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    Richard Seymour, Logan Mankins, Vince Wilfork, Tebucky Jones, etc., are all reminders that Belichick is the more than willing to take what a guy has to give at the price he's willing to pay or they're gone. He doesn't notice color, only value, but when smarts are part of the equation, as it is with BB, you're going to notice the difference between most of the blacks on the Patriots and the blacks on a lot of other teams.

    Again, people here still don't get that talents ascribed to certain groups aren't monolithic. There are whites who can run and jump and there are blacks who can think, but over the long haul, I know where my bets are being placed. Patriots players, black or white, mostly reside on the right-hand side. Former Colts All-Pro Reggie Wayne's whining about the voluminous Patriots playbook during his 2 weeks in their training camp tells the story.

    BB is the new Auerbach. Red had permanent residence in all the other NBA GMs' heads, just like The Hoodie does with everyone in the NFL, right up to the commissioner. Too hot visitor's locker rooms, cold showers, dead spots on the parquet floor; Red loved it more overtly than Belichick, but I'm sure BB would be honored by the comparison.

    The best quote from a Celtic about drug use was from Kevin McHale when Michael Ray Richardson was suspended for life for his third failed drug test: "How many years does the average player get in the NBA? Four or Five years? You've got the rest of your life to do cocaine."

    Right. The reason I like the Patriots is that they play as a team. BB gets smart players and tells them what he wants them to do. If they don’t, well, there’s another guy right behind them who will. Hold out for big bucks, and you are gone (Wes Welker). The players don’t showboat, and they don’t commit a bunch of stupid penalties. Look at the production he got out of Randy Moss.

    BB has a new game plan for each team they play and it is designed to take away what you do best. Brady is an excellent QB, but I think someone like Phillip Rivers or Tony Romo could have had a similar number of wins given the teams that BB has built. They are two freak plays from having 6 Super Bowl wins.

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  • @tbraton
    There have been a number of outstanding black players who have played for the Patriots under Belichick and contributed greatly to the Patriots' success from Vince Wilfork to Randy Moss to Rodney Harrison to a number of running backs and others. In fact, all three of the named players made outstanding contributions to what would have been considered the best team in NFL history, the 2007 Pats, which were upset in the Super Bowl by the Giants and prevented from completing an undefeated 17-0 season, that would have stopped the endless crowing in South Florida about the 1972 Miami Dolphins. The 2007 Patriots team was a truly talented team across the board. I would argue that the miracle play by the Giants which allowed them to win the SB actually involved three fantastic plays in one: the miraculous escape from the pass rush by a scrambling Eli Manning which allowed him to get off the desperation third down pass, the incredible catch against his helmet by David Tyree, and the defensive play on that play by Rodney Harrison, who defended Tyree as well as could be expected and almost broke up the pass. I get the sense that Belichick is a demanding coach who treats all his players fairly, regardless of color, and rewards good play, regardless of color. and the players recognize that. Rodney Harrison, a perennial pro bowl player, now appears on NBC's Sunday Night Football, along with former coach Tony Dungee. As far as I am concerned, Harrison's commentary is much more intelligent than Dungee's. I am impressed by the fact that he is a big booster of his former team, the Patriots, and their coach, Belichick. Harrison only spent the last six years of his career with the Patriots after spending the first nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers. The fact that a great player of intelligence like Harrison defends the Pats and Belichick as ardently as he does may explain how Belichick "gets away with it."

    Richard Seymour, Logan Mankins, Vince Wilfork, Tebucky Jones, etc., are all reminders that Belichick is the more than willing to take what a guy has to give at the price he’s willing to pay or they’re gone. He doesn’t notice color, only value, but when smarts are part of the equation, as it is with BB, you’re going to notice the difference between most of the blacks on the Patriots and the blacks on a lot of other teams.

    Again, people here still don’t get that talents ascribed to certain groups aren’t monolithic. There are whites who can run and jump and there are blacks who can think, but over the long haul, I know where my bets are being placed. Patriots players, black or white, mostly reside on the right-hand side. Former Colts All-Pro Reggie Wayne’s whining about the voluminous Patriots playbook during his 2 weeks in their training camp tells the story.

    BB is the new Auerbach. Red had permanent residence in all the other NBA GMs’ heads, just like The Hoodie does with everyone in the NFL, right up to the commissioner. Too hot visitor’s locker rooms, cold showers, dead spots on the parquet floor; Red loved it more overtly than Belichick, but I’m sure BB would be honored by the comparison.

    The best quote from a Celtic about drug use was from Kevin McHale when Michael Ray Richardson was suspended for life for his third failed drug test: “How many years does the average player get in the NBA? Four or Five years? You’ve got the rest of your life to do cocaine.”

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    Right. The reason I like the Patriots is that they play as a team. BB gets smart players and tells them what he wants them to do. If they don't, well, there's another guy right behind them who will. Hold out for big bucks, and you are gone (Wes Welker). The players don't showboat, and they don't commit a bunch of stupid penalties. Look at the production he got out of Randy Moss.

    BB has a new game plan for each team they play and it is designed to take away what you do best. Brady is an excellent QB, but I think someone like Phillip Rivers or Tony Romo could have had a similar number of wins given the teams that BB has built. They are two freak plays from having 6 Super Bowl wins.
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  • @Brutusale
    The Celtics were able to get away with it because their main white guys (Bird, McHale and Bill Walton) are all first-ballot Hall of Famers. And they were also the first NBA team that started 5 black guys and they employed the first black coach in the Big 4 American sports.

    The Patriots are harder to explain, but by the time anyone (Steve) noticed it, they had three Super Bowl victories, and that washes away any sins.

    “The Celtics were able to get away with it because their main white guys (Bird, McHale and Bill Walton) are all first-ballot Hall of Famers. And they were also the first NBA team that started 5 black guys and they employed the first black coach in the Big 4 American sports.”

    The Celtics also had an ethos instilled by Red Auerbach, their great coach and GM, and carried on by his great players, such as Bill Russell and Larry Bird and others. Back in 1986, the Celtics drafted with the number two pick in the draft an extraordinary basketball player from Maryland named Len Bias, who had the potential to become another Michael Jordan. Two days later Bias died of a cocaine overdose. I remember reading of the reaction from one of Celtics at the time, who said “It’s a good thing we found out now before he polluted the team.” Not regret that the Celtics had missed the services of a great basketball player, but the sense that Celtics had missed a bullet. It sounded harsh and unforgiving, but sometimes that is what is required to maintain the ethos. Not all black players can fit in; nor can all white players fit in.

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  • @Ed
    The "whiteness" of the Patriots has always been interesting to me. Is the whiteness of the Larry Bird Celtics & Brady's Patriotd have anything to do with being in Boston? Could either teams be fielded in Detroit of even DC? This year in DC the QB controversy has taken a racial tinge.

    Also how does Bellichek get away with it? Chip Kelly makes a few roster moves that send some key black players packing and he's branded a racist by his former players & fan base.

    There have been a number of outstanding black players who have played for the Patriots under Belichick and contributed greatly to the Patriots’ success from Vince Wilfork to Randy Moss to Rodney Harrison to a number of running backs and others. In fact, all three of the named players made outstanding contributions to what would have been considered the best team in NFL history, the 2007 Pats, which were upset in the Super Bowl by the Giants and prevented from completing an undefeated 17-0 season, that would have stopped the endless crowing in South Florida about the 1972 Miami Dolphins. The 2007 Patriots team was a truly talented team across the board. I would argue that the miracle play by the Giants which allowed them to win the SB actually involved three fantastic plays in one: the miraculous escape from the pass rush by a scrambling Eli Manning which allowed him to get off the desperation third down pass, the incredible catch against his helmet by David Tyree, and the defensive play on that play by Rodney Harrison, who defended Tyree as well as could be expected and almost broke up the pass. I get the sense that Belichick is a demanding coach who treats all his players fairly, regardless of color, and rewards good play, regardless of color. and the players recognize that. Rodney Harrison, a perennial pro bowl player, now appears on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, along with former coach Tony Dungee. As far as I am concerned, Harrison’s commentary is much more intelligent than Dungee’s. I am impressed by the fact that he is a big booster of his former team, the Patriots, and their coach, Belichick. Harrison only spent the last six years of his career with the Patriots after spending the first nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers. The fact that a great player of intelligence like Harrison defends the Pats and Belichick as ardently as he does may explain how Belichick “gets away with it.”

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    • Replies: @Brutusale
    Richard Seymour, Logan Mankins, Vince Wilfork, Tebucky Jones, etc., are all reminders that Belichick is the more than willing to take what a guy has to give at the price he's willing to pay or they're gone. He doesn't notice color, only value, but when smarts are part of the equation, as it is with BB, you're going to notice the difference between most of the blacks on the Patriots and the blacks on a lot of other teams.

