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    In the Journal of Economic Literature, Duke U. economist Timur Kuran writes: Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 56 (2018), in press. Islam and Economic Performance: Historical and Contemporary Links Timur Kuran* Abstract. This essay critically evaluates the analytic literature concerned with causal connections between Islam and economic performance. It focuses on works since 1997, when...
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    OT - Recall Gustavo Arellano, who used to run the "Ask a Mexican" column here at unz.com. Well he has apparently moved up in life. Yesterday NBC News published a column by him entitled, "Spanish, not English, is the most all-American language and has been for centuries"

    I wonder how it would be received if I moved to Mexico and tried to write a newspaper column called “Pregunta al Gringo,” complete with letters I’d written to myself and snarky, not-very-funny replies from El Gringo. You know, I could write back “Estimado Pendejo” and the proceed to insult the country that had very generously taken my family in, make fun of their customs, their music, and their food, and loudly proclaim how far superior my kind was to them. Tongue in cheek of course! Don’t you people know how to take a joke?

    And then I’d be shocked when someone drove by and flung a brick through my front window. Somehow, I don’t think Gus has ever had anything remotely like that happen to him.

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    Q. "What's the deal with why there are so few stoplights in Mexico?"

    A. "It's how you keep gringos from taking over this great piece of underachieving real estate that is Mexico."

    Mexicans are not terribly interested in hearing critiques from Americans of how they could do better.

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    Agree. Plus Ask a Mexican wasn't very funny.
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  • From the Washington Post, which is personally owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: Progressives were outraged that the sacred American principle of giving a lavish government subsidy to the World's Richest Man was being questioned: How dare the President of the United States notice that the World's Richest Man (net worth $131.2 billion, up $64...
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    "'I was under the impression that it WAS calculated once in a while to match costs, but I could be wrong."
     
    Take it from a former cost analyst: costs for any but the simplest activities are notoriously difficult to calculate. To take one simple conundrum for postal carriers: how do you amortize the full cost of employment (wages + Federal benefits + plant overheads, etc.) for a postal carrier? By route? By addresses delivered to? By items delivered? By weight delivered? By distance traversed? Some combination? Weighted how? What about the sorting personnel's costs? What about the high-fixed cost/low-variable cost automation? Etc., etc. PhD theses have been written on less.

    Any modestly complex cost model quickly runs into a morass of estimations, infelicities, and outright errors. The cost-based pricing of large, dumb organizations (e.g., the Post Office) are full of inaccuracies and inefficiencies. Smart, strong, ruthless customers (e.g., Amazon) exploit these to their own advantage.

    The Post Office may very well have calculated prices to match costs. The Post Office may very well have been wrong. Amazon may very well have noticed the mismatches and made use of them.

    In space, no one can hear you scream. On earth, no one knows their own costs.

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  • My experience was that I enjoyed Spanish Class in second and third grade, but then I didn't take Spanish again until 9th and 10th grade, by which point I'd forgotten what little Spanish I'd learned as a child and had somehow developed a hopelessly extreme americano accent: I sounded like W.C. Fields trying to speak...
  • I get the impression that the push for foreign language immersion programs comes from (a) parents in districts with a large number of foreigners, and (b) teachers unions.

    In the case of (a), it’s because the parents want their kids to be able to communicate with grandma and grandpa, but want somebody else to foot the bill for native language maintenance. That’s why you see various Asian language programs in parts of Orange County CA, not so much Hebrew or Armenian immersion classes. The case of (b) is pretty cut-and-dried: jobs and higher pay.

    I took Spanish in junior high school and high school, but was indifferent to it and did only enough to get by. Fast forward to my mid-20s, and my employer decided they wanted me to do international sales for them in Central and South America (this was back in the mid 1980s, when college educated, bilingual English/Spanish speaking fire protection engineers weren’t exactly commonplace). Anyway, my employer sent me to Berlitz for private one-on-one language instruction, and after about 3 months of twice a week sessions I reached the “aha”moment: I was speaking Spanish, without translating in my head. I was speaking and more importantly thinking in Spanish.

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  • For an explanation of concentric loyalties vs. leapfrogging loyalties, see here.
  • @Tiny Duck
    I don't agree with McCain policies but I respect his opposition to trump and his coomitment to immigrants

    “I agree with McCain when he was saying stupid stuff on immigration that I agree with, but in general he’s an old white guy, so he should tuck off and die.”

    There, fixed it for ya.

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  • A few thoughts on our disastrous trillion-dollar military: It is unnecessary. It does not defend the United States. The last time it did so was in 1945. The United States has no military enemies. No nation has anything even close to the forces necessary to invade America, and probably none the desire. A fifth of...
  • Uh, sorry Fred, but California’s economy today would not collapse if the military left. That already happened 20-25 years ago when the combination of the early 90s housing bubble bursting combined with the military base closures took place.

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  • The Trump Bull Market began about 30 seconds after poor Paul Krugman pronounced on election night: It has been one of the weirdest bull markets ever because it's has been so calm and orderly. Instead of the usual manic cycles of Greed and Fear, stocks have just steadily marched higher, with the Dow Jones Average...
  • If the possibility of restricting immigration could cause the stock market to go down, then I suppose we should expect future school textbooks to teach kids that the 1929 stock market crash and subsequent great depression were caused by the 1924 immigration restriction act that passed Congress.

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  • From the New York Times oped page: And who can forget Trump racistically getting into a spat with Basketball Dad LaVar Ball? How racist do you have to be not to love LaVar Ball? Instead of unifying the country, President Trump made it clear, yet again, that he supports only white Americans — to hell...
  • @eah
    Did anyone notice?

    https://twitter.com/robreiner/status/958512118000578560

    The same way Anthony Weiner’s e-mail account was “hacked” when he was sending dick pics to teenage girls?

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    The same way Anthony Weiner’s e-mail account was “hacked” when he was sending dick pics to teenage girls?
     
    Heigh-ho, heigh-ho,
    It's off to the burley show.
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  • From the New York Times: I respond, at length, in my new column at
  • @Art Deco
    My impression as a baby boomer and as a reader of popular histories is that current elite contempt-and-hatred would have been career-ending for any mainstream politician, Democrat or Republican, during the ’70s, ’80s, or ’90s.

    It wouldn't have occurred to them to talk that way.

    No, it wouldn’t. For all his faults, Bill Clinton never gave the impression that he hated the people whose government he presided over. His wife on the other hand…*

    Well, it was nice while it lasted. For most of human history, most people in most places have been ruled over by an elite who were foreign to them and/or despised them. We were different; even presidents who came from great wealth like FDR thought it necessary to try to connect to the common man (a trait that BTW Trump shares). But by the time we got to Bush 43, he would cloak himself in the flag but at the same time go out of his way to slobber over immigrants, suggesting that they were our betters that we could learn from. And perhaps just as bizarrely, he once remarked that he “understood” the immigration issue because he owned a baseball team and employed ballplayers from Latin America. WTF? That’s like saying that because you own an NBA team you “understand” the problems of the black inner city.

    * Most people think Bill Clinton corrupted the otherwise upstanding and virtuous Hillary Rodham. I say she already possessed abundant guile and deceit and thirst for power when they met (not to mention being a devotee of Saul Alinsky), and that if anything, he was the one who fell under her influence, not the other way around.

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  • From the Washington Post:
  • @Achmed E. Newman
    Splintering is right - you know that you've got no more assimilation going on when the immigrants don't bother to change their unpronounceable names anymore. They no longer care whether any Americans can pronounce it or not, as they will not need to deal with any.

    It used to be that Orientals would pick an old-fashioned American name that may or may not come somewhat close to the sound of their names. In fact, I know of, but haven't met yet, a girl who picked the name "Sweetie" as her Engligh name! Even the other Chinese girls found it pretty funny.

    BTW, at least some of the Chinese ladies that I've run into still pick an American word for the kids' "English" names, but now they are doing that last-name for first-lane thing just like the trend! Haha, Chinese Tyler, Benson, Smith ... etc. Kudos for fitting in, but I'd really call you an American if you'd have named the boy after a man of the cloth, called him Amos Moses.

    I have done business for many years in places like Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore and it’s always amused me that the business people there – who have common Chinese surnames like Deng, Wong, Lim, Tan, etc. etc – use given names for business like Sandy, Dicky, George, Wendy, Mary Ellen, etc. etc.

    Although I’ve got to say my favorite belongs to a young man who goes by the name “Spark Wang.”

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  • From the Washington Post:
  • It always amuses me how neo-cons like Rubin and Michael Medved always use superlatives to describe spending they don’t like. In the case of the wall, it’s “eye-popping” when in reality it’s a little more than 1/2 of 1% of the federal budget. In other words, it’s a rounding error.

    Medved is even more innumerate, if that’s possible. For some reason, he has a visceral dislike of Amtrak, and uses his radio show to fulminate against “stupid choo choo trains” (he too is against a border wall, which will surprise no one who has heard his show). Undoubtedly Medved thinks he is showing the world how tough he is on wasteful spending, when in reality Amtrak’s annual subsidy is $1.5 billion dollars or about $5 per person, per year for everyone who lives in the USA. I’m pretty sure that the 20 million illegals who Medved insists cannot be deported* cost every one of us more than $5 a year.

    * A favorite trick of Medved’s is to put callers on his show who are against illegal immigration. The callers are invariably elderly and sometimes have trouble expressing their train of thought clearly. Medved will allow them to box themselves into a rhetorical corner, and when the moment is right triumphantly bellow “YOU CAN’T DEPORT 12 MILLION PEOPLE!” and cut the call short. It’s not quite elder abuse, but here’s a so-called conservative radio host snarling in disdain at old people who disagree with him, while sometimes making the point that he thinks Michael Savage (who he never mentions by name) is a purveyor of “hate.”

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    I confess that I hate open border neo conservative traitors like Medved.

    I support arresting them and forcing Medved to....

    Build the wall or else go try to police the occupied West Bank of the Jordan river or Gaza Strip.
    , @CrunchybutRealistCon
    At least Rubin & Medved have decided to fully remove the mask. What should be more worrying is they could be putting out back channel requests to the likes of David Milliband & George Soros:

    "Dear David & George: Our Population Replacement agenda is encountering unexpected resistance in Washington. Please issue new orders to the Rescue Committee's fleet of Trans-Mediterranean ships. We require immediate population transfers from West Africa to Florida. In order to keep the Browning of America on pace, we'll need a minimum of 1000 Africans per week expedited to the east coast of Florida. Beginning ASAP & until Trump is impeached. Request is Urgent. Tikun Olam. Jennifer & Michael out. "
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  • I can't quite follow JPod's meaning here: is he calling Trump speechwriter Stephen Miller "Goebbels" or is he calling me "Goebbels" for praising Miller? JPod was more lucid back in August when he was calling me "a loathsome, reprllent racist filth" for daring to joke about the political correctness of Weinstein Brothers' movies. At least...
  • I remember back in the late 90s to early 2000s when I still read National Review that this whole JPod nonsense got started. It was apparently a riff on the then-popular Jennifer Lopez, i.e. J-Lo, which struck me as odd, to say the least. Why in the world would a presumably heterosexual middle aged man who wanted to be taken seriously as a writer adopt a handle that was such a transparent rip-off of a Puerto Rican pop singer who was popular mainly with teenage girls and gay men?

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    Because he was the only one who didn't get the joke.
    , @guest
    "popular mainly with teenage girls and gay men"

    Don't forget fans of gigantic asses. Is J-pod interested in that sort of thing?
    , @Hibernian
    Kathryn Jean Lopez was K-Lo.
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  • @Anonymous
    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II drank tea and ate came with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, despite the fact that Adams was directly responsible for the horrific death of her close and beloved relation Lord Louis Mountbatten.

    The point is that in politics, as it exists in the real world, is all about the here and now, the imminent present which defines our lives and wellbeing, rather that which might or might not have happened n the past.

    I remember hearing a story (not sure if its accurate) from the mid-1960s that when the USSR sent one of their leaders (believe it was Kosygin) to the UK, the Labour government of Harold Wilson was flummoxed that the Queen did not want to greet the visiting dignitary. Then someone pointed out that the Soviet government having murdered her cousins (Nicholas II and his family) could be a sore point for the royals.

