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As we all know, the Republicans are the party of the angry and ignorant, while the Democrats are the party of the intelligentsia and the classy, such as Senator Michael Bennet (D-Co) (son of a diplomat and a head of NPR, Wesleyan, Yale, investment banking, brother of head of The Atlantic). Bennet heads the Democrats’ campaign to maintain control of the Senate in November.

From the NYT:

At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks
By JONATHAN MARTIN AUG. 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Obama’s final two years in office.

Or, you could say with equal accuracy:

With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats and their allies in the media tried to mobilize African-Americans outrage by grotesquely hyping a police blotter incident in Ferguson, Mo. to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Obama’s final two years in office.

Back to the NYT:

Mr. Sharpton and others at Mr. Brown’s funeral on Monday used their eulogies to raise the issue of voter participation, drawing nods and loud ovations. But in an interview on Friday, Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta said whites — or, as he put it, “the majority community” — did not fully appreciate the fury among African-Americans and their desire to register their discontent.

Invoking the mother of Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teenager killed in 2012, and her plea for people to “use my broken heart,” Mr. Reed said he was telling black voters something similar: “The most important tribute you can make to individuals who you believe were treated unfairly is to exercise your franchise.”

Because these are Democrats’ attempts to angry up their base to get out and vote, you are not supposed to notice how dismally lowbrow the project is. The agenda setter for Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO and an SWPL hereditary blueblood) and his Democratic Senate Leadership Council is a mob that burned down the wrong convenience store in their “Snitches Get Stitches” pogrom.

 
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  1. White/Nonblack on Black homicides motivate more Black voters to come out to vote against The Republican Party. Too bad Black on White homicides does not motivate more White voters to come out to vote against The Democratic Party.

    • Replies: @Bobbala
    That's easy ... blacks have an abundance of political parties seeking to represent them. Nobody is courting the "racist" vote. Even if that means losing a lot. They have bought in to their own propaganda.
  2. Bennet with only one “t.”

    But yes, this is a case of the high setting the low against the middle. The higher class has been actively working to destroy the white middle class in this country for a very long time.

  3. Priss Factor [AKA "pizza with hot pepper"] says:

    They should all wave the Ferguson flag. Let them shoot themselves in the foot… or in the head.

  4. I kind of like the phrase “majority community”. Could include Asians

  5. Progrom doesn’t even begin convey the scale of the tragedy in Ferguson. The shooting in Ferguson is the Black 9/11.

    • Replies: @The most deplorable one
    You mean just like the shooting of Trayvon Martin and all those other thugs?

    Also, your numbers seem to be a bit off.
  6. Democrats since the days of LBJ have been fair-weather friends of African-American communities.

    In no particular order, remember neoliberal Bill Clinton’s ending welfare as we know it? Mandatory sentencing? Militarization of the police? The war on drugs?

    Democrats are “tough on crime” to get elected, and people of color and the poor pay the price.

    Yes, Republicans are explicitly diabolical, but please don’t hold up the Democrats as champions of anything but incarceration, force, white privilege, and rule by the corporations.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    In no particular order, remember neoliberal Bill Clinton’s ending welfare as we know it? Mandatory sentencing? Militarization of the police? The war on drugs?

    That you fancy that one is a 'fair weather friend' of the 'black community' if one fails to advocate open-ended doles for adolescents who get knocked-up and is opposed to allowing trial judges to abjure punishment and turn any malefactor they care to over to the social work industry, that says more about you than about the Democratic Party.

    Your historical illiteracy is most amazing. Federal laws against traffick in street drugs have been on the books since 1914 (and, no, slum blacks do not benefit from free trade in crack).
    , @Hare Krishna
    The War on Drugs has been the most anti-black program the federal government has ever created, and has devastated families and communities.
  7. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Mark Caplan
    Progrom doesn't even begin convey the scale of the tragedy in Ferguson. The shooting in Ferguson is the Black 9/11.

    You mean just like the shooting of Trayvon Martin and all those other thugs?

    Also, your numbers seem to be a bit off.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I think Mark Caplan was attempting sarcasm.
  8. The media interviews with residents of Ferguson sounded like scenes from Idiocracy.

  9. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The Democratic National Party’s platform should be based on issues not race. The African American voters are not monolithic in their interests and many of their concerns and priorities cut across racial lines; jobs, education and health care. Pandering to voters based on race will provide the Republican’s the opportunity to reframe the Democratic racially targeted messages as divisive.

    In other reports African American communities are engaging in voter registration drives to have greater impact on local issues like community control of police. Republicans have focused on undermining minority voting through gerrymandering and voter ID laws to prevent non existent voting fraud. Republicans have too closely aligned themselves with agendas which are too extreme fiscally or to closely aligned with economic elite domination of the political process. The Democratic message should play these positions against the Republicans forcefully and unapologetically.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Do you have a macro which generates comments like this?
  10. I’m curious, was Sharpton mentioned in the James Brown biopic?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    No, Sharpton, Nixon, and Thurmond weren't in the biopic. LBJ and Little Richard were.
  11. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Again, describing this as a police-blotter incident does not appear to be accurate. The situation appeared to devolve into rioting and violence the day after Brown was shot, independent of the national media or the Democrat organization. Did they dump a truckload of gasoline onto the fire after the initial unrest? Of course. Are they cynically exploiting this to gin up turnout among Blacks? Of course. But this became more than a police-blotter incident when convenience stores began to be looted and burned; if the media ignored what happened in Ferguson, you would rightly complain how it is ignoring black mob violence.

  12. @Anon
    I'm curious, was Sharpton mentioned in the James Brown biopic?

    No, Sharpton, Nixon, and Thurmond weren’t in the biopic. LBJ and Little Richard were.

    • Replies: @syonredux

    No, Sharpton, Nixon, and Thurmond weren’t in the biopic. LBJ and Little Richard were.
     
    Sounds as though the film-makers missed the boat, then. Seeing James Brown interacting with Thurmond, Nixon, and Sharpton would have been incredibly entertaining/interesting. Another example, I suppose, of the PC, let's avoid the wrong kind of controversy, mindset ruining cinema.
  13. Apparently gofundme has deemed it necessary to shut down Wilson’s donation page. If they can do that to Wilson, Sailer hasn’t much hope if the Mrs Grundys figure out what’s going on here.

    • Replies: @CCR
    Gofundme owners say they didn't shut down the page:

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-ferguson-officer-fundraisers-20140831-story.html
  14. “Progrom doesn’t even begin convey the scale of the tragedy in Ferguson. The shooting in Ferguson is the Black 9/11.”

    Every White/Nonblack on Black homicide is the Black 9/11 according to Black America and the Liberal media.

    Meanwhile Black on White homicides in this country get less media coverage than Paris Hilton’s dog.

    • Replies: @Frank
    "Meanwhile Black on White homicides in this country get less media coverage than Paris Hilton’s dog."

    There's "hate crimes" and then there's hush crimes.
  15. They’d better not rally them onto a Pacific island – it might capsize.

  16. Bennet is a unbelievably seedy pol. He only became a senator because of his family’s chummy ties with former governor Bill Ritter. The Ds were enraged that he was appointed over a more proven vote-getter and Bennet only got re-elected because of GOP incompetence in the governor’s race.

  17. @Steve Sailer
    No, Sharpton, Nixon, and Thurmond weren't in the biopic. LBJ and Little Richard were.

    No, Sharpton, Nixon, and Thurmond weren’t in the biopic. LBJ and Little Richard were.

    Sounds as though the film-makers missed the boat, then. Seeing James Brown interacting with Thurmond, Nixon, and Sharpton would have been incredibly entertaining/interesting. Another example, I suppose, of the PC, let’s avoid the wrong kind of controversy, mindset ruining cinema.

  18. Or, you could say with equal accuracy:

    With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrat bigots are trying to exploit racial paranoia and make use of black racist animosity toward White people in general and White cops in particular to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Obama’s final two years in office.

  19. ….brother of head of The Atlantic

    That would be T.N. Coates’ employer/mentor/apologist.

    That should give you an idea of what we are dealing with.

  20. Some info on the Bennets:

    Douglas Bennet:

    Early life and education[edit]
    Born in Orange, New Jersey to Douglas Joseph Bennet, Sr. and Phoebe Benedict Bennet, Bennet grew up in Lyme, Connecticut, and attended the local public schools. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in 1959, an M.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1960, and a doctorate in history from Harvard University in 1968.