    Again, people here still don't get that talents ascribed to certain groups aren't monolithic. There are whites who can run and jump and there are blacks who can think, but over the long haul, I know where my bets are being placed. Patriots players, black or white, mostly reside on the right-hand side. Former Colts All-Pro Reggie Wayne's whining about the voluminous Patriots playbook during his 2 weeks in their training camp tells the story.

    BB is the new Auerbach. Red had permanent residence in all the other NBA GMs' heads, just like The Hoodie does with everyone in the NFL, right up to the commissioner. Too hot visitor's locker rooms, cold showers, dead spots on the parquet floor; Red loved it more overtly than Belichick, but I'm sure BB would be honored by the comparison.

    The best quote from a Celtic about drug use was from Kevin McHale when Michael Ray Richardson was suspended for life for his third failed drug test: "How many years does the average player get in the NBA? Four or Five years? You've got the rest of your life to do cocaine."

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  • @Ed
    The "whiteness" of the Patriots has always been interesting to me. Is the whiteness of the Larry Bird Celtics & Brady's Patriotd have anything to do with being in Boston? Could either teams be fielded in Detroit of even DC? This year in DC the QB controversy has taken a racial tinge.

    Also how does Bellichek get away with it? Chip Kelly makes a few roster moves that send some key black players packing and he's branded a racist by his former players & fan base.

    The Celtics were able to get away with it because their main white guys (Bird, McHale and Bill Walton) are all first-ballot Hall of Famers. And they were also the first NBA team that started 5 black guys and they employed the first black coach in the Big 4 American sports.

    The Patriots are harder to explain, but by the time anyone (Steve) noticed it, they had three Super Bowl victories, and that washes away any sins.

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    "The Celtics were able to get away with it because their main white guys (Bird, McHale and Bill Walton) are all first-ballot Hall of Famers. And they were also the first NBA team that started 5 black guys and they employed the first black coach in the Big 4 American sports."

    The Celtics also had an ethos instilled by Red Auerbach, their great coach and GM, and carried on by his great players, such as Bill Russell and Larry Bird and others. Back in 1986, the Celtics drafted with the number two pick in the draft an extraordinary basketball player from Maryland named Len Bias, who had the potential to become another Michael Jordan. Two days later Bias died of a cocaine overdose. I remember reading of the reaction from one of Celtics at the time, who said "It's a good thing we found out now before he polluted the team." Not regret that the Celtics had missed the services of a great basketball player, but the sense that Celtics had missed a bullet. It sounded harsh and unforgiving, but sometimes that is what is required to maintain the ethos. Not all black players can fit in; nor can all white players fit in.
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  • @tbraton
    I have to agree with you. Anybody who had to work hard just to make his high school basketball team and who never played basketball at the college level can hardly be considered a top athlete. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/president-obamas-basketball-love-affair-has-roots-in-hawaii-high-school-team/2012/06/09/gJQApU2mQV_story.html Now, I went to college and knew some guys who for various reasons did not play at the college level, but they were standout athletes at the high school level. I was a close friend to a guy who quit the college football team as a sophomore because he found objectionable the policy that the coach had of favoring upperclassmen over younger players, regardless of ability. He felt he was better and should have been starting ahead of a senior player. He quit in disgust. He had merely been an All-American high school lineman back in Oklahoma, where they took football seriously, so it was kind of hard to argue with his logic.

    Here’s a key paragraph from the article I provided a link to:

    ” “He loved basketball so much, I think a lot of things have been blown out of proportion,” said Lum. “Anybody wants to play. His style of play was flashy, but it was okay. McLachlin didn’t really put a damper on it. If you did a behind-the-back pass, McLachlin would frown on that, but when it came down to playing time, he [Barry] wasn’t one of the five best.” In fact, Lum and other teammates pointed out, Barry was only occasionally considered one of the top eight, the number of players McLachlin usually used in his rotation, following the substitution pattern of John Wooden, the brilliant coach at UCLA.”

    Now keep in mind that that was in high school. When you go to college, you are forced to compete with others who may have been among the best at their respective high schools.

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  • @Hepp
    It's funny how much more clearly people think about sports than about everything else. Like if someone said that the New England Patriots suffered from a lack of diversity people would laugh at them. But no matter how many accomplishments Silicon Valley has, they still would obviously be better with more blacks and women.

    The “whiteness” of the Patriots has always been interesting to me. Is the whiteness of the Larry Bird Celtics & Brady’s Patriotd have anything to do with being in Boston? Could either teams be fielded in Detroit of even DC? This year in DC the QB controversy has taken a racial tinge.

    Also how does Bellichek get away with it? Chip Kelly makes a few roster moves that send some key black players packing and he’s branded a racist by his former players & fan base.

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    The Celtics were able to get away with it because their main white guys (Bird, McHale and Bill Walton) are all first-ballot Hall of Famers. And they were also the first NBA team that started 5 black guys and they employed the first black coach in the Big 4 American sports.

    The Patriots are harder to explain, but by the time anyone (Steve) noticed it, they had three Super Bowl victories, and that washes away any sins.
    , @tbraton
    There have been a number of outstanding black players who have played for the Patriots under Belichick and contributed greatly to the Patriots' success from Vince Wilfork to Randy Moss to Rodney Harrison to a number of running backs and others. In fact, all three of the named players made outstanding contributions to what would have been considered the best team in NFL history, the 2007 Pats, which were upset in the Super Bowl by the Giants and prevented from completing an undefeated 17-0 season, that would have stopped the endless crowing in South Florida about the 1972 Miami Dolphins. The 2007 Patriots team was a truly talented team across the board. I would argue that the miracle play by the Giants which allowed them to win the SB actually involved three fantastic plays in one: the miraculous escape from the pass rush by a scrambling Eli Manning which allowed him to get off the desperation third down pass, the incredible catch against his helmet by David Tyree, and the defensive play on that play by Rodney Harrison, who defended Tyree as well as could be expected and almost broke up the pass. I get the sense that Belichick is a demanding coach who treats all his players fairly, regardless of color, and rewards good play, regardless of color. and the players recognize that. Rodney Harrison, a perennial pro bowl player, now appears on NBC's Sunday Night Football, along with former coach Tony Dungee. As far as I am concerned, Harrison's commentary is much more intelligent than Dungee's. I am impressed by the fact that he is a big booster of his former team, the Patriots, and their coach, Belichick. Harrison only spent the last six years of his career with the Patriots after spending the first nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers. The fact that a great player of intelligence like Harrison defends the Pats and Belichick as ardently as he does may explain how Belichick "gets away with it."
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  • @Buzz Mohawk

    He’s probably more athletic than the average 50+ Ivy Leaguer.
     
    Not this one. Not by a long shot.

    Okay, so I only went to a "public ivy," but I know a skinny dork who moves and throws like a girl when I see one.

    That guy has never done a lick of anything physically hard in his life.

    I have to agree with you. Anybody who had to work hard just to make his high school basketball team and who never played basketball at the college level can hardly be considered a top athlete. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/president-obamas-basketball-love-affair-has-roots-in-hawaii-high-school-team/2012/06/09/gJQApU2mQV_story.html Now, I went to college and knew some guys who for various reasons did not play at the college level, but they were standout athletes at the high school level. I was a close friend to a guy who quit the college football team as a sophomore because he found objectionable the policy that the coach had of favoring upperclassmen over younger players, regardless of ability. He felt he was better and should have been starting ahead of a senior player. He quit in disgust. He had merely been an All-American high school lineman back in Oklahoma, where they took football seriously, so it was kind of hard to argue with his logic.

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    Here's a key paragraph from the article I provided a link to:

    " “He loved basketball so much, I think a lot of things have been blown out of proportion,” said Lum. “Anybody wants to play. His style of play was flashy, but it was okay. McLachlin didn’t really put a damper on it. If you did a behind-the-back pass, McLachlin would frown on that, but when it came down to playing time, he [Barry] wasn’t one of the five best.” In fact, Lum and other teammates pointed out, Barry was only occasionally considered one of the top eight, the number of players McLachlin usually used in his rotation, following the substitution pattern of John Wooden, the brilliant coach at UCLA."

    Now keep in mind that that was in high school. When you go to college, you are forced to compete with others who may have been among the best at their respective high schools.
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  • @Astorian
    Babe Ruth wasn't always the big bellied guy we remember. In his youth, he was much Summerland was actually a very fast runner. Look it up- he actually stole home ten times in his career.

    I was teasing. Some guys are just remarkable athletes, even though they don’t look it.

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  • I’ll take two-thirds of the Kingston Trio over a South Side community organizer any day or time zone of the week. Punahou is like the Ivies: since the ’50s, quality of input may be up, but quality of output is clearly down.