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  • @Anonymous
    https://twitter.com/robreiner/status/955129751064072192

    I dunno, I mean is being “frightened” a rational response to numerous Latino academics, politicians, and activists constantly harping on how much they want heritage America to go away, but oh by the way make sure you leave all the cool stuff you guys built over the last 250 years. Maybe “infuriated” would be more like it.

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    Besides, I don’t think Latinos watched All in the Family or This is Spinal Tap so I wonder what kind of a living Rob Reiner thinks he could make in Brown America. Or does he just plan to live off all the money he bilked out of White America for crummy comedy.
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  • Perhaps Lindsey Graham is not a person, just an idea. But what idea would Lindsey Graham be?
  • How long till the SJW crowd starts organizing an advertiser boycott against Tucker?

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  • From MarketWatch: Can you guess? Surprise!
  • @TBA
    My guess was Utah. Aren't Mormons supposed to be level-headed and bourgeois?

    It may be that Utah is not a top scoring state, because in order to have a credit score you have to have borrowed money. Pay as you go = no consumer debt = no credit score. Anyone know what the % of homes in Utah are purchased for cash and/or with some sort of off-the-grid financing arrangement?

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  • Methinks that, for the good of the country, it is time that the “Alt-Right,” those bitterly hostile to our Latin-America population, stop and think. There is a difference between opposing further immigration, a good idea, and constantly attacking American citizens. Many good reasons existed for preventing massive immigration from the south. But it happened. Some...
  • @Bardon Kaldian
    Most commenters here are racist morons (not that there is anything wrong with that, just...). Extreme "racial" puritanism, instead of dividing "almost whites" into assimilable & unassimilable groups, it, in reality, works against white European interests.Whites/Caucasians should try to assimilate smaller groups of marginally white people (many Hispanics, some Asian Indians, some non-European "almost whites" like Iranians or Arabs, quite a few American Indians ..). This all doesn't apply to blacks, who are really a very different race (as are Aborigines etc.)

    Of course that most Hispanics are Mestizos, but they come in all shades. Their ethnic swamping should be stopped, but with endless racialist rambling about IQ, obsession with genetic lineage etc.- the future doesn't look bright. Extremism leads to failure.

    I suppose this woman, now long past her prime (whose father was a darkie), should be treated as dangerous racial "other":
    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/fc/31/65/fc31659ba39bf2b56de7d9d5d52b9231--nora-jones-wedding-music.jpg

    Shaking my head....

    Hey, isn’t that the hot half-Muslim chick from Ted?

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  • Oh FFS Fred:

    “Lima, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Bogotá, Montevideo and many others are modern cities…”

    Did you even try to leave the tourist areas of those cities? I’ve been to most of them, and like any big American city there are slums there too. This is like visiting LA and seeing only Bel Air or Pasadena or Irvine and concluding that all of LA is just like those 3 places.

    “Rosa is also likely to be pretty…”

    I live in southern California, and this is debatable. If you see the crowd exiting a Santa Ana high school at dismissal time, you’ll notice that a lot of the young women are overweight and tatted up. That’s not exclusive to Hispanics, but it’s not the eye candy Fred is imagining.

    “They say that “Mexicans take American jobs.”

    Red herring. The people taking those jobs are here because our government wants them here, i.e. they’ve caved in to employer pressure for ever-cheaper labor. Mandatory E-Verify would go a long ways toward correcting this. BTW, I am in favor of free labor markets; why should Mexican employers be forced to pay higher wages because their neighbor has a bizarre policy that works to drain Mexico of its entry level work force?

    And yes Fred, we get it. You don’t like black people.

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  • From an email from Couch Scientist: Shapiro is one of the more elite Ashkenazi surnames. For example, eight different David Shapiros have Wikipedia pages. While there are many prominent Shapiros, on the other hand, there aren't that many extremely famous Shapiros (I suspect this is just bad luck.) Shapiro is a little like Hamilton, the...
  • @ScarletNumber
    I think the most famous Shapiro is Robert.

    Shapiro is also the name of the family that owned Familian Pipe & Supply from 1962 to 1987. Familian was a well-known plumbing wholesaler in California, Nevada, and Hawaii.

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    Bob Shapiro was the CEO of Monsanto.
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  • “For example, Hamilton is the best educated common surname in Britain and it’s the name of the most expensive ticket Broadway musical of all time in the U.S.”

    And it’s also the name of Judge Reinhold’s character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

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    Umm, way to bury the lede. Jennifer Jason Leigh played Stacey Hamilton.
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  • From the New York Times: White House Immigration Demands Imperil Bipartisan Talks By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and MICHAEL TACKETT JAN. 5, 2018 WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday presented Congress with an expansive list of hard-line immigration measures, including an $18 billion request to build a wall at the Mexican border, that President Trump...
  • @Sgt. Joe Friday
    I'll bet there is considerable overlap between the faction of the GOPe that opposes the wall and the one that thinks Amtrak's $1.5 billion subsidy is going to bankrupt the country. Talk show host Michael Merged is horrible on immigration, while using his radio show to frequently fulminate against "stupid choo choo trains."

    Oops, that should be “Medved.”

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  • I’ll bet there is considerable overlap between the faction of the GOPe that opposes the wall and the one that thinks Amtrak’s $1.5 billion subsidy is going to bankrupt the country. Talk show host Michael Merged is horrible on immigration, while using his radio show to frequently fulminate against “stupid choo choo trains.”

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    Oops, that should be "Medved."
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  • It’s great that we now have an administration in Washington, at any rate a Justice Department, willing to round up and deport illegal aliens. But federal officers charged with doing so are opposed by a mighty army of lawyers, products of our CultMarxified law schools this past forty years. They also face a lot of...
  • @Bliss

    On the latest numbers I can find, El Salvador ranks fourth in the world for intentional homicide. The rate is over 41 per hundred thousand.

    To give you some benchmarks, with that 41 in mind, here are current homicide rates for some U.S. cities, also per 100,000 inhabitants.....So El Salvador, not much of which is urban, is more than twice as homicidal as Detroit.
     
    It makes more sense to compare the murder rates between cities. The capital and largest city of El Salvador is San Salvador which is also it’s murder capital. It ranks #7 in the list of the world’s most murderous cities with a rate of 83.39 homicides per 100,000.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_murder_rate

    What’s remarkable about that list is that 94% of the top 50 most murderous cities in the world are located in the American continent, with the three exceptions being located in South Africa (also a europeanized christian region) which are ranked at #13, 43 and 50.

    What conclusions do you all draw from that?

    “…on the American continent.”

    Uh, not so fast. Almost all are in Mexico, Central or South America, 3 are in the United States: St. Louis, Detroit, and New Orleans. Hmm, I wonder what the common denominator be be?

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    For your information, genius, the reason why Central America and South America are named thusly is because they are located in the American Continent, aka the Americas.

    Hmm, I wonder what the common denominator be be?
     
    All 50 of the most murderous cities in the world are located in nations founded by European colonizers.
    , @Truth
    Spicy food?
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  • From The Atlantic: Dual Immersion public schools in gentrifying neighborhoods are basically a scam for keeping African Americans out. Black Americans hate Spanish and aren't crazy about Spanish-speakers either. They associate Sp
  • @istevefan
    How do other nations treat Spanish? Are the Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, Indians and others learning Spanish? I doubt they are doing so in numbers. Additionally, are people around the world wanting to emigrate to the Spanish New World? Most who do probably only intend to use Mexico as a stepping stone into the USA.

    The only reason people in the USA are being led to believe Spanish is important is because our leaders are deliberately allowing the USA to become a de facto part of Latin America. The rest of the world probably doesn't give 2 cents about the Spanish world. Transactions are conducted in US dollars and more than likely are negotiated in English.

    Actually, on an Air Panama International flight back in 1985, I sat next to a Japanese guy named ” Ted” who, like me, was headed for Lima, Peru. We had a pleasant conversation about what each of us was doing in that part of the world, our employers, and so on. My Spanish back then was pretty good – pretty close to fluent – and I remember Ted telling me that aside from the alphabet, Spanish was not that difficult a language for native speakers of Japanese to learn.

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    Friend, Spanish is not that difficult for anyone to learn. It's one of the easiest languages in the world to learn. Hell, if you cannot pick up Spanish, even as an adult, with some mild modicum of effort or immersion, you are not probably ... ahem... special ... or close to it. Or you've some bizarre reverse-idiot-savant syndrome whereby you simply cannot pick up new languages. (I suffer the problem vis-a-vis dancing and understanding all the dopey rules and jargon for football, but even then it's honestly mostly lack of motivation if I am honest with myself.)
    , @AndrewR
    Speaking of Japanese in Peru, I don’t know why Sailer hasn’t blogged about Peru’s former commie-killing president Alberto Fujimori’s pardon last week by Peru’s Polish-German-Jewish-Swiss-French president Pedro Kuczynski, whose daughter works for the NYT and is the granddaughter of a US congressman from MA. Lots of interesting stuff to work with.
    , @RobRich
    "Spanish is not that difficult for anyone to learn..."

    Spanish, like the saxophone, is easy to learn badly.

    It's the language with most native speakers in the most countries, and again replacing French as langue diplomatique et de la culture.

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  • ‘Twas the week before Christmas / And all through the nation / We’re waiting for government / To control immigration. It’s been a year of a Republican President with a Republican Congress, and nothing’s been done. Well, not quite nothing. I’m reading good things about interior enforcement; Trump’s travel bans were a step forward towards...
  • South Africa? More likely Somalia meets Venezuela.

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    Actually, a grotesque melange of "Hispanics" from Mexico and South and Central America (over 90% Mestizo and pure Amerindian with a large minority of Negroes, including Mulattoes and Zambos); combined with tens of millions of "African-Americans" and who knows how many millions of Negroes from Haiti and Brazil and the rest of "Latin America," including Venezuela; untold millions of Muslims from from North and East Africa and the Middle-East, including Somalia, perhaps growing to tens of millions due to high birth-rates. And "Asians, Mumbai Indians, Samoans, and whatever and whoever.

    Comparatively, Somalis will be a small minority, except for Minnesota. There are now more Somalis in the Twin-Cities than in any city in Somalia with the exception of Mogadishu. To call this insane is an understatement. It's beyond insanity.
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  • 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.
  • @EdwardM
    I agree. I think that the Democrats haven't used it as a bargaining chip because they don't need to -- there's little leverage on the other side because amnesty for "dreamers" (which is really amnesty for a lot of people) has a lot of political support in Congress. Even Trump may fold on this; it's legitimately a tricky issue.

    I predict a stand-alone bill making DACA law. It's hard to predict the electoral consequences, if any -- maybe more primary victories for the Bannon party-within-a-party that didn't manage to succeed in AL. Maybe the voters reminding Congress why they voted for Trump and throwing out people who support amnesty, though there's not much room for this to benefit the Republican majority.

    I suppose that whether Trump gives in will depend on what political capital he has come 2018. Maybe the best case is a series of unrelated legislative wins, Republican gains in Congress, and a triumphant repeal in 2019. Wishful thinking.

    P.S. It's unfortunate that Trump hasn't fully killed it by executive action. Maybe he's waiting for it to be struck down in court once and for all, which it would be by unanimous decision if we were a serious country. That, too, would have unpredictable political consequences. I just don't see, unfortunately, mass deportations of "dreamers" regardless.

    “I predict a stand-alone bill making DACA law.”

    I have a tough time seeing that. Trump makes deals; that’s what he does. I think he would see making DACA permanent as giving something away without having gotten anything in return. He’s been talking a lot lately about the wall, and he has to know that if some progress is not made on that before the 2018 elections, his base is going to stay home, resulting in the loss of Congress with impeachment sure to follow. Does he really want that? I think not.

    Much more likely I think is that Trump proposes a deal on DACA, but only if it includes the wall, E-Verify, and an end to chain migration. The Dems and GOPe will never go along, so that kills off the possibility of any deal.

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  • From KCBS: A couple of Presidents of the United States have lived in Compton.
  • Back when my mom was a little girl in the early-to-mid 1930′s, Compton was a nice middle class suburb. Maybe it’ll be that way again by the mid 2030′s.

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  • From the Palm Springs Desert Sun: Problems such as having unbroken windows and both eyes. The Broken Windows theory of economic growth suggests that nothing will boost property values like golf balls no longer being blocked from smashing windows in this neighborhood.
  • IIRC, the tamarisk trees were brought in decades ago by the Southern Pacific Railroad to act as wind breaks alongside the tracks that ran from the top of the Beaumont Pass down to around Indio or thereabouts. The high winds in the desert created visibility problems for the train crews and also could blow enough sand onto the right of way to at the very least foul the tracks, if not cover them up completely.