    Career[edit]
    In 1956 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Connecticut General Assembly’s House of Representatives, losing to Horace Seely-Brown, Jr.[2] He was an assistant to Ambassador Chester Bowles in the 1960s.[3] In 1970, he announced his candidacy for the Democratic primary for Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district, which was vacated by the death of Congressman William St. Onge.[4]

    He later served on the staffs of Missouri Senator Thomas F. Eagleton, Minnesota Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, and Connecticut Senator Abraham Ribicoff.[5][6] In 1977, Bennet became United States Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.[6]

    Bennet succeeded John J. Gilligan as the head of the Agency for International Development in 1979, where he served for two years.[7][8] After heading a private research institute, he was named head of NPR in 1983.[3] In 1993, President Bill Clinton named Bennet as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, where he served until 1995.[9][10]

    In April 1995, Bennet succeeded William Chace, becoming the fifteenth president of Wesleyan University.[11] Bennet developed Wesleyan’s first comprehensive strategic plan, “Strategy for Wesleyan,” adopted in 1998. He renewed the institution’s strategic vision, in 2005, with a new plan, “Engaged with the World.” The “Strategy for Wesleyan” defined key institutional priorities: an expansion of the faculty in order to extend scholarship and teaching in new and interdisciplinary areas; a reaffirmation of the University’s commitment to need-blind admission; and a program of campus renewal. “Engaged with the World” included further and continuing curricular innovations and renewed commitments to science and international studies.

    A history-making $281 million fundraising campaign supported these priorities and enabled Wesleyan to create 140 new scholarships, add 20 new faculty positions and six endowed professorships, and embark on more than $200 million in renovation and construction projects on campus. Bennet also sought better and increased collaboration with the city of Middletown. Under his guidance, Wesleyan participated actively in the city’s development efforts, which resulted in, among other things, a new hotel downtown and the Green Street Arts Center, “a community arts center meant to help revitalize the city’s North End.”[12]

    On May 4, 2006, Bennet announced that he would step down as president following the 2006-2007 academic year. The last several years of his twelve-year presidency were contentious in some respects, with opposition by a minority in the student body on certain matters. Some students believed Bennet’s fundraising priorities conflicted with the interests and needs of the student body, and the university’s mission of education. A student movement came to a head in December 2004, when approximately 250 students (of more than 2,700 undergraduates) protested in front of the administrative building South College, where Bennet’s office was located, demanding that he address student concerns.[13] On March 26, 2007, Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees announced that Michael S. Roth would succeed Bennet as president for the 2007-2008 academic year.[14]

    Michael Bennet:

    He was born in New Delhi while his father, Douglas J. Bennet, was serving as an aide to Chester Bowles, then the U.S. ambassador to India.[3] The elder Bennet ran the United States Agency for International Development under President Jimmy Carter,[5] served as President and CEO of National Public Radio (1983–1993), and Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs in the Clinton Administration (1993–1995). His grandfather, Douglas Bennet, had been an economic adviser in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration.[5] His grandmother, Phoebe Bennet (née Benedict), was a direct-line descendant of Edward Fuller, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean from England to Plymouth Colony on the Mayflower in 1620.[6] Bennet’s mother, Susanne Christine (née Klejman),[6] immigrated to the United States with her family in 1950. Her parents were Polish Jews and survived imprisonment in the Warsaw Ghetto.[3] Bennet’s mother is a retired school librarian who teaches English as a second language for a Washington nonprofit,[7] and is also an art historian specializing in Roman antiquities.[8] She is fluent in English, Polish, Swedish, and Spanish.[3]

    He grew up in Washington, D.C. as his father served as an aide to Vice President Hubert Humphrey, among others. Bennet was held back in second grade because of his struggle with dyslexia.[3][9][10] He was enrolled at St. Albans School, an all-boys preparatory school, and served as a page on Capitol Hill.[11] Bennet also served as a Coro Foundation fellow in New York City.[12]

    Bennet earned his B.A. in history with honors from Wesleyan University in 1987,[13] where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi, and his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal.[14]

    Career before U.S. Senate[edit]
    From 1988 until 1990, when he left to attend Yale, he served as an aide to Ohio Governor Richard Celeste. After law school he served as a law clerk for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.[15] He then served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General during Bill Clinton’s administration.[16] His father, Douglas J. Bennet, worked in the Clinton White House as well, as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs.

    Bennet then entered the business world, working for six years in Denver as Managing Director for the Anschutz Investment Company where he had direct responsibility for the investment of over $500 million. He led the reorganizations of four distressed companies, including Forcenergy (which later merged with Denver-based Forest Oil), Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theaters, which together required the restructuring of over $3 billion in debt. Bennet also managed, on behalf of Anschutz, the consolidation of the three theater chains into Regal Entertainment Group, the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world.[16]

    Moving back into public service, Bennet served for two years as the Chief of Staff to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Highlights of his accomplishments at the city include: closing an initial 10-percent budget gap in the first two months of office; balancing two consecutive budgets in Denver’s worst recession in history while preserving city services; conducting five collective-bargaining negotiations; devising strategies to pass five ballot initiatives; and assembling a very diverse, widely acknowledged leadership team for the city.[16]

    Bennet was appointed superintendent of Denver Public Schools on June 27, 2005, taking office on the following July 1. During his tenure, he revised a merit pay proposal that earned the support of local teachers.[17]

    Bennet was among the many officials whose names were circulated for United States Secretary of Education in the Obama Administration, which was eventually filled by Arne Duncan.[18] Bennet and his wife were early supporters of Barack Obama’s presidential bid during the 2008 Democratic primaries[19] and he was among those who advised Barack Obama on education issues.[20]

    James Bennet:

    James Bennet was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Susanne Bennet (née Klejman; of Polish Jewish descent) and Douglas J. Bennet. He has a brother and sister. When his father went to work on the staff of Senator Thomas F. Eagleton, the family moved to Washington, D.C. There James attended the St. Albans School.[1] He studied at Yale University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and was editor-in-chief of The New Journal.

    Susanne Bennet taught English as a second language at Language ETC, a non-profit organization in Washington. Douglas Bennet was appointed as a political official in the Carter and Clinton administrations, served as the president of National Public Radio from 1983 to 1992 and as the president of Wesleyan University from 1995 to 2007.

    Bennet’s older brother Michael is the junior United States Senator from Colorado.

    Journalism career[edit]
    Bennet began his journalism career as an intern for The News & Observer, and later, The New Republic.[1] From 1989 to 1991, he held an editing post at The Washington Monthly.[2] He joined The New York Times in 1991. He rose to serve as a White House correspondent and the Jerusalem bureau chief for the paper.[1][3] Upon his return from Jerusalem, he wrote a memorandum on the proper usage of the terms “terrorist” and “terrorism”, which is often cited by editors of The Times.[4]

    Bennet was due to become the Times”s Beijing correspondent in late 2006. He resigned from the paper in March of that year to accept an offer to become the 14th editor-in-chief of The Atlantic.[2][3] Bennet was selected by the magazine’s publisher, David G. Bradley, following an exhaustive selection process. Bradley conferred with 80 journalists around the United States.[2]

    Bennet as editor attracted attention in April 2008 when the magazine featured a cover story on Britney Spears, a change from The Atlantic’s tradition in higher culture. The issue did poorly in newsstand sales.[5]

    • Replies: @Big Bill

    Highlights of his accomplishments at the city include ... assembling a very diverse, widely acknowledged leadership team for the city.
     
    Umm ... "widely acknowledged" as what, exactly? Being a "leadership team"? "Acknowledged" by whom? The residents of the local town, Denver?
  21. me non:
    WTF, are the Teds reproducing?

    Jefferson: “Too bad Black on White homicides does not motivate more White voters to come out to vote against The Democratic Party.”

    Who says it doesn’t?

  22. MMM, looking the family over, some comments spring to mind:

    1. Ancestry:

    His grandfather, Douglas Bennet, had been an economic adviser in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration.[5] His grandmother, Phoebe Bennet (née Benedict), was a direct-line descendant of Edward Fuller, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean from England to Plymouth Colony on the Mayflower in 1620.[6] Bennet’s mother, Susanne Christine (née Klejman),[6] immigrated to the United States with her family in 1950. Her parents were Polish Jews and survived imprisonment in the Warsaw Ghetto.[3]

    WASP plus Ashkenazi Jew equals SWPL elite.

    2. James Bennet:

    Bennet as editor attracted attention in April 2008 when the magazine featured a cover story on Britney Spears, a change from The Atlantic’s tradition in higher culture.

    The guy takes over the venerable ATLANTIC, the magazine that published Henry James, Hawthorne, Mark Twain, George F. Kennan, etc, and puts Britney Spears on the cover….

  23. Bennet’s mother, Susanne Christine (née Klejman),[6] immigrated to the United States with her family in 1950. Her parents were Polish Jews and survived imprisonment in the Warsaw Ghetto.[3]

    Don’t the rules of Judaism classify Bennet as “Jewish” if his mother is “Jewish”?

  24. Pogrom? The only fatalities and almost all of the injuries were of Blacks. The census says there are plenty of Whites in Ferguson, none were targeted. Even businesses mostly survived intact. I personally wonder what Whites in Ferguson think of police tactics as they likely get at similar level of police harassment.

  25. @Ted
    Democrats since the days of LBJ have been fair-weather friends of African-American communities.

    In no particular order, remember neoliberal Bill Clinton's ending welfare as we know it? Mandatory sentencing? Militarization of the police? The war on drugs?

    Democrats are "tough on crime" to get elected, and people of color and the poor pay the price.