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  • @AndrewR
    As persons of non-color, it's certainly very easy to look at stuff like this and get angry. And there is nothing inherently bad about getting upset with ethnocentric blacks and their white libtoid enablers. The problem comes when we expect a large majority of blacks to adopt our cultural and moral norms, and/or expect masochistic or [like in Rodham's case] evil leftoids to stop enabling blacks' worst behavior.

    Instead of setting unrealistic expectations, we must learn to emulate the rank tribalism of blacks, at least until we can wrest political power back from them. As much as the compassionate side of me would like to believe that whites and blacks can live peacefully and prosperously together without white supremacy, I see very little evidence that this is the case. The last four years or so have demonstrated beyond any remotely reasonable doubt that the average black and the average white inhabit vastly different moral universes and will for the foreseeable future. We're about Justice, they're about Just Us.

    “Instead of setting unrealistic expectations, we must learn to emulate the rank tribalism of blacks”

    We have gone beyond emulating, and started imitating them. Ebonics, rap music, hand gestures (gang), sports celebrations, pants hanging down…..
    Everyone from children to soccer moms imitate the lowest form of ghetto behavior.

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  • @Buzz Mohawk

    He’s probably more athletic than the average 50+ Ivy Leaguer.
     
    Not this one. Not by a long shot.

    Okay, so I only went to a "public ivy," but I know a skinny dork who moves and throws like a girl when I see one.

    That guy has never done a lick of anything physically hard in his life.

    “Okay, so I only went to a “public ivy,” but I know a skinny dork who moves and throws like a girl when I see one.”

    He was the only black guy in his high school and still wasn’t a starter on the basketball team. He’s Urkel.

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  • @Sluggo
    Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports | Jon Entine and Stefan Molyneux

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC0Iz4at0Dk

    “Sports” begin and end with US football and basketball? What about all the other sports?

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  • @Boomstick
    Like I said, "you don’t want the guy in any position where he’s responsible for outcomes that matter. "

    I'm not so sure Obama likes being in a position where he's accountable, either. He seems to be much more comfortable adopting an outsider pose--the critic rather than the decision maker. I'm half convinced that he made his run in 2008 in an effort not to win but to become the new Jesse Jackson. A good but losing campaign could have made him the designated representative of Black America, with all the adulation and opportunities for financial and ideological shakedowns that go along with that.

    Michelle is all about the bling and probably would have preferred that since they would actually have more money now. Imagine if they don’t cash out like the Clintons, the howls of “racism” in their house when he leaves office.

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  • anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The Nobel Peace Prize winner isn’t consistent. When it comes to running, which blacks are good at, it’s nature; they’re just naturally good at it. When it comes to things requiring brainpower, where blacks are nonexistent, it’s all nurture; they’re just being held back.
    He and the rest of the group thinkers are very flexible on things like this. They can never lose.

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  • @tbraton
    I did an intensive study of Babe Ruth a few years back and concluded he had the perfect body for consuming hot dogs, drinking beer and hitting home runs. Damn if I could figure out where he got that pitching talent from.

    Babe Ruth wasn’t always the big bellied guy we remember. In his youth, he was much Summerland was actually a very fast runner. Look it up- he actually stole home ten times in his career.

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    I was teasing. Some guys are just remarkable athletes, even though they don't look it.
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  • @Half Canadian
    The claim I heard (and don't give credence to) is that there was something fishy about adopting white babies from South America.

    *sigh*

    There are many, many white babies in South America. You’re aware that many Eurasians migrated there over the centuries, right?

    A cursory search into Roberts’ case (and I don’t care to spend much time looking into this) shows that his kids were allegedly born in Ireland and were Irish citizens adopted from South America. That would certainly seem shady if true.

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  • @Bill

    Instead of setting unrealistic expectations, we must learn to emulate the rank tribalism of blacks, at least until we can wrest political power back from them.
     
    Blacks: wielders of political power in the US.

    Well at the very least they have a lot of power by proxy through their SWPL and Jewish enablers. If blacks had no political power their irrational complaints and demands would be laughed off not catered to.

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  • @Curle
    IQ of 130 would have been fairly common at Punahou School in the late 70s. Obama was probably a touch above average at Punahou.

    Joan Didion wrote an article in the late 1960s on Hawaii that included the reportage that average IQ at Punahou had increased from 110 to 125 (I’m guessing that was due to letting in more Asians? Although Sun Yat-sen attended Punahou in the 1800s.)

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  • @Steve Sailer
    But not for blacks. Obama was the rare black who was on par with the white students at HLS.

    Rare indeed.

    This report has LSAT data with racial breakdowns:

    http://www.lsac.org/docs/default-source/research-(lsac-resources)/tr-14-02.pdf

    It gives number of test takers, mean, and standard deviation for the past several years. If you take the numbers for 2013-14 and assume a normal distribution and estimate the number of blacks that would get an elite score of 170 or higher, you get a whopping 8 black elite scorers for the year, not even half a percent of the overall elite scorers. And those few have to be split among several elite schools.

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  • @midtown
    Has this girl missed every science class? Of course genetics play a big role in sports success. Height, center of gravity, lever lengths, predominant muscle fiber type, and weight, of course, all help determine which sports, and which position within the sport, you might be good at. You still have to work hard to stand out but your genetics play a huge part in it. I think this is blazingly obvious but leftism is best understood as an ongoing war against reality, so ...

    Has this girl missed every science class?

    They study Foucault and critical race studies in science classes these days. Kabbalah has replaced the scientific method.

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  • @Boomstick
    The 95th percentile would put his LSAT score somewhere around 167 and his IQ at around 130, which is plausible.

    Obama doesn't strike me as a quant, though, and he doesn't seem to be particularly analytical. He seems to have more of a verbal intelligence to me.

    IQ of 130 would have been fairly common at Punahou School in the late 70s. Obama was probably a touch above average at Punahou.

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    Joan Didion wrote an article in the late 1960s on Hawaii that included the reportage that average IQ at Punahou had increased from 110 to 125 (I'm guessing that was due to letting in more Asians? Although Sun Yat-sen attended Punahou in the 1800s.)
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  • @Boomstick
    One does get the impression that he views the office as a placeholder until something grand enough for his talents opens up.

    His problem isn't really lack of smarts. He's plenty smart enough to be President. He's got other personality traits that make him a bad fit for the office, but the media carries him along.

    He's a classic affirmative action hire. If he was a White guy there'd be a national discussion going on now about whether he was competent enough to serve out the rest of his term.

    If he was a White guy there’d be a national discussion going on now about whether he was competent enough to serve out the rest of his term.

    We never got that discussion with Boy George, or Willie, or Big George, or Eeven Dutch after the amnesty.

    So I would have to say that’s silly.

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  • Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Trump’s immigration plan, if presented in the right way, can sway some blacks. If he could get to 20% black the white house is his. Cutting immigration is the only plan anybody has on the table that could improve black employment prospects. I wish Trump was a bit more strategic about finding some public black politicians who would sell it for him. A 10% decrease in unskilled immigrants would improve black employment by about 3.6% according to Borjas. A 50% increase, a la rubio or clinton, would see about a 18% decrease in black employment. http://www.nber.org/papers/w12518

    Those number are staggering and Borjas is very good applied economist. Even 1/2 of that effect is bigger than any other public policy could hope to achieve.

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  • Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports | Jon Entine and Stefan Molyneux

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    "Sports" begin and end with US football and basketball? What about all the other sports?
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  • @Truth
    Yeah, but I'm saying; the man's unfortunate deficiencies made the poor guy plateau out at POTUS.

    One does get the impression that he views the office as a placeholder until something grand enough for his talents opens up.

    His problem isn’t really lack of smarts. He’s plenty smart enough to be President. He’s got other personality traits that make him a bad fit for the office, but the media carries him along.

    He’s a classic affirmative action hire. If he was a White guy there’d be a national discussion going on now about whether he was competent enough to serve out the rest of his term.

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    If he was a White guy there’d be a national discussion going on now about whether he was competent enough to serve out the rest of his term.
     
    We never got that discussion with Boy George, or Willie, or Big George, or Eeven Dutch after the amnesty.

    So I would have to say that's silly.
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  • @MarkinLA
    In every endurance sport, everybody who is at the top of the list has the same body type. Tour de France cyclists all look the same. Distance runners all look the same.

    Reggie Bush is carrying way too much weight to run 26 miles.

    In every endurance sport, everybody who is at the top of the list has the same body type. Tour de France cyclists all look the same.

    They’re all pretty skinny, but it’s interesting how much their heights can vary. This year’s second place winner, Nairo Quintana (from Colombia) is listed at only 5’5″, while 2012′s overall winner, Bradley Wiggins (UK) is listed at 6’3″. As with running, heavier riders tend to be more competitive in track events and sprint stages where fast-twitch muscles can work more effectively without becoming a liability as a race wears on.