    Anyway, it’s likely those trees were there when most of the current residents moved in, so they knew what they were getting. This is a little bit like people who move in near an airport and then complain that there are airplanes taking off and landing.

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  • Audacious Epigone recalls reading the Harry Potter books:
  • @Vinay
    “Immigration is the golden snitch. It doesn’t matter what happens with the other issues”

    It’s possible. However, I’d note that the most solidly conservative group, the one most averse to liberal Democrats i.e. Mormons, don’t seem to see immigration as a threat.

    Maybe they see the struggle as more ideological than demographic. Millions of immigrants from continental Europe didn’t propel the US out of the Anglosphere. Why would millions of Hispanics and Asians be any different?

    We don’t have to speculate, we already have some tests of this theory. The big American tech companies are heavily Asian but nobody sees their corporate culture as “Asian” in any meaningful sense. Los Angeles may be heavily Hispanic but I’d bet it’s not run anything like Mexico City or Steve wouldn’t be living there. And decades of Hispanic immigration have still failed to turn Texas blue.

    Immigration may well cause doom Republicans in the short term but I doubt it’s some kind of game-changer.

    Just because there are parts of LA that are still livable doesn’t mean it’s a well-run city overall. I have been to most of the big cities of Latin America and there are some nice neighborhoods in those places too. That does not mean they’re not in the 3rd world.

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  • Those are striking words: a true political fact, pithily expressed. Much more striking is that they were spoken in 1981, half a lifetime ago. The speaker was then-Senator Alan Simpson, in his capacity as
  • @Corvinus
    "At various points in time since the 1960s, immigration policies in many white countries were specifically changed to undermine, divide, dilute and ultimately genocide the white race."

    Corrected for accuracy --> Immigration policies in many white countries were specifically changed by the people through their representatives, with no mandate to undermine, divide, dilute, and ultimately genocide the white race.

    Pro-race is code for anti-humanity.

    “Immigration policies in many white countries were specifically changed by the people through their representatives…”

    Since when does Congress represent the people? Oh sure, in high school civics classes that’s what they teach, but in many if not most cases that’s not how it works. Newly elected members of congress, regardless of party, vote as they’re told to by the leadership, and if they don’t they get shi**y committee assignments, cramped offices, and no reelection fundraising help. And the leadership of both parties are owned by open borders interests, which basically includes every powerful institution in the country, i.e. big business, big labor, media and entertainment, the education lobby, the trial bar, the “non-profit” sector, and the religious establishment.

    On this, and I would say most other issues, the people have little to no say over how their country is run.

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    "Since when does Congress represent the people?"

    Since our Constitution was created.

    "Oh sure, in high school civics classes that’s what they teach, but in many if not most cases that’s not how it works."

    Certainly we have major issues in our country. So why not be a sport and run for office?

    "Newly elected members of congress, regardless of party, vote as they’re told to by the leadership, and if they don’t they get shi**y committee assignments, cramped offices, and no reelection fundraising help."

    That's not necessarily the case.

    "And the leadership of both parties are owned by open borders interests, which basically includes every powerful institution in the country, i.e. big business, big labor, media and entertainment, the education lobby, the trial bar, the “non-profit” sector, and the religious establishment."

    Again, run for office. Heed The Donald's call--Make America Great Again.
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  • The Flynn Effect is the weird tendency of raw scores on IQ tests to go up steadily around the world, necessitating test publishers to toughen scoring periodically. But it seems implausible that IQ scores could go up forever. James R. Flynn points out that the Flynn Effect seems to be over (or perhaps just on...
  • @Classical Liberal
    Off Topic...

    Great piece by Noah Smith: An American Whitopia would be a dystopia
    http://noahpinionblog.blogspot.com/2017/09/an-american-whitopia-would-be-dystopia.html

    Smart people like Smith make assertions like the ones in the linked piece all the time, because they’re certain most people don’t understand that coorelation does not necessarily imply causation. So they get away with making purposely misleading statements all the time, e.g. smart upper middle class people seek out diversity, rather than noting the direction the arrow really points, which is that diversity seeks out prosperous upper middle class people. Now, those upper middle class people may live in close proximity to “diversity,” but they erect all sorts of barriers, both seen and unseen, so that they can pick and choose when and how they experience diversity. In their kids’ private schools not so much, but you know, affordable nannies and gardeners and maids are de rigueur, along with interesting ethnic restaurants, the kind that Frank Luntz enjoys.

    And Smith obviously did not think things through when he wrote that any sort of “ethnic cleansing,” i.e. partitioning would necessarily be violent. White flight to the suburbs in the 50s and 60s was anything but violent, and there is no reason to assume a similar migration today or in the future would be otherwise. Now, if the government steps in and actively prevents people from moving, or uses policies like Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing to force the middle class to absorb large numbers of poor, dysfunctional people into stable neighborhoods, then yes the chances for friction and confrontation go up.

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  • America's Leading Wit™, Commentary editor John Podhoretz, helps make Twitter the Algonquin Roundtable of our time.
  • For a guy who has had a life of comfort and privilege, and is very unlikely to have ever known real adversity, Podhoretz seems to be unusually hostile and angry.

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  • In recent years, it has become not just acceptable but fashionable to rage against cisgender heterosexual white males as the cause of the world's shortcomings. Not surprisingly, this has now led Democratic Party affiliated institutions to carry out a purge of their cishet white males, many of whom indeed had it coming. But where will...
  • @Rod1963
    Kamala Harris is indeed the anointed one. A vile, socially promoted SJW and race warrior all wrapped into to one ugly package. IMS she basically slept her way into power.

    I expect her to go full SJW when she runs since her base is primarily white females and ethnics.

    Long piece last week on her in USN & WR. It’s said she has a really foul temper at times.

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  • Encouragingly, the Trump Administration missed a deadline to approve two Obama Administration initiatives to alter the race and ethnicity categories on the 2020 Census, including carving a wholly new Middle Eastern & North African racial group out of the White category. I've been asking questions about how the MENA category would work for several years....
  • A friend of mine who is of Armenian extraction told me a while back that they do not consider themselves Middle Eastern. He remarked that they are closest to the Greeks, in his words “the religion, the food, the music, it’s all the same.”

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    Armenia and Georgia seem like the furthest outposts of the Mediterranean, although one writer made that claim for New Orleans.
    , @Anon
    In the Middle Ages he wouldn't have been caught dead saying the religion was the same. Or would that be the Greek saying that?

    Armenians tended to intermarry with Crusaders, I wonder if that had any effect on their culture. It certainly didn't make the Crusaders any friendlier to the Greeks.
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  • Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), a Puerto Rican, has long been the unsuccessful face of amnesty for Mexican illegal aliens in Congress. Today, Gutierrez announced he was not running for another term representing his hilariously gerrymandered "Earmuff" district in Chicago. Why? - Gutierrez concluded getting amnesty through was hopeless? - Weinsteingate? - He wants to make...
  • Lisping Louie makes Villaraigosa look smart, trustworthy, and personable.

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  • Once upon a time in America the ruling dwarves, mostly psychologists, sociologists, academics, and suchlike riffraff, held that all people were equal in everything, that men and women were identical, as were all races, ethnic groups, and cultures. Criticizing any of this could, and did, lead to firing, ostracism, and having to suffer crowds of...
  • As another commenter pointed out, knowing the basics of how to use a technology is very different from being smart enough to have invented it.

    Construction is for the most part a mature technology. The people who built the Empire State Building, if they were still around, would recognize 90-95% of what went into constructing the prototypical modern Colombian hotel Fred points to. Note also that many of these hotels are franchisees of international chains, and as a result must be built to internationally recognized building codes as developed in the USA, Europe, and/or Japan. Building to the minimum required under local Colombian code is going to make the building uninsurable, and therefore a non-starter if an international hotel chain’s name is going to be on the building.

    And this is not an original observation, but I think that Fred’s cheer leading for his adopted tribe kind of falls into the category of “what did you expect?”. Something tells me that if large numbers of Fred’s current neighbors, along with MS-13 and other unpleasantness had moved into and colonized his leafy green small Virginia town he might have a different point of view.

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  • Maybe this truck terrorist was inspired by watching that Latino Victory video that came out yesterday? What with all the Confederate flag-flying truck-driving infidels hunting down little Muslim girls, maybe it seemed like time for vengeance upon the Great Satan? Probably not, but ... How soon until the Frontlash gets cranked up? How soon until...
  • @Tiny Duck
    white men cause the VAST majority of terrorism

    in fact if this act is not done by a white guy it is probably a false flag by a white supremacist

    Muslims and other People of Color wouldn't be forced to lash out if we as a racist white society made the atmosphere more accepting to them

    You guys REALLY need to read Leonard Pitts

    C’mon everybody Tiny Duck is satire, his/her comments are intended as parody. You know, like The Onion.

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    Ohs Sgts..:::.U so krasy!

    - Very smart Leons
     
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  • From The Atlantic: LOL Meanwhile, in the New York Times: Asian Test-Prep Centers Offer Parents Exactly What They Want: ‘Results’ By ALICE YIN OCT. 25, 2017 On Main Street in Flushing, Queens’s Chinatown, the GPS Academy building announces itself with a sign printed in both English and Chinese, hanging over a crush of bubble-tea shops...
  • @Tiny Duck
    if you come from a population that has been, in essence, "gamed" out of rights and opportunity, then you don't want to do that to others. So it makes sense to me that the families would eschew strenuous test prep. I am sure they would be ecstatic if their kids were to pass. In many ways, they actually have more faith in the system: they believe the evaluators can actually identify true, biological giftedness. Sad...

    The truth is that once white people have no power then the works can start becoming livable

    Oh FFS TD, why don’t you move to a majority black or brown country so you can demonstrate your your virtue and quit bothering the rest of us?

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    No

    Only when whites are left nowhere to run and hide will their evil be vanquished
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  • Thanks to “diversity” we’re going to end up with the worst traits of every race, ethnicity and culture.

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    This is an interesting thought.

    It's often observed that the best aspects of American culture don't travel well, while the worst spread like viruses. What if this is generally true for cultures?
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  • Dear Readers: Many of ustedes must be scratching your heads right now. “What happened to ¡Ask a Mexican!” you’re preguntando yourselves. “Who the hell is this cholo nerd where the Mexican logo used to be?” It is I, gentle cabrones: your eternal Mexican. Gustavo Arellano, child of immigrants from Zacatecas, one whom came to el...
  • “…I don’t own the trademark to the title, and I’m can’t pay muchos pesos for something that the Weekly’s owner (or the ones before him) should’ve given to me as a gift…”.

    Tough luck, isn’t it Gus? The same deal Charles Schulz had with Peanuts’ syndicator, yet somehow he managed to eke out a living and never publicly complained about it.

    Nobody likes a crybully Gus. Get over yourself.

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  • One reason Donald Trump won the election is the increasingly gratuitous usage among white elites of the word "white" as an insult. For example, in the New York Times today, Jennifer Senior approvingly quotes Hillary Clinton's new book: Why exactly did Hillary insert "white" before "authoritarian" in that sentence? Apparently, Hillary perceives "white authoritarian" to...
  • @Tiny Duck
    Because whites have unearned privileges that are greater than their contributions

    Leonard Pitts and verysmartbrothas have written extensively on how white men continue to murder People of Color. Complaining about "anti white" stuff contributes to white supremacy. You guys are traitors tearforists and fake Americans. America is about freedom justice and the fight against racism

    You people need to get out. America does not want or need you

    As any Person of Color will tell you white men take credit for inventing things they stole from People of Color

    Also white wonen are increasingly bearing Children of Color. I cannot wait for just stick to be served

    “You people need to get out. America does not want or need you”

    Fine with me. Give us a place to go, and we won’t bother you again. The catch is that you have to agree not to bother us.

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    And leave you free to plan and work your evil?

    no thanks

    Plus you have hogged all the resources and must be forced to give it back

    "letting you go" will not accomplish that
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  • Earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that in six months, the Department of Justice will begin the long process for deportation proceedings against 800,000 young people who came to America as babies and young children in the care of their parents and others because those entries into this country were and remain unlawful....
  • Obviously we have a couple big problems here. Which one would be easier to solve, the so called dreamers, or the root cause, female suffrage?