    Yes, Republicans are explicitly diabolical, but please don't hold up the Democrats as champions of anything but incarceration, force, white privilege, and rule by the corporations.

    In no particular order, remember neoliberal Bill Clinton’s ending welfare as we know it? Mandatory sentencing? Militarization of the police? The war on drugs?

    That you fancy that one is a ‘fair weather friend’ of the ‘black community’ if one fails to advocate open-ended doles for adolescents who get knocked-up and is opposed to allowing trial judges to abjure punishment and turn any malefactor they care to over to the social work industry, that says more about you than about the Democratic Party.

    Your historical illiteracy is most amazing. Federal laws against traffick in street drugs have been on the books since 1914 (and, no, slum blacks do not benefit from free trade in crack).

  26. @Anonymous
    The Democratic National Party's platform should be based on issues not race. The African American voters are not monolithic in their interests and many of their concerns and priorities cut across racial lines; jobs, education and health care. Pandering to voters based on race will provide the Republican's the opportunity to reframe the Democratic racially targeted messages as divisive.

    In other reports African American communities are engaging in voter registration drives to have greater impact on local issues like community control of police. Republicans have focused on undermining minority voting through gerrymandering and voter ID laws to prevent non existent voting fraud. Republicans have too closely aligned themselves with agendas which are too extreme fiscally or to closely aligned with economic elite domination of the political process. The Democratic message should play these positions against the Republicans forcefully and unapologetically.

    Do you have a macro which generates comments like this?

  27. Bennet then entered the business world, working for six years in Denver as Managing Director for the Anschutz Investment Company where he had direct responsibility for the investment of over $500 million. He led the reorganizations of four distressed companies, including Forcenergy (which later merged with Denver-based Forest Oil), Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theaters, which together required the restructuring of over $3 billion in debt. Bennet also managed, on behalf of Anschutz, the consolidation of the three theater chains into Regal Entertainment Group, the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world.[16]

    Since he had no preparation for that sort of work, I’d be fascinated to know what he did all day while drawing a salary from them. These sorts of firms seem like funk holes for members of the nomenklatura (recall Rahm Emmanuel’s career as an ‘investment banker’). I cannot figure out what’s in it for the firms.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    "These sorts of firms seem like funk holes for members of the nomenklatura (recall Rahm Emmanuel’s career as an ‘investment banker’). I cannot figure out what’s in it for the firms."

    That's just about the most naïve comment I've seen at Steve's blog. Isn't what's in it for the firms obvious? Government relations, current and future, is the answer.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    Investment banking is about structuring deals - acquisitions, IPOs, etc. Firms have grinds on staff to do that stuff. They need deal flow. Rahm Emanuel presumably knew a number of big Dem donors, some of whom owned or ran companies and would be a source of deal flow.
  28. If the Republicans don’t make an issue of the Democrats’ racist demagoguery, they are a bunch of cowards who deserve to lose.

  29. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    As the white population, particularly the white male population, continues to shrink as a percentage of the American electorate, what will be the approach of those who continue to play the race card to get their way?

    In 2075, will the Al Sharptons and John Lewis’ ( as well as ultra-leftist whites) of that future era be able to convince the ever-increasing Hispanic, Asian and other immigrant Americans that they, like the white man of centuries before, are to blame for the woes of urban Black America?

    Good luck if that’s what your raising your children and grandchildren to do.

  30. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Art Deco
    Bennet then entered the business world, working for six years in Denver as Managing Director for the Anschutz Investment Company where he had direct responsibility for the investment of over $500 million. He led the reorganizations of four distressed companies, including Forcenergy (which later merged with Denver-based Forest Oil), Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theaters, which together required the restructuring of over $3 billion in debt. Bennet also managed, on behalf of Anschutz, the consolidation of the three theater chains into Regal Entertainment Group, the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world.[16]

    Since he had no preparation for that sort of work, I'd be fascinated to know what he did all day while drawing a salary from them. These sorts of firms seem like funk holes for members of the nomenklatura (recall Rahm Emmanuel's career as an 'investment banker'). I cannot figure out what's in it for the firms.

    “These sorts of firms seem like funk holes for members of the nomenklatura (recall Rahm Emmanuel’s career as an ‘investment banker’). I cannot figure out what’s in it for the firms.”

    That’s just about the most naïve comment I’ve seen at Steve’s blog. Isn’t what’s in it for the firms obvious? Government relations, current and future, is the answer.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    That’s just about the most naïve comment I’ve seen at Steve’s blog. Isn’t what’s in it for the firms obvious? Government relations, current and future, is the answer.

    Show your work, know-it-all.
  31. WhatEvvs [AKA "Cookies"] says:

    I don’t claim to be an expert on black voting patterns, but haven’t they already maxed out their political clout? The states that have lots of blacks already are Democratic and would tip Dem even if they didn’t have the black bloc vote.

    The black vote matters only in tight elections, or General Elections where the Republicans nominate a loser who doesn’t appeal to white working class voters. Like the last one.

  32. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    No media frenzy over the recent, savage murder of Dr. Feng Liu:

    http://www.chapelhillnews.com/2014/07/25/4030097/suspect-in-unc-ch-professors-murder.html

    The more a crime matches long-established but unpopular facts and known patterns, the more it is considered random and senseless. Cognitive dissonance is a bitch.

    There were a few ceremonies, silly emails and articles from the local big shots, and no rioting. No out-of-town anarchists with Guy masks showed up to throw Molotov cocktails. After all, Dr. Liu was only a respected academic.

    • Replies: @NOTA
    #78

    The elite response to this kind of murder is likely to be a lot more destructive, long-term, than the protests and riots in Ferguson. One reason it will be more destructive is that the elites themselves aren't able to speak openly about what they're doing, and often don't even like to think clearly about what they are doing.

    Duke and UNC students are at least living in a place where crime isn't all that awful. A lot of our future elites are going to top schools in places where it's unsafe to walk two blocks off campus at night--places like Yale and the University of Chicago. We're giving them an upbringing that teaches them to feel the need for lots of visible security to keep the dangerous underclass away. I expect we won't like how this turns out for us.
  33. ” ,i>He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in 1959, an M.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1960, and a doctorate in history from Harvard University in 1968.

    One year for a Masters, eight for a Doctorate? Did he drop any acid? Most of the opinion-making elite did in that time slot — I know, I was there — and the effect that this ‘cultural solvent’ had on the culture isn’t widely appreciated. Its effects are with us still.

  34. Priss Factor [AKA "pizza with hot pepper"] says:

    Speaking of political elections, what is the main usefulness of GOP to Neocons or Ziocons?

    Neocons are the most powerful force in the GOP, right? Though a small minority in the party, they are important for several reasons.

    1. GOP relies on them for ‘moral credit’, i.e. ‘we have holocaust people on our side, and we love Israel more than Dems do.’ GOP is so sensitive about this that it has purged all ‘Arabists’ and marginalized all the Paleocons.

    2. Liberal Jews own most of the media and they favor Neocons as the face of American Conservatism. So, if you’re a conservative and want a writing gig for a newspaper or talking gig as pundit on TV, it helps to be a neocon than the other kind of con.

    3. Wall Street is dominated by Jews, and Neocons serve as conduit between GOP and companies like Goldman Sachs. Same with Las Vegas. GOP, the so-called party of traditional morality, is now a shill for Wall Street financiers and Las Vegas casino hoodlums.

    4. Being nationalist and rightwing about Israel and Zionism is permissible but being rightwing about white interests is not. So, neocon presence in the GOP serves as useful outlet for repressed white nationalist passions.

    Anyway, what do Neocons want from the GOP? Though allied with other factions of the GOP, we know that most Neocons don’t give a rat’s ass about most conservative issues such as gun rights, abortion(I don’t care about that one either), Christian values, states’ rights, smaller government, small town values, implicit white identity, NASCAR, eating moose burgers, etc.

    The only thing Neocons really care about is Jewish power, Israel, and subjugation/suppression of whatever ideas or trends in society that may challenge Jewish power. Jennifer Rubin the Neocon, after all, went after Richwine and had him purged. Podherotz and Brooks went after Sailer. Whole bunch of Neocons went after Buchanan. Sobran was history long ago. And Neocons will even go after Jews like Gottfried.

    So, the top priority of the Neocons when it comes to the GOP is not winning elections but keeping it as the reliable voice of Neocon War machine(as well as shameless shill to Jewish-dominated Wall Street and Las Vegas). Indeed, neocons would rather have the GOP lose as a war party than win as a peace party.
    The official Neocon narrative says GOP was evil during the 3os because it was the Isolationist Party that didn’t do anything about Hitler’s rise. And until Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the GOP was staunchly isolationist and didn’t want to get involved with the war in Europe.
    So, the idea is that the GOP can only redeem itself by fighting wars all over the world to make the ‘world safe for democracy’, which is codeword for ‘whatever serves Israeli and Jewish interests’. So, if Neocons say Hussein is new Hitler, get Hussein. If Assad is new hitler, get Assad. If Putin is new hitler, get Putin. Etc. Hitler here, Hitler there, Hitler everywhere. (It’s like a horror movie, with Hitler as the Michael-like character of Halloween. US foreign policy is like endless sequels of HITLER. HITLER RETURNS, REVENGE OF HITLER, HITLER STRIKES AGAIN, SON OF HITLER, etc. It’s WWH.)