    Although, obviously pro cycling isn’t that popular in the US (and especially since word got out about Lance Armstrong’s true exploits), I’m surprised that the diversity boosters here haven’t made more out of Nairo Quintana’s recent victories (1st in the Giro d’Italia, the second most important grand tour), since he appears to be of mostly or all Amerindian background, and of course, he’s also “Latino.”

    http://colombiareports.com/story-of-nairo-quintana/

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  • @Diversity Heretic
    I think that he would have been a perfectly competent Illinois state senator representing a predominantly black constituency in Cook County.

    Like I said, “you don’t want the guy in any position where he’s responsible for outcomes that matter. ”

    I’m not so sure Obama likes being in a position where he’s accountable, either. He seems to be much more comfortable adopting an outsider pose–the critic rather than the decision maker. I’m half convinced that he made his run in 2008 in an effort not to win but to become the new Jesse Jackson. A good but losing campaign could have made him the designated representative of Black America, with all the adulation and opportunities for financial and ideological shakedowns that go along with that.

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  • @Hibernian
    He's probably more athletic than the average 50+ Ivy Leaguer.

    He’s probably more athletic than the average 50+ Ivy Leaguer.

    Not this one. Not by a long shot.

    Okay, so I only went to a “public ivy,” but I know a skinny dork who moves and throws like a girl when I see one.

    That guy has never done a lick of anything physically hard in his life.

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    "Okay, so I only went to a “public ivy,” but I know a skinny dork who moves and throws like a girl when I see one."

    He was the only black guy in his high school and still wasn't a starter on the basketball team. He's Urkel.
    , @tbraton
    I have to agree with you. Anybody who had to work hard just to make his high school basketball team and who never played basketball at the college level can hardly be considered a top athlete. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/president-obamas-basketball-love-affair-has-roots-in-hawaii-high-school-team/2012/06/09/gJQApU2mQV_story.html Now, I went to college and knew some guys who for various reasons did not play at the college level, but they were standout athletes at the high school level. I was a close friend to a guy who quit the college football team as a sophomore because he found objectionable the policy that the coach had of favoring upperclassmen over younger players, regardless of ability. He felt he was better and should have been starting ahead of a senior player. He quit in disgust. He had merely been an All-American high school lineman back in Oklahoma, where they took football seriously, so it was kind of hard to argue with his logic.
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  • @Bill

    Instead of setting unrealistic expectations, we must learn to emulate the rank tribalism of blacks, at least until we can wrest political power back from them.
     
    Blacks: wielders of political power in the US.

    The President wields at least a little bit of power, unless you believe the narrative that they’re merrionettes.

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  • @Truth

    He’s moderately intelligent, and has a number of personality flaws and ideological blind spots that work against his success.
     
    Damn, imagine what he COULD HAVE accomplished!

    If becoming President in and of itself is a great achievement, which is a respectably arguable position, it’s one he shares with Chester Alan Arthur and Richard Nixon.

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  • @Buzz Mohawk
    Douchebag Barry Hussein Sotero-Obama should realize he is half European and was reared by European Americans. Then he would realize how genes interact with environment to create outcomes in individual humans.

    BTW he does anything physical like a pansy in mom jeans. The guy is a dork.

    He’s probably more athletic than the average 50+ Ivy Leaguer.

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    He’s probably more athletic than the average 50+ Ivy Leaguer.
     
    Not this one. Not by a long shot.

    Okay, so I only went to a "public ivy," but I know a skinny dork who moves and throws like a girl when I see one.

    That guy has never done a lick of anything physically hard in his life.
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  • @Hunsdon
    Sumdood said: His diplomatic initiatives are crap. His military initiatives are crap.

    Hunsdon replied: On the foreign policy side of the equation, can you even pretend that Mad Bomba John or the Mormon Clark Kent would have done any better? As much as any US President of my lifetime, Obama's supporters can say "He kept us out of wars" with a more or less straight face.

    Sure. He’s a regular Woodrow Wilson. And the Arab Spring was his WW1.

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  • @Boomstick
    Not wreck the Middle East, give Putin a carte blanche, give China a vacuum to occupy, launch a failed health plan, and set race relations back 40 years and the crime rate back 20 years?

    Yeah, but I’m saying; the man’s unfortunate deficiencies made the poor guy plateau out at POTUS.

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    One does get the impression that he views the office as a placeholder until something grand enough for his talents opens up.

    His problem isn't really lack of smarts. He's plenty smart enough to be President. He's got other personality traits that make him a bad fit for the office, but the media carries him along.

    He's a classic affirmative action hire. If he was a White guy there'd be a national discussion going on now about whether he was competent enough to serve out the rest of his term.
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  • @CJ

    She could be attractive if she didn’t deform her physique with unnatural exertions.

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  • In a 1998 interview with Denver Bronco Ed McCaffrey, speed kills. “Are you going to rip Ed for being slow again, or do you plan on writing the truth for a change?” his wife, Lisa, asks as she bounces through the kitchen of their house a few miles south of the Broncos’ facility. While giving constant chase to their two sons–Max, 4, and Christian, 2–Lisa gets off the best lines of the interview. Noting that her father, sprinter David Sime, graced SI’s cover in 1956, Lisa riffs, “That’s why Ed and I got together–so we could breed fast white guys.

    17 years later, Ed & Lisa’s son Christian

    College Football Player of the Week: Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey

    McCaffrey rushed for 243 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries as the Cardinal blasted the Bruins 56-35 at home. McCaffrey is now the nation’s seventh-leading rusher in the country, averaging 140.67 yards per game.

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  • WhatEvvs [AKA "Internet Addict"] says:

    I can’t find it on Google or Bing but if you look on Twitter you’ll see a picture of Noah Syndergaard (blond, two meters tall) with his arm around the two matchstick thin Kenyans who just won the NY Marathon.

    I’m sure you’ll all agree that genes had nothing to do with the athletic success and career path of any of them.

    Nothing at all.

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  • @David In TN
    Is she going to meet with Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom's families?

    I doubt it. She prefers criminals to victims.

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  • Shouldn’t those with athletic gifts be required to wear leg weights or something to help equalize performance? If the Obama Regime is going to try to hold back our best and brightest in academics and in careers, they should do the same with naturally gifted athletes. It is just fair.

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  • @Josh
    She doesn't want to accept that she has been given a gift because she would then have to be humble.

    As they say, “oh, snap!”

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  • @Boomstick
    The 95th percentile would put his LSAT score somewhere around 167 and his IQ at around 130, which is plausible.

    Obama doesn't strike me as a quant, though, and he doesn't seem to be particularly analytical. He seems to have more of a verbal intelligence to me.

    That’s about where I scored –and I’m not all that smart.

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  • @jon

    Obama scored at the 94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT
     
    Just to put that into perspective, the cut-off for the bottom 25% at Harvard is usually right at the 98%.

    AA

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  • @snorlax

    OT: You cannot make this stuff up. Hillary Clinton meets with Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown etc. families.

    Hillary is going to do very well with black women and aren’t they the most likely voters among blacks? I base this on one friendly encounter with an older black woman a few months ago. She went on for a few minutes about why she was a Hillary supporter. She was a church goer type because the place we were dining in that Sunday is a favorite one for black families to go after church.
    Blacks and other minorities sure as heck aren’t going to care about Hillary’s emails or Benghazi. They don’t think in those terms. (by and large)

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  • @AndrewR
    "Obama was saved by the mafia who blackmailed John Roberts"

    What?

    The claim I heard (and don’t give credence to) is that there was something fishy about adopting white babies from South America.

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    *sigh*

    There are many, many white babies in South America. You're aware that many Eurasians migrated there over the centuries, right?


    A cursory search into Roberts' case (and I don't care to spend much time looking into this) shows that his kids were allegedly born in Ireland and were Irish citizens adopted from South America. That would certainly seem shady if true.
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  • @Hibernian
    More like a Mayor or Congressman, the latter from a liberal constituency, not necessarily a black one. (He was my State Senator for about 3 years after I first moved into Hyde Park - Kenwood.)

    Well, you have first-hand experience in his representation, so I’ll defer to your judgment. But I wonder if he has the executive ability to be a mayor; that can be a very demanding job–possibly more so than the presidency. His rhetorical skills, such as they are, make legislative service more likely to be successful. And you’re right–a liberal, not necessary black, constituency suits him better.

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  • @AndrewR
    As persons of non-color, it's certainly very easy to look at stuff like this and get angry. And there is nothing inherently bad about getting upset with ethnocentric blacks and their white libtoid enablers. The problem comes when we expect a large majority of blacks to adopt our cultural and moral norms, and/or expect masochistic or [like in Rodham's case] evil leftoids to stop enabling blacks' worst behavior.