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  • To understand many Mexican attitudes toward the United States and immigration, you have to go back to the Mexican-American War of 1846-48, of which most Americans have never heard. The United States attacked Mexico in a war of territorial acquisition, occupied Texas, California, New Mexico, and Arizona, and drove south to conquer Mexico City. It...
  • @Ron Unz

    However, that territory taken over in the Mexican War was mostly empty or lawless
     
    Yes, I don't think most people these days realize just how few Mexicans lived in the areas involved. I seem to recall that at the time of the Mex-Am War, there were something like 7,000 Spanish-speaking people in California, and perhaps twice that number in Texas. The sole exception was New Mexico, which I think had something like 50,000 Mexicans. Almost nobody lived in the other territories.

    So while it might be fair to say that America "stole" the lands, they really weren't much more than empty desert...

    Mexico was compensated for the land it lost ($15 M in 1850, about $7 BN today after inflation), so “stolen” might not be quite the proper word. That was probably close to fair market value for unimproved, mostly uninhabited land. The fact that Mexico was compensated at all is remarkable, because for much of history, I think the idea of compensating the loser is comparatively rare. I don’t think Stalin and Hitler paid the Poles when they divvied up Poland in 1939.

    Anyway, the simple fact that the immigration issue is so emotional on both sides suggests that maybe there are too many immigrants? If the numbers were not so large, the stakes would not be as high and the issue could be rationally debated like any other. No one flips out when discussing the Energy Department’s budget after all.

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    So if you are forced out of your home by eminent domain to build a casino, resort or shopping village rather than being allowed to freely contract for what you consider to be a fair value from the developers and not that which is imposed on you by a coercive force, you won't feel like you were cheated, right?

    Yours is a seriously specious and morally bankrupt argument.
    , @Iron Curtain
    As if Poles have compensated anyone when they carved up Poland in 1920-1921. Bill always comes due.
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  • John Podhoretz, Hereditary Editor of Commentary, seems a tad worked up over my tweeting out an amusingly Photoshopped retconning of the now-classic Houston rescue picture, calling me "a loathsome, reprllent racist filth." JPod tends to be prone to sudden rage attacks, so it's not always easy to understand what triggers him. My best guess would...
  • @Stan d Mute
    Does anyone still read crap like Commentary or NR?

    And Steve just might be "repellent" no? How could one tell?

    I quit reading NR after their “Against Trump” issue, and never did read Commentary.

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    I quit reading NR when Buckley fired Joe Sobran in 1993.
    , @AM

    I quit reading NR after their “Against Trump” issue, and never did read Commentary.
     
    I quit reading when I got banned under the old comment system for "badthink" of saying maybe there are points that white nationalists have that we need to think about, even if we don't agree.

    NR is really scary place in terms of group think. I don't really think of them as conservative anymore. Just liberals who like how standing in a church each Sunday makes them feel and money.
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  • As you may have noticed, America has 8 digits worth of illegal aliens. That's a whole lot of law-breaking. That much crime doesn't happen without numerous government officials, elected and appointed, failing criminally to do their duty to uphold the law. For example, the 1986 immigration compromise granted amnesty in return for future workplace enforcement....
  • @Jim Don Bob
    No need to jail public officials. Here is all ICE needs to do:
    1) Show up at a couple of Vegas Casinos and a couple of Midwest meat packing plants and ask to see the proof of citizen/residency document that every employer is required to obtain from every employee. Next day at the very least bar all those with bad/no docs from working; better yet, arrest them all, and deport them immediately.
    2) Show up at high-end construction sites (luxury home, condos, etc.) in 10 - 15 Deep Blue areas (SF, NYC, Westchester, Miami, etc.) and do the same thing.
    Rinse and repeat.

    I don’t think there are too many illegals working in Vegas casinos. The amount of money that flows through those places demands that the employers be 100% sure of the identity of those working for them, and there are cameras everywhere.

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    casinos...
     
    I'm sure the illegals are cleaning and doing food service away from the public eye.

    But if the busts happen to drag them through the gaming plaza...

    , @Anonymous
    The casino is one thing, the hotel is another.
    , @Lot
    The big casinos are also mostly unionized. It isn't impossible for an illegal to get a union job, but they are high wage and limited in number, so they risk getting ratted out so some other employee can get her sister a gig.
    , @Alden
    Very few employees actually handle cash. That's why they use chips. The money's all locked up in the cashier's cages and the vaults. Only a few very trusted employees get near it.
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  • Dear Mexican: I’m half-Mexican and half-white on my conservative Christian, Republican father’s side. Growing up, I was discouraged from learning Spanish by my father and his family (while mi abuela tried to teach me anyway) and so never learned, so I’m currently having to learn as an adult. My father’s family always tried to impress...
  • People don’t hate Mexicans Gus, they hate unfunny, condescending dickheads like you.

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  • From the New York Times: Trump Supports Bill That Would Cut Legal Immigration by Half By PETER BAKER AUG. 2, 2017 WASHINGTON — President Trump embraced legislation on Wednesday that would cut legal immigration to the United States in half within a decade by sharply curtailing the ability of American citizens and legal residents to...
  • “…Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, criticized the measure, … ‘Hotels, restaurants, golf courses and farmers,’ he added, ‘will tell you this proposal to cut legal immigration in half would put their business in peril.’

    Sen. Feinstein is already attacking this, using the same argument. It’s almost as though the Chamber of Commerce sent out an e-mail blast with talking points as soon as they found out what was in the proposal.

    Anyway, I was under the impression that agribusiness and the hospitality industry largely employed illegals. The farmers have always done so, and in many (most?) cases hotels and motels are franchises, owned and operated by Indians (dot, not feather) who I am sure think that employers who actually follow U.S. immigration law are chumps.

    Sen. Grahams’ and Sen. Feinstein’s constituents should attend the senators’ upcoming town halls – if they have one – and ask why they think poor minorities who are citizens should have to compete with illegal foreign labor.

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  • Dear Mexican: I’m listening to a podcast on “Gravy.” The segment is Bluegrass tacos. You were interviewed and a few statements bothered me. “The US can take half of Mexico. They can make us peons, force us to move up North.” Is this a common shared view of America(ns) in your community? If so, very...
  • “…George Lopez, who once tried to make this column into a television show, then let the option lapse.

    I think Lopez is a horse’s ass, but even he could see that Gus’ column isn’t funny, and would be a dud as TV show.

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    Perhaps the opening to the show could show him walking the short walk from the US side at Chula Vista to the Mexican side in Tijuana with a facial close-up half-way across when the first full hit of the raw sewerage stench hits. I've always considered it the olfactory equivalent of a "Welcome to Mexico" sign.
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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine on the single most important ideological divide among white voters: Read the whole thing there.
  • So the new status symbol is to be a minority, surrounded by hostile foreigners you have encouraged your own government to import? This sounds like a form of mental illness to me.

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  • I've been watching on Netflix this recent miniseries of the 1995 trial and it's quite funny, although I've gotten through my usual six episodes of anything and probably won't make it through all ten episodes -- it's maybe seven hours in total and that's a little more than I'll devote to a TV show, even...
  • Betcha the real Robert Shapiro was thrilled with Travolta’s portrayal of him as a barely closeted homosexual.

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  • From the BBC: Visas! By the way, the Dutch government banned, I believe, any foreigner getting a visa for marrying a Danish resident under age 24 to crack down on this kind of cousin marriage immigration fraud.
  • @Tiny Duck
    Only a few people even consider doing this

    You guys are just looking for something to complain about

    Besides most inbreeding is done by southern whites

    Um, Mr.Duck are you aware that nearly all 120 million Mexicans are descended from at most a few hundred Spanish conquistadors? I believe that is a text book example of “inbreeding.”

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  • From the Seattle Times: To do the jobs Americans just won't do, like being pilots, we must let in a few million more illegal aliens to keep flights from rotting in the airfields. The only alternative would be to pay American workers more, but that's just un-American. It's probably the fault of Trump's Muslim ban...
  • Pilots for the regional airlines make surprisingly little money. I would liken it to TV news anchors that work in secondary markets, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle and get their shot at a major market. A gal I knew in college returned home to Bakersfield, degree in hand, was hired by one of the local network affiliates and before long was anchoring the 6 o’clock news. But that’s the highest she ever got; she discovered that there is always someone younger, prettier, and willing to work for less.

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    I 'member. Some of the anchors moonlight as bartenders and foul-mouthed, drunken skanks.
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  • Dear Mexican: I've read that 75% of Americans are against giving illegal immigrants citizenship. I’m for full amnesty and citizenship for the current 12 million that are here, but I have two absolute conditions. First, the border is locked up by both the U.S. and Mexico, and illegal entries are reduced by 90% even if...
  • Gus seems to get really angry responding to fake letters he’s written to himself, “gabacho” this, “pendejo” that. This sort of stuff may play well with the OC or LA Weekly crowd, but I can’t imagine that the typical visitor to this site thinks it’s anything but a sign of someone who’s got a screw loose.

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  • The really striking feature of the June 8 U.K. election was the relative success of the Labour Party under its leader Jeremy Corbyn. This crazy old Lefty, who never saw a commie dictator or an anti-British terrorist he didn’t want to kiss up to, and who won the endorsement of the British Communist Party for...
  • @Darin

    But as for the youth: What do young Brits know about the Cold War?
     
    Cold War?

    News flash: The Cold War is over, and your side won. Communism is dead, capitalism is triumphant all over the world. You got what you wanted, why are you not celebrating?

    Were British conservatives in 1840's still freaking about Napoleon? No. They gave N's body back to France to be reburied in Paris with full honors.

    “Communism” may be dead, but collectivist ideology and the threat of violence to impose it hasn’t gone away.

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    Humans are primates living in groups. When you remake human apes into bears, who are content to live all alone, collectives and collective violence would go away.
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  • Dear Mexican: I’m reading the redneck rhetoric in your most recent column, and I feel retarded to continually be surprised by the hate guised as nationalism that so easily flows from mouths of these degenerates. At least we don't have to worry about that “nice” stereotype like the Canadians. Isn't it possible that no one...
  • “A 2013 paper by the Center for American Progress found that if undocumented immigrants were granted legal status and the possibility of citizenship that year, the United States’ gross domestic product “would grow by an additional $1.4 trillion cumulatively over the 10 years between 2013 and 2022.”*

    Yawn. IOW, $140 billion a year.

    To put that in proper context, the annual revenues of one company by itself, Walmart, is three times that amount. If Walmart went away tomorrow, no one would notice, except for the people who were employed by Walmart.

    By the same token, remove millions of low wage illegal workers from the economy and what most people would probably notice is that (a) they’re paying $1.25 for a head of lettuce instead of 99 cents, and (b) the freeways, schools, and hospitals are suddenly less crowded and resemble a first world country again.

    * P.S. Citing the Center for American Progress as if it is a non-partisan, down-the-middle resource is like running to the SPLC for data on so-called hate. It’s a leftist think tank that has an axe to grind.

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    “A 2013 paper by the Center for American Progress found that if undocumented immigrants were granted legal status and the possibility of citizenship that year, the United States’ gross domestic product “would grow by an additional $1.4 trillion cumulatively over the 10 years between 2013 and 2022.”

    Predictably, the massive cost of crime, education, food stamps, healthcare, and other welfare freebies is never factored in.

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  • Despairing Americans often threaten to move to Canada, but how many even know what it’s like now? Many liberals assume that our northern neighbor is more progressive, while those on the right might think that it’s, ah, whiter. Ask your average American to name ten Canadians, and it’s likely that nine will be white guys...
  • @Canute
    Canada has become a multi-cultural cesspool, ruled by the French. When Trudeau the Brighter made French an official language and required that all government people speak both languages, he essentially turned the entire Federal bureaucracy of Canada over to the French. They are socialists to the core and it makes no difference which party is in Government - the French are always in control - they have been for decades. Moreover, most Americans have no idea how much they are despised by the people of Cannuckistan. They hate you.....the aw-sucks, kindness facade is merely that - a two-faced approach so you won't punch their lights out.

    And God help us here in the USA if we ever get a Marco Rubio or his ilk as president. Hello Puerto Rican statehood and Spanish as an official language. You’ll have to speak Spanish to get any kind of public sector job or be considered “promotable” in large publicly traded company.

