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Ann Coulter’s new column:

Ann Coulter: Give Me Your Tired Arguments…

by ANN COULTER 1 Feb

Has the world “Coulter” appeared often enough yet?

Everything said about President Trump’s “Muslim ban” is a lie — including that it’s a Muslim ban.

… it has been indignantly claimed that it’s illegal for our immigration policies to discriminate on the basis of religion.

This is often said by journalists who are only in America because of immigration policies that discriminated on the basis of religion.

Julia Ioffe, Max Boot, the Gessen siblings … how many more?

For much of the last half-century, Soviet Jews were given nearly automatic entry to the U.S. as “refugees.”

That’s what my latest Taki’s Magazine column, “Extended Stay America,” is about: how, even though my relations are not particularly exotic, I can come up with four examples of how my relatives were affected by or involved with America’s immigration law preference for Soviet Jews. For example, about 45 years ago my cousin Mike, recently out of Georgetown Law, got a job working for Senator Henry Jackson, who went on to author the once-hugely famous Jackson-Vanik Amendment to benefit Soviet Jews.

Entering as a refugee confers all sorts of benefits unavailable to other immigrants, including loads of welfare programs, health insurance, job placement services, English language classes, and the opportunity to apply for U.S. citizenship after only five years.

Most important, though, Soviet Jews were not required to satisfy the United Nations definition of a “refugee,” to wit: someone fleeing persecution based on race, religion or national origin. They just had to prove they were Jewish.

The “Save Soviet Jews” obsession of the Brezhnev Era was a brilliant Nixon Administration ploy to detach American Jews from the Left.

This may have been good policy, but let’s not pretend the Jewish exception was not based on religion.

If a temporary pause on refugee admissions from seven majority-Muslim countries constitutes “targeting” Muslims, then our immigration policy “targeted” Christians for discrimination for about 30 years.

Elliott Abrams wrote last year on the Council of Foreign Relations blog about Syrian refugees:

But when you have been running a refugee program for years, and you have accepted 10,612 Sunni refugees and 56 Christians, and it is obvious why and obvious how to fix it, and nothing is done to fix it, well, the results speak more loudly than speeches, laws, intentions, or excuses. In effect we make it almost impossible for Christian refugees to get here.

The most straightforward explanation for this Disparate Impact is that former President Obama, after many years in the White House, still liked Muslims but was sick of Arabs, as his exit interview with Jeffrey Goldberg suggests, so Christian Arabs were particularly out of luck.

Back to Ann:

Never heard a peep from the ACLU about religious discrimination back then! …

In 1966, one year after the 1965 immigration act, immigrants from Cuba suddenly got special immigration privileges. In 1986, immigrants from Ireland did.

Ted Kennedy merely wanted to admit more distant cousins to vote for himself and for future Kennedys. (Similarly, Ariel Sharon admitted lots of marginally Jewish Russians t0 Israel who found it natural to believe that making Sharon Prime Minister of Israel was a good idea, although Israel’s rabbis tended to disagree that they were Jewish enough. Some of them have since moved to my neighborhood.)

People from Vietnam and Indochina got special immigration rights for 20 years after the end of the Vietnam War.

The 1965 law, quite obviously, did not prohibit discrimination based on national origin. (I was wondering why the Times would sully its pages with the legal opinion of a Grove City College B.A., like Bier! Any “expert” in a storm, I guess.)

Ann attended the private part of Cornell, she’d like you to know, unlike Bill Maher (or is it Keith Olberman?), who attended the public part.

… As the former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, described “diversity” in Der Spiegel: “In multiracial societies, you don’t vote in accordance with your economic interests and social interests, you vote in accordance with race and religion.”

That’s our immigration policy — plus a healthy dose of Emma Lazarus’ insane idea that all countries of the world should send their losers to us. (Thanks, Emma!) …

Point two: I happened to notice that even the stellar Muslim immigrants dug up by the Times seem to bring a lot of elderly and sickly relatives with them. Guess who gets to support them?

Similarly, Julia Ioffe who writes articles about how racist Americans are for not taking in more immigrants, is one of 60 members of her clan that got into the U.S. for being Soviet/Russian Jews.

 
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  1. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “Similarly, Julia Ioffe who writes articles about racist Americans are for not taking in more immigrants, is one of 60 members of her clan that got into the U.S. for being Soviet/Russian Jews.”

    New immigration criteria should be:

    Accept those with gratitude, Reject those with attitude.

    Ioffe is one nasty bitch.

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    • Replies: @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.
    , @pyrrhus
    Since Ioffe says she didn't come here on the Jewish exemption, can we deport her now? Maybe Vlad would take her back as a special favor...
    , @syonredux

    New immigration criteria should be:

    Accept those with gratitude, Reject those with attitude.
     
    Here's my rule of thumb: Don't admit anyone who qualifies for affirmative action.
    , @thisisaknife
    New immigration criteria should be:
    Accept those with gratitude, Reject those with attitude.


    Everybody would start showing up acting really grateful with big smiles! Many already do. Then they breed. The next generation less smiley happy people, more angry, stabby.
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  2. Steve,

    Why all that “Ann Coulter” references? By crediting her extensively, are you trying to highlight the fact she did not credit you?

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    • LOL: Daniel H
    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    Why all that “Ann Coulter” references?
     
    Leave Steve alone. Ann Coulter, a bright New Canaan, Connecticut girl, deserves a LOT of credit right now.

    The article by her is excellent, and I'm glad Steve is drawing your attention to it.

    Ann is always spot on. (She's a VERY fun girl too!)

    , @Anonymous

    Steve,

    Why all that “Ann Coulter” references? By crediting her extensively, are you trying to highlight the fact she did not credit you?
     

    That does seem kind of petty. And given this is pretty well-known stuff by informed people above the age of 50, why believe there is anything original? I can recall Pat Buchanan writing about this stuff decades ago. If someone picked up some idea PJB had been writing about I'm sure Pat would just give his old karate chop and say, "I'm glad people are starting to take it seriously."
    , @BB753
    Ann Coulter is basically Steve with a pussy pass and without the healthy scepticism and sense of humor. If Steve was a woman, he'd be rich and famous and beautiful too. Wait a second, according to XXth century received wisdom, that can be fixed! Sex transition, presto!
    , @Jimi
    Helps if you go on TV and radio a lot. Steve Sailer could do a lot more radio and video if he wants his profile to go up.

    But it does mean lost of privacy and becoming a target of the left. Right now most pundits know him but pretend they don't notice him.
  3. For example, about 45 years ago my cousin Mike, recently out of Georgetown Law, got a job working for Senator Henry Jackson, who went on to author the once-hugely famous Jackson-Vanik Amendment to benefit Soviet Jews.

    You’ve got neocons in the family, Steve? ;-)

    Seriously though, great post.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I asked Ben Wattenberg in 2007 if he remembered my cousin Mike, and he was vague. So I suspect my cousin was tasked with the boring constituent-service stuff rather than the world-historical stuff that Richard Perle got involved in.
  4. @Seamus Padraig

    For example, about 45 years ago my cousin Mike, recently out of Georgetown Law, got a job working for Senator Henry Jackson, who went on to author the once-hugely famous Jackson-Vanik Amendment to benefit Soviet Jews.
     
    You've got neocons in the family, Steve? ;-)

    Seriously though, great post.

    I asked Ben Wattenberg in 2007 if he remembered my cousin Mike, and he was vague. So I suspect my cousin was tasked with the boring constituent-service stuff rather than the world-historical stuff that Richard Perle got involved in.

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  5. @Anon
    "Similarly, Julia Ioffe who writes articles about racist Americans are for not taking in more immigrants, is one of 60 members of her clan that got into the U.S. for being Soviet/Russian Jews."

    New immigration criteria should be:

    Accept those with gratitude, Reject those with attitude.

    Ioffe is one nasty bitch.

    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve’s talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump’s “Muslim ban” wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I’d be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

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    • Replies: @International Jew
    Though I see where you're coming from, the policy that brought Julia Ioffe, Sergey Brin, Masha Gessen etc here wasn't primarily a religious test.

    We didn't care, notice, if any of those Soviet Jews practiced Judaism (and in fact most did not, even in the most minimal way). It wasn't a religious test, it was an ethnic test.

    The USSR viewed Jews as a nationality (one of dozens so recognized — Russians, Estonians, Tatars, Uzbeks, Buryats...). And since these people were persecuted for what they were (whatever that was), US policy took the pragmatic step of accepting the Soviet definition of "Jew".

    It's probably true that there wouldn't have been any Jackson-Vanick Amendment without the energetic lobbying of American Jews. But then they too were less interested in the Soviet Jews' religious devotion, than in their ethnicity (ie, in iSteve's pithy formulation, the fact we were all part of an endogamous extended family).
    , @guest
    People have weird ideas about what constitutes "hot." She's not ugly, I can say that. But not anywhere near hot for anyone to bring up her looks, let alone race about them.
    , @Clyde

    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT
     
    Ioffee is v good looking so her idiotic take on things will be given more credence. This is the way the world works. She is intelligent but lefty left unfortunately.

    What if Donald Trump convened a committee of American super models to advise him on policy? It's worth a try. Might get The Donald more votes next time around. Gisele Bündchen should head it. She is entrepreneurial and likely as conservative as her husband.

    , @Travis
    good point...Since muslim women are less likely to commit acts of terror and females are more likely to face persecution in muslim states we should prioritize women refugees....The Trump administration should state that they will first vet Virgin females under the age of 21 , as they face the highest risk of being raped, kidnapped , and enslaved by Islamists....This should appeal to the feminists and will help offset the sex imbalance ratio we have created by admitting so many asian males with H1B visas. We currently have 500,000 Asian male HiB bias holders in America and less than 100,00 Female H1b Visa holders in America....
    , @Jeremy Cooper

    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve’s talked about recently.

     

    I used to think that was maybe true when she was on TV, when they would show her from the waist or the neck up. But I met her in real life once, and she has the body of a frumpy older woman, despite being in her 30s. Without even having any children or a husband. Poor Julia, she substituted politics for a healthy personal life, and something tells me she's not going to have a very happy next few decades.
    , @celt darnell
    Ioffe ain't that hot.

    In fact the US could import a lot hotter women than her with the added bonus they wouldn't try to destroy the country upon arrival.

    , @IAmCorn
    Umm. I've seen pictures of Julia Ioffe, while she is pretty I don't know if I'd call her hot. Hotness is a poor standard for immigration anyway.

    And I remember the refugee programs Steve talks about it. I was born in '79 but can remember talk of the "refuseniks" on the tv news in the '80s.

    , @Mr. Anon
    "Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT."

    So? And she isn't that hot. Sure, she's pretty, but not especially so.

    I see your Julia Ioffe, and raise you one Masha Gessen. Gessen definitely isn't hot. Probably not even to other lesbians. She's a goblin.

    , @MarkinLA
    The only hot ex-USSR is Julia is Juliya Chernetsky - Mistress Julia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juliya_Chernetsky
    , @WJ
    She is ok until you her crazy Tweets. She should have never been let it in this country. She and her ilk have damaged us beyond repair.

    Also, Judaism is a religion.
    , @Ivy

    but I’d be fine with letting in girls like that poster.
     
    Then look to Circassians for more blondes. (oblique reference to the movie Lawrence of Arabia for those keeping score)
    , @Malcolm X-Lax
    Ioffe's on CNN right now. She's definitely a jewish 9. She happens to be on with Dana Bash (a jewish -3) and Wolf Blitzer, a jewish 2. In terms of destructiveness/treachery, however, Ioffe's a 10.

    P.S. Anyone else notice, there is a unique virulence to these jewish women of eastern European origin?

    , @Anon
    "Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT."

    yeah, I admit she is quite a girler.

    Some Jewish girls in high school were real babes too.
  6. I thought it was Keith Olbermann rather than Maher with whom Ann Coulter had the semi-famous Cornell dustup. But maybe it’s a both / and situation…

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    • Replies: @EriK
    Yeah it's Olbermann.
    , @celt darnell
    Yeah, I thought it was Olbermann, too.

    Not much of a dustup. She trolled him and the fool responded. On air.
  7. @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    Though I see where you’re coming from, the policy that brought Julia Ioffe, Sergey Brin, Masha Gessen etc here wasn’t primarily a religious test.

    We didn’t care, notice, if any of those Soviet Jews practiced Judaism (and in fact most did not, even in the most minimal way). It wasn’t a religious test, it was an ethnic test.

    The USSR viewed Jews as a nationality (one of dozens so recognized — Russians, Estonians, Tatars, Uzbeks, Buryats…). And since these people were persecuted for what they were (whatever that was), US policy took the pragmatic step of accepting the Soviet definition of “Jew”.

    It’s probably true that there wouldn’t have been any Jackson-Vanick Amendment without the energetic lobbying of American Jews. But then they too were less interested in the Soviet Jews’ religious devotion, than in their ethnicity (ie, in iSteve’s pithy formulation, the fact we were all part of an endogamous extended family).

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    • Agree: Chrisnonymous
    • Replies: @anonymous coward

    US policy took the pragmatic step of accepting the Soviet definition of “Jew”.
     
    Factually false, US policy used the standard halakhic definition of what it means to be Jewish.

    See here: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/who-is-a-jew

    , @Cortes
    Well, I suppose that if being asked to reimburse the state which provided them with a world-class tertiary level education the cost of said education prior to emigrating was persecution, they were persecuted, the poor souls.
    , @ben tillman

    Though I see where you’re coming from, the policy that brought Julia Ioffe, Sergey Brin, Masha Gessen etc here wasn’t primarily a religious test.

    We didn’t care, notice, if any of those Soviet Jews practiced Judaism (and in fact most did not, even in the most minimal way). It wasn’t a religious test, it was an ethnic test.
     
    I agree, but it doesn't really matter in the bigger picture. Race, religion, ethnicity -- the Left pretends that all these things are illegitimate grounds for discrimination, yet they have advocated and benefited from immigration discrimination along these lines.
    , @SPMoore8
    I knew many Soviet Jews back in the '70's, the vast majority of them were not religious, nor, IIRC, were they particularly "Jewish" in the sense that many had non-Jewish spouses. Basically they came here because the career opportunities in Russia sucked, and this was a way out for them. But then the career opportunities sucked for a lot of people in Russia.

    One can try to say that the definition was not "religious" but rather "ethnic" yet that doesn't really change the equation; one could just as easily conflate "Muslim" and "Arab" in the present instance, in many cases it makes no difference (not for all, e.g., Iran, Sudan). The fact is, there was preferential open door policies for Jews for decades, and since Jews are both an ethnicity and a religious group, the same concept applies.

    Furthermore, one could argue that Jews are an ethnicity only in terms of their religion, because it is the religion that encouraged endogamy; remove the religio-cultural taboo, and Jews marry out at the same very high rate as, say, Germans and Irish in America. Moreover, the idea of Soviet Jews getting out was so they would migrate to Israel, where "ethnicity" or "race" is defined and decided by religious authorities, which reinforces the link.

    As far as Julia Ioffe goes, since my training and interests in C and E Europe goes far back, I don't really mind having more immigrants from that part of the world, regardless of how weird or obnoxious they may appear from time to time (e.g., I like Cathy Young but I like Solzhenitsyn in spite of her.) What I don't like is when such immigrants arrogate to themselves an especial expertise on the region (e.g., Russia, Ukraine) when it actually amounts to nothing more than being from there, let alone when such individuals start dictating what our foreign policy goals should be (e.g., Max Boot.)

    I'd say Julia Ioffe is fairly good looking but that tweet she sent out alleging -- even as a joke -- incest in the Trump family was completely perverse. That would give me second thoughts about her even if I was in the market for a date.
    , @Autochthon
    Gratitude and religion can be feigned. I agree wholeheartedly that ethnic tests are absolutely superiour to religious tests.

    Since Steve is keen on sloganeering lately, I propose that if we must have immigration (I'm against it!), we could at least implement a succinct, new policy to qualify would-be immigrants, narrowing the Zeroth Amendment's scope:

    "You must be white to have the right."