    Instead of setting unrealistic expectations, we must learn to emulate the rank tribalism of blacks, at least until we can wrest political power back from them. As much as the compassionate side of me would like to believe that whites and blacks can live peacefully and prosperously together without white supremacy, I see very little evidence that this is the case. The last four years or so have demonstrated beyond any remotely reasonable doubt that the average black and the average white inhabit vastly different moral universes and will for the foreseeable future. We're about Justice, they're about Just Us.

    Instead of setting unrealistic expectations, we must learn to emulate the rank tribalism of blacks, at least until we can wrest political power back from them.

    Blacks: wielders of political power in the US.

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    The President wields at least a little bit of power, unless you believe the narrative that they're merrionettes.
    , @AndrewR
    Well at the very least they have a lot of power by proxy through their SWPL and Jewish enablers. If blacks had no political power their irrational complaints and demands would be laughed off not catered to.
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  • @Truth

    He’s moderately intelligent, and has a number of personality flaws and ideological blind spots that work against his success.
     
    Damn, imagine what he COULD HAVE accomplished!

    Not wreck the Middle East, give Putin a carte blanche, give China a vacuum to occupy, launch a failed health plan, and set race relations back 40 years and the crime rate back 20 years?

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    Yeah, but I'm saying; the man's unfortunate deficiencies made the poor guy plateau out at POTUS.
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  • I did an intensive study of Babe Ruth a few years back and concluded he had the perfect body for consuming hot dogs, drinking beer and hitting home runs. Damn if I could figure out where he got that pitching talent from.

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    Babe Ruth wasn't always the big bellied guy we remember. In his youth, he was much Summerland was actually a very fast runner. Look it up- he actually stole home ten times in his career.
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  • @Diversity Heretic
    I think that he would have been a perfectly competent Illinois state senator representing a predominantly black constituency in Cook County.

    You forgot to add “as long as he could cast a lot of “present” votes.”

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  • @Steve Sailer
    One of Obama's rare op-eds was in 1994 about The Bell Curve.

    My impression is that Obama's life was turned around by acing the LSAT, which allowed him to apply to the law schools at just Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, with no safety schools. A fellow worked out the math a few years ago and figured that Obama scored at the 94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT, which sounds plausible.

    His maternal grandfather's brother Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham was a Berkeley Ph.D. who worked for the federal government. My extremely vague impression is that he might have worked on testing and hiring for the feds, but I might be mistaken on that: I found some old academic papers citing work on selecting good employees by "Dunham" but that may have turned out to be a different Dunham.

    Obama's maternal grandmother's sister was a professor of something like nutrition science, where I think she specialized in quantitative methods in research.

    (His maternal grandparents were the less educated black sheep of their respective families.)

    “My impression is that Obama’s life was turned around by acing the LSAT, which allowed him to apply to the law schools at just Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, with no safety schools. A fellow worked out the math a few years ago and figured that Obama scored at the 94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT, which sounds plausible.”

    “Acing” the LSAT is not scoring at the 94th to 98th percentile. Acing would mean scoring at the 99th percentile and above. I had a roommate in college for two years who scored 800′s on both SATs, got advanced placement and graduated in three years from a top school. He spent his fourth year getting a Masters in mathematics or something like that. He went on to become a top hedge fund manager and served on the board of a large American corporation which went belly up due to financial shenanigans in the 2000′s. He was truly s genius, especially in math, even though I got a higher grade than he in the only course we took together because I could write better. In my estimation, Obama is not a genius. BTW there is always the possibility he was the one who scored in the 94th percentile and the other black dude scored in the 98th percentile.

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  • @snorlax

    Like if someone said that the New England Patriots suffered from a lack of diversity people would laugh at them.
     
    I've seen people make that very argument all the time. To say nothing of the old Celtics...

    “I’ve seen people make that very argument all the time. To say nothing of the old Celtics…”

    There were books written that criticized the Bird-era Celtics for being “too white.”

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  • @snorlax

    Is she going to meet with Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom’s families?

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    I doubt it. She prefers criminals to victims.
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  • @Jim
    The IQ's of the defendents at Nuremberg was measured by US Army psychologists. The average IQ of these individuals was 128. This is probably about the average IQ of elites in the Western World.

    But those were the losers. How smart were the guys trying them?

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  • @AndrewR
    "Obama was saved by the mafia who blackmailed John Roberts"

    What?

    Roberts children are adopted. From Ireland. Rumor has it that their adoption was somewhat unconventional.

    Roberts was the swing vote to uphold Obama care in the first challenge in 2012; he was initially against it. This year the Supremes just flat out rewrote the law wrt the state exchanges.

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  • @Hunsdon
    Sumdood said: His diplomatic initiatives are crap. His military initiatives are crap.

    Hunsdon replied: On the foreign policy side of the equation, can you even pretend that Mad Bomba John or the Mormon Clark Kent would have done any better? As much as any US President of my lifetime, Obama's supporters can say "He kept us out of wars" with a more or less straight face.

    Hunsdon stated: As much as any US President of my lifetime, Obama’s supporters can say “He kept us out of wars” with a more or less straight face.

    And the reply: Uh, did not Obama inherit two global interventions, one in the Middle East and the other one in Central Asia? Did not he actually increase troop levels for a time, which would by definition mean that he continued these conflicts? Yes, and yes.
    Oops.

    Certainly he will continue with the straight face in order to protect the growing legend of himself as messiah for the political left. Those presidential research institutions do need funding on a global level.

    “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend”–John Ford’s film “Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”

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  • @Diversity Heretic
    I think that he would have been a perfectly competent Illinois state senator representing a predominantly black constituency in Cook County.

    Diversity Heretic said, “I think that he would have been a perfectly competent Illinois state senator representing a predominantly black constituency in Cook County”.

    As if that is hard to do.

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  • @Boomstick
    The 95th percentile would put his LSAT score somewhere around 167 and his IQ at around 130, which is plausible.

    Obama doesn't strike me as a quant, though, and he doesn't seem to be particularly analytical. He seems to have more of a verbal intelligence to me.

    The IQ’s of the defendents at Nuremberg was measured by US Army psychologists. The average IQ of these individuals was 128. This is probably about the average IQ of elites in the Western World.

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    But those were the losers. How smart were the guys trying them?
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  • @MarkinLA
    In every endurance sport, everybody who is at the top of the list has the same body type. Tour de France cyclists all look the same. Distance runners all look the same.

    Reggie Bush is carrying way too much weight to run 26 miles.

    Reggie Bush is carrying way too much weight to run 26 miles.

    I’d say that’s accurate.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14040764/reggie-bush-san-francisco-49ers-season-torn-mcl

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  • Aw, genes mean nothing. All you need is some training and the right diet:

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  • @LiveFreeOrDie
    I hate to agree with the president, but there are some sports, like cycling, where a genetic ability to withstand pain (re: lactic acid) is at least a threshold one must pass before the hard work can start you in the professional ranks.

    In every endurance sport, everybody who is at the top of the list has the same body type. Tour de France cyclists all look the same. Distance runners all look the same.

    Reggie Bush is carrying way too much weight to run 26 miles.

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    Reggie Bush is carrying way too much weight to run 26 miles.
     
    I'd say that's accurate.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14040764/reggie-bush-san-francisco-49ers-season-torn-mcl
    , @IBC

    In every endurance sport, everybody who is at the top of the list has the same body type. Tour de France cyclists all look the same.
     
    They're all pretty skinny, but it's interesting how much their heights can vary. This year's second place winner, Nairo Quintana (from Colombia) is listed at only 5'5", while 2012's overall winner, Bradley Wiggins (UK) is listed at 6'3". As with running, heavier riders tend to be more competitive in track events and sprint stages where fast-twitch muscles can work more effectively without becoming a liability as a race wears on.

    Although, obviously pro cycling isn't that popular in the US (and especially since word got out about Lance Armstrong's true exploits), I'm surprised that the diversity boosters here haven't made more out of Nairo Quintana's recent victories (1st in the Giro d'Italia, the second most important grand tour), since he appears to be of mostly or all Amerindian background, and of course, he's also "Latino."

    http://colombiareports.com/story-of-nairo-quintana/

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  • @Cattle Guard
    I can see distance runners really believing that it's all hard work, motivation and community support. I mean, they're not doing anything an average person couldn't do, they just do it for longer periods of time.

    I don't think a lot of, say, Olympic weightlifters would believe that, though.

    They put in ten of thousands of miles on the road by the time they get to the Olympic or World Championships. They have to have a body light and strong in all the right places to take that kind of a beating.

