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This story involving renaming Chicago streets involving Mayor Rahm and Chicago alderman will be pretty funny if you have experience driving around Chicago’s Loop. Otherwise it might seem baffling, but I’ll try to make it clear.

Back in the 1980s when I’d drive down to the Chicago Art Institute in lakefront Grant Park, I’d usually wind up parking on Balbo Drive, a street that runs mostly east-west through the park and then into the South Loop for a couple of blocks.

There has recently been a move to rename Balbo Drive due to accusations that Balbo was a Fascist.

The term “Fascist” gets thrown around a lot these days, but in this case it’s utterly apt.

Balbo Drive is named after General Italo Balbo, a Fascist Blackshirt and aviator, Mussolini’s aeronautical minister and perhaps heir apparent until his death in a friendly fire incident in North Africa in 1940.

Even somebody as unwoke as me in 1985 would think to myself while parallel parking: “They’re going to change the name of this street eventually, right?”

But, so far, it’s still Balbo Drive, and there’s a Balbo Monument near Soldier Field donated by Mussolini.

Balbo caused a sensation at the 1933 Chicago world’s fair by flying in from Europe in a fleet of a dozen Italian seaplanes and landing on Lake Michigan.

Robert Downey Jr. w/Balbo Beard

Balbo was the toast of Chicago.

Even his facial hairstyle became known as the Balbo Beard and is still worn under that name today.

Recently, though, some Chicago political party-pooper proposed changing the name of Balbo Drive to honor the worthy old-time black lady journalist and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

You might thing that would be a slam dunk in 2018.

But …

From the Chicago Tribune:

Aldermen propose honoring Ida B. Wells by renaming Congress Parkway, not Balbo Drive

John Byrne
Chicago Tribune

Aldermen plan to call for Congress Parkway downtown to be renamed in honor of crusading African-American journalist and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett, in a move to try to prevent an election-season clash with Italian-American Chicagoans.

Lately, white people like author Laura Ingalls Wilder and Father of Silicon Valley Fred Terman have been getting the damnatio memoriae treatment for rather exigent crimes against political correctness, such as being the son of IQ pioneer/eugenicist Louis Terman (while Louis was totally wrong about heredity being important, his son Fred inherited his name and thus has been punished by the Palo Alto school board. After all, what did Fred Terman ever do for Palo Alto real estate values?)

Benito & Italo

In contrast, while the F-word gets thrown around pretty carelessly these days, Balbo was a genuine Fascist, one of the four main subordinates in Mussolini’s coup of 1922 and Il Duce’s expected successor.

But for purposes of whether or not he gets his name stripped off a public honor like Laura Ingalls Wilder, Balbo wasn’t so much racially white as he was ethnically Italian. During 2018’s Flight from White, that actually matters. Sure, he was a genuine Fascist, Mussolini’s arch-henchman, but he wasn’t some white supremacist, he was an Italian genuine Fascist. That’s kind of, you know, like … diverse!

And, remember, it’s not as if Balbo was some nativist loser who lived here … he flew in to America, which makes him sort of an immigrant.

I hope you’re not anti-immigrant, are you?

Resist!

Previously, some aldermen had wanted to rename Balbo Drive downtown for Wells-Barnett.

Screenshot 2018-06-26 19.56.13But some Italian-American groups opposed taking the honor away from Italo Balbo, a pilot who flew from Rome to Chicago in 1933 for the Century of Progress Exposition and who was an ally of Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini. They say the flying feat should be considered separately from his association with the dictator.

Now, Wells-Barnett supporters on Wednesday will introduce a compromise proposal to the City Council to change the name of Congress. The parkway runs west from near Grant Park downtown to connect with the expressways at the Byrne Interchange.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel notably had not endorsed the plan to take the name from Balbo, saying only that he understands the “spirit and energy” behind the ordinance and wants the city to recognize Wells-Barnett. A spokesman for the mayor did not respond to questions about whether he endorses the Congress compromise.

Aldermen likely would get their say on the proposal next month. Renaming a Chicago street is rare, and the push to officially rename Congress for Wells-Barnett is different from the many honorary street designations found across the city.

Congress emerged as a likely compromise because of its prominent downtown location and the fact few businesses on the street will need to pay to change their stationery and advertisements. Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, said Congress has just five addresses.

So, Congress Parkway is the second easiest major street in downtown Chicago to change the name of after Balbo Drive.

… “It’s definitely a bigger street (than Balbo), and I think it’s a street that recognizes the great accomplishments that a woman like Ida B. Wells deserves,” King, 4th, said. “I think it’s an appropriate street; it’s a very large street that goes down the middle of the city.” …

And Reilly said Chicago’s rich Italian history offers “a wealth” of opportunities to honor Italians who don’t have fascist links. He mentioned nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi or St. Frances Cabrini, who ministered to Chicago’s Italian immigrant population, as potential candidates to take over the Balbo Drive street name.

Chicago used to have a giant monument to Mother Cabrini — the Cabrini-Green public housing project near the Magnificent Mile — but, as I may have mentioned once or twice on this blog, they tore it down.

“We’d like to work with the Italian-American community moving forward on the future of Balbo, but certainly no one wants to confiscate an important name to the Italian-American community in Chicago without really talking it through and having buy-in from the community that’s most directly impacted,” Reilly said.

The newly renamed street could cause potential confusion because it intersects with Chicago’s existing Wells Street. Reilly said he’s confident that can be mitigated, perhaps by spelling out the full name “Ida B. Wells” on the east-west thoroughfare’s signs.

Uh-oh … There already is a Wells Street in the Loop, just a block west of Michigan Avenue. [Oops, that’s Wabash. Wells is further west in the Loop.] Having two Wells downtown will cause untold confusion and probably get a few people per decade killed in car crashes. I’d suggest renaming Congress Parkway as a nice, simple, friendly “Ida Parkway.” But that likely won’t happen because the prospect of a few blood offerings to the anti-lynching crusader of random motorists and pedestrians appeals to the tastes of our time.

Meanwhile, leaving Balbo Drive in place likely avoids an election-season fight.

“We’d like to honor Ida B. Wells without controversy, because she deserves it, and her legacy deserves it,” Reilly said.

Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans President Enza Raineri said last week that the organization wants to see Wells-Barnett “honored in a grand way.” But she said taking the street name away from Balbo isn’t the way to do it.

“History is history, and we need to learn from it,” Raineri said. “And Chicago has a special part in history because of that flight.”

On Tuesday, Raineri said she was “absolutely thrilled” about the plan to rename Congress for Wells-Barnett, but she didn’t answer directly about whether her group would consider supporting the renaming of Balbo Drive for another Italian-American.

“Right now, I think we should just be thrilled Ida B. Wells is getting this honor,” Raineri said.

King said last week that the upcoming city elections could be making officials leery of taking up the contentious issue.

“I think that probably plays a part,” she said.

Can you imagine if this controversy were instead over whether to rename as “Ida B. Wells” some street currently named not after an Italian Fascist bullyboy but after some random honorable Chicago-born non-ethnic white, say, geneticist James D. Watson, and the Joint Civic Committee of White Americans threw a hissy fit over white people being dissed?

No, of course, you can’t imagine that. It’s unimaginable that there would even be a Joint Civic Committee of White Americans, much less that everybody would be politically scared of it the way they are scared of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.

P.S., Thanks to Rapparee, here’s 1933 newsreel footage of Balbo’s triumphant speech at Chicago’s city hall (shortly before inventing his new beard style):

 
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  1. Mussolini did supposedly call him a “democratic pig” some time before the questionable “friendly fire” incident.

    • Replies: @pyrrhus
    Balbo looks like Harpo Marx....
  2. Your ending makes a case for why I would love to be Italian-American. They are making it clear that they will fight politically to protect their own from the cultural warring of Leftists and their Numinous Negro brownshirt goons.

  3. OT! JEWS! MEXICANS! VAMPIRES! CARTOONS! POLITICIANS! AY CAREMBA!

    Claudia Sheinbaum, the first Jewish political candidate in [M]exico was drawn like this [image at links; it’s a vampire in roughly the style of the Power Puff Girls, holding a bag of gold pieces] by the team of one of her election rivals.
    So far the image has only drawn attention for because it is a trace over of several star vs the forces of evil posters, and the author said she was going to tell the Disney legal team. People out there are not aware that she’s Jewish and here they haven’t caught on to the implications.

    https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=es&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=es-419&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fajplusespanol%2Fstatus%2F1011678101145780224&edit-text=&act=url

    http://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/176569454

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    I'm afraid, Mr. Ross, that you've been a victim of IP packet scramblization. That tweet is mangled beyond recognition. There is absolutely no way that Mexican people would be racist enough to tweet something like this. Only Americans are mean and racisss and stuff. I've read a half-dozen Fredrico Reedisssimo columns on this sort of thing, and again, it's unpossible!

    No, don't bring up that allegedly-sensible writer Allan Wall of VDare either - don't you vDare! I don't want to hear it.
    , @Z-man
    I love it! Viva the Alejandra Barrales promo team.
  4. America was great once because the common man could ride a horse and carry a gun .

  5. Well if that’s the logic let’s tear down all the Martin Luther King statues, road signs, and references since he was a Communist (also a serial plagiarist and had a proclivity for drugs and sex with white prostitutes). In fact, he was such a Commie he was rebuked by the black supreme court judge Thurgood Marshal for his Communist ties. Check the FBI report on old Marty. It would be great if they release all the stuff they had on King the country would explode. He’s not the hero the leftist Khazar Media make him out to be.

    • Agree: MBlanc46
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    It would be great if they release all the stuff they had on King the country would explode.
     
    Only in the manner Pat Moynihan exploded when Jesse Helms read out the MLK stuff Sam Francis fed him.

    The court that sealed his records for decades probably figured the way the country was headed, most Americans would no longer raise an eyebrow at the activities portrayed as they themselves would be as or more corrupt. That turned out to be a good gamble.

    King was savvy enough to keep his pants-down life consensual, and, like straight Catholic priests who stray, to stick to partners who had as much to lose as did he.

    Still, it would be great fun to see #MeToo come to King. If you think the Left was Olympicly hypocritical with the Clintons...
  6. I’m currently reading Eri Hotta’s indefensibly badly written Japan 1941. It has excellent information about the actual workings of the Japanese government, which has never reached the popular imagination; most people assume an analog to the other Fascist countries with Tojo as the dictator. However, she stops every ten seconds to remind you that Nazis are Bad. She has this childishly judgmental bad analysis nobody edited, and it persists to demonstrate the usual end of such bad tendencies, eg, male sensual indulgence among senior Japanese officials is disgusting and ought to disqualify people from office, but [saxophone music] the dashing Soviet spy Sorge, who by the way was very polite and well liked by everyone, has many exciting and romantic indulg — well, we can’t call them by the same word, can we? [end sax]
    At one point she briefly argues that the Meiji-era military mission statement (the imperial rescript to soldiers and sailors) obligated Japan to maintain an alliance with its biggest enemy because it used the word “loyalty.” I’m not an area expert but I’m guessing the rescript specifically meant loyalty to Nation and Emperor, not the enemy nation you were just fighting, or indeed to any foreigners.
    She endlessly heaps dirt on this disgusting Matsuoka fellow who cuts in line and has bad breath and also his haircut is ridiculous. You almost begin to wonder why they put up with him. Then she finds the time to very briefly note that Matsuoka, as a young diplomat in China, noticed and reported certain shipping patterns. Russian shipping patterns, which enabled the earth-shaking race-realigning victory in 1905. So, yeah, kind of a big deal.
    The information is really good but it’s painful to dig it out.
    I was reminded of Balbo and the Italian experience by a lot of it because both Japanese and Italians had lopsided national development, late entry to global power status, a wierd imbalance of truly brilliant individuals and catastrophically bad leadership, abortive foreign adventures, high hopes for aviation, and singular people like Matsuoka and Balbo.