    , @willieskull68
    I just had this conversation; the other conversant was married to a Russian Jew. A friend, business associate and fellow tradesman; listed the various controlling influences on the Northern side of the Black Sea as Greeks, somebodys , Tartars (Mongols), Genoese, and and and Jews. Others listed had a locus, but Jews are a members of a religion or maybe a tribe
  8. It was Olbermann, who actually brought his diploma on set (!), whom Coulter caused to go mad.

    There may have been a scrape btwn Maher (who actually doesn’t like Cornell, likely because it was a bad match for his ethnicity and Cornell’s lack of cosmopolitanism) and Coulter, but they went on tour together and I think remain frenemies – obviously she goes on his show.

    http://www.ivygateblog.com/2009/03/ann-coulter-willing-to-talk-to-liberals-if-they-graduated-from-arts-sciences/

    (That blog post headline is hilarious, of course.)

    https://ithacavoice.com/2015/02/open-letter-keith-olbermann-please-stop-embarrassing-cornell-grads/

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    It's not Cornell per se. The issue is that Cornell is a sprawling hybrid public/private university that has seven undergraduate colleges, one of which is a traditional private Ivy League liberal arts school which is fairly hard to get into (though among the easier Ivies) - that's the one Coulter attended. But three are state-supported colleges that are part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Olbermann went to Ag (which nowadays offers majors like "Communications" in addition to dairy herd management) which doesn't make him a "real" Cornell grad.
  9. @Opinionator
    Steve,

    Why all that "Ann Coulter" references? By crediting her extensively, are you trying to highlight the fact she did not credit you?

    Why all that “Ann Coulter” references?

    Leave Steve alone. Ann Coulter, a bright New Canaan, Connecticut girl, deserves a LOT of credit right now.

    The article by her is excellent, and I’m glad Steve is drawing your attention to it.

    Ann is always spot on. (She’s a VERY fun girl too!)

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    The 1965 law, quite obviously, did not prohibit discrimination based on national origin. (I was wondering why the Times would sully its pages with the legal opinion of a Grove City College B.A., like Bier! Any “expert” in a storm, I guess.)

    I’ve heard of Grove City College and I think it has a good reputation for small liberal arts colleges. I know one prominent graduate from there. Brian Leftow, Nolloth Professor of Philosophy, Oriel College, University of Oxford. Leftow got his BA from Grove City College (and his Ph.D. from Yale).

    What about Eureka College (Reagan) or Eastern Michigan University (Joe Sobran)? Or Point Park University, where IMO, one of the wittiest and smartest guys, Dennis Miller, went?

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  11. I remember the “Freedom for Soviet Jews” banners outside of every synagogue way back when. Of course, every liberal will say there’s a philosophical difference between a preference and a ban, but is there, really? Those who areprefered take the place in line of those who aren’t. And I don’t think the Constitution recognizes the difference between a preference and a ban. Regardless, the Constitution doesn’t apply to those who don’t live here. The “We the people,” phrase is a lie by omission. The more complete phrase reads, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union….”

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  12. @slumber_j
    I thought it was Keith Olbermann rather than Maher with whom Ann Coulter had the semi-famous Cornell dustup. But maybe it's a both / and situation...

    Yeah it’s Olbermann.

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    @Opinionator
    Steve,

    Why all that "Ann Coulter" references? By crediting her extensively, are you trying to highlight the fact she did not credit you?

    Steve,

    Why all that “Ann Coulter” references? By crediting her extensively, are you trying to highlight the fact she did not credit you?

    That does seem kind of petty. And given this is pretty well-known stuff by informed people above the age of 50, why believe there is anything original? I can recall Pat Buchanan writing about this stuff decades ago. If someone picked up some idea PJB had been writing about I’m sure Pat would just give his old karate chop and say, “I’m glad people are starting to take it seriously.”

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  14. @International Jew
    Though I see where you're coming from, the policy that brought Julia Ioffe, Sergey Brin, Masha Gessen etc here wasn't primarily a religious test.

    We didn't care, notice, if any of those Soviet Jews practiced Judaism (and in fact most did not, even in the most minimal way). It wasn't a religious test, it was an ethnic test.

    The USSR viewed Jews as a nationality (one of dozens so recognized — Russians, Estonians, Tatars, Uzbeks, Buryats...). And since these people were persecuted for what they were (whatever that was), US policy took the pragmatic step of accepting the Soviet definition of "Jew".

    It's probably true that there wouldn't have been any Jackson-Vanick Amendment without the energetic lobbying of American Jews. But then they too were less interested in the Soviet Jews' religious devotion, than in their ethnicity (ie, in iSteve's pithy formulation, the fact we were all part of an endogamous extended family).

    US policy took the pragmatic step of accepting the Soviet definition of “Jew”.

    Factually false, US policy used the standard halakhic definition of what it means to be Jewish.

    See here: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/who-is-a-jew

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    • Replies: @Not Raul
    So if someone showed up at JFK with a Soviet ID marked "Jew", INS would seek the opinion of a rabbi before considering the person Jewish?
  15. Can’t we come up with a system in which we can bring in the scientist or engineer without binging in the whole clan/village?

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  16. I brought this up when Trump was campaigning on the immigration issue, and I am still hoping he says something like the following: “This ban is becoming a distraction and difficult to enforce, so we are going to modify it. From this point forward, the United States will ban all immigration from all countries for 1 year.”

    I’m sure someone will be able to come up with a disparate impact argument in that case, too.

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  17. Ann Coulter is a good women. I have no doubt that she will retweet Steve Sailer’s tweet about his blog post on Ann Coulter’s column when he tweets it.

    Ann Coulter has called for a moratorium on all immigration. Ann Coulter has called for the deportation of all illegal alien invaders.

    My only problem with Coulter is her quite clear hankering for tall men. Perhaps when Civil War II fully breaks out a short guy such as myself may win her heart by some courageous deed of daring. One can only hope.

    Steve Sailer should tell his fellow Californian, Randy Newman, that us short people still remember his damn song.

    Civil War II is here, we might as well fight with good humor — or attempts at humor.

    ATTENTION HAPPY WARRIORS: MOUNT UP AND RIDE TO THE SOUND OF THE GUNS

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    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    I was at the VDare Christmas party where Ann Coulter made an appearance, looking fabulous in high boots and black mini dress. She spoke to the group, answered a number of questions, and then mixed with the crowd, always surrounded by a bunch of people who wanted her attention. I didn't have anything in particular to discuss with her, but I did want to shake her hand and tell her how much I admire her work. She took my hand, gave me her full attention, made some small talk, and smiled at me dazzlingly.

    I have to admit I was star-struck.

  18. Coulter is whistling in the wind. Lefties are well aware the gubmint discriminates. They want to. That’s howcome we have affirmative action, hate crimes, etc. The issue is: who gets the benefit of discrimination? They’d like Muslims to go on benefiting, thank you very much, bcause they’re at the apex of the minority sweepstakes right now.

    Naturally, they won’t say this openly. They cast the argument in terms of impartiality and non-discrimination because they’re liars, duh.

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  19. “Save Soviet Jews” was a big enough phenomenon to become a meme,which was hard to do back in the late 70′s. But one would find it jokingly scribbled on men’s room walls everywhere in the form of a coupon promotion: “Save Soviet Jews – win valuable prizes!”

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    Then there was Gilda Radner's Roseanne Rosanadana on the early (funny) SNL, who had trouble understanding things she had heard on the news - "What's so important about Soviet Jewelry?" (for some reason the Russian Jews were called Soviet Jewry).
    , @Autochthon
    Julia Ioffe is misunderstood. You don't appreciate the plight of Jewry in Eastern Europe. I want you to see their faces; look into their eyes that are haunted still by the memories of the past.

    The enlightened, like Ioffe, realise these people are as helpless as abused cats and dogs. Do you expect them to buy their bread and blankets with their own savings? To be cared for by their own children? Their neighbours? Their own government?

    My employer have been bombarding us since Friday with maudlin schlock about their support for immigrants, but in three years they've never announced their resolve to assist those dwelling in the hobo jungles of tarpaulins and cardboard ubiquitous from San Francisco to Santa Clara. Damned American homeless people; it's their own fault for not being born in Iran and trained to code at the mullahs' expense. What's a concentric loyalty, anyway; is that anything like a project fork? Can't we just outsource it?
  20. @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    People have weird ideas about what constitutes “hot.” She’s not ugly, I can say that. But not anywhere near hot for anyone to bring up her looks, let alone race about them.

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    • Replies: @guest
    Sorry, I meant "rave" about them.
    , @HA
    "But not anywhere near hot for anyone to bring up her looks,..."


    Those who are outraged by any hint of fat jokes or body-shaming or suggestion that Michelle Obama isn't Helen of Troy incarnate (e.g. the fine upstanding paragons of inernet civility at Jezebel and DemocraticUnderground) have no problem getting downright weird about "Mann Coulter". They also hand out indulgences to shout out the c-word.

  21. @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT

    Ioffee is v good looking so her idiotic take on things will be given more credence. This is the way the world works. She is intelligent but lefty left unfortunately.

    What if Donald Trump convened a committee of American super models to advise him on policy? It’s worth a try. Might get The Donald more votes next time around. Gisele Bündchen should head it. She is entrepreneurial and likely as conservative as her husband.

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  22. @guest
    People have weird ideas about what constitutes "hot." She's not ugly, I can say that. But not anywhere near hot for anyone to bring up her looks, let alone race about them.

    Sorry, I meant “rave” about them.

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  23. Hold on now! You’re telling me that Julia Yoffe and Eugene Volokh were not expelled from their native villages and forced to live in the steppes? They weren’t gang-raped by Cossacks? They didn’t see their families tortured in front of them?

    Are you telling me they were actually well-connected cosmopolitans with very good college educations and great prospects in Russia who abandoned their homeland because moving West (and NOT to Israel) was good for their careers?

    And here I thought they were really suffering.

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  24. Liberals, as secular religious believers, believe the intentions in your heart are more important than actual results. And math is not their thing. So, to them, there is a difference between “positive” and “negative” discrimination, even though in a zero sum game they are exactly the same thing. So even though discrimination “in favor” of a minority is the same as discrimination AGAINST everyone else, to them it is not at all the same thing. Positive discrimination for a worthy cause is good because it is motivated by kind hearted considerations, not evil racism. In the ’70s, the US was POSITIVELY discriminating in favor of Russian Jews, now Trump is NEGATIVELY discriminating against Muslims – it’s totally different. All of affirmative action is based on this logical fallacy.

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  25. @ziel
    "Save Soviet Jews" was a big enough phenomenon to become a meme,which was hard to do back in the late 70's. But one would find it jokingly scribbled on men's room walls everywhere in the form of a coupon promotion: "Save Soviet Jews - win valuable prizes!"

    Then there was Gilda Radner’s Roseanne Rosanadana on the early (funny) SNL, who had trouble understanding things she had heard on the news – “What’s so important about Soviet Jewelry?” (for some reason the Russian Jews were called Soviet Jewry).

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    • Replies: @CJ
    An essential 80s tune for you, Jack:

    B.B. Gabor -- Soviet Jewelry

    , @Olorin
    Love of my life informs me: that was Emily Litella, Jack. :D
  26. It seems to me the conservative support for the Muslim ban is something like,”Now we don’t want any Muslims discriminating against the LBTQ community. We don’t want any Muslims cuttin in on Conservative Christians’ action.”

    this is pretty disingenuous bullshit coming out of an administration with Pence- pence, ffs– at the helm. Christian conservatives have been the gravest threat to those of the wrong race, gender and sexuality in this country, so it’s quite rich they’re going after another religions supposed

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    • Replies: @Patrick Harris
    I like to imagine Tiny Duck is Steve Sailer kicking back at his keyboard after a couple of drinks.
    , @AnotherDad

    Christian conservatives have been the gravest threat to those of the wrong race, gender and sexuality in this country
     
    Technically true if you take "Christian" to just mean random white and you time travel back far enough with your "have been" so that "threat" means anything more than "they don't worship me for my 'difference'". The reality is Christian conservatives are absolutely zero threat even to anyone of the wrong "sexuality", gender (i.e. sex) is a no-op, and on race the true Christians are positive "love everyone" liberals (actually more racially inclusive in reality than most white SWPLs).

    But Tiny, I don't dispute your point that all the "muslims don't love gays enough" blather from Christians does come across as too "try hard". It's a perfectly fair attempt at conservative outreach and it does tap into a perfectly fair point that Muslims simply do not share the tendency toward live-and-let-live attitudes that have been long been a part of the Anglo-Saxon tradition.

    Obviously the actual reason conservatives oppose Muslim immigration is simply that they are Muslims--not of the West, not sharing the same culture and values. Conservatives--real ones--by definition want to *conserve* their nation, culture and civilization. So naturally conservatives are opposed to the immigration of people whose presence would wreck those things. Any--real--conservative, can not be for Muslim immigration to the West. No way around it. It's fundamental. There may be people who have some "conservative" political attitudes who are for it, but they are simply not fundamentally conservative, because they don't care about conserving fundamental things.
  27. @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    good point…Since muslim women are less likely to commit acts of terror and females are more likely to face persecution in muslim states we should prioritize women refugees….The Trump administration should state that they will first vet Virgin females under the age of 21 , as they face the highest risk of being raped, kidnapped , and enslaved by Islamists….This should appeal to the feminists and will help offset the sex imbalance ratio we have created by admitting so many asian males with H1B visas. We currently have 500,000 Asian male HiB bias holders in America and less than 100,00 Female H1b Visa holders in America….

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  28. @dcthrowback
    It was Olbermann, who actually brought his diploma on set (!), whom Coulter caused to go mad.

    There may have been a scrape btwn Maher (who actually doesn't like Cornell, likely because it was a bad match for his ethnicity and Cornell's lack of cosmopolitanism) and Coulter, but they went on tour together and I think remain frenemies - obviously she goes on his show.

    http://www.ivygateblog.com/2009/03/ann-coulter-willing-to-talk-to-liberals-if-they-graduated-from-arts-sciences/

    (That blog post headline is hilarious, of course.)

    https://ithacavoice.com/2015/02/open-letter-keith-olbermann-please-stop-embarrassing-cornell-grads/

    It’s not Cornell per se. The issue is that Cornell is a sprawling hybrid public/private university that has seven undergraduate colleges, one of which is a traditional private Ivy League liberal arts school which is fairly hard to get into (though among the easier Ivies) – that’s the one Coulter attended. But three are state-supported colleges that are part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Olbermann went to Ag (which nowadays offers majors like “Communications” in addition to dairy herd management) which doesn’t make him a “real” Cornell grad.

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    • Replies: @josh
    I remember there was a sort of general feeling that the "Hotelies" were not "real Cornelians", but I don't particularly remember that about any of the other schools. Maybe the College of Industrial Labor Relations.
    , @Jack Hanson
    Wasn't there a pretty long running plotline on The Office about Dwight pretending to try to get into Cornell so he can troll the hell out of the blowhard from corporate?
    , @EriK

    Olbermann went to Ag
     
    aka the Cow College.
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson

    Olbermann went to Ag
     
    Which explains why Olbermann's favorite philosopher is Peter Singer.
    , @Steve Sailer
    Cornell's hybrid system seems to work okay. Why aren't there other hybrids like Cornell?
  29. @International Jew
    Though I see where you're coming from, the policy that brought Julia Ioffe, Sergey Brin, Masha Gessen etc here wasn't primarily a religious test.

    We didn't care, notice, if any of those Soviet Jews practiced Judaism (and in fact most did not, even in the most minimal way). It wasn't a religious test, it was an ethnic test.

    The USSR viewed Jews as a nationality (one of dozens so recognized — Russians, Estonians, Tatars, Uzbeks, Buryats...). And since these people were persecuted for what they were (whatever that was), US policy took the pragmatic step of accepting the Soviet definition of "Jew".