    Anyway, Americans are sick of war. Even the majority of Republicans don’t want to be embroiled in new wars. So, one would think that running on Peace would be good for Republican electoral chances. If the main priority of the GOP is to WIN elections, shouldn’t it adapt its positions in response to public moods and opinions? Most sensible people would say so.

    BUT, it appears Neocons would rather have the GOP lose as the war party than win as the peace party. Why is it so important that the GOP serve as the war party even in defeat?
    For one thing, if not for the Israel factor and serving as shill to Wall Street/Las Vegas, there isn’t much in common between Neocons and the rest of the GOP. So, if GOP stops being the war party(serving Israel), it’s almost useless to Neocons. And then, Neocons will likely go back to the Democratic Party, and the GOP can finally begin to rise as an explicitly White Party. But Jews don’t want to see the rise of a party that puts white interests at the top of its priority.

    Also, even in electoral defeat, the GOP as the war party is useful to the Neocons. It was evident throughout the Obama presidency. Part of the downfall of GOP in 2008 and 2012 was its involvement and support for unpopular wars. But even in defeat, the GOP was very useful to the Neocons and Zionists as the platform for attacking Obama’s ‘weak foreign policy of appeasement and etc’ and for ‘not doing enough for Israel’.
    If GOP stopped being a war party, it would no longer serve that purpose for Neocons and Zionists.

    So, it seems the main priority of the Neocons for the GOP is not electoral victory but its usefulness as a war party. Neocons would rather have GOP lose as the war party than win as a peace party. Even in defeat, GOP is useful to Neocons and Zionists as launching pad for their argument for MORE AID AND SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL.

    But is it good for us?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    "Podherotz and Brooks went after Sailer."

    Brooks?

  35. If black, Hispanic and female voters do not turn out in historic numbers in November and vote for Democrats, every policy issue they care about is down the tubes. Mitch McConnell has vowed to torpedo every one of President Obama’s needed reforms on social and economic justice, immigration and equal rights if Democrats lose the Senate.

    If voters don’t get this message they have only themselves to blame when the continual suffering commences in a Republican controlled Congress.

    Recent news might give the impression that the police, mostly white and sometimes openly racist, have declared open season on young African Americans males.

    Fergerson is a prime example of a political jurisdiction (in this case a town) with an African American majority and virtually no representation in government.

    The reason is a very low voter turnout. African Americans must understand that there is a direct correlation between their voting in blocks and receiving government sympathetic to their particular needs. Republicans know this very well.

  36. “Mark Caplan:

    Progrom doesn’t even begin convey the scale of the tragedy in Ferguson. The shooting in Ferguson is the Black 9/11.”

    And it has been ever since the shooting of Trayvon Martin became the last black 9/11. When will the next one be? I’m guessing next February sometime.

  37. “Ted says

    Democrats since the days of LBJ have been fair-weather friends of African-American communities.

    In no particular order, remember neoliberal Bill Clinton’s ending welfare as we know it?”

    You seem to be saying that blacks are incapable of functioning without the dole.

  38. Are blacks even a factor in mid-term elections? My guess would be that their turnout is low.

  39. @anonymous
    Apparently gofundme has deemed it necessary to shut down Wilson's donation page. If they can do that to Wilson, Sailer hasn't much hope if the Mrs Grundys figure out what's going on here.
  40. Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.

    -Actual Democrat Party Platform

  41. I commented on this strategy in an earlier post, and I’m dumbfounded that the Dems are stupid enough to follow through with it. To the best of my knowledge, every Dem in the Senate up for reelection is white, and a white candidate is simply not going to stir up as many black voters as a black candidate will, no matter what they do. But what they can do is alienate enough whites so that they lose. At the very least, the mayor of Atlanta has just ensured that Michelle Nunn will be trounced by the Pub candidate in November.

  42. Good strategy and I hope it will work. The black community, as well as women and young voters, must see what dark days are ahead if the republicans gain control of the senate and block even further any governing measure that President Obama wants to do.

  43. OT: Maybe I’m thinking too conspiratorially from all this time on iSteve, but I can’t help but think that the nudie scandal has some Russian connection–distract everyone’s attention from increased Russian involvement in Ukraine with boobies.

  44. Priss Factor [AKA "pizza with hot pepper"] says:

    Negrom

  45. Meanwhile, in the real world:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/sunday-review/race-and-police-shootings-are-blacks-targeted-more.html?_r=0

    But most interesting, perhaps, was the race of the officers who fired their weapons. About two-thirds were white, and one-third black — effectively identical to the racial composition of the St. Louis Police Department as a whole. In this study, at least, firing at a black suspect was an equal-opportunity decision.

    And:

    The experiment’s 102 subjects, a mixture of police officers, combat veterans and civilians, were run through a random sample of 60 scenarios drawn from actual police encounters. The scenarios, using white, black and Hispanic actors, were projected in life-size high-definition video on laboratory screens.

    Whether officers, veterans or civilians, the subjects consistently hesitated longer before firing at black suspects and were much more likely to mistakenly shoot an unarmed white suspect, the researchers found. And when they failed to fire at an armed suspect — a potentially fatal mistake — the suspect was about five times more likely to be black than white. The study’s 36 police officers were the lone exception in failing to fire: The suspect’s race wasn’t a factor in their decision not to shoot. “The findings were very unexpected given the previous experimental research,” said Lois James, an assistant professor who conducted the research.

    “The notion that cops want to shoot anybody is a lot of baloney,” said Dr. Klinger, who has interviewed some 300 officers involved in shootings. “But white officers are much more reticent to shoot a black man than a white man because, all things being equal, they know the social context in which they’re operating.”

    By that theory, officers are more careful when confronting black suspects because they know a fatal shooting will open them to controversy.

    In other words, 1) both white AND black police officers shoot black suspects (“black on black racism!”) and 2) officers tend to hesitate to shoot when confronted with black perpetrators.

    • Replies: @The most deplorable one

    “The notion that cops want to shoot anybody is a lot of baloney,” said Dr. Klinger
     
    Well, these's the problem with that study right there. Klinger is that loony from MASH!
  46. This thing called Sailer Strategy or Citizenism cannot explicitly favor whites, but it can disfavor anti-white-ness(in laws, attitudes, and culture). That is a start. Before there’s pro-whiteness, the problem of anti-whiteness must be opposed.

  47. This thing called Sailer Strategy or Citizenism cannot explicitly favor whites, but it can disfavor anti-white-ness(in laws, attitudes, and culture). That is a start. Before there’s pro-whiteness, the problem of anti-whiteness must be opposed.

    And no aff-action for Gomez.

  48. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Since FDR’s New Deal Democrats, presidents and Democratic congressional leadership have enacted Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the ACA, the desegration of the military, the Civil Rights Bill the Voting Rights Bill, SNAP, and many laws and programs that the GOP opposed, still oppose and would repeal.

    African Americans would have short memories or be exceedingly ignorant of history to vote for a Republican. That is meaningless if they do not vote at all and worse because every African Americans who can vote and does not is really casting a vote for a Republican and invites contempt for African Americans because they can and should fight back and will not make the effort to, and they deserve whatever they get, and this is the message that the Democrats should be hammering to the African Americans community. Organize a protest march to the voting booth on election day and get some respect.

    Democrats aren’t “using” or “exploiting” black outrage to get blacks to support them – they’re reminding African American citizens that unless they exercise their right to vote, they will continue to be treated in ways similar to what occurred in Ferguson. The fact that when African American citizens vote, they tend to support Democrats tells me that these voters understand what is in their best interests, based on historical and current evidence.

    TThe Democrats are correct in doing this.
    The GOP has about 230 reps in Congress and 48 in the Senate.
    How many of these ~275 reps are black? Hispanic? Women?
    That might be the problem with the GOP talking about how it represents all Americans.
    And of the gerrymandered districts that the GOP members of the House represent, how many are in a district that is more than half minority population?
    Those numbers might suggest something.
    Also, with their new voter fraud charade it’s difficult to take them as a serious representative for non-white males.

    This is the big difference between Democrats and Republicans; Republicans want to suppress the vote and Democrats want to enlarge the number of people voting. The majority of older white voters tend to vote their discrimination and not their economic interests. They continuously vote for the party that wants to privatize Social Security and to get rid of Medicare and Medicaid, it is unreal. Republicans have turned into the party of hate, and they have been aided and abetted by many in the media.

    • Replies: @Francis
    Hysterical, Mayor Rahm.
  49. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:

    Republicans want to suppress the vote and Democrats want to enlarge the number of people voting.

    Democrats want to suppress the vote as well, they just want to reduce the white vote.

  50. @Priss Factor
    Speaking of political elections, what is the main usefulness of GOP to Neocons or Ziocons?

    Neocons are the most powerful force in the GOP, right? Though a small minority in the party, they are important for several reasons.

