victory in what was supposed to be a nail-biter but with the Dem in the lead. LePage carried some normally liberal turf such as the county across from Portsmouth, NH (forget the name).

  • At the Daily Caller, Mickey Kaus goes into detail on the best outcomes for the cause of immigration rationality on Tuesday.
  • Some things Kaus didn’t mention:

    Immigration patriots need leverage in both parties. That’s how the Zionist and anti-gun-control factions get what they want election after election. Indeed, it’s how the open-borders lobby mostly gets what it wants (certainly on legal immigration, and a lot on illegal short of amnesty so far). We need what few restrictionist Democrats are out there — in particular, Democratic Representative John Barrow of Georgia — to survive this and future elections (or be punished if and when they sell out). If amnesty because polarized by party, like abortion and now marriage, then immigration patriotism (restrictionism) becomes a loser, as Democrats ignore us and Republicans play us for patsies. If other commenters know of good-on-immigration Democrats out there (not many, I know), get the word out — not just for this election, but consistently.

    We also need patriotic state-level candidates to survive: Deal in Georgia, Kobach in Kansas (not Brownback, he can die), et al. Sellouts need to die: Scott in Florida.

    I’m more optimistic about a Republican Senate than Kaus, not because I trust them (hell no), but I trust in anti-Obama partisanship. Heaven help us, though, if Republicans get the White House and both chambers of Congress after 2016 — sellout risk very high.

  • One reason we constantly hear about the Gender Gap in voting even though all the evidence from Presidential election years suggests the Marriage Gap is more important is because the exit polls during the midterm elections usually forget to ask respondents if they are married. For example, here's CNN's 2010 exit poll data for House...
  • The gender gap is just another piece of the race gap. Black women vote at a higher rate than black men, and thus black electorates skew more female than the general electorate — say, 60-40 vs. 51-49. This gender skew may be present among mestizos, but if so then to a lower degree I would guess. Moreover, black and brown women are even more strongly leftist than the men.

  • Ross Douthat writes: How Obama Lost America NOV. 1, 2014 THE 2014 midterms have featured many variables and one constant. Whether they’re running as incumbents or challengers, campaigning in blue or red or purple states, Democratic candidates have all been dragging an anchor: a president from their party whose approval ratings haven’t been north of...
  • When President Bush’s second-term job approval numbers tanked, despite decent-at-the-time economic numbers, the explanation was easy: It was Iraq, Iraq, Iraq

    And Katrina, attempted amnesty, investing Social Security in the stock market, Harriet Miers, corruption, a lot of dark underside to those “decent” economic stats (record trade deficits, plunging manufacturing employment, record ratio of median home price to median income), plus distractions such as Terry Schiavo.

    As for Obama, the repeated middle fingers in the faces of middle-class white America are getting on people’s nerves, sure. Overseas turmoil makes Obama, both deservedly and undeservedly, look feckless (although, in fairness, no Republican of national stature offers a better alternative, just more mindless warmongering). And there are other economic stats besides the U3 unemployment rate. Millions of working-age adults have left the work force; the long-term unemployment rate is historically high; trade deficits are still bad (though declining); we are in a kinda sorta deflationary muddle (although certain items, such as food, are noticeably inflated); housing is still too expensive in the areas middle-class, non-hipster white American families might want to live; and the college bubble still needs to burst definitively.

  • From the Washington Post's high end political science blog, The Monkey Cage: Monkey Cage Could non-citizens decide the November election? By Jesse Richman and David Earnest October 24 at 3:06 PM Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens? Some argue that incidents of voting by non-citizens are...
  • The 60th vote for ObamaCare was Arlen Specter, who switched parties. He won his 2004 primary against Pat Toomey (now Senator) thanks to endorsements from President Bush and Senator Santorum.

    In any case, Obama is President because of Bush, not Somalis in Minnesota.

  • David Brooks writes: Great for hiking, walking? A lot of the Bay Area is suburban sprawl, because that's what engineers like (where
  • The Houston model doesn’t really work for middle-class white families. Harris County’s white population declined 6% in absolute numbers 2000-2010, while blacks went up 22%, and Hispanics increased by 49(!)%. As of 2010, whites were only 33% of Harris County’s residents.

    Dallas is even worse: whites down 20% 2000-2010.

    In Texas as a whole, whites increased just 4% in the aughts. (Sad to say, this figure does exceed its national counterpart.)