    It's probably true that there wouldn't have been any Jackson-Vanick Amendment without the energetic lobbying of American Jews. But then they too were less interested in the Soviet Jews' religious devotion, than in their ethnicity (ie, in iSteve's pithy formulation, the fact we were all part of an endogamous extended family).

    Well, I suppose that if being asked to reimburse the state which provided them with a world-class tertiary level education the cost of said education prior to emigrating was persecution, they were persecuted, the poor souls.

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  30. @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve’s talked about recently.

    I used to think that was maybe true when she was on TV, when they would show her from the waist or the neck up. But I met her in real life once, and she has the body of a frumpy older woman, despite being in her 30s. Without even having any children or a husband. Poor Julia, she substituted politics for a healthy personal life, and something tells me she’s not going to have a very happy next few decades.

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  31. @slumber_j
    I thought it was Keith Olbermann rather than Maher with whom Ann Coulter had the semi-famous Cornell dustup. But maybe it's a both / and situation...

    Yeah, I thought it was Olbermann, too.

    Not much of a dustup. She trolled him and the fool responded. On air.

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  32. @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    Ioffe ain’t that hot.

    In fact the US could import a lot hotter women than her with the added bonus they wouldn’t try to destroy the country upon arrival.

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  33. @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    Umm. I’ve seen pictures of Julia Ioffe, while she is pretty I don’t know if I’d call her hot. Hotness is a poor standard for immigration anyway.

    And I remember the refugee programs Steve talks about it. I was born in ’79 but can remember talk of the “refuseniks” on the tv news in the ’80s.

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    • Replies: @Ivy

    “refuseniks”
     
    My roommate was heavily involved in campaigns to help refuseniks. There was a lot of concern in those Cold War days about what was being done to whom in various matters Soviet.
  34. Point two: I happened to notice that even the stellar Muslim immigrants dug up by the Times seem to bring a lot of elderly and sickly relatives with them. Guess who gets to support them?

    When my kids were younger, I used to do charitable food distributions with them in the Russian Jewish community in N.E. Philadelphia. You’d be given a list and as many boxes as would fit in the trunk of your car and you’d deliver them.

    I think virtually all of the elderly Russians I visited were living on various forms of government and charitable assistance plus a lot of them did not seem to be in the best of health. My MIL at 95 is still pretty sprightly but a Russian man at 75 is a worn out hulk with an oxygen tank. A diet of salo, vodka and cigarettes does NOT do wonders for your health. In Russia these guys would have a heart attack and they’d take them right to the cemetery but here they keep reviving them and giving them bypasses, etc. so that Medicare and Medicaid can pay for the vacation homes of their medical providers for a few more years.

    Also, to Steve’s point about some of them being not quite Jewish, I would try my Yiddish out on them and most of them spoke it, but a few didn’t. I remember one elderly fellow with blue eyes and faded sailor tattoos on his arms who didn’t seem to know a single word…. Ya ne znayu….

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    • Replies: @inertial
    Why do you expect Soviet Jews to speak Yiddish? How many of the secular American Jews speak Yiddish?
    , @Alec Leamas
    If you talk to any cops in Somerton/Bustleton or nearby parts of Bucks and Montgomery County they'll tell you about the truly incredible drunkenness of Russian men of all ages. They will tell you about having conversations with these guys like they're stone cold sober but having them flunk breathalyzers and then getting blood tests back with BACs in the .3 - .4+ range, which is "imminent death likely" territory.
  35. The 1965 law, quite obviously, did not prohibit discrimination based on national origin. (I was wondering why the Times would sully its pages with the legal opinion of a Grove City College B.A., like Bier! Any “expert” in a storm, I guess.)

    Ann attended the private part of Cornell, she’d like you to know, unlike Bill Maher, who attended the public part.

    True, but I think that’s an allusion to the fact that Grove City is excluded from participation in Title IV financial-aid programs because of its refusal to adopt certain Leftist policies.

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  36. Is it just me, or has Ann Coulter become the primary conduit through which iStevean ideas reach our political discourse?

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  37. @International Jew
    Though I see where you're coming from, the policy that brought Julia Ioffe, Sergey Brin, Masha Gessen etc here wasn't primarily a religious test.

    We didn't care, notice, if any of those Soviet Jews practiced Judaism (and in fact most did not, even in the most minimal way). It wasn't a religious test, it was an ethnic test.

    The USSR viewed Jews as a nationality (one of dozens so recognized — Russians, Estonians, Tatars, Uzbeks, Buryats...). And since these people were persecuted for what they were (whatever that was), US policy took the pragmatic step of accepting the Soviet definition of "Jew".

    It's probably true that there wouldn't have been any Jackson-Vanick Amendment without the energetic lobbying of American Jews. But then they too were less interested in the Soviet Jews' religious devotion, than in their ethnicity (ie, in iSteve's pithy formulation, the fact we were all part of an endogamous extended family).

    Though I see where you’re coming from, the policy that brought Julia Ioffe, Sergey Brin, Masha Gessen etc here wasn’t primarily a religious test.

    We didn’t care, notice, if any of those Soviet Jews practiced Judaism (and in fact most did not, even in the most minimal way). It wasn’t a religious test, it was an ethnic test.

    I agree, but it doesn’t really matter in the bigger picture. Race, religion, ethnicity — the Left pretends that all these things are illegitimate grounds for discrimination, yet they have advocated and benefited from immigration discrimination along these lines.

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  38. @Opinionator
    Steve,

    Why all that "Ann Coulter" references? By crediting her extensively, are you trying to highlight the fact she did not credit you?

    Ann Coulter is basically Steve with a pussy pass and without the healthy scepticism and sense of humor. If Steve was a woman, he’d be rich and famous and beautiful too. Wait a second, according to XXth century received wisdom, that can be fixed! Sex transition, presto!

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    • Replies: @guest
    You can't transition your way into beauty, though. And Coulter's not beautiful, but that's another argument.
  39. “Ted Kennedy merely wanted to admit more distant cousins to vote himself and for future Kennedys. ” Is that true? I thought the Irish had the same quota treatment as British. Although all immigration was reduced. If I had to guess, the real movers behind the change in laws was real estate absolutely loved it, and the US war in South East asia was creating a refugee crisis. While on the subject of invade the world, invite the world, the Trumpster registered his first kill, in Yemen of all places, let’s see how he handles the refugee crisis it causes.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Act_of_1924

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  40. @Jack D

    Point two: I happened to notice that even the stellar Muslim immigrants dug up by the Times seem to bring a lot of elderly and sickly relatives with them. Guess who gets to support them?
     
    When my kids were younger, I used to do charitable food distributions with them in the Russian Jewish community in N.E. Philadelphia. You'd be given a list and as many boxes as would fit in the trunk of your car and you'd deliver them.

    I think virtually all of the elderly Russians I visited were living on various forms of government and charitable assistance plus a lot of them did not seem to be in the best of health. My MIL at 95 is still pretty sprightly but a Russian man at 75 is a worn out hulk with an oxygen tank. A diet of salo, vodka and cigarettes does NOT do wonders for your health. In Russia these guys would have a heart attack and they'd take them right to the cemetery but here they keep reviving them and giving them bypasses, etc. so that Medicare and Medicaid can pay for the vacation homes of their medical providers for a few more years.

    Also, to Steve's point about some of them being not quite Jewish, I would try my Yiddish out on them and most of them spoke it, but a few didn't. I remember one elderly fellow with blue eyes and faded sailor tattoos on his arms who didn't seem to know a single word.... Ya ne znayu....

    Why do you expect Soviet Jews to speak Yiddish? How many of the secular American Jews speak Yiddish?

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    These were all older people. Most Russian Jews born before WWII would have known at least some Yiddish - chances are that's what their parents spoke to them at home. I don't speak much Russian and a lot of these folks didn't speak much English so Yiddish was the best bet for a common language. Most of the time it worked.

    In Russia Yiddish was (until Stalin got the willies about the Jews) officially promoted by the Communists and was not linked with religious observance.

    A cousin thru marriage of mine is related to the famous Soviet Yiddish actor Mikhoels, the director of the Moscow State Jewish Theater . Until Stalin had him killed and then run over to look like an auto accident.

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

  41. @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    “Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT.”

    So? And she isn’t that hot. Sure, she’s pretty, but not especially so.

    I see your Julia Ioffe, and raise you one Masha Gessen. Gessen definitely isn’t hot. Probably not even to other lesbians. She’s a goblin.

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  42. In 1986, immigrants from Ireland did.

    IIRC, this is about when South Jersey Shore towns became inundated with young Irish seasonal workers in my youth. Although Irish American herself, I distinctly recall my mother getting into a spat on the Wildwood boardwalk at a concession stand with a young Irish woman working there who said “You want a Lime Rickey” with inflection that my mother did not understand properly to be a question, and getting her own Irish up at “being told what I want, I tell you what I want goddamn it!” The Lime Rickey* was going to be for me (I was obsessed with them) but after the huff I didn’t get it.

    *The soda fountain concoction of fresh limes, sugar syrup and seltzer, not its predecessor gin highball (which I now like very much as well).

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    Thanks for this. I have run on for years about the Lime Rickey. Thanks to your comment, my nearest and dearest now accept it is actually a thing, and not something I made up to plague them about every hot summer day around here.

    There was one place in North Wildwood (on the boardwalk) that made them really tart, where others made them sugary. Was it near the candy store with the Highland terriers?

    Those were my favorite, the less sugary ones. Like the Italian ices with the bits of lemon peel/pulp. We buy limes by the five-pound bag in this house, year round, plus gallons of lime juice at the restaurant supply store.

  43. @Jack D

    Point two: I happened to notice that even the stellar Muslim immigrants dug up by the Times seem to bring a lot of elderly and sickly relatives with them. Guess who gets to support them?
     
    When my kids were younger, I used to do charitable food distributions with them in the Russian Jewish community in N.E. Philadelphia. You'd be given a list and as many boxes as would fit in the trunk of your car and you'd deliver them.

    I think virtually all of the elderly Russians I visited were living on various forms of government and charitable assistance plus a lot of them did not seem to be in the best of health. My MIL at 95 is still pretty sprightly but a Russian man at 75 is a worn out hulk with an oxygen tank. A diet of salo, vodka and cigarettes does NOT do wonders for your health. In Russia these guys would have a heart attack and they'd take them right to the cemetery but here they keep reviving them and giving them bypasses, etc. so that Medicare and Medicaid can pay for the vacation homes of their medical providers for a few more years.

    Also, to Steve's point about some of them being not quite Jewish, I would try my Yiddish out on them and most of them spoke it, but a few didn't. I remember one elderly fellow with blue eyes and faded sailor tattoos on his arms who didn't seem to know a single word.... Ya ne znayu....

    If you talk to any cops in Somerton/Bustleton or nearby parts of Bucks and Montgomery County they’ll tell you about the truly incredible drunkenness of Russian men of all ages. They will tell you about having conversations with these guys like they’re stone cold sober but having them flunk breathalyzers and then getting blood tests back with BACs in the .3 – .4+ range, which is “imminent death likely” territory.

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    When my daughter was a FA for Emirates, she sometimes got the flight from Dubai to St. Petersburg. The plane would always run out of booze and the Russians were notorious for drinking any and everything. One guy drank 12 bottles of wine (the 1/2 bottle size) and walked off the plane as sober as a judge.
    , @Opinionator
    Evidence they are not jewish
  44. @Anon
    "Similarly, Julia Ioffe who writes articles about racist Americans are for not taking in more immigrants, is one of 60 members of her clan that got into the U.S. for being Soviet/Russian Jews."

    New immigration criteria should be:

    Accept those with gratitude, Reject those with attitude.

    Ioffe is one nasty bitch.

    Since Ioffe says she didn’t come here on the Jewish exemption, can we deport her now? Maybe Vlad would take her back as a special favor…

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  45. @International Jew
    Though I see where you're coming from, the policy that brought Julia Ioffe, Sergey Brin, Masha Gessen etc here wasn't primarily a religious test.

    We didn't care, notice, if any of those Soviet Jews practiced Judaism (and in fact most did not, even in the most minimal way). It wasn't a religious test, it was an ethnic test.

    The USSR viewed Jews as a nationality (one of dozens so recognized — Russians, Estonians, Tatars, Uzbeks, Buryats...). And since these people were persecuted for what they were (whatever that was), US policy took the pragmatic step of accepting the Soviet definition of "Jew".

    It's probably true that there wouldn't have been any Jackson-Vanick Amendment without the energetic lobbying of American Jews. But then they too were less interested in the Soviet Jews' religious devotion, than in their ethnicity (ie, in iSteve's pithy formulation, the fact we were all part of an endogamous extended family).

    I knew many Soviet Jews back in the ’70′s, the vast majority of them were not religious, nor, IIRC, were they particularly “Jewish” in the sense that many had non-Jewish spouses. Basically they came here because the career opportunities in Russia sucked, and this was a way out for them. But then the career opportunities sucked for a lot of people in Russia.

    One can try to say that the definition was not “religious” but rather “ethnic” yet that doesn’t really change the equation; one could just as easily conflate “Muslim” and “Arab” in the present instance, in many cases it makes no difference (not for all, e.g., Iran, Sudan). The fact is, there was preferential open door policies for Jews for decades, and since Jews are both an ethnicity and a religious group, the same concept applies.

    Furthermore, one could argue that Jews are an ethnicity only in terms of their religion, because it is the religion that encouraged endogamy; remove the religio-cultural taboo, and Jews marry out at the same very high rate as, say, Germans and Irish in America. Moreover, the idea of Soviet Jews getting out was so they would migrate to Israel, where “ethnicity” or “race” is defined and decided by religious authorities, which reinforces the link.

    As far as Julia Ioffe goes, since my training and interests in C and E Europe goes far back, I don’t really mind having more immigrants from that part of the world, regardless of how weird or obnoxious they may appear from time to time (e.g., I like Cathy Young but I like Solzhenitsyn in spite of her.) What I don’t like is when such immigrants arrogate to themselves an especial expertise on the region (e.g., Russia, Ukraine) when it actually amounts to nothing more than being from there, let alone when such individuals start dictating what our foreign policy goals should be (e.g., Max Boot.)

    I’d say Julia Ioffe is fairly good looking but that tweet she sent out alleging — even as a joke — incest in the Trump family was completely perverse. That would give me second thoughts about her even if I was in the market for a date.

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    • Replies: @marty
    Fairly good-looking, exactly right, a darker- haired Meryl Streep. No flat-chested woman is "hot."
    , @Anonymous

    I’d say Julia Ioffe is fairly good looking but that tweet she sent out alleging — even as a joke — incest in the Trump family was completely perverse. That would give me second thoughts about her even if I was in the market for a date.
     
    Dude, I use to work as a background investigator carrying fed creds. A statement like she made should immediately signal she's got major emotional and psychological issues if not a full subscription and for you to stay the fuck away. A person like this would be capable of destroying your life pretty quickly and not give it a second thought. I've seen it over, and over, and over again. If you see just one tiny puff of smoke you can be sure there's a raging inferno. As they say, reputation is based more on what's hidden than on what's done. Some people are good at hiding things, but it's not possible in marriage unless one spouse chooses to ignore the obvious (vincible ignorance).

    Forget eHarmony and the idea of compatibility. That's bullshit. There's only one criterion: marry someone with a good disposition and a rock solid moral character. Which assumes a clean record and a functional and normal family upbringing (mother and father still married and more siblings the better).

    , @JerryC
    These people do have a high degree of knowledge about Russia, but they also have ancestral axes to grind, which makes them exceptionally bad sources of advice for US policymakers.
    , @ben tillman

    Furthermore, one could argue that Jews are an ethnicity only in terms of their religion, because it is the religion that encouraged endogamy; remove the religio-cultural taboo, and Jews marry out at the same very high rate as, say, Germans and Irish in America.
     