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  • @Boomstick
    His fans make the mistake of describing him as some world-historical genius. He isn't. But he's not quite a dolt, either. He's moderately intelligent, and has a number of personality flaws and ideological blind spots that work against his success. He's low energy, and he doesn't seem to be able to stay "on" for long stretches of time.

    I think Steve has said in the past that Obama would have been a good Dean of Diversity at a moderately sized university. That's about right, as long as the university campus was safe and Obama didn't have to deal with misbehaving ghetto yutes. Basically, you don't want the guy in any position where he's responsible for outcomes that matter. President of the United States is not a good match for his strengths and weaknesses.

    He’s moderately intelligent, and has a number of personality flaws and ideological blind spots that work against his success.

    Damn, imagine what he COULD HAVE accomplished!

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    Not wreck the Middle East, give Putin a carte blanche, give China a vacuum to occupy, launch a failed health plan, and set race relations back 40 years and the crime rate back 20 years?
    , @Hibernian
    If becoming President in and of itself is a great achievement, which is a respectably arguable position, it's one he shares with Chester Alan Arthur and Richard Nixon.
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  • @Anonymous

    But most of Obama’s choices lean more toward pure escapism.
     
    Sounds more like homoeroticism than escapism.
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  • Douchebag Barry Hussein Sotero-Obama should realize he is half European and was reared by European Americans. Then he would realize how genes interact with environment to create outcomes in individual humans.

    BTW he does anything physical like a pansy in mom jeans. The guy is a dork.

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    He's probably more athletic than the average 50+ Ivy Leaguer.
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  • @Anonymous
    Right. Obama has good verbal intelligence. His big feat is he can repeat what people tell him back to them more cogently than they said it in the first place

    There is myth making going in this thread. But glad that you, Steve, chose the adjective "good" for your sentence because the historical record is chock full of Obama's verbal blunders. On a bad day he is every bit as bad as W.

    Obama is no genius. His two auto bio books are lame. His academic accomplishments are zero.

    Obama is the not the great statesman. But he is a good teleprompter reader. His diplomatic initiatives are crap. His military initiatives are crap.

    Obama was saved by the mafia who blackmailed John Roberts and served up two hollow men as campaign opponents, McCain and Romney.

    Sumdood said: His diplomatic initiatives are crap. His military initiatives are crap.

    Hunsdon replied: On the foreign policy side of the equation, can you even pretend that Mad Bomba John or the Mormon Clark Kent would have done any better? As much as any US President of my lifetime, Obama’s supporters can say “He kept us out of wars” with a more or less straight face.

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    Hunsdon stated: As much as any US President of my lifetime, Obama’s supporters can say “He kept us out of wars” with a more or less straight face.


    And the reply: Uh, did not Obama inherit two global interventions, one in the Middle East and the other one in Central Asia? Did not he actually increase troop levels for a time, which would by definition mean that he continued these conflicts? Yes, and yes.
    Oops.

    Certainly he will continue with the straight face in order to protect the growing legend of himself as messiah for the political left. Those presidential research institutions do need funding on a global level.

    "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend"--John Ford's film "Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"

    , @Hibernian
    Sure. He's a regular Woodrow Wilson. And the Arab Spring was his WW1.
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  • Has this girl missed every science class? Of course genetics play a big role in sports success. Height, center of gravity, lever lengths, predominant muscle fiber type, and weight, of course, all help determine which sports, and which position within the sport, you might be good at. You still have to work hard to stand out but your genetics play a huge part in it. I think this is blazingly obvious but leftism is best understood as an ongoing war against reality, so …

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    Has this girl missed every science class?
     
    They study Foucault and critical race studies in science classes these days. Kabbalah has replaced the scientific method.
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  • @Diversity Heretic
    I think that he would have been a perfectly competent Illinois state senator representing a predominantly black constituency in Cook County.

    More like a Mayor or Congressman, the latter from a liberal constituency, not necessarily a black one. (He was my State Senator for about 3 years after I first moved into Hyde Park – Kenwood.)

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    Well, you have first-hand experience in his representation, so I'll defer to your judgment. But I wonder if he has the executive ability to be a mayor; that can be a very demanding job--possibly more so than the presidency. His rhetorical skills, such as they are, make legislative service more likely to be successful. And you're right--a liberal, not necessary black, constituency suits him better.
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  • Just wanted to say a big thank you to ESPN for playing that “Same Love” commercial at every station break. If they hadn’t done that, why, I could easily have gone five, ten, or even twenty minutes without thinking what a wonderful thing homosexuality is… and that would be horrible.

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    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    In every endurance sport, everybody who is at the top of the list has the same body type. Tour de France cyclists all look the same. Distance runners all look the same.

    Reggie Bush is carrying way too much weight to run 26 miles.
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  • @snorlax

    As persons of non-color, it’s certainly very easy to look at stuff like this and get angry. And there is nothing inherently bad about getting upset with ethnocentric blacks and their white libtoid enablers. The problem comes when we expect a large majority of blacks to adopt our cultural and moral norms, and/or expect masochistic or [like in Rodham's case] evil leftoids to stop enabling blacks’ worst behavior.

    Instead of setting unrealistic expectations, we must learn to emulate the rank tribalism of blacks, at least until we can wrest political power back from them. As much as the compassionate side of me would like to believe that whites and blacks can live peacefully and prosperously together without white supremacy, I see very little evidence that this is the case. The last four years or so have demonstrated beyond any remotely reasonable doubt that the average black and the average white inhabit vastly different moral universes and will for the foreseeable future. We’re about Justice, they’re about Just Us.

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    Instead of setting unrealistic expectations, we must learn to emulate the rank tribalism of blacks, at least until we can wrest political power back from them.
     
    Blacks: wielders of political power in the US.
    , @BOOGERBENTLY
    "Instead of setting unrealistic expectations, we must learn to emulate the rank tribalism of blacks"

    We have gone beyond emulating, and started imitating them. Ebonics, rap music, hand gestures (gang), sports celebrations, pants hanging down.....
    Everyone from children to soccer moms imitate the lowest form of ghetto behavior.
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  • @Anonymous
    Right. Obama has good verbal intelligence. His big feat is he can repeat what people tell him back to them more cogently than they said it in the first place

    There is myth making going in this thread. But glad that you, Steve, chose the adjective "good" for your sentence because the historical record is chock full of Obama's verbal blunders. On a bad day he is every bit as bad as W.

    Obama is no genius. His two auto bio books are lame. His academic accomplishments are zero.

    Obama is the not the great statesman. But he is a good teleprompter reader. His diplomatic initiatives are crap. His military initiatives are crap.

    Obama was saved by the mafia who blackmailed John Roberts and served up two hollow men as campaign opponents, McCain and Romney.

    “Obama was saved by the mafia who blackmailed John Roberts”

    What?

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    Roberts children are adopted. From Ireland. Rumor has it that their adoption was somewhat unconventional.

    Roberts was the swing vote to uphold Obama care in the first challenge in 2012; he was initially against it. This year the Supremes just flat out rewrote the law wrt the state exchanges.
    , @Half Canadian
    The claim I heard (and don't give credence to) is that there was something fishy about adopting white babies from South America.
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  • Well, let’s all give Obama a warm welcome to the ranks of the HBD movement and the paleo-right.

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  • @Hepp
    It's funny how much more clearly people think about sports than about everything else. Like if someone said that the New England Patriots suffered from a lack of diversity people would laugh at them. But no matter how many accomplishments Silicon Valley has, they still would obviously be better with more blacks and women.

    I think you’re talking about almost mutually exclusive sets of people. It’s not the diehard Patriots fans pushing the diversity racket.

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  • @jon

    Obama scored at the 94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT
     
    Just to put that into perspective, the cut-off for the bottom 25% at Harvard is usually right at the 98%.

    But not for blacks. Obama was the rare black who was on par with the white students at HLS.

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    • Replies: @gregor
    Rare indeed.

    This report has LSAT data with racial breakdowns:

    http://www.lsac.org/docs/default-source/research-(lsac-resources)/tr-14-02.pdf

    It gives number of test takers, mean, and standard deviation for the past several years. If you take the numbers for 2013-14 and assume a normal distribution and estimate the number of blacks that would get an elite score of 170 or higher, you get a whopping 8 black elite scorers for the year, not even half a percent of the overall elite scorers. And those few have to be split among several elite schools.
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  • I can see distance runners really believing that it’s all hard work, motivation and community support. I mean, they’re not doing anything an average person couldn’t do, they just do it for longer periods of time.

    I don’t think a lot of, say, Olympic weightlifters would believe that, though.

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    They put in ten of thousands of miles on the road by the time they get to the Olympic or World Championships. They have to have a body light and strong in all the right places to take that kind of a beating.
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  • anon • Disclaimer says:

    Speaking of sports and race, Latvian NBA rookie Kristaps Porziņģis of the Knicks is starting to make quite a splash. On draft night, Phil Jackson’s choice (#4 pick) was widely panned by Knicks fans and NYC sports media.