  7. This is a prime example of white fragility

    If white “men” are so great how come you guys mess your pants everyone time someone suggests leveling the playing field so that white guys are only starting on third base instead of a few feet from home plate

    • Replies: @duncsbaby
    I think you mean lowering the pitcher's mound so black guys can hit more home runs. Otherwise another fine mixed metaphor w/very few spelling errors! You're the bestest, Tiny Duck!
    , @Olorin
    White men don't "mess" our pants, Ms. Duck.

    ("Mess" as excremental verb referring to ordure dating only to the earliest 1900s).

    We boldly shit them.

    (Old English scitan, from Proto-Germanic *skit- (source also of North Frisian skitj, Dutch schijten, German scheissen), from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split.")

    Then tighten our grip on our rifles/swords/pikes and push forward. In formation.

  8. “I’d suggest renaming Congress Parkway as a nice, simple, friendly “Ida Parkway.””

    Bad idea Steve. This will also cause a great amount of confusion within Chicago’s black community because anytime one of its members refers to “Ida Parkway”, the response will be “Wha choo mean, u da parkway?? Sheeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiit.”

    • LOL: jim jones
    • Replies: @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Q: Why were there only 49 contestants in the Miss Black America beauty pageant?

    A: Nobody wanted to be Miss Idaho.
    , @Jim Bob Lassiter
    Ya just swept my thought away there Mikey! There's just so much going out there, one can't make the rounds fast enough.
  9. Respect for (or fear of) Italian-Americans hasn’t entirely protected Christopher Columbus.

    • Replies: @SimplePseudonymicHandle
    It's Chicago
  10. A similar thing happened at last year’s Columbus Day Parade in New York. The Italians booed De Blasio for considering the removal of a Columbus statue. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/nyregion/mayor-de-blasio-columbus-parade.html

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    I used to have a friend who was part black and also a member of an Indian tribe. He grew up in a reservation. I won't say which one.

    Anyway, back on October 12, 1992, a group of Indians and their friends decided to have some protest demonstrations. They had permits and everything.

    For the next part, remember that David Dinkins was mayor of NYC at the time.

    At one point some Italian police got fed up with Indians protesting Columbus, so they charged the marchers, rather violently. BUT, they did not touch my friend because he was black.

    Another guy I knew, mixed black and Indian, had exactly the same experience the same day in a different part of NYC. The cops would not touch him because black, but they went after anyone who looked Indian or white or mixed white/Indian.

    Didn't matter that all these protesters had permits, and were all peaceful. They were protesting Columbus, and no Italian, badge or not, will stand for that.

    Of course, these guys voted for Dinkins when he ran for re-election.

    Moral of the story: the Italians will **** with you, unless they see you as more powerful.
  11. OT –

    I don’t know, but perhaps tonight’s race in NY-14 is going to be the Goetterdaemmerung of the old school white ethnic Democrats. I don’t know how long the Bidens and Pelosis expected to hold on as a sort of honest broker between the ethnic groups, but I believe the end has been accelerated.

    • Agree: Ghost of Bull Moose
  12. The problem of fascists and anarchists among Italian immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th Century is one of the real unexamined areas of the nation of immigrants rhetoric. Instead there is a ridiculous push to make people think Italians were treated as non whites during that era so that their descendants will support the victimhood mentality today. That people of that time could have been reacting to what they were seeing around them is considered unthinkable.

  13. Still waiting for the first Obummer St or Obongo Ave — have not given up hope.

  14. Relax. We only want to remove the statues of Confederate generals and soldiers.

  15. BALBO is a pretty great street name. Easy to remember. Sounds like the name of an Italian Hobbit.

    If you just add an “A” to the name, “BALBOA” Street can honor a fictional Italian-American boxer without offending the Left. “FERMI” would also make for a great street name.

    There is a Balto Monument in Central Park, New York City. As a sled dog, Balto might very well have had some fascist leanings.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I was thinking we should just rename all streets after heroic animals, but who knows when they will come for Balto Drive?
    , @adreadline
    Balboa Park in San Diego is named after a Conquistador who reportedly fed homosexual American Indians to his dogs, but no one seems to have cared much yet.
  16. Steve,

    In NYC the Italians have the well-deserved reputation of being the very, very last to give into encroaching hordes laying siege to their neighborhoods.

    As a retired Jewish academic once said, Jews ensconced in their high rises are ancillary protected by baseball-bat-wielding Italian-Americans.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Boston WASPs, if any are left, are protected by turf-conscious Irish.

    Some similar dynamic may have been at work in Pittsburgh, but I don't understand that city's social structure.

    Detroit didn't much work like that. Everybody fled for the 'burbs.

    , @WowJustWow
    Hasn't there been recent work showing that Ashkenazi DNA traces mostly back to Italy? That might explain why Italian actors are so easily cast as Jews and vice versa in movies.
    , @Hibernian
    In Chicago some Italian neighborhoods became black neighborhoods and others remained Italian. Almost all old Irish neighborhoods are black or mixed and Polish ones became Hispanic or mixed. My Mom's old neighborhood is a mixture of middle class Hispanic people and white ethnics from Europe. White ethnics live in the suburbs and quasi-suburban neighborhoods in the city with Catholic churches that were never "national" (aligned with one ethnic group) churches.
    , @Forbes
    I'd say Little Italy (Manhattan) is a shell of its former self, as Chinatown has significantly encroached--though both are basically tourist attractions, not residential communities.
  17. OT but big: Congressman Joe Crowley, Chair of House Dem Caucus, lost his primary to 28 year old DSA member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had no endorsements, no big donors, no nothing but her Gente. It wasn’t even close.

    During the campaign, Joe whined to his constituents, “I can’t help that I was born white.”

    Joe, it’s not okay to be white. At least in NY’s 14th district it isn’t.

  18. OT My friend Gu says pee-you!
    There’s an arrest record for a 32-year-old Eugene Gu of Hayward, California, for domestic abuse charges. Is this the same surgeon-aspirant who got himself dropped from his residency with political activism?
    https://www.localcrimenews.com/welcome/detail/8695343/no
    Eugene says the charges are false.

  19. @J.Ross
    OT! JEWS! MEXICANS! VAMPIRES! CARTOONS! POLITICIANS! AY CAREMBA!

    Claudia Sheinbaum, the first Jewish political candidate in [M]exico was drawn like this [image at links; it's a vampire in roughly the style of the Power Puff Girls, holding a bag of gold pieces] by the team of one of her election rivals.
    So far the image has only drawn attention for because it is a trace over of several star vs the forces of evil posters, and the author said she was going to tell the Disney legal team. People out there are not aware that she's Jewish and here they haven't caught on to the implications.

     

    https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=es&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=es-419&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fajplusespanol%2Fstatus%2F1011678101145780224&edit-text=&act=url

    https://twitter.com/ajplusespanol/status/1011678101145780224

    http://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/176569454

    I’m afraid, Mr. Ross, that you’ve been a victim of IP packet scramblization. That tweet is mangled beyond recognition. There is absolutely no way that Mexican people would be racist enough to tweet something like this. Only Americans are mean and racisss and stuff. I’ve read a half-dozen Fredrico Reedisssimo columns on this sort of thing, and again, it’s unpossible!

    No, don’t bring up that allegedly-sensible writer Allan Wall of VDare either – don’t you vDare! I don’t want to hear it.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    You would think that a Jewish Mexican vampiress would be, well, not something for a children' s cartoon.
  20. @Dan Hayes
    Steve,

    In NYC the Italians have the well-deserved reputation of being the very, very last to give into encroaching hordes laying siege to their neighborhoods.

    As a retired Jewish academic once said, Jews ensconced in their high rises are ancillary protected by baseball-bat-wielding Italian-Americans.

    Boston WASPs, if any are left, are protected by turf-conscious Irish.

    Some similar dynamic may have been at work in Pittsburgh, but I don’t understand that city’s social structure.

    Detroit didn’t much work like that. Everybody fled for the ‘burbs.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Rapparee
    The Brahmins are still around, or so I've been assured by various converts to Catholicism and Harvard-affiliated priests who claimed to know some of them. They generally don't make much noise. Supposedly you can find them at places like the Somerset Club or the Church of the Advent, though I obviously can't verify any of that firsthand. As to whether they're protected by the Irish, a quick tally of my acquaintances in the Boston Police Department suggests a qualified "Yes".
    , @Thea
    In Pittsburgh, There are still some distinctly Italian (Bloomfield) and Jewish(squirrel hill) neighborhoods but the working class Irish & Polish streets of shady side have become home to gay and other wealthy gentrifiers. I think most Irish moved up economically in the 1970s and so into bigger homes in the outskirts.

    Blacks still occupy East Liberty and Homewood and the Hill district. Maybe Pittsburgh’s mountainous terrain has prevented further white flight. It is physically difficult to walk between Squirrell Hill and Shady Side or East Liberty for example.
    , @Brutusale
    As opposed to Boston Italians, who protect themselves.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2018/06/north_end_business_owners_fight_planned_starbucks

    Coffee chain in the North End? Fuggedaboutit!

  21. Follow-up: Gu admits he was charged, but the charges never went anywhere, and his record was expunged.


    He always knows just what to do.

  22. The Supreme Court has 5 Catholics, 3 Jews, and 1 Protestant (who was raised a Catholic).

    Anglo-Saxon Protestants have no more ethnic solidarity, so you can run down their ancestors without much consequence. White Catholics aren’t that high-solidarity these days, but they still have a tiny amount. So it’s harder to screw with them.

    The notable exception to the above observation was White Southerners, but even that’s changing. Southern heritage is being gradually dismantled and forced into obscurity. For example, the Confederate flag is being removed from cities and state houses across the South.

    That’s remarkable when you consider that the Confederate flag was a noncontroversial symbol as recently as the late 80s.

    Superstar liberal entertainer Tom Petty used to showcase the Confederate flag when he performed his song “Rebel.” He recently apologized (before his death).

    “The Dukes of Hazard” was a very popular 80s era show about Southern good ole boys. They drove a car called “General Lee.” The car had a Confederate flag on the roof.

    Nobody cared. It was fine. The show was recently taken off tv because of the “General Lee.”

    If you look through old movies and TV shows, you’ll see the Confederacy was often portrayed favorably. For example, the Twilight Zone (which was produced by Jewish-American progressive Rod Serling) had several episodes that had characters from the Confederacy. The Confederates were portrayed as brave, principled, and noble minded. Even in defeat, worthy of respect.

    In one Twilight Zone episode, Southern Confederate soldiers were shown walking to heaven, alongside Union soldiers. In another episode, Southern Confederates are offered victory if they accept Satan, but reject the offer (and embrace their coming defeat) because they’re too high-minded to compromise their religious principles. So in the episode, they go down to defeat nobly.