    Things have changed since then, but at the time the policies were put in place the rate of outmarriage was about 10%.
  46. @Jack D
    It's not Cornell per se. The issue is that Cornell is a sprawling hybrid public/private university that has seven undergraduate colleges, one of which is a traditional private Ivy League liberal arts school which is fairly hard to get into (though among the easier Ivies) - that's the one Coulter attended. But three are state-supported colleges that are part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Olbermann went to Ag (which nowadays offers majors like "Communications" in addition to dairy herd management) which doesn't make him a "real" Cornell grad.

    I remember there was a sort of general feeling that the “Hotelies” were not “real Cornelians”, but I don’t particularly remember that about any of the other schools. Maybe the College of Industrial Labor Relations.

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  47. @SPMoore8
    I knew many Soviet Jews back in the '70's, the vast majority of them were not religious, nor, IIRC, were they particularly "Jewish" in the sense that many had non-Jewish spouses. Basically they came here because the career opportunities in Russia sucked, and this was a way out for them. But then the career opportunities sucked for a lot of people in Russia.

    One can try to say that the definition was not "religious" but rather "ethnic" yet that doesn't really change the equation; one could just as easily conflate "Muslim" and "Arab" in the present instance, in many cases it makes no difference (not for all, e.g., Iran, Sudan). The fact is, there was preferential open door policies for Jews for decades, and since Jews are both an ethnicity and a religious group, the same concept applies.

    Furthermore, one could argue that Jews are an ethnicity only in terms of their religion, because it is the religion that encouraged endogamy; remove the religio-cultural taboo, and Jews marry out at the same very high rate as, say, Germans and Irish in America. Moreover, the idea of Soviet Jews getting out was so they would migrate to Israel, where "ethnicity" or "race" is defined and decided by religious authorities, which reinforces the link.

    As far as Julia Ioffe goes, since my training and interests in C and E Europe goes far back, I don't really mind having more immigrants from that part of the world, regardless of how weird or obnoxious they may appear from time to time (e.g., I like Cathy Young but I like Solzhenitsyn in spite of her.) What I don't like is when such immigrants arrogate to themselves an especial expertise on the region (e.g., Russia, Ukraine) when it actually amounts to nothing more than being from there, let alone when such individuals start dictating what our foreign policy goals should be (e.g., Max Boot.)

    I'd say Julia Ioffe is fairly good looking but that tweet she sent out alleging -- even as a joke -- incest in the Trump family was completely perverse. That would give me second thoughts about her even if I was in the market for a date.

    Fairly good-looking, exactly right, a darker- haired Meryl Streep. No flat-chested woman is “hot.”

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  48. I like the ‘give me your tired arguments’ line. It reminds me of the fact that the late Lawrence Auster wrote an article on the immigration debate called ‘huddled cliches’.

    All of which makes me wonder if a parody version of the Lazarus poem along these lines would be worth doing.

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  49. @Jack D
    It's not Cornell per se. The issue is that Cornell is a sprawling hybrid public/private university that has seven undergraduate colleges, one of which is a traditional private Ivy League liberal arts school which is fairly hard to get into (though among the easier Ivies) - that's the one Coulter attended. But three are state-supported colleges that are part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Olbermann went to Ag (which nowadays offers majors like "Communications" in addition to dairy herd management) which doesn't make him a "real" Cornell grad.

    Wasn’t there a pretty long running plotline on The Office about Dwight pretending to try to get into Cornell so he can troll the hell out of the blowhard from corporate?

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    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    That doesn't sound familiar. The only Cornell story line I remember is that Andy is a Cornell alum.
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    @SPMoore8
    I knew many Soviet Jews back in the '70's, the vast majority of them were not religious, nor, IIRC, were they particularly "Jewish" in the sense that many had non-Jewish spouses. Basically they came here because the career opportunities in Russia sucked, and this was a way out for them. But then the career opportunities sucked for a lot of people in Russia.

    One can try to say that the definition was not "religious" but rather "ethnic" yet that doesn't really change the equation; one could just as easily conflate "Muslim" and "Arab" in the present instance, in many cases it makes no difference (not for all, e.g., Iran, Sudan). The fact is, there was preferential open door policies for Jews for decades, and since Jews are both an ethnicity and a religious group, the same concept applies.

    Furthermore, one could argue that Jews are an ethnicity only in terms of their religion, because it is the religion that encouraged endogamy; remove the religio-cultural taboo, and Jews marry out at the same very high rate as, say, Germans and Irish in America. Moreover, the idea of Soviet Jews getting out was so they would migrate to Israel, where "ethnicity" or "race" is defined and decided by religious authorities, which reinforces the link.

    As far as Julia Ioffe goes, since my training and interests in C and E Europe goes far back, I don't really mind having more immigrants from that part of the world, regardless of how weird or obnoxious they may appear from time to time (e.g., I like Cathy Young but I like Solzhenitsyn in spite of her.) What I don't like is when such immigrants arrogate to themselves an especial expertise on the region (e.g., Russia, Ukraine) when it actually amounts to nothing more than being from there, let alone when such individuals start dictating what our foreign policy goals should be (e.g., Max Boot.)

    I'd say Julia Ioffe is fairly good looking but that tweet she sent out alleging -- even as a joke -- incest in the Trump family was completely perverse. That would give me second thoughts about her even if I was in the market for a date.

    I’d say Julia Ioffe is fairly good looking but that tweet she sent out alleging — even as a joke — incest in the Trump family was completely perverse. That would give me second thoughts about her even if I was in the market for a date.

    Dude, I use to work as a background investigator carrying fed creds. A statement like she made should immediately signal she’s got major emotional and psychological issues if not a full subscription and for you to stay the fuck away. A person like this would be capable of destroying your life pretty quickly and not give it a second thought. I’ve seen it over, and over, and over again. If you see just one tiny puff of smoke you can be sure there’s a raging inferno. As they say, reputation is based more on what’s hidden than on what’s done. Some people are good at hiding things, but it’s not possible in marriage unless one spouse chooses to ignore the obvious (vincible ignorance).

    Forget eHarmony and the idea of compatibility. That’s bullshit. There’s only one criterion: marry someone with a good disposition and a rock solid moral character. Which assumes a clean record and a functional and normal family upbringing (mother and father still married and more siblings the better).

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    Dude, I use to work as a background investigator carrying fed creds. A statement like she made should immediately signal she’s got major emotional and psychological issues if not a full subscription and for you to stay the fuck away. A person like this would be capable of destroying your life pretty quickly and not give it a second thought. I’ve seen it over, and over, and over again.

    Could you explain what your reasoning is? What about the statement signals psych issues and a disposition to destroy one's life (destroy it how?)?

    Forget eHarmony and the idea of compatibility. That’s bullshit. There’s only one criterion: marry someone with a good disposition and a rock solid moral character. Which assumes a clean record and a functional and normal family upbringing (mother and father still married and more siblings the better).

    What are other ways to determine whether she has a good disposition and "character"? (What do you mean by "character"?)
  51. The “Save Soviet Jews” obsession of the Brezhnev Era was a brilliant Nixon Administration ploy to detach American Jews from the Left.

    And it worked so well. Like that Julie Roginsky. When ever I see some bat-shit crazy leftist Jew and google them, it almost always comes back that their family was originally from the USSR or Russia.

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  52. @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    The only hot ex-USSR is Julia is Juliya Chernetsky – Mistress Julia

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

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  53. @Anon
    "Similarly, Julia Ioffe who writes articles about racist Americans are for not taking in more immigrants, is one of 60 members of her clan that got into the U.S. for being Soviet/Russian Jews."

    New immigration criteria should be:

    Accept those with gratitude, Reject those with attitude.

    Ioffe is one nasty bitch.

    New immigration criteria should be:

    Accept those with gratitude, Reject those with attitude.

    Here’s my rule of thumb: Don’t admit anyone who qualifies for affirmative action.

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    No women, then? You want to turn America into a giant sausage party?
  54. @SPMoore8
    I knew many Soviet Jews back in the '70's, the vast majority of them were not religious, nor, IIRC, were they particularly "Jewish" in the sense that many had non-Jewish spouses. Basically they came here because the career opportunities in Russia sucked, and this was a way out for them. But then the career opportunities sucked for a lot of people in Russia.

    One can try to say that the definition was not "religious" but rather "ethnic" yet that doesn't really change the equation; one could just as easily conflate "Muslim" and "Arab" in the present instance, in many cases it makes no difference (not for all, e.g., Iran, Sudan). The fact is, there was preferential open door policies for Jews for decades, and since Jews are both an ethnicity and a religious group, the same concept applies.

    Furthermore, one could argue that Jews are an ethnicity only in terms of their religion, because it is the religion that encouraged endogamy; remove the religio-cultural taboo, and Jews marry out at the same very high rate as, say, Germans and Irish in America. Moreover, the idea of Soviet Jews getting out was so they would migrate to Israel, where "ethnicity" or "race" is defined and decided by religious authorities, which reinforces the link.

    As far as Julia Ioffe goes, since my training and interests in C and E Europe goes far back, I don't really mind having more immigrants from that part of the world, regardless of how weird or obnoxious they may appear from time to time (e.g., I like Cathy Young but I like Solzhenitsyn in spite of her.) What I don't like is when such immigrants arrogate to themselves an especial expertise on the region (e.g., Russia, Ukraine) when it actually amounts to nothing more than being from there, let alone when such individuals start dictating what our foreign policy goals should be (e.g., Max Boot.)

    I'd say Julia Ioffe is fairly good looking but that tweet she sent out alleging -- even as a joke -- incest in the Trump family was completely perverse. That would give me second thoughts about her even if I was in the market for a date.

    These people do have a high degree of knowledge about Russia, but they also have ancestral axes to grind, which makes them exceptionally bad sources of advice for US policymakers.

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  55. @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    She is ok until you her crazy Tweets. She should have never been let it in this country. She and her ilk have damaged us beyond repair.

    Also, Judaism is a religion.

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  56. Liberals, as secular religious believers, believe the intentions in your heart are more important than actual results. And math is not their thing. So, to them, there is a difference between “positive” and “negative” discrimination, even though in a zero sum game they are exactly the same thing. So even though discrimination “in favor” of a minority is the same as discrimination AGAINST everyone else, to them it is not at all the same thing. Positive discrimination for a worthy cause is good because it is motivated by kind hearted considerations, not evil racism. In the ’70s, the US was POSITIVELY discriminating in favor of Russian Jews, now Trump is NEGATIVELY discriminating against Muslims – it’s totally different. All of affirmative action is based on this logical fallacy.

    Maybe some of them rationalize it that way, and are remarkably unintellectual, and are able to maintain it in a bubble, but…nah.

    Positive discrimination in favor of “Gentile” Whites = NazisWhoWantToReconstituteHitlerFromHisDNA.

    It’s about The Narrative, which is basically the liberal Holy Text, which spreads throughout and infects academia and popular culture like a fungus, or cancer. The Narrative is their version of history and knowledge, which one must accept, as one must accept the conclusions (positive discrimination for Whites bad, for everyone else good, to varying degrees) drawn therefrom.

    I think it’s a mistake to attribute many principles to leftists (maybe one, two, tops). It’s more like a broad holy text, rambling and contradictory, full of absurd myths and magical thinking.

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  57. @International Jew
    Though I see where you're coming from, the policy that brought Julia Ioffe, Sergey Brin, Masha Gessen etc here wasn't primarily a religious test.

    We didn't care, notice, if any of those Soviet Jews practiced Judaism (and in fact most did not, even in the most minimal way). It wasn't a religious test, it was an ethnic test.

    The USSR viewed Jews as a nationality (one of dozens so recognized — Russians, Estonians, Tatars, Uzbeks, Buryats...). And since these people were persecuted for what they were (whatever that was), US policy took the pragmatic step of accepting the Soviet definition of "Jew".

    It's probably true that there wouldn't have been any Jackson-Vanick Amendment without the energetic lobbying of American Jews. But then they too were less interested in the Soviet Jews' religious devotion, than in their ethnicity (ie, in iSteve's pithy formulation, the fact we were all part of an endogamous extended family).

    Gratitude and religion can be feigned. I agree wholeheartedly that ethnic tests are absolutely superiour to religious tests.

    Since Steve is keen on sloganeering lately, I propose that if we must have immigration (I’m against it!), we could at least implement a succinct, new policy to qualify would-be immigrants, narrowing the Zeroth Amendment’s scope:

    “You must be white to have the right.”

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  58. plus a healthy dose of Emma Lazarus’ insane idea that all countries of the world should send their losers to us.

    I f’n love this chick!

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  59. @Alec Leamas
    If you talk to any cops in Somerton/Bustleton or nearby parts of Bucks and Montgomery County they'll tell you about the truly incredible drunkenness of Russian men of all ages. They will tell you about having conversations with these guys like they're stone cold sober but having them flunk breathalyzers and then getting blood tests back with BACs in the .3 - .4+ range, which is "imminent death likely" territory.

    When my daughter was a FA for Emirates, she sometimes got the flight from Dubai to St. Petersburg. The plane would always run out of booze and the Russians were notorious for drinking any and everything. One guy drank 12 bottles of wine (the 1/2 bottle size) and walked off the plane as sober as a judge.

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    Let me see.

    Zionists have been occupying Palestinian land and keeps taking more and more of West Bank. Apartheid is practiced in West Bank. Under every administration, even the Trump regime much detested by most Jews, Zionists are favored over Palestinians.

    Iran has no nukes. Israel has 200. Iran has welcomed all inspections. Israel allows none. But Iran has been hit with sanctions that severely damaged its economy while Israel is showered with 4 billion in aid every year.

    Is it just me, or do others also sense a kind of favoritism? Just a teensy bit.

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    Is it just me, or do others also sense a kind of favoritism? Just a teensy bit.
     
    Obviously there is favoritism and obviously most of that is generated by ethnic loyalty from American Jews who are rich and politically active.

    Not to go into the useless Israel weeds but ...

    --> Some of this is Cold War\alliance politics. I think overall Israel made the US's Cold War job in the Middle East much, much harder, but if you sign up as "ally" then you get favoritism. Iran under the Shah was a Cold War ally and gets "favoritism". Then tossed him out and went into the "death to America" thing ... favoritism obviously ends. Saudi Arabia, a hideous place by all sorts of Western standards, was a solid anti-Soviet ally and is still getting "favoritism", even though it is the funder of the Wahhabi radicalization that is causing most of the Muslim terrorism.

    --> On nukes, Iran is an NPT signatory, while Israel, India, Pakistan are not. So there is a legal case against Iran's nukes. If you sign NPT and accept nuclear assistance from other NPT signatories then you aren't supposed to try and develop nuclear weapons.

    --> On Israel's ethnic policies ... yes, they should try and find a settlement and get out of the occupation business. But as Steve has pointed out, overall their policies--fences, immigration restriction\selection, caring about demographics--are pretty rational.

    The real nastiness around Israel isn't Israel trying to survive as a Jewish state. It is American (Western) Jews--often supportive of Israel--who are hostile (hysterical, shrieking) to and work to undermine any white gentile nation surviving as its ethno-state--as a Western nation. It's comfy ethnic nationalism for me, and globalism\universalism\minoritarianism--death--for thee!
  61. @Alec Leamas
    If you talk to any cops in Somerton/Bustleton or nearby parts of Bucks and Montgomery County they'll tell you about the truly incredible drunkenness of Russian men of all ages. They will tell you about having conversations with these guys like they're stone cold sober but having them flunk breathalyzers and then getting blood tests back with BACs in the .3 - .4+ range, which is "imminent death likely" territory.

    Evidence they are not jewish

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  62. @Anonymous

    I’d say Julia Ioffe is fairly good looking but that tweet she sent out alleging — even as a joke — incest in the Trump family was completely perverse. That would give me second thoughts about her even if I was in the market for a date.
     
    Dude, I use to work as a background investigator carrying fed creds. A statement like she made should immediately signal she's got major emotional and psychological issues if not a full subscription and for you to stay the fuck away. A person like this would be capable of destroying your life pretty quickly and not give it a second thought. I've seen it over, and over, and over again. If you see just one tiny puff of smoke you can be sure there's a raging inferno. As they say, reputation is based more on what's hidden than on what's done. Some people are good at hiding things, but it's not possible in marriage unless one spouse chooses to ignore the obvious (vincible ignorance).