    Official Spanish will be the camel’s nose under the tent. Then we’ll get their culture crammed down our throat (happening already, yes, I know) and we’ll be lucky if we end up with “only” Mexican levels of corruption. Worst case, we end up with a country that combines the worst qualities of Venezuela and Haiti.

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    Excellent point about the white-hating elite using PR Statehood to push Spanish as a required (or effectively required) official language for government employment.

    Unfortunately, they won't need to use PR to achieve that. Within thirty years max, the State of California will make Spanish an official language of government, including the public schools and the courts. The City or County of LA could do so sooner. We will be the ones needing an interpreter in court, before a zoning commission, at a board of education meeting, etc.

    With more than eleven percent of the usa population and still growing, CA will exert a great political and cultural influence in the direction of enshrining Spanish as an official language of the federal government, as well.

    Yet another reason why America would be helped as well as hurt if California secedes.

    , @anon
    "Bilingualism" has nothing to do with equality or civil rights. It is an ethnic power grab to dispossess the majority culture. See Peter Brimelow's's book on Canada The patriot game.
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  • On June 5, 1967, Israel kicked off the Six Days War by wiping out the sitting duck Egyptian Air Force. Exactly one year later, Palestinian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan, angry at Senator Robert F. Kennedy's promise to send 50 fighters to Israel, murdered RFK minutes after he had won the California Democratic Presidential primary. As I...
  • @whorefinder
    The best conspiracy-theory way to tie up Oswald, Sirhan, Hinckley, Ruby, etc. would be a massive sleeper cell-hypnosis-brain-wahsing project that bore fruit to create untraceable lone wacko gunmen.

    Unfortunately for all fans of The Manchurian Candidate and MKULTRA, there remains no hard evidence that any brainwashing program could produce such results. Perhaps one day the curtain will be lifted on CIA programs that actually worked to created empty-headed, babbling killers doing what they were programmed to do. You know, how the history of computing had it's history illuminated when the Brits declassified all the computer stuff they did in WW2 that was previously unknown.

    But until then, the evidence suggests very strongly that:

    -Oswald the communist, acting alone, shot Kennedy for being anti-communist (perhaps at the urging/teasing of Cuban intelligence, who refused to let Oswald defect because they recognized he was a nut).

    -Sirhan the Arab (and church-hopper) shot RFK for helping Israel.

    -Ruby shot Oswald because of the intense hatred/patriotism engendered by JFK's death. Comparable to the hatred generated against Bin Laden in the few days after 9/11----I can attest personally that, in New York, had Bin Laden been captured on 9/12 or 9/13, and had been held anywhere near NYC, thousands of New Yorkers would have rioted and lynched him, such was the mood.

    -Hinckley, obsessed with Jodie Foster, shot Reagan in a bizarre attempt to impress her.

    I am reminded of a horrible joke that goes something like this:

    “Dear John,

    ” I hope you are doing well. I want you to know that Nancy and I have forgiven you and have no hard feelings about what happened.

    Sincerely,
    Ronald Reagan

    P.s. Did you know Walter Mondale is f**king Jodie foster?”

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  • A circuit court has extended the protections of disparate impact civil rights reasoning to the world's 1,600,000,000 Muslims. It's the Zeroth Amendment!
  • @Desiderius
    Here's your problem:

    Amici Supporting Appellants,
    INTERFAITH COALITION; COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES; T.A.;
    COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA; STATE OF MARYLAND; STATE OF
    CALIFORNIA; STATE OF CONNECTICUT; STATE OF DELAWARE; STATE
    OF ILLINOIS; STATE OF IOWA; STATE OF MAINE; STATE OF
    MASSACHUSETTS; STATE OF NEW MEXICO; STATE OF NEW YORK;
    STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA; STATE OF OREGON; STATE OF RHODE
    ISLAND; STATE OF VERMONT; STATE OF WASHINGTON; DISTRICT OF
    COLUMBIA; CITY OF CHICAGO; CITY OF LOS ANGELES; CITY OF NEW
    YORK; CITY OF PHILADELPHIA; CITY COUNCIL OF NEW YORK;
    MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK; CITY OF AUSTIN; CITY OF
    BOSTON; MARTIN J. WALSH, Mayor of Boston; TOWN OF CARRBORO;
    JAMES A. DIOSSA, Mayor of Central Falls, Rhode Island; COOK COUTNY,
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    Your tax dollars at work folks. Jerry Brown calls the taxpayers of California who don’t want to fork over $52 billion in new taxes “freeloaders,” while spending our tax dollars to import actual freeloaders.

    I think Steve’s analogy about a company’s duty to its current shareholders is particularly apt here. Our government at all levels is not only failing to protect its “shareholders” interests, it’s giving special privileges to people who are not even invested, and who the current shareholders would keep out, if given a say in the matter.

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  • @Tulip
    Its funny, twenty years ago, you go in a McDonald's, all the staff was Black.

    Today, you can't find a Black working at a McDonald's.

    If that's structural racism, what is the structure "the Man" is using to keep qualified Blacks out of the labor market? What structure is "the Man" using to push Blacks out of Black neighborhoods?

    Is it rednecks with MAGA hats and obscene mudflaps or is it some other force?

    Actually, I think that was McDowell’s, not McDonald’s.

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  • This worthy and public-spirited column seldom dives into the thickets of military hardware, which it regards as excessively technical. However, the arms race between China and Washington is of enough gravity that its more exotic armaments may be of interest. Herewith, the truly dangerous weaponry of the contending sides. C-919 A Chinese narrow-body intended to...
  • In my old line of work (fire protection) there has been an ongoing problem with counterfeit sprinklers from China that don’t work. If bribery, taking shortcuts, substituting counterfeit parts, etc. etc. are rampant in a life safety business like fire protection, why would that mentality be suddenly go away just because they’re building airplanes? Thanks, but I’ll stick with Boeing and Airbus.

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    Because selling faulty equipment to Americans is one thing but the Chinese themselves will be flying in those planes.
    , @Китайский дурак
    I do suspect that an overwhelming majority of the commentators above neither know the Mandarin language, nor have among close friends and acquaintances someone who actually have long experiences inside the Chinese contemporary society. I have recently taken rides in the new Chinese bullet trains. They are good. Give credit where credit is due. But Chinese cultural values? Chinese civilizational conquest of the world??? Hahaha...
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  • From the San Francisco Chronicle, 20 years after my "Is Love Colorblind?" article in National Review: As intermarriage spreads, fault lines are exposed By Jill Tucker May 18, 2017 Updated: May 19, 2017 1:03pm The growth of interracial marriage in the 50 years since the Supreme Court legalized it across the nation has been steady,...
  • @Johann Ricke

    I did not consider what I was doing to be interracial or inter-ethnic any more than dating a girl of Greek or Italian ancestry would have been.

    The one lesson I did learn is that is that many, if not most Latin women have a really quick temper and that life with them is one shit test after another after another.
     
    Even compared to Greek or Italian women?

    Yup. To be fair, the girls I dated who were of Greek or Italian extraction were not usually 100% “pure” but then again the sample size is small, fewer than 20 altogether. Your mileage may vary.

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  • @Random Dude on the Internet
    The Hispanics when it comes to White/Hispanic pairings tend to look just like their white counterparts; the only way you could really tell they're Hispanic is their name. Not surprised that this is the most common pairing.

    I’m a white guy, and for a while back in the 80s I had a number of Mexican-American girlfriends. Back then, the cultural distance wasn’t what it is today (thanks to out of control immigration, the typical Mexican-American in LA & Orange County today is more “Mexican” than American, the reverse of what it was back then). I did not consider what I was doing to be interracial or inter-ethnic any more than dating a girl of Greek or Italian ancestry would have been.

    The one lesson I did learn is that is that many, if not most Latin women have a really quick temper and that life with them is one shit test after another after another.

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    • Replies: @Johann Ricke

    I did not consider what I was doing to be interracial or inter-ethnic any more than dating a girl of Greek or Italian ancestry would have been.

    The one lesson I did learn is that is that many, if not most Latin women have a really quick temper and that life with them is one shit test after another after another.
     
    Even compared to Greek or Italian women?
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  • From the NYT on the ongoing evolution of the Democrats into the Black Party: Young Black Democrats, Eager to Lead From the Left, Eye Runs in 2018 By ALEXANDER BURNS MAY 15, 2017 MACON, Ga. — In Georgia, a Democratic lawmaker planning a run for governor promises to confront President Trump and what she calls...
  • @Buffalo Joe
    Sarge, I don't think she "used to be a lesbian." I think she still is but wanted to have children in the traditional manner. Trying to be nice here, but Charlane is a very unattractive woman, so that raises questions for me about De Blasio's sexual orientation.

    Which is why I put quotation marks around “used to be.”

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    Sarge, yes, sorry I missed that.
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  • @Art Deco
    It didn't 'permanently alienate' Southern whites. The Democratic Party's advantage among generic Southerners began to erode as early as 1952 (and cracks in the edifice could be detected as early as 1928). It looked for a time in the 1970s as if temporizers like Jimmy Carter and William Waller would keep the South in the Democratic column. It wasn't until 1994 that Southern congressional delegations were sorted into piles along ideological and programmatic lines (with standard-issue Republicans facing black Democrats and vaguely-liberal white Democrats). It wasn't until the last 7 years that the congressional delegations of the Southern states and the Southern regions of mixed states were almost bereft of white Democrats. (You see white Democrats from the Philadelphia - NoVa corridor and from peninsular Florida, but these areas are not Southern; there have in recent years been only 6 white Democrats from the South properly understood). The electoral shifts have been too gradual and incorporated components too recent to be attributable to Johnson Administration legislation.

    Pretty sure neither Zell Miller or Sam Nunn could get through a Democratic primary these days.

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  • @Dave Pinsen
    My guess: Dem elites will try to square the circle Williams mentions by pushing Di Blasio to run for POTUS, a white man who's an honorary black man.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/863996420948463617

    “And he’s married to a black woman.”

    Who “used to be” a lesbian, no less.

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    Sarge, I don't think she "used to be a lesbian." I think she still is but wanted to have children in the traditional manner. Trying to be nice here, but Charlane is a very unattractive woman, so that raises questions for me about De Blasio's sexual orientation.
    , @anon
    It's usually the other way around-- they aren't real lesbians, which pisses off the true dykes to no end.
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  • Dear Mexican: You are a racist, my friend. How can you bring up Japanese and Chinese mistreatment and not Irish or Jewish mistreatment? It’s because it doesn't fit into your narrative of whitey being the vilest creature on earth. Worrying about language, culture, and assimilation doesn’t make you a racist (even though Mexican isn’t a...
  • “Again and again, I’ve brought up gabacho racism against European immigrants…”

    Why does Gus bother with doing this? I thought this column was titled “Ask a Mexican.” Bringing up internecine squabbles between the different tribes of Europe doesn’t seem to have much to do with Gus’ main raison d’etre, which is look at me look at me look at me I’m Mexican.

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  • From the New York Times: Hmmhhm, it's unthinkable to deport Mexicans back to the festering hellhole that is supposedly Mexico, so instead you want to deport California and Texas? ... If the present Peña Nieto gove
  • The compensation offered to Mexico in exchange for cessation of the hostilities was $15,000,000 or about $422.4 million in today’s dollars. For mostly unpopulated, unimproved land with no infrastructure that’s probably pretty close to fair market value. How is that “feeble,” and how does compensating Mexico at close to fair market value equate to “stealing” something? I’m confused.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    Considering how much gold came out of California the very next year, I'd say we got a hell of a bargain.

    Truthfully it's hard to say that the treaty was negotiated at arm's length any more than America's treaty with Japan after WWII. However, we really can't relitigate history endlessly because there's no end in sight if you do - Mexican independence from Spain was achieved in a questionable way, the Spanish overthrow of the Aztecs was done in a criminal way, the Aztecs themselves conquered various other tribes, etc.

    Senor Krauze gives the game away when he reveals what he is asking for - not that we give back California (maybe he is afraid that at this point Trump might be tempted to do so and anyway that would mean that all the Mexicans in California would now be living in Mexico, which is the last thing that they want.) No, he doesn't want it back, he doesn't even want more money (which he knows is not coming anyway). He has only a modest request - "open the road to citizenship for the descendants of those Mexicans who suffered the unjust loss of half their territory."