    7’3″ with good coordination/athleticism (for that size) and can shoot. Has received comparisons to Dirk Nowitski. Won’t be an instant super star, but is only 2o years old and will add weight.

    https://streamable.com/1l4d

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  • @Boomstick
    His fans make the mistake of describing him as some world-historical genius. He isn't. But he's not quite a dolt, either. He's moderately intelligent, and has a number of personality flaws and ideological blind spots that work against his success. He's low energy, and he doesn't seem to be able to stay "on" for long stretches of time.

    I think Steve has said in the past that Obama would have been a good Dean of Diversity at a moderately sized university. That's about right, as long as the university campus was safe and Obama didn't have to deal with misbehaving ghetto yutes. Basically, you don't want the guy in any position where he's responsible for outcomes that matter. President of the United States is not a good match for his strengths and weaknesses.

    I think that he would have been a perfectly competent Illinois state senator representing a predominantly black constituency in Cook County.

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    • Replies: @Hibernian
    More like a Mayor or Congressman, the latter from a liberal constituency, not necessarily a black one. (He was my State Senator for about 3 years after I first moved into Hyde Park - Kenwood.)
    , @Jim Don Bob
    Diversity Heretic said, "I think that he would have been a perfectly competent Illinois state senator representing a predominantly black constituency in Cook County".

    As if that is hard to do.
    , @tbraton
    You forgot to add "as long as he could cast a lot of "present" votes."
    , @Boomstick
    Like I said, "you don’t want the guy in any position where he’s responsible for outcomes that matter. "

    I'm not so sure Obama likes being in a position where he's accountable, either. He seems to be much more comfortable adopting an outsider pose--the critic rather than the decision maker. I'm half convinced that he made his run in 2008 in an effort not to win but to become the new Jesse Jackson. A good but losing campaign could have made him the designated representative of Black America, with all the adulation and opportunities for financial and ideological shakedowns that go along with that.
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  • @Steve Sailer
    One of Obama's rare op-eds was in 1994 about The Bell Curve.

    My impression is that Obama's life was turned around by acing the LSAT, which allowed him to apply to the law schools at just Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, with no safety schools. A fellow worked out the math a few years ago and figured that Obama scored at the 94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT, which sounds plausible.

    His maternal grandfather's brother Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham was a Berkeley Ph.D. who worked for the federal government. My extremely vague impression is that he might have worked on testing and hiring for the feds, but I might be mistaken on that: I found some old academic papers citing work on selecting good employees by "Dunham" but that may have turned out to be a different Dunham.

    Obama's maternal grandmother's sister was a professor of something like nutrition science, where I think she specialized in quantitative methods in research.

    (His maternal grandparents were the less educated black sheep of their respective families.)

    Obama scored at the 94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT

    Just to put that into perspective, the cut-off for the bottom 25% at Harvard is usually right at the 98%.

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    But not for blacks. Obama was the rare black who was on par with the white students at HLS.
    , @Mr Curious
    AA
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  • @Anonymous
    Funny you would bring up the Patriots. A couple of years ago the New England Patriots actually conducted a drive with not a single black player on offense. I stuck out like a sore thumb. I wondered when was the last time that happened? Sometime in the sixties, I suspect.

    Funny you would bring up the Patriots.

    Yes, odd choice of examples to make that point.

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  • @Hepp
    It's funny how much more clearly people think about sports than about everything else. Like if someone said that the New England Patriots suffered from a lack of diversity people would laugh at them. But no matter how many accomplishments Silicon Valley has, they still would obviously be better with more blacks and women.

    Like if someone said that the New England Patriots suffered from a lack of diversity people would laugh at them.

    I’ve seen people make that very argument all the time. To say nothing of the old Celtics…

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    • Replies: @David In TN
    "I've seen people make that very argument all the time. To say nothing of the old Celtics..."

    There were books written that criticized the Bird-era Celtics for being "too white."
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  • Your body is able to flush out lactic acid better than the average person – running is what you were born to do

    Obama’s body is able to flush out horse manure better than the average person. Running his mouth is what he was born to do.

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  • @Hepp
    It's funny how much more clearly people think about sports than about everything else. Like if someone said that the New England Patriots suffered from a lack of diversity people would laugh at them. But no matter how many accomplishments Silicon Valley has, they still would obviously be better with more blacks and women.

    But no matter how many accomplishments Silicon Valley has, they still would obviously be better with more blacks and women.

    How many of the people who say that voted for Carly and Meg?

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  • @Anonymous
    Right. Obama has good verbal intelligence. His big feat is he can repeat what people tell him back to them more cogently than they said it in the first place

    There is myth making going in this thread. But glad that you, Steve, chose the adjective "good" for your sentence because the historical record is chock full of Obama's verbal blunders. On a bad day he is every bit as bad as W.

    Obama is no genius. His two auto bio books are lame. His academic accomplishments are zero.

    Obama is the not the great statesman. But he is a good teleprompter reader. His diplomatic initiatives are crap. His military initiatives are crap.

    Obama was saved by the mafia who blackmailed John Roberts and served up two hollow men as campaign opponents, McCain and Romney.

    His fans make the mistake of describing him as some world-historical genius. He isn’t. But he’s not quite a dolt, either. He’s moderately intelligent, and has a number of personality flaws and ideological blind spots that work against his success. He’s low energy, and he doesn’t seem to be able to stay “on” for long stretches of time.

    I think Steve has said in the past that Obama would have been a good Dean of Diversity at a moderately sized university. That’s about right, as long as the university campus was safe and Obama didn’t have to deal with misbehaving ghetto yutes. Basically, you don’t want the guy in any position where he’s responsible for outcomes that matter. President of the United States is not a good match for his strengths and weaknesses.

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    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    I think that he would have been a perfectly competent Illinois state senator representing a predominantly black constituency in Cook County.
    , @Truth

    He’s moderately intelligent, and has a number of personality flaws and ideological blind spots that work against his success.
     
    Damn, imagine what he COULD HAVE accomplished!
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  • Maybe reality is escapism from politics.

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    She could be attractive if she didn't deform her physique with unnatural exertions.
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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Right. Obama has good verbal intelligence. His big feat is he can repeat what people tell him back to them more cogently than they said it in the first place, which is not easy. I imagine it's one reason his family thought he'd do well in the diplomatic corps, where it's very important to be able to accurately grasp and then summarize the messages that Washington and foreign capitals want to communicate with each other.

    Right. Obama has good verbal intelligence. His big feat is he can repeat what people tell him back to them more cogently than they said it in the first place

    There is myth making going in this thread. But glad that you, Steve, chose the adjective “good” for your sentence because the historical record is chock full of Obama’s verbal blunders. On a bad day he is every bit as bad as W.

    Obama is no genius. His two auto bio books are lame. His academic accomplishments are zero.

    Obama is the not the great statesman. But he is a good teleprompter reader. His diplomatic initiatives are crap. His military initiatives are crap.

    Obama was saved by the mafia who blackmailed John Roberts and served up two hollow men as campaign opponents, McCain and Romney.

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    • Replies: @Boomstick
    His fans make the mistake of describing him as some world-historical genius. He isn't. But he's not quite a dolt, either. He's moderately intelligent, and has a number of personality flaws and ideological blind spots that work against his success. He's low energy, and he doesn't seem to be able to stay "on" for long stretches of time.

    I think Steve has said in the past that Obama would have been a good Dean of Diversity at a moderately sized university. That's about right, as long as the university campus was safe and Obama didn't have to deal with misbehaving ghetto yutes. Basically, you don't want the guy in any position where he's responsible for outcomes that matter. President of the United States is not a good match for his strengths and weaknesses.
    , @AndrewR
    "Obama was saved by the mafia who blackmailed John Roberts"

    What?
    , @Hunsdon
    Sumdood said: His diplomatic initiatives are crap. His military initiatives are crap.

    Hunsdon replied: On the foreign policy side of the equation, can you even pretend that Mad Bomba John or the Mormon Clark Kent would have done any better? As much as any US President of my lifetime, Obama's supporters can say "He kept us out of wars" with a more or less straight face.
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  • “No, no,” he said, “Your body is able to flush out lactic acid better than the average person – running is what you were born to do.” Mr. Obama’s energy and tone were so confident and convincing….

    She should’ve said, “Hey, if you think that’s good, watch this!” Then started break dancing. That would’ve been one happy Obama.

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  • @Steve Sailer
    One of Obama's rare op-eds was in 1994 about The Bell Curve.

    My impression is that Obama's life was turned around by acing the LSAT, which allowed him to apply to the law schools at just Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, with no safety schools. A fellow worked out the math a few years ago and figured that Obama scored at the 94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT, which sounds plausible.