    Forget eHarmony and the idea of compatibility. That's bullshit. There's only one criterion: marry someone with a good disposition and a rock solid moral character. Which assumes a clean record and a functional and normal family upbringing (mother and father still married and more siblings the better).

    Dude, I use to work as a background investigator carrying fed creds. A statement like she made should immediately signal she’s got major emotional and psychological issues if not a full subscription and for you to stay the fuck away. A person like this would be capable of destroying your life pretty quickly and not give it a second thought. I’ve seen it over, and over, and over again.

    Could you explain what your reasoning is? What about the statement signals psych issues and a disposition to destroy one’s life (destroy it how?)?

    Forget eHarmony and the idea of compatibility. That’s bullshit. There’s only one criterion: marry someone with a good disposition and a rock solid moral character. Which assumes a clean record and a functional and normal family upbringing (mother and father still married and more siblings the better).

    What are other ways to determine whether she has a good disposition and “character”? (What do you mean by “character”?)

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  63. @ziel
    "Save Soviet Jews" was a big enough phenomenon to become a meme,which was hard to do back in the late 70's. But one would find it jokingly scribbled on men's room walls everywhere in the form of a coupon promotion: "Save Soviet Jews - win valuable prizes!"

    Julia Ioffe is misunderstood. You don’t appreciate the plight of Jewry in Eastern Europe. I want you to see their faces; look into their eyes that are haunted still by the memories of the past.

    The enlightened, like Ioffe, realise these people are as helpless as abused cats and dogs. Do you expect them to buy their bread and blankets with their own savings? To be cared for by their own children? Their neighbours? Their own government?

    My employer have been bombarding us since Friday with maudlin schlock about their support for immigrants, but in three years they’ve never announced their resolve to assist those dwelling in the hobo jungles of tarpaulins and cardboard ubiquitous from San Francisco to Santa Clara. Damned American homeless people; it’s their own fault for not being born in Iran and trained to code at the mullahs’ expense. What’s a concentric loyalty, anyway; is that anything like a project fork? Can’t we just outsource it?

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  64. @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    but I’d be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    Then look to Circassians for more blondes. (oblique reference to the movie Lawrence of Arabia for those keeping score)

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  65. Well thank G*d we let in all them Soviet Jews, because if not, we wouldn’t have “Russian organized crime,” and “Russian” organized crime is useful to browbeat actual Russians with. Why, look at all that “Russian” criminality! Those dastardly “Russians”!

    The only sane refugee policy is a policy of zero refugees. Anything short of that is disappointing.

    And Trump needs to get off the “terrorist” angle around refugees to start shifting it to the real problem: life-long welfare grifters who will cost billions, increase crime, increase violence against women, decrease social cohesion wherever they land, and never fit into American society.

    Or short version: Refugees Suck. No more, thank you.

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    There was a Jewish fraternity at my college. In the early 90s, the fraternity was made up of Germanic Jews. Within 2 hours years, all of the children of the Soviet Jewry refugee program had taken over the fraternity. They drove expensive cars, sold coke and were all around bad news.
    , @AnotherDad

    The only sane refugee policy is a policy of zero refugees. Anything short of that is disappointing.

    And Trump needs to get off the “terrorist” angle around refugees to start shifting it to the real problem: life-long welfare grifters who will cost billions, increase crime, increase violence against women, decrease social cohesion wherever they land, and never fit into American society.

    Or short version: Refugees Suck. No more, thank you.
     
    Very well said, Peterike--thanks. It was ridiculous to turn the particular post-war situation with millions of displaced persons from basically civilized nations who were compatible with American\Canadian culture and turn it into a model for a general on-going *policy*. It's the kind of stupidity that managerial liberalism just seems to excel at ... we're going to "solve" this problem for all time, right now, with laws and bureaucracy. Holy cow, what idiocy.

    Even then the treaty terms--closest\first safe nation--are much better than what's being practiced. The US is not the first safe nation for a refugee from *any* conflict. There's no reason for us to be taking any refugees.

    "Refugees" are indeed a disaster.


    Unfortunately, my guess is that this is where Trump will fall short. Trump's pretty good a overall "hey, we're getting screwed" kind of stuff, particularly when it's sort of economic--trade, immigration--and it sets off his businessy "bad deal" radar. But he's no kind of conservative intellectual--not the kind of guy who's reading Refugee Resettlement Watch and pondering how stupid this is. And refugees are a case, where you need to make very clear rational arguments to push back against maudlin feminine (misplaced mothering instinct) sentiments and of course the Jewish (it's 1939!) hysteria.

    The one counter to this, the refugee thing is such a total *ripoff* that if one of Trump's advisors gets him up to speed on it, it may well fire off his "we're getting screwed!" vibe, and get the full Trump treatment with tweets and all.
  66. @IAmCorn
    Umm. I've seen pictures of Julia Ioffe, while she is pretty I don't know if I'd call her hot. Hotness is a poor standard for immigration anyway.

    And I remember the refugee programs Steve talks about it. I was born in '79 but can remember talk of the "refuseniks" on the tv news in the '80s.

    “refuseniks”

    My roommate was heavily involved in campaigns to help refuseniks. There was a lot of concern in those Cold War days about what was being done to whom in various matters Soviet.

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  67. @inertial
    Why do you expect Soviet Jews to speak Yiddish? How many of the secular American Jews speak Yiddish?

    These were all older people. Most Russian Jews born before WWII would have known at least some Yiddish – chances are that’s what their parents spoke to them at home. I don’t speak much Russian and a lot of these folks didn’t speak much English so Yiddish was the best bet for a common language. Most of the time it worked.

    In Russia Yiddish was (until Stalin got the willies about the Jews) officially promoted by the Communists and was not linked with religious observance.

    A cousin thru marriage of mine is related to the famous Soviet Yiddish actor Mikhoels, the director of the Moscow State Jewish Theater . Until Stalin had him killed and then run over to look like an auto accident.

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

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    It's true that most post-war Soviet Jews do not know Yiddish, but I got a Russian-Yiddish dictionary that was published maybe 30 years ago and it really is a very high quality production, especially compared to the ubiquitous Weinrich we have here in the States. Unfortunately, it doesn't go the other way, which is what I would prefer for research.
  68. @Anon
    "Similarly, Julia Ioffe who writes articles about racist Americans are for not taking in more immigrants, is one of 60 members of her clan that got into the U.S. for being Soviet/Russian Jews."

    New immigration criteria should be:

    Accept those with gratitude, Reject those with attitude.

    Ioffe is one nasty bitch.

    New immigration criteria should be:
    Accept those with gratitude, Reject those with attitude.

    Everybody would start showing up acting really grateful with big smiles! Many already do. Then they breed. The next generation less smiley happy people, more angry, stabby.

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  69. If you were to auction off the Statue of Liberty at Sothebys it would go down in the record books as the most valuable work of art ever sold.

    And that makes it the most valuable work of art ever stolen.

    The French designed it, built it, and paid for it.

    But it was Emma Lazarus who got to define what it stood for.

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    And that makes it the most valuable work of art ever stolen.
    The French designed it, built it, and paid for it.
    But it was Emma Lazarus who got to define what it stood for.
     
    Wilkey, this is quite clever--well done.

    You should get this "out there". Fire it off on twitter. Or see if you can get Coulter to use it. Or much better yet, contact Miller and see if Trump will tweet it--suitably simplified.
  70. @BB753
    Ann Coulter is basically Steve with a pussy pass and without the healthy scepticism and sense of humor. If Steve was a woman, he'd be rich and famous and beautiful too. Wait a second, according to XXth century received wisdom, that can be fixed! Sex transition, presto!

    You can’t transition your way into beauty, though. And Coulter’s not beautiful, but that’s another argument.

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    I agree, Coulter's not beautiful, but who's to say Steve Sailer won't make a gorgeous woman if he transitioned? LOL!
  71. @Jack D
    These were all older people. Most Russian Jews born before WWII would have known at least some Yiddish - chances are that's what their parents spoke to them at home. I don't speak much Russian and a lot of these folks didn't speak much English so Yiddish was the best bet for a common language. Most of the time it worked.

    In Russia Yiddish was (until Stalin got the willies about the Jews) officially promoted by the Communists and was not linked with religious observance.

    A cousin thru marriage of mine is related to the famous Soviet Yiddish actor Mikhoels, the director of the Moscow State Jewish Theater . Until Stalin had him killed and then run over to look like an auto accident.

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

    It’s true that most post-war Soviet Jews do not know Yiddish, but I got a Russian-Yiddish dictionary that was published maybe 30 years ago and it really is a very high quality production, especially compared to the ubiquitous Weinrich we have here in the States. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go the other way, which is what I would prefer for research.

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    There's a new Yiddish dictionary out that's pretty good.

    http://www.leagueforyiddish.org/verterbukh.html

    I knew Gitl Schaechter (one of the co-authors - it's based mainly on the work of her late father) in NY back in the early '80s.

    Yiddish never existed in isolation and most Jews just used the local word for anything that didn't have a Yiddish word already. So in Poland, an airplane in Yiddish was a samolot but in America it was an aeroplan. In that sense, they were like the Japanese rather than the French - if there's already a perfectly good foreign word for something, they are going to use it (with Japanese pronunciation) and not stress their brains coming up with a new and authentically Japanese word for fax machine. Yiddish has a core vocabulary of a few thousand words and everything else in the dictionary was never really in common use - either it was used mainly in literature or else the authors flat out made it up. Is something really a "Yiddish word" if no native Yiddish speaker has ever uttered it in conversation?
  72. A young, beautiful lady wearing a Make America Great Again hat is pepper sprayed by what looks to be a male baby boomer dirtbag. What kind of a baby boomer rodent would pepper spray a young beautiful lady? Civil War II has begun, and it will be bloody. That man who pepper sprayed that young lady must be identified and imprisoned.

    Steve Sailer and Ann Coulter have had the guts to identify mass immigration for what it is: Mass immigration has been weaponized to function as a demographic attack on the European Christian ancestral core of the United States.

    Steve Sailer and Ann Coulter both know that mass immigration was the reason why the GOP was destroyed in California. Sailer and Coulter also know that the politician whores in the GOP are mostly controlled by donors.

    President Trump, while running for president, could speak about the immigration issue without the tedious “huddled masses” horseshit for one simple reason: because he didn’t need the money from the donors.

    GOD BLESS STEVE SAILER AND ANN COULTER AND PRESIDENT TRUMP

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    It looks to me like the Baby Boomer on the left -- who is now a senior citizen, for sure -- was pushed into the frame by the actual pepper sprayer, who's wearing a black leather jacket and leather gloves -- could be a woman.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    She's actually wearing a "Make Bitcoin Great Again" hat. May not even be a Trump supporter.

    https://store.btcc.com/products/official-make-bitcoin-great-again-hat
    , @ben tillman

    A young, beautiful lady wearing a Make America Great Again hat is pepper sprayed by what looks to be a male baby boomer dirtbag.
     
    The hat says, "Make Bitcoin great again".
  73. Steve, please set aside two or three minutes and proofread your damned post!

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  74. @Tiny Duck
    It seems to me the conservative support for the Muslim ban is something like,"Now we don't want any Muslims discriminating against the LBTQ community. We don't want any Muslims cuttin in on Conservative Christians' action."

    this is pretty disingenuous bullshit coming out of an administration with Pence- pence, ffs-- at the helm. Christian conservatives have been the gravest threat to those of the wrong race, gender and sexuality in this country, so it's quite rich they're going after another religions supposed

    I like to imagine Tiny Duck is Steve Sailer kicking back at his keyboard after a couple of drinks.

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  75. This is such a weird topic.

    I thought EVERYBODY knew there was a “religious test for immigration” for Jews from USSR/Russia coming to the US during Operation Exodus and after it. That was the whole point of it.

    The matter of a religious test for immigration as a legal precedent was specifically discussed in Jewish and lefty circles. There were differences on the particulars…but everyone seemed to agree that Hitler holocaust Exodus diaspora, therefore “OK for us and our tribe.”

    Keeping Christians and whites out was a not-regrettable side benefit.

    Even used to witness loud arguments on this topic in the university town where I lived. We had a minor f-ton of these arrivals. I knew various people involved with various aspects of their settlement. I knew a guy who was teaching English to some of them, and he was mad because he suspected that one Russian family wasn’t Jewish at all but had pretended to be to get in.

    This particular example of How Trump is Hitler is laughable not just for being pulled out of Cloud Cuckooland…

    …but as a likely unintentional litmus of the reckless anarchy of Jewish self-interest. Seems like Jews can’t remember anything that happened before yesterday just like blacks can’t see anything that could happen after tomorrow.

    Or maybe it’s all part of that larger phenomenon of mnemonic sculpting that Andrew Joyce wrote about earlier in the month in his review of Russell Gmirkin’s work.

    http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2017/01/exodus-redux-jewish-identity-and-the-shaping-of-history/

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  76. @Jack D
    Then there was Gilda Radner's Roseanne Rosanadana on the early (funny) SNL, who had trouble understanding things she had heard on the news - "What's so important about Soviet Jewelry?" (for some reason the Russian Jews were called Soviet Jewry).

    An essential 80s tune for you, Jack:

    B.B. Gabor — Soviet Jewelry

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  77. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Mr. Anon
    "Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT."

    So? And she isn't that hot. Sure, she's pretty, but not especially so.

    I see your Julia Ioffe, and raise you one Masha Gessen. Gessen definitely isn't hot. Probably not even to other lesbians. She's a goblin.

    Just not a Knob Goblin.

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  78. But it was Emma Lazarus who got to define what it stood for.

    A group effort, really.

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  79. @SPMoore8
    It's true that most post-war Soviet Jews do not know Yiddish, but I got a Russian-Yiddish dictionary that was published maybe 30 years ago and it really is a very high quality production, especially compared to the ubiquitous Weinrich we have here in the States. Unfortunately, it doesn't go the other way, which is what I would prefer for research.

    There’s a new Yiddish dictionary out that’s pretty good.

    http://www.leagueforyiddish.org/verterbukh.html

    I knew Gitl Schaechter (one of the co-authors – it’s based mainly on the work of her late father) in NY back in the early ’80s.

    Yiddish never existed in isolation and most Jews just used the local word for anything that didn’t have a Yiddish word already. So in Poland, an airplane in Yiddish was a samolot but in America it was an aeroplan. In that sense, they were like the Japanese rather than the French – if there’s already a perfectly good foreign word for something, they are going to use it (with Japanese pronunciation) and not stress their brains coming up with a new and authentically Japanese word for fax machine. Yiddish has a core vocabulary of a few thousand words and everything else in the dictionary was never really in common use – either it was used mainly in literature or else the authors flat out made it up. Is something really a “Yiddish word” if no native Yiddish speaker has ever uttered it in conversation?

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  80. @Opinionator
    Steve,

    Why all that "Ann Coulter" references? By crediting her extensively, are you trying to highlight the fact she did not credit you?

    Helps if you go on TV and radio a lot. Steve Sailer could do a lot more radio and video if he wants his profile to go up.

    But it does mean lost of privacy and becoming a target of the left. Right now most pundits know him but pretend they don’t notice him.

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    • Replies: @Malcolm X-Lax
    I've wondered about this. Why doesn't Steve do TV? No offers (too "toxic") or does he choose to avoid it? There are a lot of people who are terrified of going on TV. Obviously no one's asking, but I'd be very nervous about going on TV and opening myself up to that whole other level of notoriety.
  81. @Jimi
    Helps if you go on TV and radio a lot. Steve Sailer could do a lot more radio and video if he wants his profile to go up.

    But it does mean lost of privacy and becoming a target of the left. Right now most pundits know him but pretend they don't notice him.