    Another example is the movie “Song of the South.” This movie, made by Disney, showcased Southern plantation life in a very favorable way. Watch the intro to the movie below.

    Aside from the Confederacy, the old South was often portrayed in a very idealized manner.

    Just look at the Andy Griffith Show.

    Or Gomer Pyle.

    The above positive portrayals happened for a reason. That reason was that following the Reconstruction era, Southerners (who felt they had been oppressed by Blacks and Northern Carpetbaggers) decided they needed to aggressively defend their heritage. So they made sure to shape American culture (entertainment, school textbooks, academia, politics, etc) in ways that showcased their heritage and their Confederacy favorably. They also built lots of monuments to Confederate soldiers&leaders and instilled Southern pride into their children. That lingered on through the 80s.

    So even the highest-solidarity Anglo-Saxon Protestant group can’t defend their heritage anymore.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    JohnnyWalker123:

    Maybe somewhat reduced by now but Italian-Americans used to have immense ethnic solidarity and political clout. Antonin Scalia once stated at a Communion breakfast that his Supreme Court nomination succeeded due to the organized political efforts of the Italian-American community.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Just look at the Andy Griffith Show.
     
    I can't hear the word "opioid" without that theme song entering my head.
    , @Ed
    Mississippi has a slightly higher % of blacks than Maryland. Yet Maryland is a solid blue state and Mississippi is a solid red state. For sure Maryland is about 40% non-Hispanic white but only about 55% of them vote Republican. In Mississippi that number approaches 90%.

    A recent poll of Virginia found that nearly 60% favored keeping confederate flags, statues on state property.

    In short Southern whites are doing a decent job of keeping their heritage in tact. Keep in mind it’s donestic and foreign migration that is changing the South not any change in attitude among its natives.
    , @IHTG
    Psst, it's because they were Democrats back then.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    It is known in the South as the "Rebel" flag, Johnny. Only Yankee transients, newcomers and politicians call it the "Confederate" flag. Yes, it was on the roof of the General Lee, but I can remember seeing rebel flag license tags on the front of black people's cars. No, that's not made up - the Lyin' Press and cntrl-left have done well (for themselves) changing the narrative on this.

    As to Andy, just last fall I wrote the quick post Watching Andy Taylor Griffith and Barn about a younger black lady who I found watching the show on her phone, two days in a row at break time. It was nice to see!
  23. @Achmed E. Newman
    I'm afraid, Mr. Ross, that you've been a victim of IP packet scramblization. That tweet is mangled beyond recognition. There is absolutely no way that Mexican people would be racist enough to tweet something like this. Only Americans are mean and racisss and stuff. I've read a half-dozen Fredrico Reedisssimo columns on this sort of thing, and again, it's unpossible!

    No, don't bring up that allegedly-sensible writer Allan Wall of VDare either - don't you vDare! I don't want to hear it.

    You would think that a Jewish Mexican vampiress would be, well, not something for a children’ s cartoon.

  24. Liquor , cigarettes , Pot and anything else you’ve got .

  25. OT Awful sexism: Women could code if they had to, but they don’t want to

    Last week, Reges, a lecturer at the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, kicked over this particular hornet’s nest by publishing an article entitled “Why Women Don’t Code,” on the website Quillette. Reges, who has been on the UW faculty for nearly 15 years and has worked in tech for over 30, has a long history of mentoring women in the field, and in his article, he argues that it’s not systemic oppression that has made tech a boys’ club. Rather, he says, women don’t code because they don’t want to.

    https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/06/26/28210971/university-of-washington-computer-science-lecturer-explains-why-why-women-dont-code-chaos-ensues

    https://quillette.com/2018/06/19/why-women-dont-code/

    • Replies: @res
    I like his framing of this:

    The Equality Agenda Versus the Equity Agenda
    ...
    While the equality agenda focuses on equality of opportunity, the equity agenda is concerned with outcomes. Its proponents don’t demand equal outcomes but instead use unequal outcomes as evidence that there is more work to be done. So, unless or until we reach perfect gender parity, they will continue to argue for more diversity programs for women.
     
    I think this comment is worth repeating:

    Sam Vee
    June 19, 2018

    Your comment is right here and your viewpoint is constantly held up as the only valid one by influential individuals and outlets. I would invite you to get some perspective of your own.

    Who cared about Damore’s sense of being judged and stereotyped as a “white techbro”? Who cared that given his age, he has literally never been alive at a time when women were underrepresented at colleges? Not the multitude of articles clutching pearls in response. Did any of them bother to consider the violation of Damore’s autonomy and privacy by leaking his internal memo? Did they consider his safety and ask for his opinion first?

    Of course not, and merely asking these questions invited guffaws and scoffs, highlighting perfectly that all this rhetoric about sensitivity is a red herring nobody actually believes. Being judged by stereotypes is just dandy if the target is a man, and denigrating people is fine if it suits the political agenda that women deserve for free what men have always worked hard and competed with each other for.

    I have a hard time believing that someone who claims to be smart does not recognize the complete and utter lack of consistency in the arguments being made. Feminism gets to elevate its own feelings as facts, and denigrates others’ facts as feelings… and pretends this is for equality and diversity.
     
    I wonder what will end up happening to Stuart Reges. This article is a fairly thoughtful look at his piece and some of the fallout: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/06/25/lecturers-explanation-gender-gap-computer-science-it-reflect-womens-choices
  26. Youtube links are no longer showing up in posts.

  27. Balbo had caused a sensation at the 1933 Chicago world’s fair by flying in from Europe in a fleet of a dozen Italian seaplanes and landing on Lake Michigan.

    General Balbo was very lucky he didn’t run out of gas three feet from the landing spot. He would have had to turn back and take a steamship instead.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Thanks!
  28. Hey Sailer ! Did the Mossad murder your bunny ? I mean we haven’t heard about your bunny , your little dog patch of a lawn or your garage for sometime now . Is there an illegal Israeli “settlement” on your lawn ?

  29. …in a move to try to prevent an election-season clash with Italian-American Chicagoans.

    Italo Balbo anagrams to “a taboo bill”.

    For Ida B Wells-Barnett:

    Liberals want debt.
    Transit bad; el blew.
    Twits relabel band.
    Blend a tribal stew.

  30. Lot says:

    Twilight of the White NYC-area Democrats

    Joe Crawley, number 4 ranking House Dem congressman, possible Pelosi replacement, loses his primary to a 28yo Puerto Rican calling to abolish ICE. Also she is explicitly for socialism, but I think she’s thinking of Cuba/Venezuela Caribbean socialism, not the Danish kind admired by Bernie and Michael Moore.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/26/rep-joe-crowley-defeated-in-democratic-primary-upset.amp.html

    It actually wasn’t even that close, and several other old guard white dems also nearly were knocked off by Gen Y abolish-ICE SJWs. As was old guard Jamaican American congresswoman Yvette Clarke by Ugandan-parented Adem Bunkeddeko.

  31. @Dan Hayes
    Steve,

    In NYC the Italians have the well-deserved reputation of being the very, very last to give into encroaching hordes laying siege to their neighborhoods.

    As a retired Jewish academic once said, Jews ensconced in their high rises are ancillary protected by baseball-bat-wielding Italian-Americans.

    Hasn’t there been recent work showing that Ashkenazi DNA traces mostly back to Italy? That might explain why Italian actors are so easily cast as Jews and vice versa in movies.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    WowJustWow:

    An interesting observation. An Italian-American friend married to a Jewess once pointed out to me that such contemporary matrimonial liaisons as his in Metropolitan NYC are not that uncommon.
    , @Karl
    27 WowJustWow > Hasn’t there been recent work showing that Ashkenazi DNA traces mostly back to Italy?


    Hitler completely fumbled the ball on German ideas to ship EuroJews to Eretz Israel.

    Whereas Mussolini's friendliness, actually was one of the foundation stones of today's Israel Navy
    , @Flip
    When I was in Rome I thought lots of people looked Jewish.
  32. @JohnnyWalker123
    The Supreme Court has 5 Catholics, 3 Jews, and 1 Protestant (who was raised a Catholic).

    Anglo-Saxon Protestants have no more ethnic solidarity, so you can run down their ancestors without much consequence. White Catholics aren't that high-solidarity these days, but they still have a tiny amount. So it's harder to screw with them.

    The notable exception to the above observation was White Southerners, but even that's changing. Southern heritage is being gradually dismantled and forced into obscurity. For example, the Confederate flag is being removed from cities and state houses across the South.

    That's remarkable when you consider that the Confederate flag was a noncontroversial symbol as recently as the late 80s.

    Superstar liberal entertainer Tom Petty used to showcase the Confederate flag when he performed his song "Rebel." He recently apologized (before his death).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl-QQQlG60o

    "The Dukes of Hazard" was a very popular 80s era show about Southern good ole boys. They drove a car called "General Lee." The car had a Confederate flag on the roof.

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

    Nobody cared. It was fine. The show was recently taken off tv because of the "General Lee."

    If you look through old movies and TV shows, you'll see the Confederacy was often portrayed favorably. For example, the Twilight Zone (which was produced by Jewish-American progressive Rod Serling) had several episodes that had characters from the Confederacy. The Confederates were portrayed as brave, principled, and noble minded. Even in defeat, worthy of respect.

    In one Twilight Zone episode, Southern Confederate soldiers were shown walking to heaven, alongside Union soldiers. In another episode, Southern Confederates are offered victory if they accept Satan, but reject the offer (and embrace their coming defeat) because they're too high-minded to compromise their religious principles. So in the episode, they go down to defeat nobly.

    Another example is the movie "Song of the South." This movie, made by Disney, showcased Southern plantation life in a very favorable way. Watch the intro to the movie below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2o0-cjp4xo

    Aside from the Confederacy, the old South was often portrayed in a very idealized manner.

    Just look at the Andy Griffith Show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvSXdO7SDCE

    Or Gomer Pyle.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8GB_Bxp70

    The above positive portrayals happened for a reason. That reason was that following the Reconstruction era, Southerners (who felt they had been oppressed by Blacks and Northern Carpetbaggers) decided they needed to aggressively defend their heritage. So they made sure to shape American culture (entertainment, school textbooks, academia, politics, etc) in ways that showcased their heritage and their Confederacy favorably. They also built lots of monuments to Confederate soldiers&leaders and instilled Southern pride into their children. That lingered on through the 80s.

    So even the highest-solidarity Anglo-Saxon Protestant group can't defend their heritage anymore.

    JohnnyWalker123:

    Maybe somewhat reduced by now but Italian-Americans used to have immense ethnic solidarity and political clout. Antonin Scalia once stated at a Communion breakfast that his Supreme Court nomination succeeded due to the organized political efforts of the Italian-American community.

  33. OT NBC’s Lester Holt to Trump: you can’t just insult away the weapons of mass destruction — I mean the years of integrity, which the mainstream news has built.


    Holt was filling in for Brian Williams, who was giving birth.

    • LOL: JohnnyWalker123
    • Replies: @Forbes
    Of course Trump can't insult away the years of integrity network news have built up...the networks have trashed their integrity all on their own.

    Trump is merely pointing it out.
  34. Here’s an idea:

    There’s already a Cermak Road. Mayor Anton Cermak was killed by a bullet probably meant for President-elect Franklin Roosevelt, who sat beside him in a parade. Seven years later, the first member of Congress to endorse FDR for a third term was Theodore Bilbo.