    1. GOP relies on them for 'moral credit', i.e. 'we have holocaust people on our side, and we love Israel more than Dems do.' GOP is so sensitive about this that it has purged all 'Arabists' and marginalized all the Paleocons.

    2. Liberal Jews own most of the media and they favor Neocons as the face of American Conservatism. So, if you're a conservative and want a writing gig for a newspaper or talking gig as pundit on TV, it helps to be a neocon than the other kind of con.

    3. Wall Street is dominated by Jews, and Neocons serve as conduit between GOP and companies like Goldman Sachs. Same with Las Vegas. GOP, the so-called party of traditional morality, is now a shill for Wall Street financiers and Las Vegas casino hoodlums.

    4. Being nationalist and rightwing about Israel and Zionism is permissible but being rightwing about white interests is not. So, neocon presence in the GOP serves as useful outlet for repressed white nationalist passions.

    Anyway, what do Neocons want from the GOP? Though allied with other factions of the GOP, we know that most Neocons don't give a rat's ass about most conservative issues such as gun rights, abortion(I don't care about that one either), Christian values, states' rights, smaller government, small town values, implicit white identity, NASCAR, eating moose burgers, etc.

    The only thing Neocons really care about is Jewish power, Israel, and subjugation/suppression of whatever ideas or trends in society that may challenge Jewish power. Jennifer Rubin the Neocon, after all, went after Richwine and had him purged. Podherotz and Brooks went after Sailer. Whole bunch of Neocons went after Buchanan. Sobran was history long ago. And Neocons will even go after Jews like Gottfried.

    So, the top priority of the Neocons when it comes to the GOP is not winning elections but keeping it as the reliable voice of Neocon War machine(as well as shameless shill to Jewish-dominated Wall Street and Las Vegas). Indeed, neocons would rather have the GOP lose as a war party than win as a peace party.
    The official Neocon narrative says GOP was evil during the 3os because it was the Isolationist Party that didn't do anything about Hitler's rise. And until Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the GOP was staunchly isolationist and didn't want to get involved with the war in Europe.
    So, the idea is that the GOP can only redeem itself by fighting wars all over the world to make the 'world safe for democracy', which is codeword for 'whatever serves Israeli and Jewish interests'. So, if Neocons say Hussein is new Hitler, get Hussein. If Assad is new hitler, get Assad. If Putin is new hitler, get Putin. Etc. Hitler here, Hitler there, Hitler everywhere. (It's like a horror movie, with Hitler as the Michael-like character of Halloween. US foreign policy is like endless sequels of HITLER. HITLER RETURNS, REVENGE OF HITLER, HITLER STRIKES AGAIN, SON OF HITLER, etc. It's WWH.)

    Anyway, Americans are sick of war. Even the majority of Republicans don't want to be embroiled in new wars. So, one would think that running on Peace would be good for Republican electoral chances. If the main priority of the GOP is to WIN elections, shouldn't it adapt its positions in response to public moods and opinions? Most sensible people would say so.

    BUT, it appears Neocons would rather have the GOP lose as the war party than win as the peace party. Why is it so important that the GOP serve as the war party even in defeat?
    For one thing, if not for the Israel factor and serving as shill to Wall Street/Las Vegas, there isn't much in common between Neocons and the rest of the GOP. So, if GOP stops being the war party(serving Israel), it's almost useless to Neocons. And then, Neocons will likely go back to the Democratic Party, and the GOP can finally begin to rise as an explicitly White Party. But Jews don't want to see the rise of a party that puts white interests at the top of its priority.

    Also, even in electoral defeat, the GOP as the war party is useful to the Neocons. It was evident throughout the Obama presidency. Part of the downfall of GOP in 2008 and 2012 was its involvement and support for unpopular wars. But even in defeat, the GOP was very useful to the Neocons and Zionists as the platform for attacking Obama's 'weak foreign policy of appeasement and etc' and for 'not doing enough for Israel'.
    If GOP stopped being a war party, it would no longer serve that purpose for Neocons and Zionists.

    So, it seems the main priority of the Neocons for the GOP is not electoral victory but its usefulness as a war party. Neocons would rather have GOP lose as the war party than win as a peace party. Even in defeat, GOP is useful to Neocons and Zionists as launching pad for their argument for MORE AID AND SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL.

    But is it good for us?

    “Podherotz and Brooks went after Sailer.”

    Brooks?

  51. @Anonymous
    Since FDR’s New Deal Democrats, presidents and Democratic congressional leadership have enacted Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the ACA, the desegration of the military, the Civil Rights Bill the Voting Rights Bill, SNAP, and many laws and programs that the GOP opposed, still oppose and would repeal.

    African Americans would have short memories or be exceedingly ignorant of history to vote for a Republican. That is meaningless if they do not vote at all and worse because every African Americans who can vote and does not is really casting a vote for a Republican and invites contempt for African Americans because they can and should fight back and will not make the effort to, and they deserve whatever they get, and this is the message that the Democrats should be hammering to the African Americans community. Organize a protest march to the voting booth on election day and get some respect.

    Democrats aren't "using" or "exploiting" black outrage to get blacks to support them - they're reminding African American citizens that unless they exercise their right to vote, they will continue to be treated in ways similar to what occurred in Ferguson. The fact that when African American citizens vote, they tend to support Democrats tells me that these voters understand what is in their best interests, based on historical and current evidence.

    TThe Democrats are correct in doing this.
    The GOP has about 230 reps in Congress and 48 in the Senate.
    How many of these ~275 reps are black? Hispanic? Women?
    That might be the problem with the GOP talking about how it represents all Americans.
    And of the gerrymandered districts that the GOP members of the House represent, how many are in a district that is more than half minority population?
    Those numbers might suggest something.
    Also, with their new voter fraud charade it's difficult to take them as a serious representative for non-white males.

    This is the big difference between Democrats and Republicans; Republicans want to suppress the vote and Democrats want to enlarge the number of people voting. The majority of older white voters tend to vote their discrimination and not their economic interests. They continuously vote for the party that wants to privatize Social Security and to get rid of Medicare and Medicaid, it is unreal. Republicans have turned into the party of hate, and they have been aided and abetted by many in the media.

    Hysterical, Mayor Rahm.

  52. He looks like Piketty in that picture.

  53. Priss Factor [AKA "pizza with hot pepper"] says:

    Zionists: “Putin is stealing Donetsk from Ukraine!!!!!”

    Meanwhile…

    http://rt.com/news/184096-israel-west-bank-settlement/

    Shhhhhhhhh.

    • Replies: @anon
    Israel has remained pointedly neutral in this Ukraine business, refusing to vote to condemn the Crimea annexation. Chabad, the largest pro-Zionist religious Jewish organization, has long-standing warm ties to Putin. Israel's foreign minister Lieberman wants to be Israel's Putin, more or less, and is personally friendly with the man. Ariel Sharon, when he was Bibi's foreign minister in the 1990s, openly and vociferously criticized US's war on an Orthodox Christian power, Serbia.

    Of course, your comparison is garbage in the first place. The land appropriated for settlement is not part of any existing state and does not belong to any private property owner. Donetsk is internationally recognized (including by Russia) as part of Ukraine, a sovereign nation (not that this Zionist does not favor Russia's actions in the Ukraine.)
  54. Priss Factor [AKA "pizza with hot pepper"] says:

    BRITANISTAN!! WAKE UP GUYS!! SHARE WIDELY

    WAKE UP BRITAIN!! A MUST WATCH AND SHARE! בריטניסטאן!! חשוב. צפו והפיצו

    Posted by Nati Goldberg on Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    Diversity yay

    Between Scylla and Charybdis…

    On the one hand, we have Jews spreading homo garbage and rap/porn culture

    and

    on the other hand, we have nutjob Muslims acting like ISIS in the West.

  55. @Art Deco
    Bennet then entered the business world, working for six years in Denver as Managing Director for the Anschutz Investment Company where he had direct responsibility for the investment of over $500 million. He led the reorganizations of four distressed companies, including Forcenergy (which later merged with Denver-based Forest Oil), Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theaters, which together required the restructuring of over $3 billion in debt. Bennet also managed, on behalf of Anschutz, the consolidation of the three theater chains into Regal Entertainment Group, the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world.[16]

    Since he had no preparation for that sort of work, I'd be fascinated to know what he did all day while drawing a salary from them. These sorts of firms seem like funk holes for members of the nomenklatura (recall Rahm Emmanuel's career as an 'investment banker'). I cannot figure out what's in it for the firms.

    Investment banking is about structuring deals – acquisitions, IPOs, etc. Firms have grinds on staff to do that stuff. They need deal flow. Rahm Emanuel presumably knew a number of big Dem donors, some of whom owned or ran companies and would be a source of deal flow.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Rahm Emanuel presumably knew a number of big Dem donors, some of whom owned or ran companies and would be a source of deal flow.