    I’ve wondered about this. Why doesn’t Steve do TV? No offers (too “toxic”) or does he choose to avoid it? There are a lot of people who are terrified of going on TV. Obviously no one’s asking, but I’d be very nervous about going on TV and opening myself up to that whole other level of notoriety.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I used to do brief talking heads gigs on cable networks every few months in the mid-2000s. But I wasn't terribly good at it, the hours played havoc with my sleep schedule (e.g., "the limo will pick you up at 4:15 am"), and my impression was that my appearances didn't move the needle perceptibly in terms of getting more readers.

    To become a "known personality" would probably require between 100 and 1,000 (or more) TV appearances.

  82. @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    Ioffe’s on CNN right now. She’s definitely a jewish 9. She happens to be on with Dana Bash (a jewish -3) and Wolf Blitzer, a jewish 2. In terms of destructiveness/treachery, however, Ioffe’s a 10.

    P.S. Anyone else notice, there is a unique virulence to these jewish women of eastern European origin?

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  83. @Jack D
    It's not Cornell per se. The issue is that Cornell is a sprawling hybrid public/private university that has seven undergraduate colleges, one of which is a traditional private Ivy League liberal arts school which is fairly hard to get into (though among the easier Ivies) - that's the one Coulter attended. But three are state-supported colleges that are part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Olbermann went to Ag (which nowadays offers majors like "Communications" in addition to dairy herd management) which doesn't make him a "real" Cornell grad.

    Olbermann went to Ag

    aka the Cow College.

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  84. @Malcolm X-Lax
    I've wondered about this. Why doesn't Steve do TV? No offers (too "toxic") or does he choose to avoid it? There are a lot of people who are terrified of going on TV. Obviously no one's asking, but I'd be very nervous about going on TV and opening myself up to that whole other level of notoriety.

    I used to do brief talking heads gigs on cable networks every few months in the mid-2000s. But I wasn’t terribly good at it, the hours played havoc with my sleep schedule (e.g., “the limo will pick you up at 4:15 am”), and my impression was that my appearances didn’t move the needle perceptibly in terms of getting more readers.

    To become a “known personality” would probably require between 100 and 1,000 (or more) TV appearances.

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    • Replies: @Desiderius
    As with most things, you were ahead of your time.

    Now is your time.
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    Don't do TV. It is ill suited to your skills. Even after the 1K appearances you would not get even a tenth of the (time) return on investment that your writing produces. Even Mark Steyn is best read, second-best listened to, and worst watched. It is not Mark's fault. The medium has its constraints.
    , @guest
    I imagine it's difficult to both maintain intellectual integrity and not laugh in everyone's face from beginning to end of your segment, considering how those shows are run.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    I wonder about the utility of TV for attracting readers. Alan Colmes often appears on Fox News, and he is generally introduced as the author of Thank the Liberals for Saving America. Its Amazon sales rank is #1,190,769 (paperback edition). I have several books on Amazon and they all have significantly higher rankings.
  85. NYT just now:

    Trump Tells Israel to Hold Off on Building New Settlements

    WASHINGTON — President Trump, who has made support for Israel a cornerstone of his foreign policy, shifted gears on Thursday and for the first time warned the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold off new settlement construction.

    “While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal,” the White House said in a statement.

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  86. @guest
    People have weird ideas about what constitutes "hot." She's not ugly, I can say that. But not anywhere near hot for anyone to bring up her looks, let alone race about them.

    “But not anywhere near hot for anyone to bring up her looks,…”

    Those who are outraged by any hint of fat jokes or body-shaming or suggestion that Michelle Obama isn’t Helen of Troy incarnate (e.g. the fine upstanding paragons of inernet civility at Jezebel and DemocraticUnderground) have no problem getting downright weird about “Mann Coulter”. They also hand out indulgences to shout out the c-word.

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  87. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @peterike
    Well thank G*d we let in all them Soviet Jews, because if not, we wouldn't have "Russian organized crime," and "Russian" organized crime is useful to browbeat actual Russians with. Why, look at all that "Russian" criminality! Those dastardly "Russians"!

    The only sane refugee policy is a policy of zero refugees. Anything short of that is disappointing.

    And Trump needs to get off the "terrorist" angle around refugees to start shifting it to the real problem: life-long welfare grifters who will cost billions, increase crime, increase violence against women, decrease social cohesion wherever they land, and never fit into American society.

    Or short version: Refugees Suck. No more, thank you.

    There was a Jewish fraternity at my college. In the early 90s, the fraternity was made up of Germanic Jews. Within 2 hours years, all of the children of the Soviet Jewry refugee program had taken over the fraternity. They drove expensive cars, sold coke and were all around bad news.

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    Were they really jewish? That doesn't seem like very jewish behavior.
    , @Anon
    "There was a Jewish fraternity at my college. In the early 90s, the fraternity was made up of Germanic Jews. Within 2 hours years, all of the children of the Soviet Jewry refugee program had taken over the fraternity. They drove expensive cars, sold coke and were all around bad news."

    ROTFL.

    I think a lot of Soviets who lived under communism thought American Culture was about being 'wild and crazy guys'.

    So, when they came here, they were trying to conform to the pop culture image of America than real America that isn't THAT 'wild and crazy'.

    I began to notice the change when Soviet Jews began to enter my suburb.

    About half of them were very sober, intellectual, good at math, and well-read.
    The other half were 'wild and crazy' and going out of their way to be like cartoon version of Americans. One of the girls was a total slut, a bunch of guys were thugs. Though supposedly Jewish, some of them looked like Ivan Drago, or dumb Slav, and were more cut out for the football or wrestling team than math.

    There was lot of Jewish-Slavic mixing during Soviet times, and I think a good number of 'Soviet Jews' were really mostly Slavs with a bit of kosher blood.
  88. @Charles Pewitt
    https://twitter.com/abc7newsbayarea/status/827039436596670464


    A young, beautiful lady wearing a Make America Great Again hat is pepper sprayed by what looks to be a male baby boomer dirtbag. What kind of a baby boomer rodent would pepper spray a young beautiful lady? Civil War II has begun, and it will be bloody. That man who pepper sprayed that young lady must be identified and imprisoned.

    Steve Sailer and Ann Coulter have had the guts to identify mass immigration for what it is: Mass immigration has been weaponized to function as a demographic attack on the European Christian ancestral core of the United States.

    Steve Sailer and Ann Coulter both know that mass immigration was the reason why the GOP was destroyed in California. Sailer and Coulter also know that the politician whores in the GOP are mostly controlled by donors.

    President Trump, while running for president, could speak about the immigration issue without the tedious "huddled masses" horseshit for one simple reason: because he didn't need the money from the donors.

    GOD BLESS STEVE SAILER AND ANN COULTER AND PRESIDENT TRUMP

    It looks to me like the Baby Boomer on the left — who is now a senior citizen, for sure — was pushed into the frame by the actual pepper sprayer, who’s wearing a black leather jacket and leather gloves — could be a woman.

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    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt
    You are right. The baby boomer mug I mistook for the pepper sprayer was indeed the mug of a corporate propaganda whore who was interviewing the young blonde lady who was pepper sprayed. Perhaps the person who did pepper spray the beautiful young blonde lady was another female. The fog of war envelopes us all.

    Another young blonde lady was conked over the head with a wooden pole of some sort. This young lady immediately retaliated by charging her attacker and delivering retaliatory justice.
  89. @Kyle McKenna
    NYT just now:

    Trump Tells Israel to Hold Off on Building New Settlements

    WASHINGTON — President Trump, who has made support for Israel a cornerstone of his foreign policy, shifted gears on Thursday and for the first time warned the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold off new settlement construction.

    “While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal,” the White House said in a statement.
     

    Everyone keeps saying how crazy Trump must be.

    Crazy like Vulpes say I..

    Go Trump!

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  90. @Anon
    There was a Jewish fraternity at my college. In the early 90s, the fraternity was made up of Germanic Jews. Within 2 hours years, all of the children of the Soviet Jewry refugee program had taken over the fraternity. They drove expensive cars, sold coke and were all around bad news.

    Were they really jewish? That doesn’t seem like very jewish behavior.

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  91. @anonymous coward

    US policy took the pragmatic step of accepting the Soviet definition of “Jew”.
     
    Factually false, US policy used the standard halakhic definition of what it means to be Jewish.

    See here: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/who-is-a-jew

    So if someone showed up at JFK with a Soviet ID marked “Jew”, INS would seek the opinion of a rabbi before considering the person Jewish?

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    • Replies: @International Jew
    Of course not. "Anonymous coward" is a troll on all things Jewish.
  92. @Jack Hanson
    Wasn't there a pretty long running plotline on The Office about Dwight pretending to try to get into Cornell so he can troll the hell out of the blowhard from corporate?

    That doesn’t sound familiar. The only Cornell story line I remember is that Andy is a Cornell alum.

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  93. @syonredux

    New immigration criteria should be:

    Accept those with gratitude, Reject those with attitude.
     
    Here's my rule of thumb: Don't admit anyone who qualifies for affirmative action.

    No women, then? You want to turn America into a giant sausage party?

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  94. @guest
    You can't transition your way into beauty, though. And Coulter's not beautiful, but that's another argument.

    I agree, Coulter’s not beautiful, but who’s to say Steve Sailer won’t make a gorgeous woman if he transitioned? LOL!

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    • Replies: @guest
    I'll ignore Steve's personal attributes and just go with the odds of any man being able to turn into a beautiful woman.
  95. @Tiny Duck
    It seems to me the conservative support for the Muslim ban is something like,"Now we don't want any Muslims discriminating against the LBTQ community. We don't want any Muslims cuttin in on Conservative Christians' action."

    this is pretty disingenuous bullshit coming out of an administration with Pence- pence, ffs-- at the helm. Christian conservatives have been the gravest threat to those of the wrong race, gender and sexuality in this country, so it's quite rich they're going after another religions supposed

    Christian conservatives have been the gravest threat to those of the wrong race, gender and sexuality in this country

    Technically true if you take “Christian” to just mean random white and you time travel back far enough with your “have been” so that “threat” means anything more than “they don’t worship me for my ‘difference’”. The reality is Christian conservatives are absolutely zero threat even to anyone of the wrong “sexuality”, gender (i.e. sex) is a no-op, and on race the true Christians are positive “love everyone” liberals (actually more racially inclusive in reality than most white SWPLs).

    But Tiny, I don’t dispute your point that all the “muslims don’t love gays enough” blather from Christians does come across as too “try hard”. It’s a perfectly fair attempt at conservative outreach and it does tap into a perfectly fair point that Muslims simply do not share the tendency toward live-and-let-live attitudes that have been long been a part of the Anglo-Saxon tradition.

    Obviously the actual reason conservatives oppose Muslim immigration is simply that they are Muslims–not of the West, not sharing the same culture and values. Conservatives–real ones–by definition want to *conserve* their nation, culture and civilization. So naturally conservatives are opposed to the immigration of people whose presence would wreck those things. Any–real–conservative, can not be for Muslim immigration to the West. No way around it. It’s fundamental. There may be people who have some “conservative” political attitudes who are for it, but they are simply not fundamentally conservative, because they don’t care about conserving fundamental things.

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  96. @Jack D
    Then there was Gilda Radner's Roseanne Rosanadana on the early (funny) SNL, who had trouble understanding things she had heard on the news - "What's so important about Soviet Jewelry?" (for some reason the Russian Jews were called Soviet Jewry).

    Love of my life informs me: that was Emily Litella, Jack. :D

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  97. @Alec Leamas

    In 1986, immigrants from Ireland did.
     
    IIRC, this is about when South Jersey Shore towns became inundated with young Irish seasonal workers in my youth. Although Irish American herself, I distinctly recall my mother getting into a spat on the Wildwood boardwalk at a concession stand with a young Irish woman working there who said "You want a Lime Rickey" with inflection that my mother did not understand properly to be a question, and getting her own Irish up at "being told what I want, I tell you what I want goddamn it!" The Lime Rickey* was going to be for me (I was obsessed with them) but after the huff I didn't get it.

    *The soda fountain concoction of fresh limes, sugar syrup and seltzer, not its predecessor gin highball (which I now like very much as well).

    Thanks for this. I have run on for years about the Lime Rickey. Thanks to your comment, my nearest and dearest now accept it is actually a thing, and not something I made up to plague them about every hot summer day around here.

    There was one place in North Wildwood (on the boardwalk) that made them really tart, where others made them sugary. Was it near the candy store with the Highland terriers?

    Those were my favorite, the less sugary ones. Like the Italian ices with the bits of lemon peel/pulp. We buy limes by the five-pound bag in this house, year round, plus gallons of lime juice at the restaurant supply store.

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  98. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anon
    There was a Jewish fraternity at my college. In the early 90s, the fraternity was made up of Germanic Jews. Within 2 hours years, all of the children of the Soviet Jewry refugee program had taken over the fraternity. They drove expensive cars, sold coke and were all around bad news.

    “There was a Jewish fraternity at my college. In the early 90s, the fraternity was made up of Germanic Jews. Within 2 hours years, all of the children of the Soviet Jewry refugee program had taken over the fraternity. They drove expensive cars, sold coke and were all around bad news.”

    ROTFL.

    I think a lot of Soviets who lived under communism thought American Culture was about being ‘wild and crazy guys’.

    So, when they came here, they were trying to conform to the pop culture image of America than real America that isn’t THAT ‘wild and crazy’.

    I began to notice the change when Soviet Jews began to enter my suburb.

    About half of them were very sober, intellectual, good at math, and well-read.
    The other half were ‘wild and crazy’ and going out of their way to be like cartoon version of Americans. One of the girls was a total slut, a bunch of guys were thugs. Though supposedly Jewish, some of them looked like Ivan Drago, or dumb Slav, and were more cut out for the football or wrestling team than math.

    There was lot of Jewish-Slavic mixing during Soviet times, and I think a good number of ‘Soviet Jews’ were really mostly Slavs with a bit of kosher blood.

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    That's what the rabbis in Israel complain about.

    Sharon, however, didn't care. They were his kind of voters.

    , @guest
    Of course, the "wild and crazy guys" weren't American, and pretty much the entire joke was they were bad at being American. Your foreigners should've worked harder on SNL Studies.
  99. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @International Jew
    Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT. As hot as the mythical muslim girl in the propaganda poster Steve's talked about recently. Except Julia Ioffe is for real. I support Trump's "Muslim ban" wholeheartedly (and only wish it covered more countries) but I'd be fine with letting in girls like that poster.

    “Say what you will about her ideas but she is HOT.”

    yeah, I admit she is quite a girler.

    Some Jewish girls in high school were real babes too.

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  100. @Anon
    "There was a Jewish fraternity at my college. In the early 90s, the fraternity was made up of Germanic Jews. Within 2 hours years, all of the children of the Soviet Jewry refugee program had taken over the fraternity. They drove expensive cars, sold coke and were all around bad news."

    ROTFL.

    I think a lot of Soviets who lived under communism thought American Culture was about being 'wild and crazy guys'.

    So, when they came here, they were trying to conform to the pop culture image of America than real America that isn't THAT 'wild and crazy'.

    I began to notice the change when Soviet Jews began to enter my suburb.

    About half of them were very sober, intellectual, good at math, and well-read.
    The other half were 'wild and crazy' and going out of their way to be like cartoon version of Americans. One of the girls was a total slut, a bunch of guys were thugs. Though supposedly Jewish, some of them looked like Ivan Drago, or dumb Slav, and were more cut out for the football or wrestling team than math.

    There was lot of Jewish-Slavic mixing during Soviet times, and I think a good number of 'Soviet Jews' were really mostly Slavs with a bit of kosher blood.

    That’s what the rabbis in Israel complain about.

    Sharon, however, didn’t care. They were his kind of voters.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    The situation with the Ethiopians in Israel was MUCH worse. The head Sephardic Rabbi who also has his own political party (not because he had any real interest in policy, just in political spoils) made a religious ruling that the Ethiopian Falashas were Jews and should therefore all be brought to Israel on very slim grounds, the main ground being that they would be reliable voters for his party. Russians (including Sharon himself) have the potential to eventually blend into Israeli society but the Ethiopians are always going to be a permanent underclass due to their extremely low IQ.
  101. @International Jew
    Though I see where you're coming from, the policy that brought Julia Ioffe, Sergey Brin, Masha Gessen etc here wasn't primarily a religious test.