    So just change one letter. “Bilbo Drive” is kinda catchy. Tolkienesque.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    The current consensus is that it was a mob hit made to look like the bullet was/might have been meant for FDR, to reduce the asking of questions and ensure that the assassin was tried and executed quickly. Also the shooter was mortally ill and his mob bosses promised his family would be taken care of.
    , @MBlanc46
    There is a good case to be made that Cermak, not FDR, was the intended target.
  35. @JohnnyWalker123
    The Supreme Court has 5 Catholics, 3 Jews, and 1 Protestant (who was raised a Catholic).

    Anglo-Saxon Protestants have no more ethnic solidarity, so you can run down their ancestors without much consequence. White Catholics aren't that high-solidarity these days, but they still have a tiny amount. So it's harder to screw with them.

    The notable exception to the above observation was White Southerners, but even that's changing. Southern heritage is being gradually dismantled and forced into obscurity. For example, the Confederate flag is being removed from cities and state houses across the South.

    That's remarkable when you consider that the Confederate flag was a noncontroversial symbol as recently as the late 80s.

    Superstar liberal entertainer Tom Petty used to showcase the Confederate flag when he performed his song "Rebel." He recently apologized (before his death).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl-QQQlG60o

    "The Dukes of Hazard" was a very popular 80s era show about Southern good ole boys. They drove a car called "General Lee." The car had a Confederate flag on the roof.

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

    Nobody cared. It was fine. The show was recently taken off tv because of the "General Lee."

    If you look through old movies and TV shows, you'll see the Confederacy was often portrayed favorably. For example, the Twilight Zone (which was produced by Jewish-American progressive Rod Serling) had several episodes that had characters from the Confederacy. The Confederates were portrayed as brave, principled, and noble minded. Even in defeat, worthy of respect.

    In one Twilight Zone episode, Southern Confederate soldiers were shown walking to heaven, alongside Union soldiers. In another episode, Southern Confederates are offered victory if they accept Satan, but reject the offer (and embrace their coming defeat) because they're too high-minded to compromise their religious principles. So in the episode, they go down to defeat nobly.

    Another example is the movie "Song of the South." This movie, made by Disney, showcased Southern plantation life in a very favorable way. Watch the intro to the movie below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2o0-cjp4xo

    Aside from the Confederacy, the old South was often portrayed in a very idealized manner.

    Just look at the Andy Griffith Show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvSXdO7SDCE

    Or Gomer Pyle.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8GB_Bxp70

    The above positive portrayals happened for a reason. That reason was that following the Reconstruction era, Southerners (who felt they had been oppressed by Blacks and Northern Carpetbaggers) decided they needed to aggressively defend their heritage. So they made sure to shape American culture (entertainment, school textbooks, academia, politics, etc) in ways that showcased their heritage and their Confederacy favorably. They also built lots of monuments to Confederate soldiers&leaders and instilled Southern pride into their children. That lingered on through the 80s.

    So even the highest-solidarity Anglo-Saxon Protestant group can't defend their heritage anymore.

    Just look at the Andy Griffith Show.

    I can’t hear the word “opioid” without that theme song entering my head.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Haha, you are talking about Opie Cunningham, right?
  36. Somebody alert the New Orleans City Council:

    • Replies: @WowJustWow
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOziWm_MJ9k&t=25s
  37. @WowJustWow
    Hasn't there been recent work showing that Ashkenazi DNA traces mostly back to Italy? That might explain why Italian actors are so easily cast as Jews and vice versa in movies.

    WowJustWow:

    An interesting observation. An Italian-American friend married to a Jewess once pointed out to me that such contemporary matrimonial liaisons as his in Metropolitan NYC are not that uncommon.

    • Replies: @AP
    European Jews' maternal ancestry is about 80% European, specifically mostly Italian. Their paternal ancestry is mostly Middle Eastern. The European Italian lineages are very old, from Roman times. This means that the European Jewish population was created when Jewish men from the Middle East living in what is now Italy converted and married locals during the time of the Roman Empire. After this community was established, it remained rather isolated genetically, with no more large-scale mixing with locals during post-Roman times. *

    There is about 10% non-Middle Eastern genetic origins paternally, much of which is northern and eastern European and occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire when Jews dispersed throughout Europe. It probably reflects infidelity, or rape during periods of persecution. So overall, European Jews are about 50% European, genetically.
  38. @Steve Sailer
    Boston WASPs, if any are left, are protected by turf-conscious Irish.

    Some similar dynamic may have been at work in Pittsburgh, but I don't understand that city's social structure.

    Detroit didn't much work like that. Everybody fled for the 'burbs.

    The Brahmins are still around, or so I’ve been assured by various converts to Catholicism and Harvard-affiliated priests who claimed to know some of them. They generally don’t make much noise. Supposedly you can find them at places like the Somerset Club or the Church of the Advent, though I obviously can’t verify any of that firsthand. As to whether they’re protected by the Irish, a quick tally of my acquaintances in the Boston Police Department suggests a qualified “Yes“.

    • Replies: @Benjaminl
    Basically, the Brahmins are greatly reduced in number, are they not? Even if technically extant.

    As far back as Nathaniel Weyl, he noted the declining fertility of Puritan stock. But I don't think Weyl explained why. I suppose it has something to do with sending women to college? Not good for replacement-rate fertility.
  39. Washington is the new Constantinople , for us there is no Christian West to turn to . And a plague is raging in the land .

  40. @Rapparee

    Balbo had caused a sensation at the 1933 Chicago world’s fair by flying in from Europe in a fleet of a dozen Italian seaplanes and landing on Lake Michigan.
     
    General Balbo was very lucky he didn't run out of gas three feet from the landing spot. He would have had to turn back and take a steamship instead.

    Thanks!

  41. Okay Steve…what going on here? I posted a comment which should have been around number 4 from the time code and it’s still not up? What are you censoring…what’s the game here…I’ve watched this game before and Ron should start answering some questions on this type of stuff and other stuff going on here.

  42. Elie Wiesel’s name is on a Central Park-adjacent intersection in Manhattan, and after he had a bit of a posthumous #MeToo moment, I always check to see if it’s been taken down when I pass by.

    It’s always fun to discover honorary street designations in the city that I’ve never noticed before. My favorite is the exceptionally clunky “People With AIDS Plaza”. The name is only visible on one easily overlooked lamppost next to at a T-shaped intersection by City Hall. Perhaps it refers to the sidewalk of Broadway along City Hall Park, which, while certainly a larger sidewalk than most, hosts none of the amenities or gatherings that would merit the appellation “plaza” (aside from one outdoor snack stand, but you don’t even encounter it until you’ve gone far enough that the name has become Steve Flanders Square). It’s the only honorary place name I know of that doesn’t commemorate a particular person or even a formal group of people but an intensionally-defined population whose size we don’t know precisely, poetically echoed by the uncertainty of precisely where the plaza begins and ends. It almost makes it more tragic if you try to imagine how the decision to add the designation ever came about. People with AIDS: anonymous and invisible in life, anonymous and invisible in death, anonymous and invisible once again in half-assed acts of public recognition.

    • Replies: @David
    My guess would be that this sign was first put up in the early 90's. The thing to remember about AIDS and Manhattan in the late 80's and early 90's, is that one saw men close to death every day. Often people one worked with. And whatever your feelings about what they were dying from, it was impossible not to care about the 135-pound guy before you, covered in little sores, sitting four steps up, waiting for the gumption to do the next seven. It really felt like a plague. Most white New Yorkers would have supported some kind of memorial designation with a ceremony, attended by a bunch of hopeless cases, to give them the impression that their lives mattered and would be remembered. Seems like a lot of us fall back on that delusion.
    , @Forbes
    Well, 49 years after RFK's assassination they renamed the Triborough Bridge in his honor.

    So the renaming practice is a bit odd.
  43. @Reg Cæsar
    Somebody alert the New Orleans City Council:

    https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/images/u/us-wibur.jpg

  44. iSteve > It’s unimaginable that there would even be a Joint Civic Committee of White Americans, much less that everybody would be politically scared of it the way they are scared of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans

    if Algerian teenagers don’t need to be scared of British cops, why would anyone be afraid of a committee of retired British cops?

  45. @Patrick in SC
    Respect for (or fear of) Italian-Americans hasn't entirely protected Christopher Columbus.

    It’s Chicago

  46. AP says:
    @Dan Hayes
    WowJustWow:

    An interesting observation. An Italian-American friend married to a Jewess once pointed out to me that such contemporary matrimonial liaisons as his in Metropolitan NYC are not that uncommon.

    European Jews’ maternal ancestry is about 80% European, specifically mostly Italian. Their paternal ancestry is mostly Middle Eastern. The European Italian lineages are very old, from Roman times. This means that the European Jewish population was created when Jewish men from the Middle East living in what is now Italy converted and married locals during the time of the Roman Empire. After this community was established, it remained rather isolated genetically, with no more large-scale mixing with locals during post-Roman times. *

    There is about 10% non-Middle Eastern genetic origins paternally, much of which is northern and eastern European and occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire when Jews dispersed throughout Europe. It probably reflects infidelity, or rape during periods of persecution. So overall, European Jews are about 50% European, genetically.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
    • Replies: @Lot
    "So overall, European Jews are about 50% European, genetically"

    The newer estimates show less Levantine and more European shares. From a 2017 paper:

    "The inferred ancestry profile for AJ was 5% Western EU, 10% Eastern EU, 30% Levant, and 55% Southern EU"

    Good paper that provides estimates using a large number of methods:

    http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1006644
    , @Z-man
    Yeah I remember when I was a kid and went to this mostly Jooish get together on movies and one of the Jooz, singling me out, stated that there were many Jooz in Italy's history. Of course I was ignorant of these facts then but I naturally bristled to that statement. Unsurprisingly I wasn't invited to any more of their get togethers, lol. 'That's why I haven't made it in Hollywood' damn! LOL
  47. @WowJustWow
    Hasn't there been recent work showing that Ashkenazi DNA traces mostly back to Italy? That might explain why Italian actors are so easily cast as Jews and vice versa in movies.

    27 WowJustWow > Hasn’t there been recent work showing that Ashkenazi DNA traces mostly back to Italy?

    Hitler completely fumbled the ball on German ideas to ship EuroJews to Eretz Israel.

    Whereas Mussolini’s friendliness, actually was one of the foundation stones of today’s Israel Navy

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig

    Hitler completely fumbled the ball on German ideas to ship EuroJews to Eretz Israel.
     
    Actually, Hitler didn't 'fumble' anything. The policy of allowing German Jews to resettle in the Palestinian Mandate (the so-called Transfer Agreement) had to be ended in 1939 when Britain declared war on Germany, because the Palestinian Mandate was then a protectorate of the British Empire.
  48. Minor correction: Balbo Drive runs east-west. It’s Columbus Drive that runs north-south through Grant Park.