    By "the descendants of those Mexicans" I assume he means virtually all Mexicans (excluding maybe his Ashkenazic self and the tiny handful of Mexicans of pure post 1848 immigrant descent).
    , @Wilkey
    "The compensation offered to Mexico in exchange for cessation of the hostilities was $15,000,000 or about $422.4 million in today’s dollars. For mostly unpopulated, unimproved land with no infrastructure that’s probably pretty close to fair market value."

    The territory in question covered ~500,000 square miles, or about 320 million acres. Even at a meager $1,000/acre that would equal $320 billion - over $15 billion in 1848, assuming your inflation-adjusted dollars are accurate. I have no idea how much any country would have been able or willing to pay for that land in 1848, but I can assure you that if the same 500,000 square miles had managed to remain unsettled and were up for sale today that a furious bidding war (or actual war) by most major countries (plus probably Goldman Sachs, Google, and Facebook) would ensue, and there is no way the land would go for less than a few trillion.

    The value really in question here, though, isn't the value of the land, but the value of a *claim* on a piece of land which has scarcely been settled. The population in the wealthiest countries, even back then, was best expressed in persons per square mile. In the land we took from Mexico, however, it was best expressed in square miles per person. Mexico's claim on what is now the Southwest USA was of not much more validity than my claim on the moons of Jupiter. If you haven't done much to settle it and haven't the capacity to defend it then it just doesn't mean much.

    If there is any doubt about the capacity of the American people vs. the Mexican people to take advantage of unsettled territory simply compare California's population in 1850 to its population in 1860. The 1850 Census counted 92,597 people; by 1860 California's population had more than quadrupled to 379,994.

    The United States may be guilty of many crimes in its history. Stealing land from Mexico isn't one of them.

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  • The top story in today's Los Angeles Times: But also from today's Los Angeles Times, a less prominently-displayed article: Two articles from today's Los Angeles Times: Hit-and-run accidents fell after California gave those here illegally driver's licenses, study finds by Benjamin Oreskes April 3, 2017 A California law giving immigrants here illegally the ability to...
  • Based on my own admittedly unscientific observations:

    1. I don’t think the CA DMV denies anyone a license, unless they actually get into an accident during the behind-the-wheel portion of the test. There are too many noisy, unpleasant pressure groups that the DMV and the politicians would just rather not deal with: seniors, immigrants, etc. etc.

    2. As someone involved in sales, a large part of my job is driving. I hate driving in the LA basin, because depending on the part of town you’re in, the drivers are super aggressive, distracted, or both. The San Fernando Valley is especially bad, most particularly the swarthy men with gold chains and shirts unbuttoned to their navels.

    3. It used to be considered common knowledge that women were safer drivers than men, especially young women compared to young men. No more. Young women, thanks to the you-go-girrrlll ethos and a general get-out-of-my-way-I’m-more-important-than-you mindset are some of the worst, most aggressive drivers out there.

    My own kid some years ago complained that her Nissan Sentra was a “clunker” because it wasn’t getting the gas mileage she expected and the brakes were wearing out too fast. I remarked that maybe it had something to do with her hard braking, general lead-footedness, and jackrabbit starts, which of course she denied. Then she asked “what’s a jackrabbit start?”

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  • Dear Mexican: I need to know why do salvatruchas think they are superior to every Mexican and Guatemalan in every way? I go to a community college in the San Fernando Valley that is infested with them, and the way they portray Mexicans to other people makes me angry. Sometimes, I would like to tell...
  • True story: my dad was hospitalized at Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Desert back in 1999 for pneumonia. In the room next door was a Hispanic woman, very ill, with lots of family members gathered around her bed all very upset and conversing loudly in Spanish.

    My dad’s pulmonologist, a middle aged man who spoke with a slight Middle Eastern accent (Syrian perhaps) remarked to me “what is wrong with these people? They do not understand that they cannot bring the whole country of Mexico to the hospital!”

    I turned to my brother and said “how about that? Nobody likes foreigners, not even (or maybe especially) not other foreigners!”

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    Sure, assimilated foreigners figure 'hey, I go to another country, I'm supposed to act like the people in the country'.
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  • From Saama.tv:
  • In related news, Jorge Ramos was overheard saying “damn, why didn’t I think of that?”

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  • Following Mr. Trump’s kaleidosopically shifting policies isn’t easy. He was going to declare China a currency manipulator on day one, but didn’t, going to impose a forty-five percent tariff on Chinese goods but apparently won’t, was going to shift the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but isn’t, going to tear up the Iran treaty...
  • @hyperbola
    Actually, quite a few of them ARE fleeing the aftermath of wars that "our" ZionCons instigated in Central America.

    Good Christ, Bad Christ
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2006/09/09/good-christ-bad-christ/

    How Neocons Destabilized Europe
    https://consortiumnews.com/2015/09/07/how-neocons-destabilized-europe/
    ... When I first encountered the neocons in the 1980s, they had been given Central America to play with. President Ronald Reagan had credentialed many of them, bringing into the U.S. government neocon luminaries such as Elliott Abrams and Robert Kagan. But Reagan mostly kept them out of the big-power realms: the Mideast and Europe.

    Those strategic areas went to the “adults,” people like James Baker, George Shultz, Philip Habib and Brent Scowcroft. The poor Central Americans, as they tried to shed generations of repression and backwardness imposed by brutal right-wing oligarchies, faced U.S. neocon ideologues who unleashed death squads and even genocide against peasants, students and workers.

    The result not surprisingly was a flood of refugees, especially from El Salvador and Guatemala, northward to the United States. The neocon “success” in the 1980s, crushing progressive social movements and reinforcing the oligarchic controls, left most countries of Central America in the grip of corrupt regimes and crime syndicates, periodically driving more waves of what Reagan called “feet people” through Mexico to the southern U.S. border....
    _________________________________

    And, of course, the same ZionCons (and their lackeys) continue abusing Central American countries.

    Hillary Lost My Vote in Honduras
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/02/hillary-lost-my-vote-in-honduras/

    The Jewish families that run Honduras
    https://dagobertobellucci.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/the-jewish-families-that-run-honduras/

    THE ISRAELI CONNECTION TO THE HONDURAN COUP
    https://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2009/09/26/the-israeli-connection-to-the-honduran-coup/

    Hillary Clinton is lying about the criminal U.S.-backed coup in Honduras.
    http://www.salon.com/2016/04/15/hillary_clinton_is_lying_about_the_criminal_u_s_backed_coup_in_honduras_it_should_be_as_scandalous_as_libya/

    Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism
    The presidential candidate has ignored criticism of her role in enabling the consolidation of the Honduran coup.
    http://www.thenation.com/article/chronicle-of-a-honduran-assassination-foretold/

    Why didn’t we have this problem when the Somozas were running Nicaragua, or the right wing dictatorships in El Salvador or Guatemala?

    Those “progressive” social movements were nothing more than Cuban and Soviet meddling, brought on by that boob Jimmy Carter’s having inadvertently signaled that he would not fight same. You can’t blame the Soviets for having taken advantage, Carter allowed it.

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  • @E. Burke
    Fred makes some valid points but when is enough, enough? Are we not entitled to determine that we will by choice remain a primarily WASP society? I like most of the Mexicans I've had occasion to deal with, but continued high levels of immigration will turn us into Brazil North.

    A reasonable way to handle the problem is triage. Deport a third, tolerate a third, not legalizing them, but not actively pursuing (many will self-deport), and legalize the balance. With the wall, and an end to birthright citizenship, we'll make a YUGE dent in the problem, while granting humanitarian relief for the "good ones."

    Brazil North? That’s if we’re lucky. If we’re unlucky it’ll be more like Somalia meets Venezuela.

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  • “His promised expulsion would rank among history’s most awful humanitarian disasters. Mexico could not possibly absorb such a huge tsunami of returnees. They would have nowhere to stay, nothing to eat, no jobs.”

    I don’t get this. Fred is incessantly telling us how modern and up-to-date Mexico is, yet sending her own people back condemns them to homelessness, starvation, and unemployment. I am confused.

    Look, these people are not refugees fleeing war or being otherwise displaced. They are here because they want more and better stuff than they think they can get back home. I get it, acquisitiveness is Human Nature 101. Somehow when it’s practiced by foreigners it’s praiseworthy, but when it’s practiced by middle class Americans who don’t want to have to compete with foreigners for their jobs or deal with their neighborhood schools being overrun, it’s called “greed.”

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    Indeed. If (for example) Mexicans find it intolerable to live in a miserably poor overpopulated nation full of Mexicans, how can we condemn Americans for having the same view?

    And what about Mexico's incredibly brutal, xenophobic and OFFICIALLY racist immigration policy? Why no mention of that?

    If more people are always better, surely Mexico would only benefit by having all their nationals living illegally in the United States returned? Indeed, let's help Mexico even more by dumping several hundred million refugees from even poorer countries, and stopping them from expelling immigrants from Guatemala etc. Of course, Mexicans would reject that proposal. Because deep down, everyone knows that post a certain point "the more the merrier" is a lie.
    , @hyperbola
    Actually, quite a few of them ARE fleeing the aftermath of wars that "our" ZionCons instigated in Central America.

    Good Christ, Bad Christ
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2006/09/09/good-christ-bad-christ/

    How Neocons Destabilized Europe
    https://consortiumnews.com/2015/09/07/how-neocons-destabilized-europe/
    ... When I first encountered the neocons in the 1980s, they had been given Central America to play with. President Ronald Reagan had credentialed many of them, bringing into the U.S. government neocon luminaries such as Elliott Abrams and Robert Kagan. But Reagan mostly kept them out of the big-power realms: the Mideast and Europe.

    Those strategic areas went to the “adults,” people like James Baker, George Shultz, Philip Habib and Brent Scowcroft. The poor Central Americans, as they tried to shed generations of repression and backwardness imposed by brutal right-wing oligarchies, faced U.S. neocon ideologues who unleashed death squads and even genocide against peasants, students and workers.

    The result not surprisingly was a flood of refugees, especially from El Salvador and Guatemala, northward to the United States. The neocon “success” in the 1980s, crushing progressive social movements and reinforcing the oligarchic controls, left most countries of Central America in the grip of corrupt regimes and crime syndicates, periodically driving more waves of what Reagan called “feet people” through Mexico to the southern U.S. border....
    _________________________________

    And, of course, the same ZionCons (and their lackeys) continue abusing Central American countries.

    Hillary Lost My Vote in Honduras
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/02/hillary-lost-my-vote-in-honduras/

    The Jewish families that run Honduras
    https://dagobertobellucci.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/the-jewish-families-that-run-honduras/

    THE ISRAELI CONNECTION TO THE HONDURAN COUP
    https://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2009/09/26/the-israeli-connection-to-the-honduran-coup/

    Hillary Clinton is lying about the criminal U.S.-backed coup in Honduras.
    http://www.salon.com/2016/04/15/hillary_clinton_is_lying_about_the_criminal_u_s_backed_coup_in_honduras_it_should_be_as_scandalous_as_libya/

    Before Her Murder, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Criticism
    The presidential candidate has ignored criticism of her role in enabling the consolidation of the Honduran coup.
    http://www.thenation.com/article/chronicle-of-a-honduran-assassination-foretold/
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  • From the Washington Post: Instead of letting the phrase fade into obscurity, the neocons are doubling down on "dying white America." That's what you get for electing as President some small town Rust Belter like Trump. He's from Marion, Indiana, right? Trump’s policies in many cases seeks to wreak havoc (e.g., staging immigration raids, threatening...
  • IOW, Rubin is telling us that all these immigrants are here for no reason other than to improve their standard of living.

    So apparently when immigrants do this, it’s considered praiseworthy. When middle class American citizens try to improve their standard of living, the ruling elites denounce that as “greed.”

    I am confused.

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  • As the culture war is about irreconcilable beliefs about God and man, right and wrong, good and evil, and is at root a religious war, it will be with us so long as men are free to act on their beliefs. Yet, given the divisions among us, deeper and wider than ever, it is an...
  • @Jamie_NYC
    The problem is that California (and the left in general) doesn't want to let "red state America be red state America".

    Precisely. We want to be left alone, and would leave them alone. They want us dead.

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  • In the New York Times, David Brooks responds to, I would guess, my February 22nd Taki's Magazine column "Undocumented Irrigation" about what we can learn about immigration policy from California's troubled history with water projects: The National Death Wish David Brooks FEB. 24, 2017 A few weeks ago, Tom Cotton and David Perdue, Republican senators...
  • “That is, until you actually get out in the real world.”