    We didn't care, notice, if any of those Soviet Jews practiced Judaism (and in fact most did not, even in the most minimal way). It wasn't a religious test, it was an ethnic test.

    The USSR viewed Jews as a nationality (one of dozens so recognized — Russians, Estonians, Tatars, Uzbeks, Buryats...). And since these people were persecuted for what they were (whatever that was), US policy took the pragmatic step of accepting the Soviet definition of "Jew".

    It's probably true that there wouldn't have been any Jackson-Vanick Amendment without the energetic lobbying of American Jews. But then they too were less interested in the Soviet Jews' religious devotion, than in their ethnicity (ie, in iSteve's pithy formulation, the fact we were all part of an endogamous extended family).

    I just had this conversation; the other conversant was married to a Russian Jew. A friend, business associate and fellow tradesman; listed the various controlling influences on the Northern side of the Black Sea as Greeks, somebodys , Tartars (Mongols), Genoese, and and and Jews. Others listed had a locus, but Jews are a members of a religion or maybe a tribe

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  102. @Steve Sailer
    I used to do brief talking heads gigs on cable networks every few months in the mid-2000s. But I wasn't terribly good at it, the hours played havoc with my sleep schedule (e.g., "the limo will pick you up at 4:15 am"), and my impression was that my appearances didn't move the needle perceptibly in terms of getting more readers.

    To become a "known personality" would probably require between 100 and 1,000 (or more) TV appearances.

    As with most things, you were ahead of your time.

    Now is your time.

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  103. @Steve Sailer
    I used to do brief talking heads gigs on cable networks every few months in the mid-2000s. But I wasn't terribly good at it, the hours played havoc with my sleep schedule (e.g., "the limo will pick you up at 4:15 am"), and my impression was that my appearances didn't move the needle perceptibly in terms of getting more readers.

    To become a "known personality" would probably require between 100 and 1,000 (or more) TV appearances.

    Don’t do TV. It is ill suited to your skills. Even after the 1K appearances you would not get even a tenth of the (time) return on investment that your writing produces. Even Mark Steyn is best read, second-best listened to, and worst watched. It is not Mark’s fault. The medium has its constraints.

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    • Replies: @Desiderius
    Steyn gets too wound up.

    Steve seems more likely to maintain his equanimity.
  104. @Jack D
    It's not Cornell per se. The issue is that Cornell is a sprawling hybrid public/private university that has seven undergraduate colleges, one of which is a traditional private Ivy League liberal arts school which is fairly hard to get into (though among the easier Ivies) - that's the one Coulter attended. But three are state-supported colleges that are part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Olbermann went to Ag (which nowadays offers majors like "Communications" in addition to dairy herd management) which doesn't make him a "real" Cornell grad.

    Olbermann went to Ag

    Which explains why Olbermann’s favorite philosopher is Peter Singer.

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  105. @Steve Sailer
    I used to do brief talking heads gigs on cable networks every few months in the mid-2000s. But I wasn't terribly good at it, the hours played havoc with my sleep schedule (e.g., "the limo will pick you up at 4:15 am"), and my impression was that my appearances didn't move the needle perceptibly in terms of getting more readers.

    To become a "known personality" would probably require between 100 and 1,000 (or more) TV appearances.

    I imagine it’s difficult to both maintain intellectual integrity and not laugh in everyone’s face from beginning to end of your segment, considering how those shows are run.

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  106. @BB753
    I agree, Coulter's not beautiful, but who's to say Steve Sailer won't make a gorgeous woman if he transitioned? LOL!

    I’ll ignore Steve’s personal attributes and just go with the odds of any man being able to turn into a beautiful woman.

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  107. @Anon
    "There was a Jewish fraternity at my college. In the early 90s, the fraternity was made up of Germanic Jews. Within 2 hours years, all of the children of the Soviet Jewry refugee program had taken over the fraternity. They drove expensive cars, sold coke and were all around bad news."

    ROTFL.

    I think a lot of Soviets who lived under communism thought American Culture was about being 'wild and crazy guys'.

    So, when they came here, they were trying to conform to the pop culture image of America than real America that isn't THAT 'wild and crazy'.

    I began to notice the change when Soviet Jews began to enter my suburb.

    About half of them were very sober, intellectual, good at math, and well-read.
    The other half were 'wild and crazy' and going out of their way to be like cartoon version of Americans. One of the girls was a total slut, a bunch of guys were thugs. Though supposedly Jewish, some of them looked like Ivan Drago, or dumb Slav, and were more cut out for the football or wrestling team than math.

    There was lot of Jewish-Slavic mixing during Soviet times, and I think a good number of 'Soviet Jews' were really mostly Slavs with a bit of kosher blood.

    Of course, the “wild and crazy guys” weren’t American, and pretty much the entire joke was they were bad at being American. Your foreigners should’ve worked harder on SNL Studies.

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    Filipinos are the funniest and most ludicrous unintentional parodists of American trash culture.

    I had Filipino neighbors long ago in the 80s, and the two sons tried so hard to be like filo Michael Jackson. They also played a Filipino version of Beat It over and over while suntanning.
  108. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @guest
    Of course, the "wild and crazy guys" weren't American, and pretty much the entire joke was they were bad at being American. Your foreigners should've worked harder on SNL Studies.

    Filipinos are the funniest and most ludicrous unintentional parodists of American trash culture.

    I had Filipino neighbors long ago in the 80s, and the two sons tried so hard to be like filo Michael Jackson. They also played a Filipino version of Beat It over and over while suntanning.

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  109. @Charles Erwin Wilson
    Don't do TV. It is ill suited to your skills. Even after the 1K appearances you would not get even a tenth of the (time) return on investment that your writing produces. Even Mark Steyn is best read, second-best listened to, and worst watched. It is not Mark's fault. The medium has its constraints.

    Steyn gets too wound up.

    Steve seems more likely to maintain his equanimity.

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  110. @Charles Pewitt
    Ann Coulter is a good women. I have no doubt that she will retweet Steve Sailer's tweet about his blog post on Ann Coulter's column when he tweets it.

    Ann Coulter has called for a moratorium on all immigration. Ann Coulter has called for the deportation of all illegal alien invaders.

    My only problem with Coulter is her quite clear hankering for tall men. Perhaps when Civil War II fully breaks out a short guy such as myself may win her heart by some courageous deed of daring. One can only hope.

    Steve Sailer should tell his fellow Californian, Randy Newman, that us short people still remember his damn song.

    Civil War II is here, we might as well fight with good humor -- or attempts at humor.

    ATTENTION HAPPY WARRIORS: MOUNT UP AND RIDE TO THE SOUND OF THE GUNS

    I was at the VDare Christmas party where Ann Coulter made an appearance, looking fabulous in high boots and black mini dress. She spoke to the group, answered a number of questions, and then mixed with the crowd, always surrounded by a bunch of people who wanted her attention. I didn’t have anything in particular to discuss with her, but I did want to shake her hand and tell her how much I admire her work. She took my hand, gave me her full attention, made some small talk, and smiled at me dazzlingly.

    I have to admit I was star-struck.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    Speaking of celebrity appearances, someone I know attended a Broadway show last night and Bill and Hillary were there and my acquaintance sent a couple of pictures. Bill looked dapper to me, wearing a well fitting, I assume custom, suit, but my wife thought that his smile was a little bit asymmetrical as in people who have had mini-strokes or brain damage from the heart-lung machine. Hillary has completely stopped wearing makeup and looks just awful. My wife and daughter are not real "girly-girls" but they would not think of going out in public (especially in the evening to a Broadway show) without putting on a little bit of makeup - I think it's socially expected in our society. So I don't know what Hillary is doing by going makeup free. Maybe it's the female equivalent of growing a beard like Al Gore did and Letterman did.
  111. @Steve Sailer
    That's what the rabbis in Israel complain about.

    Sharon, however, didn't care. They were his kind of voters.

    The situation with the Ethiopians in Israel was MUCH worse. The head Sephardic Rabbi who also has his own political party (not because he had any real interest in policy, just in political spoils) made a religious ruling that the Ethiopian Falashas were Jews and should therefore all be brought to Israel on very slim grounds, the main ground being that they would be reliable voters for his party. Russians (including Sharon himself) have the potential to eventually blend into Israeli society but the Ethiopians are always going to be a permanent underclass due to their extremely low IQ.

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  112. @Charles Pewitt
    https://twitter.com/abc7newsbayarea/status/827039436596670464


    A young, beautiful lady wearing a Make America Great Again hat is pepper sprayed by what looks to be a male baby boomer dirtbag. What kind of a baby boomer rodent would pepper spray a young beautiful lady? Civil War II has begun, and it will be bloody. That man who pepper sprayed that young lady must be identified and imprisoned.

    Steve Sailer and Ann Coulter have had the guts to identify mass immigration for what it is: Mass immigration has been weaponized to function as a demographic attack on the European Christian ancestral core of the United States.

    Steve Sailer and Ann Coulter both know that mass immigration was the reason why the GOP was destroyed in California. Sailer and Coulter also know that the politician whores in the GOP are mostly controlled by donors.

    President Trump, while running for president, could speak about the immigration issue without the tedious "huddled masses" horseshit for one simple reason: because he didn't need the money from the donors.

    GOD BLESS STEVE SAILER AND ANN COULTER AND PRESIDENT TRUMP

    She’s actually wearing a “Make Bitcoin Great Again” hat. May not even be a Trump supporter.

    https://store.btcc.com/products/official-make-bitcoin-great-again-hat

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    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt
    You are right. The young lady who was pepper sprayed by a rioting rodent at UC Berkeley was wearing a hat which might have had "Make Bitcoin Great Again" on it. She was not wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat. And you are right she may not have been a Trump supporter. The Bitcoin hat suggests she may support the House of Paul, Ron and Rand.
  113. @Steve Sailer
    I used to do brief talking heads gigs on cable networks every few months in the mid-2000s. But I wasn't terribly good at it, the hours played havoc with my sleep schedule (e.g., "the limo will pick you up at 4:15 am"), and my impression was that my appearances didn't move the needle perceptibly in terms of getting more readers.

    To become a "known personality" would probably require between 100 and 1,000 (or more) TV appearances.

    I wonder about the utility of TV for attracting readers. Alan Colmes often appears on Fox News, and he is generally introduced as the author of Thank the Liberals for Saving America. Its Amazon sales rank is #1,190,769 (paperback edition). I have several books on Amazon and they all have significantly higher rankings.

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  114. @Harry Baldwin
    I was at the VDare Christmas party where Ann Coulter made an appearance, looking fabulous in high boots and black mini dress. She spoke to the group, answered a number of questions, and then mixed with the crowd, always surrounded by a bunch of people who wanted her attention. I didn't have anything in particular to discuss with her, but I did want to shake her hand and tell her how much I admire her work. She took my hand, gave me her full attention, made some small talk, and smiled at me dazzlingly.

    I have to admit I was star-struck.

    Speaking of celebrity appearances, someone I know attended a Broadway show last night and Bill and Hillary were there and my acquaintance sent a couple of pictures. Bill looked dapper to me, wearing a well fitting, I assume custom, suit, but my wife thought that his smile was a little bit asymmetrical as in people who have had mini-strokes or brain damage from the heart-lung machine. Hillary has completely stopped wearing makeup and looks just awful. My wife and daughter are not real “girly-girls” but they would not think of going out in public (especially in the evening to a Broadway show) without putting on a little bit of makeup – I think it’s socially expected in our society. So I don’t know what Hillary is doing by going makeup free. Maybe it’s the female equivalent of growing a beard like Al Gore did and Letterman did.

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  115. @Jack D
    It's not Cornell per se. The issue is that Cornell is a sprawling hybrid public/private university that has seven undergraduate colleges, one of which is a traditional private Ivy League liberal arts school which is fairly hard to get into (though among the easier Ivies) - that's the one Coulter attended. But three are state-supported colleges that are part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Olbermann went to Ag (which nowadays offers majors like "Communications" in addition to dairy herd management) which doesn't make him a "real" Cornell grad.

    Cornell’s hybrid system seems to work okay. Why aren’t there other hybrids like Cornell?

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    The real question is why does the Cornell setup exist - every state (including NY) has state U's and other than Cornell, when a state wants to open a new Forestry College or whatever, they open it in one of their existing U's instead of contracting out to a private (but non-profit) u as NY did (back in the 19th century). The closest thing would be the Federal labs (Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, etc.) that are operated under contract by universities. The schools at Cornell (plus 1 at Alfred that teaches pottery making I kid you not) are the only "statutory colleges" - an institution that is unique to NY. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statutory_college

    Cornell is (and this is not unrelated) also one of only 3 private Us that is a "land grant college" - the land grant $ went to public Us in the other states. The other 2 being MIT (little known fact) and U. of Del. (which is private in name only as it serves as the flagship state U. for Del.)

    We associate state ownership with Communism but in the fledgling US, states were often the only ones with enough access to capital to build big things like universities (canals, even railroads).
  116. @Steve Sailer
    Cornell's hybrid system seems to work okay. Why aren't there other hybrids like Cornell?

    The real question is why does the Cornell setup exist – every state (including NY) has state U’s and other than Cornell, when a state wants to open a new Forestry College or whatever, they open it in one of their existing U’s instead of contracting out to a private (but non-profit) u as NY did (back in the 19th century). The closest thing would be the Federal labs (Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, etc.) that are operated under contract by universities. The schools at Cornell (plus 1 at Alfred that teaches pottery making I kid you not) are the only “statutory colleges” – an institution that is unique to NY. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statutory_college

    Cornell is (and this is not unrelated) also one of only 3 private Us that is a “land grant college” – the land grant $ went to public Us in the other states. The other 2 being MIT (little known fact) and U. of Del. (which is private in name only as it serves as the flagship state U. for Del.)

    We associate state ownership with Communism but in the fledgling US, states were often the only ones with enough access to capital to build big things like universities (canals, even railroads).

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    • Replies: @Steve from Detroit
    About 5 years ago, there were a number of articles discussing the possibility of making the University of Michigan a private university. The reasoning, IIRC, was that it accepts an inordinate amount of non-resident students (they say 40%, but I have to believe it is now around 50%, including international students), it has an enormous endowment for a public school ($10B), it is referred to as a "public Ivy" because of its high academic standards/rankings, and it continues to raise tuition at unconscionable rates (although that has been blunted by our Governor's new limits on increases in tuition for all state universities).

    In short, even though state aid is much less than it used to be, the people of Michigan are required to fund this school to a large extent and their children are not being admitted in proportionate numbers and not receiving the benefit.

    Oh, and Ann is an alumnae of the U of M law school, which regularly ranks in the top 10.

  117. This is a weak line of argument to pursue because it cedes ground to the left.

    As I was going to point out until Int’l Jew beat e to it, Jews are an ethnicity, not just a religion.

    The correct response to “america never had a religious test” is ….”so what?!”

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  118. @Anon
    Let me see.

    Zionists have been occupying Palestinian land and keeps taking more and more of West Bank. Apartheid is practiced in West Bank. Under every administration, even the Trump regime much detested by most Jews, Zionists are favored over Palestinians.

    Iran has no nukes. Israel has 200. Iran has welcomed all inspections. Israel allows none. But Iran has been hit with sanctions that severely damaged its economy while Israel is showered with 4 billion in aid every year.

    Is it just me, or do others also sense a kind of favoritism? Just a teensy bit.

    Is it just me, or do others also sense a kind of favoritism? Just a teensy bit.

    Obviously there is favoritism and obviously most of that is generated by ethnic loyalty from American Jews who are rich and politically active.

    Not to go into the useless Israel weeds but …

    –> Some of this is Cold War\alliance politics. I think overall Israel made the US’s Cold War job in the Middle East much, much harder, but if you sign up as “ally” then you get favoritism. Iran under the Shah was a Cold War ally and gets “favoritism”. Then tossed him out and went into the “death to America” thing … favoritism obviously ends. Saudi Arabia, a hideous place by all sorts of Western standards, was a solid anti-Soviet ally and is still getting “favoritism”, even though it is the funder of the Wahhabi radicalization that is causing most of the Muslim terrorism.