  49. The Republicans have a new campaign ad, maybe they are beginning to wake up:

  50. Lot says:
    @AP
    European Jews' maternal ancestry is about 80% European, specifically mostly Italian. Their paternal ancestry is mostly Middle Eastern. The European Italian lineages are very old, from Roman times. This means that the European Jewish population was created when Jewish men from the Middle East living in what is now Italy converted and married locals during the time of the Roman Empire. After this community was established, it remained rather isolated genetically, with no more large-scale mixing with locals during post-Roman times. *

    There is about 10% non-Middle Eastern genetic origins paternally, much of which is northern and eastern European and occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire when Jews dispersed throughout Europe. It probably reflects infidelity, or rape during periods of persecution. So overall, European Jews are about 50% European, genetically.

    “So overall, European Jews are about 50% European, genetically”

    The newer estimates show less Levantine and more European shares. From a 2017 paper:

    “The inferred ancestry profile for AJ was 5% Western EU, 10% Eastern EU, 30% Levant, and 55% Southern EU”

    Good paper that provides estimates using a large number of methods:

    http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1006644

  51. @MikeatMikedotMike
    "I’d suggest renaming Congress Parkway as a nice, simple, friendly “Ida Parkway.”"

    Bad idea Steve. This will also cause a great amount of confusion within Chicago's black community because anytime one of its members refers to "Ida Parkway", the response will be "Wha choo mean, u da parkway?? Sheeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiit."

    Q: Why were there only 49 contestants in the Miss Black America beauty pageant?

    A: Nobody wanted to be Miss Idaho.

    • Disagree: Ghost of Bull Moose
  52. @Clifford Brown
    BALBO is a pretty great street name. Easy to remember. Sounds like the name of an Italian Hobbit.

    If you just add an "A" to the name, "BALBOA" Street can honor a fictional Italian-American boxer without offending the Left. "FERMI" would also make for a great street name.

    There is a Balto Monument in Central Park, New York City. As a sled dog, Balto might very well have had some fascist leanings.

    I was thinking we should just rename all streets after heroic animals, but who knows when they will come for Balto Drive?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    AGREED

    Achmed E. Newman
    3129 Scooby Doo Blvd, NE
    Melrose Vista, USA 90210
  53. @Karl
    27 WowJustWow > Hasn’t there been recent work showing that Ashkenazi DNA traces mostly back to Italy?


    Hitler completely fumbled the ball on German ideas to ship EuroJews to Eretz Israel.

    Whereas Mussolini's friendliness, actually was one of the foundation stones of today's Israel Navy

    Hitler completely fumbled the ball on German ideas to ship EuroJews to Eretz Israel.

    Actually, Hitler didn’t ‘fumble’ anything. The policy of allowing German Jews to resettle in the Palestinian Mandate (the so-called Transfer Agreement) had to be ended in 1939 when Britain declared war on Germany, because the Palestinian Mandate was then a protectorate of the British Empire.

  54. Ed says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    The Supreme Court has 5 Catholics, 3 Jews, and 1 Protestant (who was raised a Catholic).

    Anglo-Saxon Protestants have no more ethnic solidarity, so you can run down their ancestors without much consequence. White Catholics aren't that high-solidarity these days, but they still have a tiny amount. So it's harder to screw with them.

    The notable exception to the above observation was White Southerners, but even that's changing. Southern heritage is being gradually dismantled and forced into obscurity. For example, the Confederate flag is being removed from cities and state houses across the South.

    That's remarkable when you consider that the Confederate flag was a noncontroversial symbol as recently as the late 80s.

    Superstar liberal entertainer Tom Petty used to showcase the Confederate flag when he performed his song "Rebel." He recently apologized (before his death).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl-QQQlG60o

    "The Dukes of Hazard" was a very popular 80s era show about Southern good ole boys. They drove a car called "General Lee." The car had a Confederate flag on the roof.

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

    Nobody cared. It was fine. The show was recently taken off tv because of the "General Lee."

    If you look through old movies and TV shows, you'll see the Confederacy was often portrayed favorably. For example, the Twilight Zone (which was produced by Jewish-American progressive Rod Serling) had several episodes that had characters from the Confederacy. The Confederates were portrayed as brave, principled, and noble minded. Even in defeat, worthy of respect.

    In one Twilight Zone episode, Southern Confederate soldiers were shown walking to heaven, alongside Union soldiers. In another episode, Southern Confederates are offered victory if they accept Satan, but reject the offer (and embrace their coming defeat) because they're too high-minded to compromise their religious principles. So in the episode, they go down to defeat nobly.

    Another example is the movie "Song of the South." This movie, made by Disney, showcased Southern plantation life in a very favorable way. Watch the intro to the movie below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2o0-cjp4xo

    Aside from the Confederacy, the old South was often portrayed in a very idealized manner.

    Just look at the Andy Griffith Show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvSXdO7SDCE

    Or Gomer Pyle.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8GB_Bxp70

    The above positive portrayals happened for a reason. That reason was that following the Reconstruction era, Southerners (who felt they had been oppressed by Blacks and Northern Carpetbaggers) decided they needed to aggressively defend their heritage. So they made sure to shape American culture (entertainment, school textbooks, academia, politics, etc) in ways that showcased their heritage and their Confederacy favorably. They also built lots of monuments to Confederate soldiers&leaders and instilled Southern pride into their children. That lingered on through the 80s.

    So even the highest-solidarity Anglo-Saxon Protestant group can't defend their heritage anymore.

    Mississippi has a slightly higher % of blacks than Maryland. Yet Maryland is a solid blue state and Mississippi is a solid red state. For sure Maryland is about 40% non-Hispanic white but only about 55% of them vote Republican. In Mississippi that number approaches 90%.

    A recent poll of Virginia found that nearly 60% favored keeping confederate flags, statues on state property.

    In short Southern whites are doing a decent job of keeping their heritage in tact. Keep in mind it’s donestic and foreign migration that is changing the South not any change in attitude among its natives.

  55. I grasp that Balbo as a historic person was a true fascist in the 1930’s sense. But historically, the Italian fascist movement ended in any historical sense when Mussolini was shot by partisans on the roadside in 1943. We aren’t talking about a real political movement, and we aren’t talking about a real American political movement. . . its not some Confederate General.

    What this battle is about is whether the I-tyes or the Blacks have more juice in Chicago. The street could have been named after a convicted pedophile, if the surname is Italian, the Italian Americans want it to stay Italian. This is the other side of the Columbus Day, most of the political support for Columbus Day is not due to a desire to “preserve Western Civilization”, its angry Italians who don’t want their Genoan co-ethnic run down.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    Keep in mind that there’s an city election coming up, and the Dems want to keep the blacks on the plantation. Most of the Italians left for the suburbs decades ago.
    , @Kibernetika
    ...when Mussolini was shot by partisans on the roadside in 1943.

    1945
  56. @WowJustWow
    Hasn't there been recent work showing that Ashkenazi DNA traces mostly back to Italy? That might explain why Italian actors are so easily cast as Jews and vice versa in movies.

    When I was in Rome I thought lots of people looked Jewish.

  57. @Dan Hayes
    Steve,

    In NYC the Italians have the well-deserved reputation of being the very, very last to give into encroaching hordes laying siege to their neighborhoods.

    As a retired Jewish academic once said, Jews ensconced in their high rises are ancillary protected by baseball-bat-wielding Italian-Americans.

    In Chicago some Italian neighborhoods became black neighborhoods and others remained Italian. Almost all old Irish neighborhoods are black or mixed and Polish ones became Hispanic or mixed. My Mom’s old neighborhood is a mixture of middle class Hispanic people and white ethnics from Europe. White ethnics live in the suburbs and quasi-suburban neighborhoods in the city with Catholic churches that were never “national” (aligned with one ethnic group) churches.

  58. @Reg Cæsar
    Here's an idea:

    There's already a Cermak Road. Mayor Anton Cermak was killed by a bullet probably meant for President-elect Franklin Roosevelt, who sat beside him in a parade. Seven years later, the first member of Congress to endorse FDR for a third term was Theodore Bilbo.

    So just change one letter. "Bilbo Drive" is kinda catchy. Tolkienesque.

    The current consensus is that it was a mob hit made to look like the bullet was/might have been meant for FDR, to reduce the asking of questions and ensure that the assassin was tried and executed quickly. Also the shooter was mortally ill and his mob bosses promised his family would be taken care of.

  59. @JohnnyWalker123
    The Supreme Court has 5 Catholics, 3 Jews, and 1 Protestant (who was raised a Catholic).

    Anglo-Saxon Protestants have no more ethnic solidarity, so you can run down their ancestors without much consequence. White Catholics aren't that high-solidarity these days, but they still have a tiny amount. So it's harder to screw with them.

    The notable exception to the above observation was White Southerners, but even that's changing. Southern heritage is being gradually dismantled and forced into obscurity. For example, the Confederate flag is being removed from cities and state houses across the South.

    That's remarkable when you consider that the Confederate flag was a noncontroversial symbol as recently as the late 80s.

    Superstar liberal entertainer Tom Petty used to showcase the Confederate flag when he performed his song "Rebel." He recently apologized (before his death).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl-QQQlG60o

    "The Dukes of Hazard" was a very popular 80s era show about Southern good ole boys. They drove a car called "General Lee." The car had a Confederate flag on the roof.

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

    Nobody cared. It was fine. The show was recently taken off tv because of the "General Lee."

    If you look through old movies and TV shows, you'll see the Confederacy was often portrayed favorably. For example, the Twilight Zone (which was produced by Jewish-American progressive Rod Serling) had several episodes that had characters from the Confederacy. The Confederates were portrayed as brave, principled, and noble minded. Even in defeat, worthy of respect.

    In one Twilight Zone episode, Southern Confederate soldiers were shown walking to heaven, alongside Union soldiers. In another episode, Southern Confederates are offered victory if they accept Satan, but reject the offer (and embrace their coming defeat) because they're too high-minded to compromise their religious principles. So in the episode, they go down to defeat nobly.

    Another example is the movie "Song of the South." This movie, made by Disney, showcased Southern plantation life in a very favorable way. Watch the intro to the movie below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2o0-cjp4xo

    Aside from the Confederacy, the old South was often portrayed in a very idealized manner.

    Just look at the Andy Griffith Show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvSXdO7SDCE

    Or Gomer Pyle.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8GB_Bxp70

    The above positive portrayals happened for a reason. That reason was that following the Reconstruction era, Southerners (who felt they had been oppressed by Blacks and Northern Carpetbaggers) decided they needed to aggressively defend their heritage. So they made sure to shape American culture (entertainment, school textbooks, academia, politics, etc) in ways that showcased their heritage and their Confederacy favorably. They also built lots of monuments to Confederate soldiers&leaders and instilled Southern pride into their children. That lingered on through the 80s.

    So even the highest-solidarity Anglo-Saxon Protestant group can't defend their heritage anymore.

    Psst, it’s because they were Democrats back then.

  60. @Tiny Duck
    This is a prime example of white fragility

    If white "men" are so great how come you guys mess your pants everyone time someone suggests leveling the playing field so that white guys are only starting on third base instead of a few feet from home plate

    I think you mean lowering the pitcher’s mound so black guys can hit more home runs. Otherwise another fine mixed metaphor w/very few spelling errors! You’re the bestest, Tiny Duck!

  61. fnn says:

    The Chicago machine still holds a grudge against Eliot Ness:
    https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/No-Love-for-Eliot-Ness-Chicago-City-Council-247796501.html

    Hollywood may love Eliot Ness and his crime-busting ways. But that doesn’t mean Chicago has to.