    Has Brooks ever even seen the “real world.” Who here thinks Brooks has ever set foot on a job site or swung a hammer? Bueller? Bueller?

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    People don't really swing hammers much nowadays. Mostly they shoot nail guns.
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  • [Adapted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively on VDARE.com. See also Peter Brimelow On Judicial Imperialism In FORBES…THIRTY YEARS AGO!] Especially with the mugging of Trump Administration’s immigration patriot Executive Order by the Left Coast’s No-Good Ninth Circuit, the spotlight this week has been on the third branch of the federal government: the...
  • @Svigor

    Is Gorsuch is angling for Strange New Respect, a speedy nomination, or just wanted independence? I can’t tell. I hope Donald at least interviewed him. As in countries where you can’t hire and fire quickly and easily, with Supreme Court Justices you want to research, fret, and research some more before hiring them as once in, they’ll be there a long, long time.
     
    The left is mobilizing to defeat Gorsuch's nomination, and they think they have the public support to back them up. I don't like his odds, personally, as 8 Democrats will be needed to confirm him, and he has a "fascism forever" club in his past, along with being, well, literally Hitler. He's in for the fight of his life, and he knows it.

    He doesn’t need 60 votes. Clarence Thomas was confirmed with 52 votes.

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    I understand that it is still possible to filibuster against a SCOTUS appointment unless there are 60 votes to override the filibuster. But the rules can be changed by simple majority and the Democrats set the precedent for that in 2009 so will presumably be reluctant to use the filibuster against any nominee who is not completely outrageously unacceptable.
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  • Dear Mexican: When Americans retake California from you low-IQ Mexicans, should we call it the Reconquista? Why don't Mexicans (and blacks, for that matter) understand that when they move into a white neighborhood because it is such a nice place to live, they will turn it into a bad place by their presence? Why don't...
  • And in this week’s edition of “Gus Writes a Letter to Himself”…

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  • For most of the two Obama administrations, the corporate press kept talking about the record setting number of deportations, but that was largely due to a methodology change of starting to count border crossers caught near the border as deportees. The dog that wasn't barking was workplace raids. After the Postville raid of 2008, you...
  • A lot of the same people who tell us “you can’t deport 12 million people” are convinced that 300,000,000 handguns can be confiscated with no problem whatsoever.

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    Meanwhile, the War on Drugs is why so many blacks are in prison and are afflicted by gun violence.
    , @ben tillman

    A lot of the same people who tell us “you can’t deport 12 million people” are convinced that 300,000,000 handguns can be confiscated with no problem whatsoever.
     
    Well, you really *can't* deport these specific 12 million, because, once you actually begin to enforce the law, 10 million will leave on their own. Then, you just use simple methods like responding to reports of illegals sighted by citizens and paying rewards ($750? $1,750?) to those who turn in illegals who are more circumspect. And if 100,000 or even 500,000 slip through the net for a while, BFD.
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  • Scott Alexander makes predictions each year at SlateStarCodex.com and then grades himself at the end of the year. Here's how he did on his 2016 list. I don't know how to judge objectively these kind of lists of self-selected topics, but I'd say he did better than I would have if I made forecasts, which...
  • “My highly scientific view: It’s bad karma to taunt the earthquake gods.”

    Southern California seems to get a good, strong shake about every 20 years or so:

    1933 Long Beach
    1952 Tehachapi
    1971 Sylmar
    1994 Northridge

    So we’re probably due for one just about anytime now.

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  • How are Californians going to save Spanish? Yes, I know that a call to preserve the Spanish language might seem ludicrous in a state whose very name comes from a Spanish romance novel. Nearly half of us are either from the Spanish-speaking world, or trace our heritage there. We constantly hear Spanish—in our neighborhoods, our...
  • A good friend of mine is the son of Russian immigrants who were fortunate enough to escape the Soviet Union as World War II was coming to an end. His mother and father always spoke to their kids in English, even though their dominant language was Russian. My friend thinks the reason for that was that the adults wanted to have the ability to carry on a private conversation between themselves if the need arose, and keeping the kids devoid of Russian was a simple way to do that.

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    • Replies: @Ivy
    My neighbors from South Africa followed a similar approach. They spoke Afrikaans to each other when they didn't want the children to know. That has likely been one aspect of immigrant lives in many cultures, where there is the appeal of conforming to a new life and a nostalgia for older ways.
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  • Slate points and sputters: The Duke Newspaper Columns by Trumpkin Stephen Miller That Made GOPers Say, “My God” DEC. 14 2016 2:22 PM By Osita Nwanevu ... These columns were evidently a source of concern for his co-workers while he was serving as a staffer to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for attorney general....
  • @Luke Lea
    In what kind of a society can you speak common sense and sound like a genius?

    “In what kind of a society can you speak common sense and sound like a genius?”

    You know, that’s a great idea for a movie. Wonder why nobody’s thought of that?

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  • From Politico: Whereas the GOP's wisemen are still sure that if they'd only passed amnesty, then Univision would have given the GOP great coverage with Hispanics when Jeb ran against Hillary, because who owns Univision, anyway? Haim Saban? Who is that? “I am very concerned we will take the wrong lessons from this,” said Whit...
  • @SPMoore8
    I know it's fashionable here to talk about how Latinos are dumber than whites, but even Latinos can tell when they are being pandered to.

    My experience with Latinos (Hispanics, whatever) is that they are generally interested in assimilation, intermarriage, and Americanism. Obviously, there must be some kind of Latino underclass emerging in the SW -- that's what I keep hearing, anyway -- but I see a lot of Latin-White intermarriage, and a lot of assimilation or at least that aspiration among others.

    This is completely setting aside that Cubans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, and Mexicans are not all on the same page just because they are "Latinos."

    Not to mention my exposure to Latino culture is that it is precisely the kind of culture that most conservative European types would like, in terms of sex roles, male sense of responsibility, etc.

    So, anyway, bottom line I don't know what's going to happen "demographically", but the GOP shouldn't be pandering for Latino votes because most of those Latinos want to be Americans, and the emerging underclass who don't want to assimilate will be self-destructing. Unlike AA's, Latinos rarely have an obvious color bar that they have to cross.

    “My experience with Latinos (Hispanics, whatever) is that they are generally interested in assimilation, intermarriage, and Americanism.”

    Latino politicians…not so much.

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  • Thanks for a tremendous first week for the End of the Current Year fundraising drive. I was looking for a picture of me to illustrate this appeal. But instead I came up with this photo of my dog Barney in 1974. Barney was a very good dog of indeterminate origin found sitting on the porch....
  • @Pseudoly Handled
    Steve, I'm not going to give you money. Ever. But thank you for just plain asking for it in a post, rather than the super annoying way you used to write a straight article, then ham-handedly segue into your begging shtick.

    It's honest, at least.

    And you know what, I changed by mind. I will give you money.

    When other writers like Coulter, Buchanan, and others of that caliber start begging, then I'll consider giving you money too.

    But they never do ask for money. They just write straight columns, they never beg. And yet somehow they pay the bills.

    Why is that Steve?

    “Why is that Steve?”

    Um, let’s see. Because they:

    - Have syndication deals?
    - Are authors of best selling books?
    - Get appearance fees when they’re on TV or the radio?
    - Have connections that Steve doesn’t?

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    Are highly talented and resilient television stars?
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  • Dear Mexican: I found your column about Mexican men and spousal abuse, and my question is: Is there any help for this ever ending? I’ve been with a Mexican man, who is also an abuser of alcohol, although it has slimmed down some. He gets angry out of the blue and starts hitting on me...
  • I really wish my hometown newspaper, the OC Register, would recognize Gus’ talent and give him Yvette Cabrera’s old column. I think it was titled “They’re Picking On My Tribe and I Don’t Like It.”

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  • @RadicalCenter
    How about the top echelons of city and county government here in LA, Santa Ana, and all over California and Texas? Spanish is increasingly useful for good-paying jobs there and will be needed soon enough to get ahead.

    Judges, prosecutors, public defenders (attorneys), probation officers, paralegals -- all white collar jobs with good salary and benefits and pension -- increasingly find it useful, even almost necessary, to understand and speak Spanish. That trend will accelerate terribly in the near future here in California, as well as in Texas.

    This is true not just in the criminal law context, but also in civil / commercial law contexts: house closings, sale of small businesses, franchise agreements, and more.

    Unless and until you can go K-12, and then get a four year college degree without speaking, reading, and writing any English, Spanish will remain a language used primarily by poor immigrants to communicate with each other and with their children.

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  • No doubt because of the impending presidential election, we’ve had some musings on the past and future of conservatism in the pages of the New York Times this past few days. Ross Douthat [Email him] was first up with a column titled What The Right’s Intellectuals Did Wrong In the October 26th edition. His very...
  • @Lawrence Fitton
    that's right derp! conservatives gotta get even more bigoted, racist, and believe believe believe with all their might in religious fairy tales - but only the christian brand.
    problem is, conservatives are afraid of change. that does not bode well in an ever-faster changing world.
    and he's right about douchehat & bricks. conservatives can't find fine salons to discuss compelling issues facing the genteel set. unless conservatives head to a nascar race or a rodeo they're all alone in a world of limp-wristed liberal freaks.
    ah, the good old days when you could hang a nigga or a homo and nobody cared.

    “That’s right! Liberals gotta get even more tolerant, inclusive, and believe believe believe with all their might in secular fairy tales – but only the gaia worshipping, race creationst, single mom as deity brand.

    “problem is, liberals believe in change for change’s sake. that does not bode well in an ever-faster changing world.

    “and he’s right about dowd and olbermann. liberals can’t find fine salons to to discuss compelling issues facing the right thinking set. unless liberals head to a spirit cooking or BLM rally they’re all alone in a world of cisgendered heteronormative right wing freaks. ah, the good old days when you could ruin a career or call somebody a crypto-nazi and all the right people thought that was OK.”

    There. Fixed that for you.

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  • From The Conversation: Donald Trump and the rise of white identity in politics October 20, 2016 9.46pm EDT Eric D. Knowles Associate Professor of Psychology, New York University Linda R. Tropp Professor of Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst Many political commentators credit Donald Trump’s rise to white voters’ antipathy toward racial and ethnic minorities....
  • ” ‘White identity’ can’t really hold up anyway because whites are not all the same – a Boston Brahmin and a good old boy in Mississippi are both ‘white’ but their differences are big enough that their ancestors fought a war with each other.”

    Those white people 150 years ago were more similar ethnically, culturally, religiously, and linguistically than the people inhabiting our country today. If they went to war and almost split the country in two, what are the chances that the USA in its present form will not eventually break up? Pretty poor, I’d say.

    The question is, will the break up be peaceful or violent? If the different “tribes” self segregate over time and more or less ignore one another, then it will be a peaceful divorce. Unfortunately, I am not optimistic that the government would be able to refrain from using force in a misguided, and probably futile attempt to prevent said divorce.

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    Do an internet search for jayman, HBD and American tribes. He offers a fascinating insight into the different tribes of "whites" in America, showing how different successive waves of immigration from different parts of Europe landed in different places.

    Unless these white tribes overcome their parallels with Native American tribes with regard to cooperation, the size of the reservations American whites eventually hold may be small, indeed.
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  • Borjas no bore. October 20th I went to an event organized by the Center for Immigration Studies to hear Professor George Borjas present his new book,We Wanted Workers. Borjas explains the title in his Introduction: (In a footnote, Borjas gives us the German original: “Wir riefen Arbeitskräfte, es kamen Menschen.”) Borjas is a lively and...
  • Derb is obviously not a consumer of pornography. 3 is a very popular number there.

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  • What is on your mind?
  • @Detective Club
    Between Nov. 8, 2016 and Jan. 20, 2017, Obama will pardon Hillary and her aides for all federal crimes, committed between Jan. 2009 and Jan. 2013, when she was US Sec. of State. It's baked into the cake. The Dems., unlike the Republicans, take care of their own.

    Remember, Obama communicated with Hillary's "private" e-mail server, using an alias. Obama's pardon of everyone having anything to do with Hillary closes any possible federal case against the Clinton mob crime-wave. "Constitutional Crisis" solved with a presidential pen! It doesn't matter whether she wins or not next week - - - she and her crew will all be issued Obama pardons.