    See William Dyer ("Beldar") on Rahm Emmanuel's career as an 'investment banker'.

    http://beldar.blogs.com/beldarblog/2009/03/rahm-emanuel-former-investment-coughscoundrelcough-banker.html
  56. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:

    http://www.vdare.com/articles/ann-coulter-would-it-kill-you-to-hire-more-black-cops-yes

    In a massive, detailed 2000 study of the effect of court-ordered affirmative action plans on police departments, economist John Lott found that the more minorities on a police force, the higher the rates of murder, manslaughter, violent crime, robbery and aggravated assault will be. Violent crime increased by a minimum of 3.3 percent every year after affirmative action policies went into effect—and the spike in crime was highest in black neighborhoods.

  57. “the Democrats passed … the Civil Rights Bill the Voting Rights Bill,”

    Actually the primary opposition to those bills were from Southern Democrats, most of whom remained Democrats, in good standing, long after the ‘Civil Rights’ era. See Senator Sam Earvin, Senator Fulbright, etc.

  58. Yes after 246 years of slavery the black population of America was freed in 1865. Sadly, black Americans have been forced to be 2nd class Americans for the last 149 years.

    Black Americans will remain 2nd class citizens forever if they don’t register every adult 18 and up & join with white Democrats working to bring equality to everyone in America without exceptions.

    Only when that happens will Stand Your Ground laws disappear. Only then will black teenage males be safe on our streets. Only then will Ferguson, Missouri conditions of inequality be banished from all US cities & towns already sizzling & about to erupt.

    Shame on American citizens who are blind to the terrible state of racial conditions in this country. Shame on any American citizen who refuses to realize an entire race of people have been kept down for the last 495 years & wonder why them blacks can’t do no better. What’s the matter with them people?

    White people surprised & disgusted when they see a black face in 2014 is what’s the matter with black people. You know who you are, don’t you?

    We can be a better country but only if us white people start acting better by stopping the fear & hate of our black population

    • Replies: @Southfarthing, @Twinkie
    Zev, is this a parody? Or are you serious?

    I am not white. This isn't just a black-white issue. Of all the assaults in, say, San Francisco, 80% or so are black-on-Asian. But that's not racial or anything, right? Just random crimes of opportunity by random people on random victims.

    I suppose, by your logic, that's just deserts for Asian racism toward black, eh? As the black principal at the Philadelphia high school where black students routinely attacked Asian students said in response to the outcry, "Asian students should stop antagonizing black students" (by unintentionally making black people look bad by, I don't know, merely existing, I suppose).

    I suppose it might be incendiary and completely racist for me to bring up the fact that tens of thousands of white women, I mean, random women of random ethnicity are raped by black men, I mean men of random ethnicity each year with virtually none of the reverse.

    Maybe you feel comfortable rolling the dice with this random rape game, but I don't feel like risking my wife and daughters and those of my friends and neighbors on your fantasy race bowl.

    If this was a parody, sorry, never mind.
    , @Coemgen
    Whenever I think I should start "acting better" I like to start with re-reading Benjamin Franklin Quotes.
  59. @Zev
    Yes after 246 years of slavery the black population of America was freed in 1865. Sadly, black Americans have been forced to be 2nd class Americans for the last 149 years.

    Black Americans will remain 2nd class citizens forever if they don't register every adult 18 and up & join with white Democrats working to bring equality to everyone in America without exceptions.

    Only when that happens will Stand Your Ground laws disappear. Only then will black teenage males be safe on our streets. Only then will Ferguson, Missouri conditions of inequality be banished from all US cities & towns already sizzling & about to erupt.

    Shame on American citizens who are blind to the terrible state of racial conditions in this country. Shame on any American citizen who refuses to realize an entire race of people have been kept down for the last 495 years & wonder why them blacks can't do no better. What's the matter with them people?

    White people surprised & disgusted when they see a black face in 2014 is what's the matter with black people. You know who you are, don't you?

    We can be a better country but only if us white people start acting better by stopping the fear & hate of our black population
  60. Seem to be an unusually high number of troll comments on this post.

  61. @Zev
    Yes after 246 years of slavery the black population of America was freed in 1865. Sadly, black Americans have been forced to be 2nd class Americans for the last 149 years.

    Black Americans will remain 2nd class citizens forever if they don't register every adult 18 and up & join with white Democrats working to bring equality to everyone in America without exceptions.

    Only when that happens will Stand Your Ground laws disappear. Only then will black teenage males be safe on our streets. Only then will Ferguson, Missouri conditions of inequality be banished from all US cities & towns already sizzling & about to erupt.

    Shame on American citizens who are blind to the terrible state of racial conditions in this country. Shame on any American citizen who refuses to realize an entire race of people have been kept down for the last 495 years & wonder why them blacks can't do no better. What's the matter with them people?

    White people surprised & disgusted when they see a black face in 2014 is what's the matter with black people. You know who you are, don't you?

    We can be a better country but only if us white people start acting better by stopping the fear & hate of our black population

    Zev, is this a parody? Or are you serious?

    I am not white. This isn’t just a black-white issue. Of all the assaults in, say, San Francisco, 80% or so are black-on-Asian. But that’s not racial or anything, right? Just random crimes of opportunity by random people on random victims.

    I suppose, by your logic, that’s just deserts for Asian racism toward black, eh? As the black principal at the Philadelphia high school where black students routinely attacked Asian students said in response to the outcry, “Asian students should stop antagonizing black students” (by unintentionally making black people look bad by, I don’t know, merely existing, I suppose).

    I suppose it might be incendiary and completely racist for me to bring up the fact that tens of thousands of white women, I mean, random women of random ethnicity are raped by black men, I mean men of random ethnicity each year with virtually none of the reverse.

    Maybe you feel comfortable rolling the dice with this random rape game, but I don’t feel like risking my wife and daughters and those of my friends and neighbors on your fantasy race bowl.

    If this was a parody, sorry, never mind.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
    Based on the writing the posts are all from the same author. Hard to say if it is a parody. It could be someone very young or kind of dim who is parroting back in blocks what they were spoon fed in their liberal arts college classes.
    I know some pretty bright lefties who work in professions that require them to have the ability to exercise pretty high levels of reasoning and when you debate them they have the sense to avoid such blatantly falsifiable nonsense. They have seen enough of the world to know that a lot of this is nonsense but use their crime stop abilities to keep from tripping over the truth while going through their mental gymnastics. This stuff is way too crude for any leftist I know who isn't living in Mom's basement.
  62. @Zev
    Yes after 246 years of slavery the black population of America was freed in 1865. Sadly, black Americans have been forced to be 2nd class Americans for the last 149 years.

    Black Americans will remain 2nd class citizens forever if they don't register every adult 18 and up & join with white Democrats working to bring equality to everyone in America without exceptions.

    Only when that happens will Stand Your Ground laws disappear. Only then will black teenage males be safe on our streets. Only then will Ferguson, Missouri conditions of inequality be banished from all US cities & towns already sizzling & about to erupt.

    Shame on American citizens who are blind to the terrible state of racial conditions in this country. Shame on any American citizen who refuses to realize an entire race of people have been kept down for the last 495 years & wonder why them blacks can't do no better. What's the matter with them people?

    White people surprised & disgusted when they see a black face in 2014 is what's the matter with black people. You know who you are, don't you?

    We can be a better country but only if us white people start acting better by stopping the fear & hate of our black population

    Whenever I think I should start “acting better” I like to start with re-reading Benjamin Franklin Quotes.

  63. Democrats are waging a War on Whites. Of course, noticing or saying that would be a White Racist Taliban Jihad against People of Color.

    If the Republicans don’t make an issue of the Democrats’ racist demagoguery, they are a bunch of cowards who deserve to lose.

    Indeed. Maybe the GOP should call it a War on the Middle Class? War on the law-abiding? War on Middle America?

    Pogrom? The only fatalities and almost all of the injuries were of Blacks. The census says there are plenty of Whites in Ferguson, none were targeted. Even businesses mostly survived intact. I personally wonder what Whites in Ferguson think of police tactics as they likely get at similar level of police harassment.

    When Palestinians fire rockets at Israel, killing no one and only damaging property, Jews call it provocation that demands they carpet-bomb densely-populated Palestinian neighborhoods, killing thousands of civilians. Then American Jews and Democrats send them billions of dollars.

    I don’t claim to be an expert on black voting patterns, but haven’t they already maxed out their political clout? The states that have lots of blacks already are Democratic and would tip Dem even if they didn’t have the black bloc vote.

    Don’t most blacks live in red states?

    OT: Maybe I’m thinking too conspiratorially from all this time on iSteve, but I can’t help but think that the nudie scandal has some Russian connection–distract everyone’s attention from increased Russian involvement in Ukraine with boobies.

    The more I look into the situation in Ukraine, the more I think “increased Russian involvement” is code for “increasing rebel success.”

    A few days ago, NPR reported that Russia was returning 64 Ukrainian soldiers who had “wandered” over the border. That’s code for “they got their asses kicked, got cut off from their army, and fled over the Russian border to escape the rebels.” Funny how they knew they’d be safe in Russia. Odd how they weren’t far too terrified of falling into Russian hands to “wander” over the border.