    Members of the Chicago City Council Public Safety Committee were scheduled Friday to discuss a resolution sponsored by Finance Chairman Ed Burke (14th) and James Balcer (11th) that called for the rejection of a proposal to name a government building in Washington, D.C., after Ness.

    The move to rename the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms building is supported by both of the state’s U.S. Senators, Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk. However, Burke has called Ness and his role in capturing gangster Al Capone a “Hollywood myth” and says honoring the Prohibition lawman would be a disservice to others.

    The resolution argues that Ness “fell short of his legendary reputation,” and specifically cites Ness suffering from “bouts of heavy drinking and [a] checkered career after leaving the federal government” as reasons why he shouldn’t be honored.

    As well, the resolution also highlights “a late-night drunken driving incident and a high-profile failure to solve a series of bloody murders” as notable events in his career.

    It also mentions Ness’s unsuccessful bid for Mayor of Cleveland in 1947. As any Chicagoan knows, nothing makes someone less fit for public honor than running for and failing to win elected office.

  62. Just more “plaques for blacks” here. When do we get down to “first African taught to wear pants” or “first African to be taught how to use a toilet”? Or “first African taught to read and write”? These are truly the most monumental achievements in history no?

    • LOL: Forbes
  63. @Steve Sailer
    Boston WASPs, if any are left, are protected by turf-conscious Irish.

    Some similar dynamic may have been at work in Pittsburgh, but I don't understand that city's social structure.

    Detroit didn't much work like that. Everybody fled for the 'burbs.

    In Pittsburgh, There are still some distinctly Italian (Bloomfield) and Jewish(squirrel hill) neighborhoods but the working class Irish & Polish streets of shady side have become home to gay and other wealthy gentrifiers. I think most Irish moved up economically in the 1970s and so into bigger homes in the outskirts.

    Blacks still occupy East Liberty and Homewood and the Hill district. Maybe Pittsburgh’s mountainous terrain has prevented further white flight. It is physically difficult to walk between Squirrell Hill and Shady Side or East Liberty for example.

    • Replies: @Thea
    Also three big rivers divide out neighborhoods into enclaves. So crime localized to the criminal neighborhoods.
  64. @Thea
    In Pittsburgh, There are still some distinctly Italian (Bloomfield) and Jewish(squirrel hill) neighborhoods but the working class Irish & Polish streets of shady side have become home to gay and other wealthy gentrifiers. I think most Irish moved up economically in the 1970s and so into bigger homes in the outskirts.

    Blacks still occupy East Liberty and Homewood and the Hill district. Maybe Pittsburgh’s mountainous terrain has prevented further white flight. It is physically difficult to walk between Squirrell Hill and Shady Side or East Liberty for example.

    Also three big rivers divide out neighborhoods into enclaves. So crime localized to the criminal neighborhoods.

  65. @Clifford Brown
    BALBO is a pretty great street name. Easy to remember. Sounds like the name of an Italian Hobbit.

    If you just add an "A" to the name, "BALBOA" Street can honor a fictional Italian-American boxer without offending the Left. "FERMI" would also make for a great street name.

    There is a Balto Monument in Central Park, New York City. As a sled dog, Balto might very well have had some fascist leanings.

    Balboa Park in San Diego is named after a Conquistador who reportedly fed homosexual American Indians to his dogs, but no one seems to have cared much yet.

  66. @Reg Cæsar

    Just look at the Andy Griffith Show.
     
    I can't hear the word "opioid" without that theme song entering my head.

    Haha, you are talking about Opie Cunningham, right?

  67. A compromise should be drawn up to please both the Italian/American community and the African/American community. Just rename it Alfonse Capone Boulevard. He provided lots of jobs during the depression for everyone, so a few people got caught in friendly fire, and he was a little behind in his taxes but employed lots of blacks keeping his shoes shiny. Ne vinci un po ‘, ne perdi un po’. (You win some, you lose some.)

  68. @JohnnyWalker123
    The Supreme Court has 5 Catholics, 3 Jews, and 1 Protestant (who was raised a Catholic).

    Anglo-Saxon Protestants have no more ethnic solidarity, so you can run down their ancestors without much consequence. White Catholics aren't that high-solidarity these days, but they still have a tiny amount. So it's harder to screw with them.

    The notable exception to the above observation was White Southerners, but even that's changing. Southern heritage is being gradually dismantled and forced into obscurity. For example, the Confederate flag is being removed from cities and state houses across the South.

    That's remarkable when you consider that the Confederate flag was a noncontroversial symbol as recently as the late 80s.

    Superstar liberal entertainer Tom Petty used to showcase the Confederate flag when he performed his song "Rebel." He recently apologized (before his death).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl-QQQlG60o

    "The Dukes of Hazard" was a very popular 80s era show about Southern good ole boys. They drove a car called "General Lee." The car had a Confederate flag on the roof.

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

    Nobody cared. It was fine. The show was recently taken off tv because of the "General Lee."

    If you look through old movies and TV shows, you'll see the Confederacy was often portrayed favorably. For example, the Twilight Zone (which was produced by Jewish-American progressive Rod Serling) had several episodes that had characters from the Confederacy. The Confederates were portrayed as brave, principled, and noble minded. Even in defeat, worthy of respect.

    In one Twilight Zone episode, Southern Confederate soldiers were shown walking to heaven, alongside Union soldiers. In another episode, Southern Confederates are offered victory if they accept Satan, but reject the offer (and embrace their coming defeat) because they're too high-minded to compromise their religious principles. So in the episode, they go down to defeat nobly.

    Another example is the movie "Song of the South." This movie, made by Disney, showcased Southern plantation life in a very favorable way. Watch the intro to the movie below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2o0-cjp4xo

    Aside from the Confederacy, the old South was often portrayed in a very idealized manner.

    Just look at the Andy Griffith Show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvSXdO7SDCE

    Or Gomer Pyle.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8GB_Bxp70

    The above positive portrayals happened for a reason. That reason was that following the Reconstruction era, Southerners (who felt they had been oppressed by Blacks and Northern Carpetbaggers) decided they needed to aggressively defend their heritage. So they made sure to shape American culture (entertainment, school textbooks, academia, politics, etc) in ways that showcased their heritage and their Confederacy favorably. They also built lots of monuments to Confederate soldiers&leaders and instilled Southern pride into their children. That lingered on through the 80s.

    So even the highest-solidarity Anglo-Saxon Protestant group can't defend their heritage anymore.

    It is known in the South as the “Rebel” flag, Johnny. Only Yankee transients, newcomers and politicians call it the “Confederate” flag. Yes, it was on the roof of the General Lee, but I can remember seeing rebel flag license tags on the front of black people’s cars. No, that’s not made up – the Lyin’ Press and cntrl-left have done well (for themselves) changing the narrative on this.

    As to Andy, just last fall I wrote the quick post Watching Andy Taylor Griffith and Barn about a younger black lady who I found watching the show on her phone, two days in a row at break time. It was nice to see!

  69. @Steve Sailer
    I was thinking we should just rename all streets after heroic animals, but who knows when they will come for Balto Drive?

    AGREED

    Achmed E. Newman
    3129 Scooby Doo Blvd, NE
    Melrose Vista, USA 90210

  70. And meanwhile, Samuel Dickstein Plaza, named after the rabbi who was a soviet spy and a HUAC co-founder, remains in New York.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/nyregion/samuel-dickstein-plaza-manhattan-soviet-spy.html

    • Replies: @Forbes
    In the city with a communist mayor, who honeymooned in Cuba, it makes complete sense.
  71. @JohnnyD
    A similar thing happened at last year's Columbus Day Parade in New York. The Italians booed De Blasio for considering the removal of a Columbus statue. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/nyregion/mayor-de-blasio-columbus-parade.html

    I used to have a friend who was part black and also a member of an Indian tribe. He grew up in a reservation. I won’t say which one.

    Anyway, back on October 12, 1992, a group of Indians and their friends decided to have some protest demonstrations. They had permits and everything.

    For the next part, remember that David Dinkins was mayor of NYC at the time.

    At one point some Italian police got fed up with Indians protesting Columbus, so they charged the marchers, rather violently. BUT, they did not touch my friend because he was black.

    Another guy I knew, mixed black and Indian, had exactly the same experience the same day in a different part of NYC. The cops would not touch him because black, but they went after anyone who looked Indian or white or mixed white/Indian.

    Didn’t matter that all these protesters had permits, and were all peaceful. They were protesting Columbus, and no Italian, badge or not, will stand for that.

    Of course, these guys voted for Dinkins when he ran for re-election.

    Moral of the story: the Italians will **** with you, unless they see you as more powerful.

  72. @Rapparee
    The Brahmins are still around, or so I've been assured by various converts to Catholicism and Harvard-affiliated priests who claimed to know some of them. They generally don't make much noise. Supposedly you can find them at places like the Somerset Club or the Church of the Advent, though I obviously can't verify any of that firsthand. As to whether they're protected by the Irish, a quick tally of my acquaintances in the Boston Police Department suggests a qualified "Yes".

    Basically, the Brahmins are greatly reduced in number, are they not? Even if technically extant.

    As far back as Nathaniel Weyl, he noted the declining fertility of Puritan stock. But I don’t think Weyl explained why. I suppose it has something to do with sending women to college? Not good for replacement-rate fertility.

    • Replies: @Rapparee
    The Lambeth Conference of 1930 and its many imitators were not good for Protestant fertility. That said, there are still a ton of Puritan descendants around, just fewer who are un-mixed with anything else (Most youngish "ethnic" Catholics in America these days actually have at least a drop or two of British Protestant ancestry somewhere). Flaunting your Winthrop Fleet pedigree is also very much out-of-fashion in this political and social climate, when SJWs think the Daughters of the American Revolution are basically indistinguishable from the Schutzstaffel.

    WASPs are to the USA what water is to a fish- so all-pervasive and taken for granted that we don't even notice them.
  73. res says:
    @J.Ross
    OT Awful sexism: Women could code if they had to, but they don't want to

    Last week, Reges, a lecturer at the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, kicked over this particular hornet's nest by publishing an article entitled “Why Women Don’t Code,” on the website Quillette. Reges, who has been on the UW faculty for nearly 15 years and has worked in tech for over 30, has a long history of mentoring women in the field, and in his article, he argues that it's not systemic oppression that has made tech a boys' club. Rather, he says, women don't code because they don't want to.
     
    https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/06/26/28210971/university-of-washington-computer-science-lecturer-explains-why-why-women-dont-code-chaos-ensues

    https://quillette.com/2018/06/19/why-women-dont-code/

    I like his framing of this:

    The Equality Agenda Versus the Equity Agenda

    While the equality agenda focuses on equality of opportunity, the equity agenda is concerned with outcomes. Its proponents don’t demand equal outcomes but instead use unequal outcomes as evidence that there is more work to be done. So, unless or until we reach perfect gender parity, they will continue to argue for more diversity programs for women.

    I think this comment is worth repeating:

    Sam Vee
    June 19, 2018

    Your comment is right here and your viewpoint is constantly held up as the only valid one by influential individuals and outlets. I would invite you to get some perspective of your own.

    Who cared about Damore’s sense of being judged and stereotyped as a “white techbro”? Who cared that given his age, he has literally never been alive at a time when women were underrepresented at colleges? Not the multitude of articles clutching pearls in response. Did any of them bother to consider the violation of Damore’s autonomy and privacy by leaking his internal memo? Did they consider his safety and ask for his opinion first?