    Imagine if Trump wins --- will Obama show up at the Inauguration? Will Trump have the balls to invite him?

    On March 4, 1921, stroked-out Woodrow Wilson refused to attend the Inauguration of incoming Warren Harding, choosing rather to leave the "President's Room" of Capitol building by a side door before noon, but not before yelling imprecations at Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Wilson's political nemesis (Lodge had led the fight to kill Wilson's League of Nations treaty-bill).

    It was reported that when Wilson left the White House for the last time on March 4, 1921, screens were put up so he couldn't be photographed being bodily lifted into the car in which President-elect Harding was already seated. Wilson had every intention of being at Harding's Inauguration but seeing Sen. Lodge in the Capitol set him off and he abruptly changed his mind (Mrs. Wilson followed him out the door. Wilson got out of the Capitol building on his own steam, using a cane).

    Will Obama hold an all-night "Pimps & Hoes" party on Jan. 19, 2019 in the White House and let his guests trash the place if Mr. Donald J. Trump is slated to move in the next day?

    We live in interesting times!

    “Between Nov. 8, 2016 and Jan. 20, 2017, Obama will pardon Hillary and her aides for all federal crimes, committed between Jan. 2009 and Jan. 2013…”

    Now that would be interesting. Imagine if Trump wins the popular vote, but loses the EC, and then Obama preemptively pardons Clinton. Can you imagine a presidency with less legitimacy?

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  • @SPMoore8
    That's precisely why this is a real crisis. This investigation will not wrap before election day. If she is elected, and is not indicted, half of America (if not more) will think the fix is in. If she is indicted, she's toast.

    I agree that having the wife of the president become the new president is strictly banana republic material. So is having three generations of the same family become president. Talking to you, Jeb.

    Our system is rotten, and so is the media that serves it.

    This is why there needs to be an amendment to the constitution that excludes close relatives of a sitting or former president from running for the presidency or vice presidency. The excluded relatives should include:

    - Spouses, current or former
    - Siblings and their spouses
    - Children and their spouses
    - Parents, uncles, and aunts

    If need be, I’d trade the amendment that limits presidential terms to two for this. The idea that the Clinton, Bush, and now the Obama families view the presidency as something to be passed around among them like a bong at a frat party really disturbs me.

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    nah term limit any citizens life time employment in the federal gov't employment to 12 years
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  • From my new Wednesday column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
  • So if I understand this correctly, in a spasm of liberal guilt Congress decided that we had somehow been mistreating complete strangers in countries thousands of miles away, and to atone for that we had to let said strangers and their families into our country.

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  • Hillary will probably try to put Trump in jail if she's President, the way Julian Assange got charged with sexual assault. Maybe Trump should work out a deal with the Ecuadorian government to move their embassy into his new Old Post Office hotel in Washington DC. Then he could come out onto his balcony, like...
  • @Wilkey
    Ironcally this is the election most likely to see violence. If Trump wins there will be riots. That is not mere speculation, it is a certainty.

    If Hillary wins there will be riots, the same way Lakers fans overturn police cars when their team wins a title.

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  • From NPR: Race, School Ratings And Real Estate: A 'Legal Gray Area' October 10, 2016 6:00 AM ET KENDRA YOSHINAGA ANYA KAMENETZ ... It's well known in the real estate industry that highly rated schools translate into higher housing values. Several studies confirm this and even put a dollar figure on it: an average premium...
  • @countenance
    This is all a big hulabaloo over what information the real estate agents are providing house hunters. As if the house hunters themselves don't have the capability to look at these websites, Zillow, Great Schools, etc., on their own.

    Slightly OT -- I noticed in the LASD cop killing in the high desert that the reason the black suspect was in Lancaster was because he was living in his sister's apartment. Which probably means that his sister is an AFFH client.

    Blacks began moving to the Antelope Valley probably 20 or so years ago once Hispanics started to ethnically cleanse them from South Central.

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    Has anyone written about about L.A.'s "black flight"? It's a fascinating topic from so many angles, just absolutely low hanging fruit. But I don't think it has been touched at all. For obvious reasons.

    The eastern deserts---Adelanto, Victorville---have also seen a huge influx of routed AAs. I've driven through there since the 80s, on the way to the Sierras, and it has been a remarkable transformation to observe.
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  • From The New Yorker: That might turn out to be an important emperor-has-no-clothes line. “When she said they’re irredeemable, to me that might have been even worse.” Clinton said she had apologized for the remarks, then denounced Trump’s “hateful and divisive” campaign, the “inciting of violence at his rallies,” and the “very brutal campaign” of...
  • @H. Ross
    Ehhh, I don't buy it. Trump goes away if he doesn't win. Not sure which GOPers would pick up where he left but, well, the posturing/ninny pearl-clutching on display last week was not impressive. Our deathless zombie Nevertrump ego-before-country cult is going to renew the copyright on Conservatism and they were always favorites of the globo-lib elite anyway. MAGA lives or dies in a month's time; if there is hope, it lies in the AM Talk touts (who frankly can be kind of idiotic too)

    Trump goes away? He should be so lucky as to be able to do that. More likely is Hillary Clinton has him criminally prosecuted, probably for income tax evasion. She’s going to make an example of him as a warning to anyone else who’s thinking about challenging the establishment. And you will be shocked at the number of high level GOP figures who will publicly support her doing so.

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    I wonder what country would give Trump asylum after Hillary comes after him and how many golf courses do they have? Switzerland might be his best bet.
    , @PiltdownMan
    Nah, she won't prosecute Trump.

    Trump will still own the quality golf course that will be the nearest to Bill's future bachelor pad in Chappaqua. Bill can't afford to lose that membership.

    To make doubly sure and fend off the possibility, Trump could keep Bill supplied with babes for the pad.

    Bill never holds a grudge if there is upside for him. And he has always had Hillary wrapped around his finger. She won't act independently!

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  • Have at it in the comments. ----------------- Notes on the debate: Hillary “looking for ways to celebrate our diversity” and “overcome divisiveness.” Will she use the word "vibrancy" again? Trump mentions "strong border" in first answer, in comparison to first debate when it took him 61 minutes to get to the word "border." He mentions...
  • @Tiny Duck
    Clinton is going to DESTROY Trump.

    I can't believe some of you morons think that he had a chance.

    People of a color (the future) hate him

    That tells you something right there

    Uh, actually it’s the moderators and the media pundits that are going to do all the work. All Mrs. Clinton has to do is recite her lines without drooling or having a coughing fit. Trump could have a masterful peformance, and all the press is going to talk about is how badly she outscored him.

    Trump is actually going to be lucky if all that happens to him is that he loses the election. With the media hysteria cranked up, I would have to think that his personal safety is in danger, and once the election is over, he probably will have a difficult time going back to private business. Clinton’s DOJ, with GOPe connivance, is going to make an example of him to show anyone else who’s contemplating taking on the establishment that doing so will ruin them.

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    Unless....he gets all the electoral votes, even of formerly Blue states...possible....just saying.
    , @Hibernian
    Especially after, early in the debate tonight, he threatened her with a prison term if he wins.
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  • We are constantly lectured by unpaid interns at online magazines about just how virulently sexist and racist America was until, well, some dim point in the distant past before they started paying attention, such as 2005. In reality, a lot of attitudes changed quickly and fairly smoothly a long time ago due to the Sixties...
  • @Mr. Blank
    One shouldn't discount black female preferences in all this.

    I know a lot of iSteve readers aren't fans of black women, looks-wise, but it's not a universally-shared view. Some non-black men have a different opinion. And no, it's not just because they "can't get a white woman." For men who focus on certain physical features, black women offer better, um, opportunities...

    Black women, on the other hand, almost never find non-black men attractive. Feel free to speculate as to why, but the practical effect of this black female resistance to jungle fever is that, generally speaking, only very upper-class non-black men get a chance to scratch that particular itch -- at least without resorting to the Oldest Profession.

    Absent this factor, I suspect the number of interracial relationships would actually rise quite a bit. Not dramatically -- I suspect that black male/white female pairings would still be the most common, by far -- but not trivially, either.

    I was under the impression that white male/Asian female couples were the most common interracial pairing.

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  • From everything I've heard Swedes seem like very pleasant people, rather agreeable to have around, while my personal experience with Mexicans leads me to a similar conclusion. But suppose so many millions of Swedes poured across the borders into our southern neighbor that within just a few decades Mexico City had become majority Swedish, while...
  • @Ron Unz
    Well, here's a general response to quite a number of the commenters disputing my analysis:

    (1) Those who dislike the consequences of immigration should recognize that both legal and illegal immigration are fairly similar in their impact, a fact which is quietly admitted by all the leading anti-immigration groups. And since nearly all analysts agree that the overwhelming majority of total immigrants are of the legal variety, legal immigration obviously needs to be the main focus of any serious efforts to restrict overall immigration.

    (2) Obviously restricting *legal* immigration cannot be achieved by "Building a Wall!" or "Guarding Our Borders!" Therefore, focusing on those "solutions" is rather silly.

    (3) Some anti-immigration activists seem to think the solution is leaving comments on websites, including this one, along the lines of "IMMEDIATELY END ALL IMMIGRATION!!!!" But I fail to see how agitated commenting, even using all-caps, would have any impact in the real world. The only way to reduce *legal* immigration is to pass Congressional legislation.

    (4) As I emphasized in my article, the political dynamics of the issue are dominated by three separate blocks: (A) pro-immigrant Democrats, (B) pro-immigration Republicans, and (C) anti-immigration Republicans. For roughly 15 years, (A) and (B) have been allies, trying to pass legislation in Congress that would provide for an amnesty for many existing illegals and also (usually) increase legal immigration. Anti-immigration Republicans(C) have narrowly managed to block all these efforts, but have always been on the defensive. The likelihood that anti-immigration Republicans by themselves would manage to pass Congressional legislation sharply cutting *legal* immigration is approximately zero.

    (5) Therefore, I think the only chance anti-immigration Republicans(C) have of reducing *legal* immigration is to ally themselves with the pro-immigrant Democrats(A) to defeat the pro-immigration Republicans(B). I have outlined the likely terms of such an alliance, and if anyone can suggest more favorable terms, let them do so.

    (6) The bottom line is that for anyone seriously opposed to current high levels of immigration, illegal immigration is largely a red herring and focusing on it is completely misguided. Once you start thinking about how to reduce legal immigration, you may see that my political analysis makes sense.

    Agree to some extent. When most of the immigrants are low-skilled and come in such great numbers legal vs. illegal is a distinction without a difference. They bring the same problems with them whether they’ve come in through the front door or hopped the border with the help of a coyote.

    We never should have ditched the system we had, i.e. limit immigration to about 250K a year, take almost all from countries that had been the traditional sources of immigrants, and exclude everybody else, with reasonable accommodations made for a handful of exceptional cases.

    Hearing “broken immigration system” mindlessly repeated ad nauseam really grates. Our system isn’t broken, it was deliberately trashed in a spasm of hand wringing liberal guilt over the horrible way we had treated complete strangers in countries thousands of miles away.

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  • When you turn English-speaking Americans of European descent into a discriminated against minority in their own country, don’t be surprised when they begin to adopt the behaviors of a discriminated against minority.

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  • From USA Today, big news in the ongoing Flight from White as more opportunists lobby to get out from under the burden of being considered officially white in contemporary America: As well as affirmative action privileges, such as in government contracting and low interest loans. Think of how much inconvenience Syrian immigrant Tony Rezko had...
  • When white, European descended Americans become a discriminated against minority, don’t be surprised if they start to act like a discriminated against minority.

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  • From the New York Times: Unlike the presidential candidates, Bobby Abreu appears to be maintaining a dignified silence, so far. The real policy question here, of course, is what kind of vetting are immigrants given before they are handed citizenship and the vote? Commenter ATX Hipster says: You’re right Trump should be hammering his issues...
  • @Flinders Petrie
    From the NYT article:

    Fact-checkers have found no evidence that Ms. Machado, who was featured in Playboy, appeared in a sex tape. Her critics may be referring to a risqué scene that she appeared in on a reality television show.
     
    The reality television show...that showed her having sex with a man and talking about his throckmorton...while she was engaged to another man.

    But the 'fact checkers' say it's not real.

    Throckmorton? I hadn’t heard that before. Tallywacker perhaps, but not throckmorton.

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    I picked that one up as a slang word in college. I'm not sure its origins, although it's in urban dictionary.
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