    –> On nukes, Iran is an NPT signatory, while Israel, India, Pakistan are not. So there is a legal case against Iran’s nukes. If you sign NPT and accept nuclear assistance from other NPT signatories then you aren’t supposed to try and develop nuclear weapons.

    –> On Israel’s ethnic policies … yes, they should try and find a settlement and get out of the occupation business. But as Steve has pointed out, overall their policies–fences, immigration restriction\selection, caring about demographics–are pretty rational.

    The real nastiness around Israel isn’t Israel trying to survive as a Jewish state. It is American (Western) Jews–often supportive of Israel–who are hostile (hysterical, shrieking) to and work to undermine any white gentile nation surviving as its ethno-state–as a Western nation. It’s comfy ethnic nationalism for me, and globalism\universalism\minoritarianism–death–for thee!

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    "On nukes, Iran is an NPT signatory, while Israel, India, Pakistan are not. So there is a legal case against Iran’s nukes. If you sign NPT and accept nuclear assistance from other NPT signatories then you aren’t supposed to try and develop nuclear weapons."

    I don't buy that argument.

    First, there is no indication that Iran wants nukes. Even CIA says there's no proof that Iran has some secret plan to have nukes.

    Second, suppose Iran were to remove itself from NPT. It would no longer be legally bound to NPT, right? Would the US and its puppets in Iran then allow Iran to act like Israel & India and make nukes?

    No, the alarmism and outrage in US and Israel would be even crazier.
  119. @Harry Baldwin
    She's actually wearing a "Make Bitcoin Great Again" hat. May not even be a Trump supporter.

    https://store.btcc.com/products/official-make-bitcoin-great-again-hat

    You are right. The young lady who was pepper sprayed by a rioting rodent at UC Berkeley was wearing a hat which might have had “Make Bitcoin Great Again” on it. She was not wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. And you are right she may not have been a Trump supporter. The Bitcoin hat suggests she may support the House of Paul, Ron and Rand.

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  120. @SPMoore8
    It looks to me like the Baby Boomer on the left -- who is now a senior citizen, for sure -- was pushed into the frame by the actual pepper sprayer, who's wearing a black leather jacket and leather gloves -- could be a woman.

    You are right. The baby boomer mug I mistook for the pepper sprayer was indeed the mug of a corporate propaganda whore who was interviewing the young blonde lady who was pepper sprayed. Perhaps the person who did pepper spray the beautiful young blonde lady was another female. The fog of war envelopes us all.

    Another young blonde lady was conked over the head with a wooden pole of some sort. This young lady immediately retaliated by charging her attacker and delivering retaliatory justice.

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  121. @SPMoore8
    I knew many Soviet Jews back in the '70's, the vast majority of them were not religious, nor, IIRC, were they particularly "Jewish" in the sense that many had non-Jewish spouses. Basically they came here because the career opportunities in Russia sucked, and this was a way out for them. But then the career opportunities sucked for a lot of people in Russia.

    One can try to say that the definition was not "religious" but rather "ethnic" yet that doesn't really change the equation; one could just as easily conflate "Muslim" and "Arab" in the present instance, in many cases it makes no difference (not for all, e.g., Iran, Sudan). The fact is, there was preferential open door policies for Jews for decades, and since Jews are both an ethnicity and a religious group, the same concept applies.

    Furthermore, one could argue that Jews are an ethnicity only in terms of their religion, because it is the religion that encouraged endogamy; remove the religio-cultural taboo, and Jews marry out at the same very high rate as, say, Germans and Irish in America. Moreover, the idea of Soviet Jews getting out was so they would migrate to Israel, where "ethnicity" or "race" is defined and decided by religious authorities, which reinforces the link.

    As far as Julia Ioffe goes, since my training and interests in C and E Europe goes far back, I don't really mind having more immigrants from that part of the world, regardless of how weird or obnoxious they may appear from time to time (e.g., I like Cathy Young but I like Solzhenitsyn in spite of her.) What I don't like is when such immigrants arrogate to themselves an especial expertise on the region (e.g., Russia, Ukraine) when it actually amounts to nothing more than being from there, let alone when such individuals start dictating what our foreign policy goals should be (e.g., Max Boot.)

    I'd say Julia Ioffe is fairly good looking but that tweet she sent out alleging -- even as a joke -- incest in the Trump family was completely perverse. That would give me second thoughts about her even if I was in the market for a date.

    Furthermore, one could argue that Jews are an ethnicity only in terms of their religion, because it is the religion that encouraged endogamy; remove the religio-cultural taboo, and Jews marry out at the same very high rate as, say, Germans and Irish in America.

    Things have changed since then, but at the time the policies were put in place the rate of outmarriage was about 10%.

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  122. @Charles Pewitt
    https://twitter.com/abc7newsbayarea/status/827039436596670464


    A young, beautiful lady wearing a Make America Great Again hat is pepper sprayed by what looks to be a male baby boomer dirtbag. What kind of a baby boomer rodent would pepper spray a young beautiful lady? Civil War II has begun, and it will be bloody. That man who pepper sprayed that young lady must be identified and imprisoned.

    Steve Sailer and Ann Coulter have had the guts to identify mass immigration for what it is: Mass immigration has been weaponized to function as a demographic attack on the European Christian ancestral core of the United States.

    Steve Sailer and Ann Coulter both know that mass immigration was the reason why the GOP was destroyed in California. Sailer and Coulter also know that the politician whores in the GOP are mostly controlled by donors.

    President Trump, while running for president, could speak about the immigration issue without the tedious "huddled masses" horseshit for one simple reason: because he didn't need the money from the donors.

    GOD BLESS STEVE SAILER AND ANN COULTER AND PRESIDENT TRUMP

    A young, beautiful lady wearing a Make America Great Again hat is pepper sprayed by what looks to be a male baby boomer dirtbag.

    The hat says, “Make Bitcoin great again”.

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  123. @peterike
    Well thank G*d we let in all them Soviet Jews, because if not, we wouldn't have "Russian organized crime," and "Russian" organized crime is useful to browbeat actual Russians with. Why, look at all that "Russian" criminality! Those dastardly "Russians"!

    The only sane refugee policy is a policy of zero refugees. Anything short of that is disappointing.

    And Trump needs to get off the "terrorist" angle around refugees to start shifting it to the real problem: life-long welfare grifters who will cost billions, increase crime, increase violence against women, decrease social cohesion wherever they land, and never fit into American society.

    Or short version: Refugees Suck. No more, thank you.

    The only sane refugee policy is a policy of zero refugees. Anything short of that is disappointing.

    And Trump needs to get off the “terrorist” angle around refugees to start shifting it to the real problem: life-long welfare grifters who will cost billions, increase crime, increase violence against women, decrease social cohesion wherever they land, and never fit into American society.

    Or short version: Refugees Suck. No more, thank you.

    Very well said, Peterike–thanks. It was ridiculous to turn the particular post-war situation with millions of displaced persons from basically civilized nations who were compatible with American\Canadian culture and turn it into a model for a general on-going *policy*. It’s the kind of stupidity that managerial liberalism just seems to excel at … we’re going to “solve” this problem for all time, right now, with laws and bureaucracy. Holy cow, what idiocy.

    Even then the treaty terms–closest\first safe nation–are much better than what’s being practiced. The US is not the first safe nation for a refugee from *any* conflict. There’s no reason for us to be taking any refugees.

    “Refugees” are indeed a disaster.

    Unfortunately, my guess is that this is where Trump will fall short. Trump’s pretty good a overall “hey, we’re getting screwed” kind of stuff, particularly when it’s sort of economic–trade, immigration–and it sets off his businessy “bad deal” radar. But he’s no kind of conservative intellectual–not the kind of guy who’s reading Refugee Resettlement Watch and pondering how stupid this is. And refugees are a case, where you need to make very clear rational arguments to push back against maudlin feminine (misplaced mothering instinct) sentiments and of course the Jewish (it’s 1939!) hysteria.

    The one counter to this, the refugee thing is such a total *ripoff* that if one of Trump’s advisors gets him up to speed on it, it may well fire off his “we’re getting screwed!” vibe, and get the full Trump treatment with tweets and all.

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  124. It appears that the innocent young lady who was pepper sprayed by a rioting thug at UC Berkeley might be a Trump supporter after all.

    This is what we need: Beautiful ladies who will support and vote for President Trump and the new Trump GOP. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will not generate support from female voters with their stale style of politics.

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  125. @Jack D
    The real question is why does the Cornell setup exist - every state (including NY) has state U's and other than Cornell, when a state wants to open a new Forestry College or whatever, they open it in one of their existing U's instead of contracting out to a private (but non-profit) u as NY did (back in the 19th century). The closest thing would be the Federal labs (Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, etc.) that are operated under contract by universities. The schools at Cornell (plus 1 at Alfred that teaches pottery making I kid you not) are the only "statutory colleges" - an institution that is unique to NY. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statutory_college

    Cornell is (and this is not unrelated) also one of only 3 private Us that is a "land grant college" - the land grant $ went to public Us in the other states. The other 2 being MIT (little known fact) and U. of Del. (which is private in name only as it serves as the flagship state U. for Del.)

    We associate state ownership with Communism but in the fledgling US, states were often the only ones with enough access to capital to build big things like universities (canals, even railroads).

    About 5 years ago, there were a number of articles discussing the possibility of making the University of Michigan a private university. The reasoning, IIRC, was that it accepts an inordinate amount of non-resident students (they say 40%, but I have to believe it is now around 50%, including international students), it has an enormous endowment for a public school ($10B), it is referred to as a “public Ivy” because of its high academic standards/rankings, and it continues to raise tuition at unconscionable rates (although that has been blunted by our Governor’s new limits on increases in tuition for all state universities).

    In short, even though state aid is much less than it used to be, the people of Michigan are required to fund this school to a large extent and their children are not being admitted in proportionate numbers and not receiving the benefit.

    Oh, and Ann is an alumnae of the U of M law school, which regularly ranks in the top 10.

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  126. I think a lot of Soviets who lived under communism thought American Culture was about being ‘wild and crazy guys’.

    So, when they came here, they were trying to conform to the pop culture image of America than real America that isn’t THAT ‘wild and crazy’.

    Or, given the (initial crop of) post-Soviet “Russian” oligarchs, that’s just how a lot of Soviet Jews rolled.

    This is a weak line of argument to pursue because it cedes ground to the left.

    As I was going to point out until Int’l Jew beat e to it, Jews are an ethnicity, not just a religion.

    The correct response to “america never had a religious test” is ….”so what?!”

    While I agree that America is free to impose a religious test, you have to admit that “the left never had any problem with favoritism for Soviet Jews” is compelling rhetoric. Whether we call it religious or ethnic is irrelevant; let the left pick, and then we’ll mirror (Muslim ban or MENA ban, either would be a vast improvement).

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  127. The “Save Soviet Jews” obsession of the Brezhnev Era was a brilliant Nixon Administration ploy to detach American Jews from the Left.

    Yeah, that one worked real good. I don’t want to be uncharitable and flat-out say that depending on Jews to return favors is a fool’s errand, but while you’re waiting patiently and fruitlessly for someone who never arrives, he has managed to sneak up behind you & affix a KICK ME HARD sign to your posterior.

    No, no, of course I’m kidding. Nixon, rest his soul, to this day enjoys the gratitude and warm regard of the Jewish people.

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  128. @Not Raul
    So if someone showed up at JFK with a Soviet ID marked "Jew", INS would seek the opinion of a rabbi before considering the person Jewish?

    Of course not. “Anonymous coward” is a troll on all things Jewish.

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    Thanks. What the other guy said sounded weird to me.

    In my view, an official Soviet ID marked "Jew" should have been both necessary and sufficient to qualify as a refugee under that program.
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    @AnotherDad

    Is it just me, or do others also sense a kind of favoritism? Just a teensy bit.
     
    Obviously there is favoritism and obviously most of that is generated by ethnic loyalty from American Jews who are rich and politically active.

    Not to go into the useless Israel weeds but ...

    --> Some of this is Cold War\alliance politics. I think overall Israel made the US's Cold War job in the Middle East much, much harder, but if you sign up as "ally" then you get favoritism. Iran under the Shah was a Cold War ally and gets "favoritism". Then tossed him out and went into the "death to America" thing ... favoritism obviously ends. Saudi Arabia, a hideous place by all sorts of Western standards, was a solid anti-Soviet ally and is still getting "favoritism", even though it is the funder of the Wahhabi radicalization that is causing most of the Muslim terrorism.

    --> On nukes, Iran is an NPT signatory, while Israel, India, Pakistan are not. So there is a legal case against Iran's nukes. If you sign NPT and accept nuclear assistance from other NPT signatories then you aren't supposed to try and develop nuclear weapons.

    --> On Israel's ethnic policies ... yes, they should try and find a settlement and get out of the occupation business. But as Steve has pointed out, overall their policies--fences, immigration restriction\selection, caring about demographics--are pretty rational.

    The real nastiness around Israel isn't Israel trying to survive as a Jewish state. It is American (Western) Jews--often supportive of Israel--who are hostile (hysterical, shrieking) to and work to undermine any white gentile nation surviving as its ethno-state--as a Western nation. It's comfy ethnic nationalism for me, and globalism\universalism\minoritarianism--death--for thee!

    “On nukes, Iran is an NPT signatory, while Israel, India, Pakistan are not. So there is a legal case against Iran’s nukes. If you sign NPT and accept nuclear assistance from other NPT signatories then you aren’t supposed to try and develop nuclear weapons.”

    I don’t buy that argument.

    First, there is no indication that Iran wants nukes. Even CIA says there’s no proof that Iran has some secret plan to have nukes.

    Second, suppose Iran were to remove itself from NPT. It would no longer be legally bound to NPT, right? Would the US and its puppets in Iran then allow Iran to act like Israel & India and make nukes?

    No, the alarmism and outrage in US and Israel would be even crazier.

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  130. @International Jew
    Of course not. "Anonymous coward" is a troll on all things Jewish.

    Thanks. What the other guy said sounded weird to me.

    In my view, an official Soviet ID marked “Jew” should have been both necessary and sufficient to qualify as a refugee under that program.

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  131. @Wilkey
    If you were to auction off the Statue of Liberty at Sothebys it would go down in the record books as the most valuable work of art ever sold.

    And that makes it the most valuable work of art ever stolen.

    The French designed it, built it, and paid for it.

    But it was Emma Lazarus who got to define what it stood for.

    And that makes it the most valuable work of art ever stolen.
    The French designed it, built it, and paid for it.
    But it was Emma Lazarus who got to define what it stood for.

    Wilkey, this is quite clever–well done.

    You should get this “out there”. Fire it off on twitter. Or see if you can get Coulter to use it. Or much better yet, contact Miller and see if Trump will tweet it–suitably simplified.

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  132. @Steve from Detroit
    About 5 years ago, there were a number of articles discussing the possibility of making the University of Michigan a private university. The reasoning, IIRC, was that it accepts an inordinate amount of non-resident students (they say 40%, but I have to believe it is now around 50%, including international students), it has an enormous endowment for a public school ($10B), it is referred to as a "public Ivy" because of its high academic standards/rankings, and it continues to raise tuition at unconscionable rates (although that has been blunted by our Governor's new limits on increases in tuition for all state universities).

    In short, even though state aid is much less than it used to be, the people of Michigan are required to fund this school to a large extent and their children are not being admitted in proportionate numbers and not receiving the benefit.

    Oh, and Ann is an alumnae of the U of M law school, which regularly ranks in the top 10.

    alumna, not alumnae

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  133. […] arrived here is particularly noted as he is also Jewish. And Boot is far from alone. Steve Sailer reports that journalist Julia Ioffe, who complains regularly about American racism, Vladimir Putin and also […]

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