    Of course not, and merely asking these questions invited guffaws and scoffs, highlighting perfectly that all this rhetoric about sensitivity is a red herring nobody actually believes. Being judged by stereotypes is just dandy if the target is a man, and denigrating people is fine if it suits the political agenda that women deserve for free what men have always worked hard and competed with each other for.

    I have a hard time believing that someone who claims to be smart does not recognize the complete and utter lack of consistency in the arguments being made. Feminism gets to elevate its own feelings as facts, and denigrates others’ facts as feelings… and pretends this is for equality and diversity.

    I wonder what will end up happening to Stuart Reges. This article is a fairly thoughtful look at his piece and some of the fallout: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/06/25/lecturers-explanation-gender-gap-computer-science-it-reflect-womens-choices

  74. @Steve Sailer
    Boston WASPs, if any are left, are protected by turf-conscious Irish.

    Some similar dynamic may have been at work in Pittsburgh, but I don't understand that city's social structure.

    Detroit didn't much work like that. Everybody fled for the 'burbs.

    As opposed to Boston Italians, who protect themselves.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2018/06/north_end_business_owners_fight_planned_starbucks

    Coffee chain in the North End? Fuggedaboutit!

  75. https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/johnson/article/Oakland-Will-Honor-Irish-Hero-Street-to-be-2898179.php

    There is a block long street named after Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams in the City of Oakland, in 1999, near the Nelson Mandala Parkway.

    It’s all about display of power, the name stays if their victim groups don’t have enough clout to make sufficient noises.

    • Replies: @Alden
    The terrorist Gerry Adams is White. How did he get an Oakland street named after him?
  76. @Tiny Duck
    This is a prime example of white fragility

    If white "men" are so great how come you guys mess your pants everyone time someone suggests leveling the playing field so that white guys are only starting on third base instead of a few feet from home plate

    White men don’t “mess” our pants, Ms. Duck.

    (“Mess” as excremental verb referring to ordure dating only to the earliest 1900s).

    We boldly shit them.

    (Old English scitan, from Proto-Germanic *skit– (source also of North Frisian skitj, Dutch schijten, German scheissen), from PIE root *skei– “to cut, split.”)

    Then tighten our grip on our rifles/swords/pikes and push forward. In formation.

  77. Having a Wells Street and a Wells Avenue/Boulevard will be confusing.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    It will be like navigating all the Peachtree this and Peachtree that in Atlanta.
  78. WRM says:

    Here’s something else the SJWs to get their bowls in an uproar over. This work of art was a present from il Duce. I had the pleasure not only to see this work of art but dine in the “General Forrest hotel” back in the early 1970s.

    http://www.romegeorgia.com/capwolf.html

  79. @Dan Hayes
    Steve,

    In NYC the Italians have the well-deserved reputation of being the very, very last to give into encroaching hordes laying siege to their neighborhoods.

    As a retired Jewish academic once said, Jews ensconced in their high rises are ancillary protected by baseball-bat-wielding Italian-Americans.

    I’d say Little Italy (Manhattan) is a shell of its former self, as Chinatown has significantly encroached–though both are basically tourist attractions, not residential communities.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Little Italy (Manhattan) is not bad to stroll through when all you expect is a tourist attraction. I went in a nice quiet church there that is decorated (authentically) in over the top Sicilian-American motif and imagined Martin Scorsese being an altar boy there. (Dunno if he was, but it didn't seem implausible).
    , @Paleo Liberal
    Actually, quite a few people DO live in and near Chinatown. That is one of the reasons why it has expanded,

    I remember back in 1982, taking a train to the Grand Street station to get to Chinatown. In those days I had to walk through the Bowery, which no longer exists, in order to get to Chinatown. These days the Grand Street station is one of the busiest parts of Chinatown.
  80. @WowJustWow
    Elie Wiesel's name is on a Central Park-adjacent intersection in Manhattan, and after he had a bit of a posthumous #MeToo moment, I always check to see if it's been taken down when I pass by.

    It's always fun to discover honorary street designations in the city that I've never noticed before. My favorite is the exceptionally clunky "People With AIDS Plaza". The name is only visible on one easily overlooked lamppost next to at a T-shaped intersection by City Hall. Perhaps it refers to the sidewalk of Broadway along City Hall Park, which, while certainly a larger sidewalk than most, hosts none of the amenities or gatherings that would merit the appellation "plaza" (aside from one outdoor snack stand, but you don't even encounter it until you've gone far enough that the name has become Steve Flanders Square). It's the only honorary place name I know of that doesn't commemorate a particular person or even a formal group of people but an intensionally-defined population whose size we don't know precisely, poetically echoed by the uncertainty of precisely where the plaza begins and ends. It almost makes it more tragic if you try to imagine how the decision to add the designation ever came about. People with AIDS: anonymous and invisible in life, anonymous and invisible in death, anonymous and invisible once again in half-assed acts of public recognition.

    My guess would be that this sign was first put up in the early 90’s. The thing to remember about AIDS and Manhattan in the late 80’s and early 90’s, is that one saw men close to death every day. Often people one worked with. And whatever your feelings about what they were dying from, it was impossible not to care about the 135-pound guy before you, covered in little sores, sitting four steps up, waiting for the gumption to do the next seven. It really felt like a plague. Most white New Yorkers would have supported some kind of memorial designation with a ceremony, attended by a bunch of hopeless cases, to give them the impression that their lives mattered and would be remembered. Seems like a lot of us fall back on that delusion.

  81. @Forbes
    I'd say Little Italy (Manhattan) is a shell of its former self, as Chinatown has significantly encroached--though both are basically tourist attractions, not residential communities.

    Little Italy (Manhattan) is not bad to stroll through when all you expect is a tourist attraction. I went in a nice quiet church there that is decorated (authentically) in over the top Sicilian-American motif and imagined Martin Scorsese being an altar boy there. (Dunno if he was, but it didn’t seem implausible).

    • Replies: @Forbes
    That's interesting that you use "Sicilian-American," as I know some with that heritage who object to being referred to as Italian, and insist their heritage is Sicilian. Granted, a small sample, but...
  82. @J.Ross
    OT NBC's Lester Holt to Trump: you can't just insult away the weapons of mass destruction -- I mean the years of integrity, which the mainstream news has built.
    https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1011834261136175106
    Holt was filling in for Brian Williams, who was giving birth.

    Of course Trump can’t insult away the years of integrity network news have built up…the networks have trashed their integrity all on their own.

    Trump is merely pointing it out.

  83. @Flip
    Having a Wells Street and a Wells Avenue/Boulevard will be confusing.

    It will be like navigating all the Peachtree this and Peachtree that in Atlanta.

  84. @Steve Sailer
    Little Italy (Manhattan) is not bad to stroll through when all you expect is a tourist attraction. I went in a nice quiet church there that is decorated (authentically) in over the top Sicilian-American motif and imagined Martin Scorsese being an altar boy there. (Dunno if he was, but it didn't seem implausible).

    That’s interesting that you use “Sicilian-American,” as I know some with that heritage who object to being referred to as Italian, and insist their heritage is Sicilian. Granted, a small sample, but…

    • Replies: @Z-man
    Yeah, it seems that Sailer has a thing about 'Italians'. I wonder how he really feels about Jooz.
  85. @WowJustWow
    Elie Wiesel's name is on a Central Park-adjacent intersection in Manhattan, and after he had a bit of a posthumous #MeToo moment, I always check to see if it's been taken down when I pass by.

    It's always fun to discover honorary street designations in the city that I've never noticed before. My favorite is the exceptionally clunky "People With AIDS Plaza". The name is only visible on one easily overlooked lamppost next to at a T-shaped intersection by City Hall. Perhaps it refers to the sidewalk of Broadway along City Hall Park, which, while certainly a larger sidewalk than most, hosts none of the amenities or gatherings that would merit the appellation "plaza" (aside from one outdoor snack stand, but you don't even encounter it until you've gone far enough that the name has become Steve Flanders Square). It's the only honorary place name I know of that doesn't commemorate a particular person or even a formal group of people but an intensionally-defined population whose size we don't know precisely, poetically echoed by the uncertainty of precisely where the plaza begins and ends. It almost makes it more tragic if you try to imagine how the decision to add the designation ever came about. People with AIDS: anonymous and invisible in life, anonymous and invisible in death, anonymous and invisible once again in half-assed acts of public recognition.

    Well, 49 years after RFK’s assassination they renamed the Triborough Bridge in his honor.

    So the renaming practice is a bit odd.

    • Replies: @Z-man
    Yeah I hate that no matter what political affiliation. They will always be The Tappan Zee, Triborough, 59th Street bridges etc. to me.
  86. @J1234
    And meanwhile, Samuel Dickstein Plaza, named after the rabbi who was a soviet spy and a HUAC co-founder, remains in New York.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/nyregion/samuel-dickstein-plaza-manhattan-soviet-spy.html

    In the city with a communist mayor, who honeymooned in Cuba, it makes complete sense.

  87. @MikeatMikedotMike
    "I’d suggest renaming Congress Parkway as a nice, simple, friendly “Ida Parkway.”"

    Bad idea Steve. This will also cause a great amount of confusion within Chicago's black community because anytime one of its members refers to "Ida Parkway", the response will be "Wha choo mean, u da parkway?? Sheeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiit."

    Ya just swept my thought away there Mikey! There’s just so much going out there, one can’t make the rounds fast enough.

  88. Ida B. Wells-Barnett sounds like a character name if Dickens or Waugh had written a novel about suffragettes and anti-drinking crusaders in early 20th century America.

    Also, isn’t being an anti-lynching activist kind of going after low-hanging fruit, so to speak?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Not in July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931

    Ida B. Wells sounds like a perfectly legit black woman American heroine. I sympathize with the idea of renaming Balbo Drive for her, except that there already is another Wells street not far away.

  89. @Tom Wilkes
    Ida B. Wells-Barnett sounds like a character name if Dickens or Waugh had written a novel about suffragettes and anti-drinking crusaders in early 20th century America.

    Also, isn't being an anti-lynching activist kind of going after low-hanging fruit, so to speak?

    Not in July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931

    Ida B. Wells sounds like a perfectly legit black woman American heroine. I sympathize with the idea of renaming Balbo Drive for her, except that there already is another Wells street not far away.

  90. There is, or was, a largish public housing project on the South Side called the Ida B. Wells Homes. It might have been Cabrinied. I don’t get that way since I’ve moved to the suburbs, so I don’t know.

  91. @Reg Cæsar
    Here's an idea:

    There's already a Cermak Road. Mayor Anton Cermak was killed by a bullet probably meant for President-elect Franklin Roosevelt, who sat beside him in a parade. Seven years later, the first member of Congress to endorse FDR for a third term was Theodore Bilbo.

    So just change one letter. "Bilbo Drive" is kinda catchy. Tolkienesque.

    There is a good case to be made that Cermak, not FDR, was the intended target.

  92. @Tulip
    I grasp that Balbo as a historic person was a true fascist in the 1930's sense. But historically, the Italian fascist movement ended in any historical sense when Mussolini was shot by partisans on the roadside in 1943. We aren't talking about a real political movement, and we aren't talking about a real American political movement. . . its not some Confederate General.