    His maternal grandfather's brother Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham was a Berkeley Ph.D. who worked for the federal government. My extremely vague impression is that he might have worked on testing and hiring for the feds, but I might be mistaken on that: I found some old academic papers citing work on selecting good employees by "Dunham" but that may have turned out to be a different Dunham.

    Obama's maternal grandmother's sister was a professor of something like nutrition science, where I think she specialized in quantitative methods in research.

    (His maternal grandparents were the less educated black sheep of their respective families.)

    Even more impressive, Obama’s mother was admitted to U. of Chicago at age 15. She didn’t accept, but would have been in the company of a lot of distinguished people: Jim Watson, Susan Sontag, Robert Silvers, George Steiner, Paul Samuelson, . .

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  • @Boomstick
    The 95th percentile would put his LSAT score somewhere around 167 and his IQ at around 130, which is plausible.

    Obama doesn't strike me as a quant, though, and he doesn't seem to be particularly analytical. He seems to have more of a verbal intelligence to me.

    Right. Obama has good verbal intelligence. His big feat is he can repeat what people tell him back to them more cogently than they said it in the first place, which is not easy. I imagine it’s one reason his family thought he’d do well in the diplomatic corps, where it’s very important to be able to accurately grasp and then summarize the messages that Washington and foreign capitals want to communicate with each other.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Right. Obama has good verbal intelligence. His big feat is he can repeat what people tell him back to them more cogently than they said it in the first place

    There is myth making going in this thread. But glad that you, Steve, chose the adjective "good" for your sentence because the historical record is chock full of Obama's verbal blunders. On a bad day he is every bit as bad as W.

    Obama is no genius. His two auto bio books are lame. His academic accomplishments are zero.

    Obama is the not the great statesman. But he is a good teleprompter reader. His diplomatic initiatives are crap. His military initiatives are crap.

    Obama was saved by the mafia who blackmailed John Roberts and served up two hollow men as campaign opponents, McCain and Romney.
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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    As persons of non-color, it's certainly very easy to look at stuff like this and get angry. And there is nothing inherently bad about getting upset with ethnocentric blacks and their white libtoid enablers. The problem comes when we expect a large majority of blacks to adopt our cultural and moral norms, and/or expect masochistic or [like in Rodham's case] evil leftoids to stop enabling blacks' worst behavior.

    Instead of setting unrealistic expectations, we must learn to emulate the rank tribalism of blacks, at least until we can wrest political power back from them. As much as the compassionate side of me would like to believe that whites and blacks can live peacefully and prosperously together without white supremacy, I see very little evidence that this is the case. The last four years or so have demonstrated beyond any remotely reasonable doubt that the average black and the average white inhabit vastly different moral universes and will for the foreseeable future. We're about Justice, they're about Just Us.

    , @David In TN
    Is she going to meet with Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom's families?
    , @Clyde

    OT: You cannot make this stuff up. Hillary Clinton meets with Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown etc. families.
     
    Hillary is going to do very well with black women and aren't they the most likely voters among blacks? I base this on one friendly encounter with an older black woman a few months ago. She went on for a few minutes about why she was a Hillary supporter. She was a church goer type because the place we were dining in that Sunday is a favorite one for black families to go after church.
    Blacks and other minorities sure as heck aren't going to care about Hillary's emails or Benghazi. They don't think in those terms. (by and large)
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  • @Steve Sailer
    One of Obama's rare op-eds was in 1994 about The Bell Curve.

    My impression is that Obama's life was turned around by acing the LSAT, which allowed him to apply to the law schools at just Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, with no safety schools. A fellow worked out the math a few years ago and figured that Obama scored at the 94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT, which sounds plausible.

    His maternal grandfather's brother Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham was a Berkeley Ph.D. who worked for the federal government. My extremely vague impression is that he might have worked on testing and hiring for the feds, but I might be mistaken on that: I found some old academic papers citing work on selecting good employees by "Dunham" but that may have turned out to be a different Dunham.

    Obama's maternal grandmother's sister was a professor of something like nutrition science, where I think she specialized in quantitative methods in research.

    (His maternal grandparents were the less educated black sheep of their respective families.)

    The 95th percentile would put his LSAT score somewhere around 167 and his IQ at around 130, which is plausible.

    Obama doesn’t strike me as a quant, though, and he doesn’t seem to be particularly analytical. He seems to have more of a verbal intelligence to me.

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    Right. Obama has good verbal intelligence. His big feat is he can repeat what people tell him back to them more cogently than they said it in the first place, which is not easy. I imagine it's one reason his family thought he'd do well in the diplomatic corps, where it's very important to be able to accurately grasp and then summarize the messages that Washington and foreign capitals want to communicate with each other.
    , @Jim
    The IQ's of the defendents at Nuremberg was measured by US Army psychologists. The average IQ of these individuals was 128. This is probably about the average IQ of elites in the Western World.
    , @OutWest
    That’s about where I scored –and I’m not all that smart.
    , @Curle
    IQ of 130 would have been fairly common at Punahou School in the late 70s. Obama was probably a touch above average at Punahou.
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  • Imagine George W saying to a young black male…..”Son, you were born to play basketball”, which would have been twisted into…”you were bred to play sports.”

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Hepp
    It's funny how much more clearly people think about sports than about everything else. Like if someone said that the New England Patriots suffered from a lack of diversity people would laugh at them. But no matter how many accomplishments Silicon Valley has, they still would obviously be better with more blacks and women.

    Funny you would bring up the Patriots. A couple of years ago the New England Patriots actually conducted a drive with not a single black player on offense. I stuck out like a sore thumb. I wondered when was the last time that happened? Sometime in the sixties, I suspect.

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    Funny you would bring up the Patriots.
     
    Yes, odd choice of examples to make that point.
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  • But most of Obama’s choices lean more toward pure escapism.

    Sounds more like homoeroticism than escapism.

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    • Replies: @Truth
    ....And THAT sounds like projection...

    https://runneracademy.com/ra053-alexi-pappas-balancing-running-and-life/
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  • @Robert Hume
    So has Obama ever suggested that his intelligence derives from his extremely high achieving black father and from his white mother's highly intellectual family? And has he noted that it is likely significant that his brother is a physicist?

    One of Obama’s rare op-eds was in 1994 about The Bell Curve.

    My impression is that Obama’s life was turned around by acing the LSAT, which allowed him to apply to the law schools at just Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, with no safety schools. A fellow worked out the math a few years ago and figured that Obama scored at the 94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT, which sounds plausible.

    His maternal grandfather’s brother Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham was a Berkeley Ph.D. who worked for the federal government. My extremely vague impression is that he might have worked on testing and hiring for the feds, but I might be mistaken on that: I found some old academic papers citing work on selecting good employees by “Dunham” but that may have turned out to be a different Dunham.

    Obama’s maternal grandmother’s sister was a professor of something like nutrition science, where I think she specialized in quantitative methods in research.

    (His maternal grandparents were the less educated black sheep of their respective families.)

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    • Replies: @Boomstick
    The 95th percentile would put his LSAT score somewhere around 167 and his IQ at around 130, which is plausible.

    Obama doesn't strike me as a quant, though, and he doesn't seem to be particularly analytical. He seems to have more of a verbal intelligence to me.
    , @Luke Lea
    Even more impressive, Obama's mother was admitted to U. of Chicago at age 15. She didn't accept, but would have been in the company of a lot of distinguished people: Jim Watson, Susan Sontag, Robert Silvers, George Steiner, Paul Samuelson, . .
    , @jon

    Obama scored at the 94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT
     
    Just to put that into perspective, the cut-off for the bottom 25% at Harvard is usually right at the 98%.
    , @tbraton
    "My impression is that Obama’s life was turned around by acing the LSAT, which allowed him to apply to the law schools at just Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, with no safety schools. A fellow worked out the math a few years ago and figured that Obama scored at the 94th to 98th percentile on the LSAT, which sounds plausible."

    "Acing" the LSAT is not scoring at the 94th to 98th percentile. Acing would mean scoring at the 99th percentile and above. I had a roommate in college for two years who scored 800's on both SATs, got advanced placement and graduated in three years from a top school. He spent his fourth year getting a Masters in mathematics or something like that. He went on to become a top hedge fund manager and served on the board of a large American corporation which went belly up due to financial shenanigans in the 2000's. He was truly s genius, especially in math, even though I got a higher grade than he in the only course we took together because I could write better. In my estimation, Obama is not a genius. BTW there is always the possibility he was the one who scored in the 94th percentile and the other black dude scored in the 98th percentile.
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  • She doesn’t want to accept that she has been given a gift because she would then have to be humble.

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    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    As they say, "oh, snap!"
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