    Meanwhile, in the real world

    Twinkie, awesome link. It’s not every day we’re allowed to see a study that shows the thoroughly pro-black, anti-white bias indoctrinated into the American public.

    2) officers tend to hesitate to shoot when confronted with black perpetrators.

    I think it’s safe to say that whites are much more likely to shoot whites than blacks, too.

    and many laws and programs that the GOP opposed, still oppose and would repeal.

    I’d like to see a graph of the times repeal has been within the power of the GOP, and how many times they’ve repealed something. Personally, my guess is it would make your statement out to be complete horseshit.

    It’s interesting, how many lefties are posting here lately. You’d think, given their penchant for heavy censorship and onerous registration requirements (just look at any lefty site), that they’d be uncomfortable here, what with all the free speech and whatnot. Maybe it’s like how the Chinese want to keep China Chinese, but make America multicultural and non-white? Or how the Jews want to keep Israel Jewish, but make America multicultural and non-white?

    The rest was TL;DR. Try to be more concise next time.

    Yes after 246 years of slavery the black population of America was freed in 1865. Sadly, black Americans have been forced to be 2nd class Americans for the last 149 years.

    Oh, wait, we don’t have many lefties posting here lately. WTF was I thinking? We have the same 1 or 2 lefties posting here under multiple sock-puppet identities, as usual. My mistake. And their comments are all TL;DR, what a coincidence. Funny how the lefty is the one abusing free speech the most.

    • Replies: @Lurker

    Pogrom? The only fatalities and almost all of the injuries were of Blacks. The census says there are plenty of Whites in Ferguson, none were targeted.
     
    Not quite true, about two weeks ago a white protester in Ferguson was shot by someone other than the police (another more vibrant 'protester'?), totally memory holed now.
  64. We can be a better country but only if us white people start acting better by stopping the fear & hate of our black population

    You’ve got some growing up to do, don’t ya sport?

  65. From the NYT piece:

    “It’s shocking,” said Geoffrey P. Alpert, a professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina. “For 20 years, we’ve been trying to get the government to do something. We don’t have a clear picture of what’s going on in the use of lethal force. Are young black males being shot at a rate disproportionate to their involvement in crime? Are white officers shooting black males in areas where they’re not expected to have those sorts of interactions? Is this an aberration, a trend, routine, something going on for a long time? We don’t know.”

    Apparently, Alpert’s the new go-to guy for the press on these issues. In May the Boston Globe quoted him on the Todashev shooting. They have to go all the way to SC to find a Jewish criminologist?

    At least he asks some good questions. That one is blatant crimethink.

    A 2012 study by David A. Klinger, a former police officer and professor of criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, compared 13 years of internal reports on homicides by Los Angeles police officers and sheriffs’ deputies with the figures published by the F.B.I. The result: the 184 homicides reported by the F.B.I. were 46 percent fewer than the 340 logged by the departments themselves.

    I’d never use LAPD as a proxy for a rule of thumb. Those bastards are way too trigger-happy.

  66. Jeez, what a bunch of trolls. Looks like iSteve is the target of the week, sort of the way First Things, a year or more ago, lost the ability to post an article critical of homosexuality — you know, like everybody in his right mind was until the Boomers came along — without truckloads of trolls flooding the comboxes with talking point drivel about how hate is not a family value, judge not lest ye be judged, listen to people’s stories. That the arguments range from the obtuse to the disingenuous matters not, what matters is shutting down discussion.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    It's actually much worse at Crisis, to the point where the running joke there is that the sorosphere rotates these characters in and out. The do not require registration and do not moderate there, so the publication's constituency can often issue a sufficient number of retorts to chase the trolls away.

    One problem at First Things was that the moderation appears to have been turned over to interns who were at the very least maladroit at it. There was some correspondence wherein some of the magazine's subscribers compared notes re their experiences with moderation and banning as well as their impressions of the magazine's revised editorial policy. It's a reasonable guess that the magazine had some div school twink on its staff responsible for some of the anomalies: regular constituents of the publication being banned, one particular troll apparently notified of posts on that subject in advance, and the tedious series of commentaries one after another from this person and that person and the next person insisting on their orthodox Christianity and on making a public point of their homosexuality (do we get to hear from the Christian foot-fetishists next?).

    First Things now requires Disqus registration and shut down nearly all their blogs. R.R. Reno has fired his deputy and made the fare in the publication so insipid that it's a reasonable wager that few care about the content other than divinity school faculty and church-o-crats. It's a failed apostolate.
  67. ” ,i>He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in 1959, an M.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1960, and a doctorate in history from Harvard University in 1968.

    One year for a Masters, eight for a Doctorate? Did he drop any acid? Most of the opinion-making elite did in that time slot — I know, I was there — and the effect that this ‘cultural solvent’ had on the culture isn’t widely appreciated. Its effects are with us still.

    <<< One year for the master's after doing nine hours of coursework, and then begin the vicissitudes of getting the dissertation over the finish line, this is standard. In the humanities, this time frame was not any better at the U of C ten years ago when I was in the middle of my PhD. Eight years was quite fast… I did it in eight. Formatting–fonts, margins, grade of paper–delayed me a year, not that I cared. Cocaine was readily available, but provigil seems better.

  68. @Jefferson
    "Progrom doesn’t even begin convey the scale of the tragedy in Ferguson. The shooting in Ferguson is the Black 9/11."

    Every White/Nonblack on Black homicide is the Black 9/11 according to Black America and the Liberal media.

    Meanwhile Black on White homicides in this country get less media coverage than Paris Hilton's dog.

    “Meanwhile Black on White homicides in this country get less media coverage than Paris Hilton’s dog.”

    There’s “hate crimes” and then there’s hush crimes.

  69. @Wilmingtonian
    Jeez, what a bunch of trolls. Looks like iSteve is the target of the week, sort of the way First Things, a year or more ago, lost the ability to post an article critical of homosexuality -- you know, like everybody in his right mind was until the Boomers came along -- without truckloads of trolls flooding the comboxes with talking point drivel about how hate is not a family value, judge not lest ye be judged, listen to people's stories. That the arguments range from the obtuse to the disingenuous matters not, what matters is shutting down discussion.

    It’s actually much worse at Crisis, to the point where the running joke there is that the sorosphere rotates these characters in and out. The do not require registration and do not moderate there, so the publication’s constituency can often issue a sufficient number of retorts to chase the trolls away.

    One problem at First Things was that the moderation appears to have been turned over to interns who were at the very least maladroit at it. There was some correspondence wherein some of the magazine’s subscribers compared notes re their experiences with moderation and banning as well as their impressions of the magazine’s revised editorial policy. It’s a reasonable guess that the magazine had some div school twink on its staff responsible for some of the anomalies: regular constituents of the publication being banned, one particular troll apparently notified of posts on that subject in advance, and the tedious series of commentaries one after another from this person and that person and the next person insisting on their orthodox Christianity and on making a public point of their homosexuality (do we get to hear from the Christian foot-fetishists next?).

    First Things now requires Disqus registration and shut down nearly all their blogs. R.R. Reno has fired his deputy and made the fare in the publication so insipid that it’s a reasonable wager that few care about the content other than divinity school faculty and church-o-crats. It’s a failed apostolate.

  70. @Dave Pinsen
    Investment banking is about structuring deals - acquisitions, IPOs, etc. Firms have grinds on staff to do that stuff. They need deal flow. Rahm Emanuel presumably knew a number of big Dem donors, some of whom owned or ran companies and would be a source of deal flow.

    Rahm Emanuel presumably knew a number of big Dem donors, some of whom owned or ran companies and would be a source of deal flow.

    See William Dyer (“Beldar”) on Rahm Emmanuel’s career as an ‘investment banker’.

    http://beldar.blogs.com/beldarblog/2009/03/rahm-emanuel-former-investment-coughscoundrelcough-banker.html

  71. @Anonymous
    "These sorts of firms seem like funk holes for members of the nomenklatura (recall Rahm Emmanuel’s career as an ‘investment banker’). I cannot figure out what’s in it for the firms."

    That's just about the most naïve comment I've seen at Steve's blog. Isn't what's in it for the firms obvious? Government relations, current and future, is the answer.

    That’s just about the most naïve comment I’ve seen at Steve’s blog. Isn’t what’s in it for the firms obvious? Government relations, current and future, is the answer.

    Show your work, know-it-all.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Oh, you need to see proof that investment banks do a lot of business with the government, are subject to reams of government regulation, and are affected by large amounts of legislation pending in Congress? Don't waste our time.
  72. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Twinkie
    Meanwhile, in the real world:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/sunday-review/race-and-police-shootings-are-blacks-targeted-more.html?_r=0


    But most interesting, perhaps, was the race of the officers who fired their weapons. About two-thirds were white, and one-third black — effectively identical to the racial composition of the St. Louis Police Department as a whole. In this study, at least, firing at a black suspect was an equal-opportunity decision.
     