    What this battle is about is whether the I-tyes or the Blacks have more juice in Chicago. The street could have been named after a convicted pedophile, if the surname is Italian, the Italian Americans want it to stay Italian. This is the other side of the Columbus Day, most of the political support for Columbus Day is not due to a desire to "preserve Western Civilization", its angry Italians who don't want their Genoan co-ethnic run down.

    Keep in mind that there’s an city election coming up, and the Dems want to keep the blacks on the plantation. Most of the Italians left for the suburbs decades ago.

  93. @Benjaminl
    Basically, the Brahmins are greatly reduced in number, are they not? Even if technically extant.

    As far back as Nathaniel Weyl, he noted the declining fertility of Puritan stock. But I don't think Weyl explained why. I suppose it has something to do with sending women to college? Not good for replacement-rate fertility.

    The Lambeth Conference of 1930 and its many imitators were not good for Protestant fertility. That said, there are still a ton of Puritan descendants around, just fewer who are un-mixed with anything else (Most youngish “ethnic” Catholics in America these days actually have at least a drop or two of British Protestant ancestry somewhere). Flaunting your Winthrop Fleet pedigree is also very much out-of-fashion in this political and social climate, when SJWs think the Daughters of the American Revolution are basically indistinguishable from the Schutzstaffel.

    WASPs are to the USA what water is to a fish- so all-pervasive and taken for granted that we don’t even notice them.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    Rapparee:

    Thanks for the Sobran citation and provided publication access. He really hit the nail on the head with regard to the basic decency of American protestants. Not so surprisingly I was raised in a NYC neighborhood devoid of protestants. And the early deaths of Joe Sobran and Sam Francis were great losses.
    , @benjaminl
    I once visited a historic house museum on Beacon Hill. The last members of the family were 19th-century women who went to college, chose not to have husbands or kids, and devoted their life to Causes. Not too many other ethnic groups were doing that already by 1900, right? But now it's quite common -- I guess that's another example of the post-Puritan influence being ubiquitous in the air we breathe...
  94. @Tulip
    I grasp that Balbo as a historic person was a true fascist in the 1930's sense. But historically, the Italian fascist movement ended in any historical sense when Mussolini was shot by partisans on the roadside in 1943. We aren't talking about a real political movement, and we aren't talking about a real American political movement. . . its not some Confederate General.

    What this battle is about is whether the I-tyes or the Blacks have more juice in Chicago. The street could have been named after a convicted pedophile, if the surname is Italian, the Italian Americans want it to stay Italian. This is the other side of the Columbus Day, most of the political support for Columbus Day is not due to a desire to "preserve Western Civilization", its angry Italians who don't want their Genoan co-ethnic run down.

    …when Mussolini was shot by partisans on the roadside in 1943.

    1945

  95. @Forbes
    I'd say Little Italy (Manhattan) is a shell of its former self, as Chinatown has significantly encroached--though both are basically tourist attractions, not residential communities.

    Actually, quite a few people DO live in and near Chinatown. That is one of the reasons why it has expanded,

    I remember back in 1982, taking a train to the Grand Street station to get to Chinatown. In those days I had to walk through the Bowery, which no longer exists, in order to get to Chinatown. These days the Grand Street station is one of the busiest parts of Chinatown.

  96. @niteranger
    Well if that's the logic let's tear down all the Martin Luther King statues, road signs, and references since he was a Communist (also a serial plagiarist and had a proclivity for drugs and sex with white prostitutes). In fact, he was such a Commie he was rebuked by the black supreme court judge Thurgood Marshal for his Communist ties. Check the FBI report on old Marty. It would be great if they release all the stuff they had on King the country would explode. He's not the hero the leftist Khazar Media make him out to be.

    It would be great if they release all the stuff they had on King the country would explode.

    Only in the manner Pat Moynihan exploded when Jesse Helms read out the MLK stuff Sam Francis fed him.

    The court that sealed his records for decades probably figured the way the country was headed, most Americans would no longer raise an eyebrow at the activities portrayed as they themselves would be as or more corrupt. That turned out to be a good gamble.

    King was savvy enough to keep his pants-down life consensual, and, like straight Catholic priests who stray, to stick to partners who had as much to lose as did he.

    Still, it would be great fun to see #MeToo come to King. If you think the Left was Olympicly hypocritical with the Clintons…

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    Reg Caesar:

    Unfortunately Moynihan's intelligence was overshadowed by his political duplicity. I say this more in sorrow than in anger since both his forbears and mine are buried in the same County Kerry graveyard.

    What a waste of god-given talent! All in the service of his political aggrandizement!

  97. @Reg Cæsar

    It would be great if they release all the stuff they had on King the country would explode.
     
    Only in the manner Pat Moynihan exploded when Jesse Helms read out the MLK stuff Sam Francis fed him.

    The court that sealed his records for decades probably figured the way the country was headed, most Americans would no longer raise an eyebrow at the activities portrayed as they themselves would be as or more corrupt. That turned out to be a good gamble.

    King was savvy enough to keep his pants-down life consensual, and, like straight Catholic priests who stray, to stick to partners who had as much to lose as did he.

    Still, it would be great fun to see #MeToo come to King. If you think the Left was Olympicly hypocritical with the Clintons...

    Reg Caesar:

    Unfortunately Moynihan’s intelligence was overshadowed by his political duplicity. I say this more in sorrow than in anger since both his forbears and mine are buried in the same County Kerry graveyard.

    What a waste of god-given talent! All in the service of his political aggrandizement!

    • Agree: Z-man
    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    What a waste of god-given talent! All in the service of his political aggrandizement!
     
    Agreed. DPM talked a good game, but voted D every single time.
  98. @Rapparee
    The Lambeth Conference of 1930 and its many imitators were not good for Protestant fertility. That said, there are still a ton of Puritan descendants around, just fewer who are un-mixed with anything else (Most youngish "ethnic" Catholics in America these days actually have at least a drop or two of British Protestant ancestry somewhere). Flaunting your Winthrop Fleet pedigree is also very much out-of-fashion in this political and social climate, when SJWs think the Daughters of the American Revolution are basically indistinguishable from the Schutzstaffel.

    WASPs are to the USA what water is to a fish- so all-pervasive and taken for granted that we don't even notice them.

    Rapparee:

    Thanks for the Sobran citation and provided publication access. He really hit the nail on the head with regard to the basic decency of American protestants. Not so surprisingly I was raised in a NYC neighborhood devoid of protestants. And the early deaths of Joe Sobran and Sam Francis were great losses.

  99. @Dan Hayes
    Reg Caesar:

    Unfortunately Moynihan's intelligence was overshadowed by his political duplicity. I say this more in sorrow than in anger since both his forbears and mine are buried in the same County Kerry graveyard.

    What a waste of god-given talent! All in the service of his political aggrandizement!

    What a waste of god-given talent! All in the service of his political aggrandizement!

    Agreed. DPM talked a good game, but voted D every single time.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  100. @Rapparee
    The Lambeth Conference of 1930 and its many imitators were not good for Protestant fertility. That said, there are still a ton of Puritan descendants around, just fewer who are un-mixed with anything else (Most youngish "ethnic" Catholics in America these days actually have at least a drop or two of British Protestant ancestry somewhere). Flaunting your Winthrop Fleet pedigree is also very much out-of-fashion in this political and social climate, when SJWs think the Daughters of the American Revolution are basically indistinguishable from the Schutzstaffel.

    WASPs are to the USA what water is to a fish- so all-pervasive and taken for granted that we don't even notice them.

    I once visited a historic house museum on Beacon Hill. The last members of the family were 19th-century women who went to college, chose not to have husbands or kids, and devoted their life to Causes. Not too many other ethnic groups were doing that already by 1900, right? But now it’s quite common — I guess that’s another example of the post-Puritan influence being ubiquitous in the air we breathe…

  101. @L Woods
    Mussolini did supposedly call him a "democratic pig" some time before the questionable "friendly fire" incident.

    Balbo looks like Harpo Marx….

  102. @1661er
    https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/johnson/article/Oakland-Will-Honor-Irish-Hero-Street-to-be-2898179.php

    There is a block long street named after Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams in the City of Oakland, in 1999, near the Nelson Mandala Parkway.

    It's all about display of power, the name stays if their victim groups don't have enough clout to make sufficient noises.

    The terrorist Gerry Adams is White. How did he get an Oakland street named after him?

  103. @Forbes
    That's interesting that you use "Sicilian-American," as I know some with that heritage who object to being referred to as Italian, and insist their heritage is Sicilian. Granted, a small sample, but...

    Yeah, it seems that Sailer has a thing about ‘Italians’. I wonder how he really feels about Jooz.

  104. Put a few pounds on that emaciated punk Robert Downey Jr. and he can play Balbo in a biopic, lol.

  105. @AP
    European Jews' maternal ancestry is about 80% European, specifically mostly Italian. Their paternal ancestry is mostly Middle Eastern. The European Italian lineages are very old, from Roman times. This means that the European Jewish population was created when Jewish men from the Middle East living in what is now Italy converted and married locals during the time of the Roman Empire. After this community was established, it remained rather isolated genetically, with no more large-scale mixing with locals during post-Roman times. *

    There is about 10% non-Middle Eastern genetic origins paternally, much of which is northern and eastern European and occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire when Jews dispersed throughout Europe. It probably reflects infidelity, or rape during periods of persecution. So overall, European Jews are about 50% European, genetically.

    Yeah I remember when I was a kid and went to this mostly Jooish get together on movies and one of the Jooz, singling me out, stated that there were many Jooz in Italy’s history. Of course I was ignorant of these facts then but I naturally bristled to that statement. Unsurprisingly I wasn’t invited to any more of their get togethers, lol. ‘That’s why I haven’t made it in Hollywood’ damn! LOL

  106. @Forbes
    Well, 49 years after RFK's assassination they renamed the Triborough Bridge in his honor.

    So the renaming practice is a bit odd.

    Yeah I hate that no matter what political affiliation. They will always be The Tappan Zee, Triborough, 59th Street bridges etc. to me.

  107. @J.Ross
    OT! JEWS! MEXICANS! VAMPIRES! CARTOONS! POLITICIANS! AY CAREMBA!

    Claudia Sheinbaum, the first Jewish political candidate in [M]exico was drawn like this [image at links; it's a vampire in roughly the style of the Power Puff Girls, holding a bag of gold pieces] by the team of one of her election rivals.
    So far the image has only drawn attention for because it is a trace over of several star vs the forces of evil posters, and the author said she was going to tell the Disney legal team. People out there are not aware that she's Jewish and here they haven't caught on to the implications.

     

    https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=es&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=es-419&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fajplusespanol%2Fstatus%2F1011678101145780224&edit-text=&act=url

    https://twitter.com/ajplusespanol/status/1011678101145780224

    http://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/176569454

    I love it! Viva the Alejandra Barrales promo team.

  108. The Jews of Hollywood (a redundant term) were more than happy to fulfill stereotypes of Italians in the thirties and beyond while staying mostly clear of slurring their own ‘sainted’ Tribe.

    As for Rhami Emanuel and his lackadaisical approach to correcting an evil injustice, lol, my previous comment was edited out so I will end it here…lol.
    BTW the Russian Mafia is actually Еврей-иш and far more powerful than our ‘all American’ one. (Grin)

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