    And:

    The experiment’s 102 subjects, a mixture of police officers, combat veterans and civilians, were run through a random sample of 60 scenarios drawn from actual police encounters. The scenarios, using white, black and Hispanic actors, were projected in life-size high-definition video on laboratory screens.

    Whether officers, veterans or civilians, the subjects consistently hesitated longer before firing at black suspects and were much more likely to mistakenly shoot an unarmed white suspect, the researchers found. And when they failed to fire at an armed suspect — a potentially fatal mistake — the suspect was about five times more likely to be black than white. The study’s 36 police officers were the lone exception in failing to fire: The suspect’s race wasn’t a factor in their decision not to shoot. “The findings were very unexpected given the previous experimental research,” said Lois James, an assistant professor who conducted the research.

    “The notion that cops want to shoot anybody is a lot of baloney,” said Dr. Klinger, who has interviewed some 300 officers involved in shootings. “But white officers are much more reticent to shoot a black man than a white man because, all things being equal, they know the social context in which they’re operating.”

    By that theory, officers are more careful when confronting black suspects because they know a fatal shooting will open them to controversy.
     

    In other words, 1) both white AND black police officers shoot black suspects ("black on black racism!") and 2) officers tend to hesitate to shoot when confronted with black perpetrators.

    “The notion that cops want to shoot anybody is a lot of baloney,” said Dr. Klinger

    Well, these’s the problem with that study right there. Klinger is that loony from MASH!

  73. @The most deplorable one
    You mean just like the shooting of Trayvon Martin and all those other thugs?

    Also, your numbers seem to be a bit off.

    I think Mark Caplan was attempting sarcasm.

  74. @Svigor
    Democrats are waging a War on Whites. Of course, noticing or saying that would be a White Racist Taliban Jihad against People of Color.

    If the Republicans don’t make an issue of the Democrats’ racist demagoguery, they are a bunch of cowards who deserve to lose.
     
    Indeed. Maybe the GOP should call it a War on the Middle Class? War on the law-abiding? War on Middle America?

    Pogrom? The only fatalities and almost all of the injuries were of Blacks. The census says there are plenty of Whites in Ferguson, none were targeted. Even businesses mostly survived intact. I personally wonder what Whites in Ferguson think of police tactics as they likely get at similar level of police harassment.
     
    When Palestinians fire rockets at Israel, killing no one and only damaging property, Jews call it provocation that demands they carpet-bomb densely-populated Palestinian neighborhoods, killing thousands of civilians. Then American Jews and Democrats send them billions of dollars.

    I don’t claim to be an expert on black voting patterns, but haven’t they already maxed out their political clout? The states that have lots of blacks already are Democratic and would tip Dem even if they didn’t have the black bloc vote.
     
    Don't most blacks live in red states?

    OT: Maybe I’m thinking too conspiratorially from all this time on iSteve, but I can’t help but think that the nudie scandal has some Russian connection–distract everyone’s attention from increased Russian involvement in Ukraine with boobies.
     
    The more I look into the situation in Ukraine, the more I think "increased Russian involvement" is code for "increasing rebel success."

    A few days ago, NPR reported that Russia was returning 64 Ukrainian soldiers who had "wandered" over the border. That's code for "they got their asses kicked, got cut off from their army, and fled over the Russian border to escape the rebels." Funny how they knew they'd be safe in Russia. Odd how they weren't far too terrified of falling into Russian hands to "wander" over the border.


    Meanwhile, in the real world
     
    Twinkie, awesome link. It's not every day we're allowed to see a study that shows the thoroughly pro-black, anti-white bias indoctrinated into the American public.

    2) officers tend to hesitate to shoot when confronted with black perpetrators.
     
    I think it's safe to say that whites are much more likely to shoot whites than blacks, too.

    and many laws and programs that the GOP opposed, still oppose and would repeal.
     
    I'd like to see a graph of the times repeal has been within the power of the GOP, and how many times they've repealed something. Personally, my guess is it would make your statement out to be complete horseshit.

    It's interesting, how many lefties are posting here lately. You'd think, given their penchant for heavy censorship and onerous registration requirements (just look at any lefty site), that they'd be uncomfortable here, what with all the free speech and whatnot. Maybe it's like how the Chinese want to keep China Chinese, but make America multicultural and non-white? Or how the Jews want to keep Israel Jewish, but make America multicultural and non-white?

    The rest was TL;DR. Try to be more concise next time.


    Yes after 246 years of slavery the black population of America was freed in 1865. Sadly, black Americans have been forced to be 2nd class Americans for the last 149 years.
     
    Oh, wait, we don't have many lefties posting here lately. WTF was I thinking? We have the same 1 or 2 lefties posting here under multiple sock-puppet identities, as usual. My mistake. And their comments are all TL;DR, what a coincidence. Funny how the lefty is the one abusing free speech the most.

    Pogrom? The only fatalities and almost all of the injuries were of Blacks. The census says there are plenty of Whites in Ferguson, none were targeted.

    Not quite true, about two weeks ago a white protester in Ferguson was shot by someone other than the police (another more vibrant ‘protester’?), totally memory holed now.

  75. As an empirical matter, how well do cities do when they have a majority if black voters? If it’s white misrule of blacks and lack of black political voice causing many of the black community’s problems, then we’d expect to see blacks doing a lot better in black-run places–lower poverty rates, less crime, better schools, more responsive government, etc. My impression is that this is more or less the opposite of what we see in practice, but maybe I just don’t know about all the success stories. Is there data that shows this effect?

    If not, it’s hard to see why black voters taking control of Ferguson is going to fix the problem there. Maybe it will help, but what is the evidence that you can point to for that?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Robert Bowers tenure in East Orange saw some notable improvements. However, what was being done was making a disagreeable situation better.

    If you have an ordinary suburban town that's collected a lot of blacks (and the migration process has weeded out certain common subtypes), you might get an answer to your question. The thing is, such suburbs are very unusual. I think there are some around Detroit.

    The trouble is, blacks are 13% of the population, and end up a majority in an area (requiring a balance between such populations which differs from the norm by 6.7 fold) generally when migration patterns are responding to social pathology and the failure of institutions to address social pathology. You generally only get a black majority when a place is in pretty wretched shape already in terms of its finances, institutional function, and level of public order.

    Also, in the broader population, the sort of people who go into local politics are a jumble of petit bourgeois: real estate agents, small merchants, school teachers, tax preparers and the lower division of the haut bourgeois (e.g. solo practice lawyers). I suspect if you look at black pols, you will find a few such types, but a great many salaried political staff, social workers, lightly employed clergy, educational apparatchiks, miscellaneous public employees, and sundry ngo functionaries &c. You get a mass of people without much business sense, many of whom have educational and occupational socializations that leave them with an attitude that they're there to be a racial-ethnic intercessors for other blacks, NOS, with an attitude that it's malicious for the larger society to set fixed standards to which blacks are obligated to adhere, and with an attitude that institutional authority exercised by non-blacks over blacks is never legitimate. (So, you get a mess like the Detroit police filling out reams of paperwork demonstrating that they're being 'fair' in the distributions of their arrests while wheels fall off western civilization, or school teachers told by administrators that they must 'teach every child' when four of their 18 students make it impossible to teach any child).

    You need a cultural shift among the black bourgeois, for starters.
    , @Steve Sailer
    NOTA asks: "As an empirical matter, how well do cities do when they have a majority if black voters?"

    In Los Angeles County there are a small number of affluent black neighborhoods. Most of them are neither in Los Angeles city nor are they incorporated cities like Compton. Instead, Baldwin Hills, for example, is in unincorporated Los Angeles County.
  76. It is disgusting and saddening that the Trayvon Martin meme still gets trotted out even though video images and hospital reports show Zimmerman’s numerous serious facial and head injuries and eye-witness accounts tell of an individual (Martin) ground-and-pounding Zimmerman into the pavement. Trayvon’s only injuries other than the gunshot wound were skinned knuckles.

    • Replies: @The most deplorable one
    Governor Moonbeam does not have any dead minorities to help him gin up support (and maybe he doesn't need them anyway), but he seems to be tempting the gods:

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/01/the-empire-strikes-back-calif-gov-jerry-brown-files-appeal-to-force-crappy-teachers-on-poor-kids/

    Of course, teachers probably have less effect on minority outcomes than people think, but it is perception that matters.
    , @Art Deco
    You understand that the Martin case is a cultural marker, rather like attitudes toward sodomy, global warming, and Sarah Palin's flat vowels? It is de riguer that anyone who remarks on the case (including Republicans in the legal profession and Republican opinion journalists) make snide remarks about Zimmerman. They cannot really argue that there's any evidence worth bothering about that he committed 2d degree murder, and they cannot bear to admit they misjudged the case, so they have to retreat to some other square on the board. So, some of them blame the prosecutor (who had the aid of a judge so biased he was forced to recuse himself) for not having contrived some other charge that would have flown with the jury. For some others, it was supposedly unpardonably imprudent for him (thus rendering him culpable) to have gotten out of his truck and walked around his own neighborhood (at a point in time when Martin was not visible anywhere); that anyone arriving home with their groceries or walking their dog might have crossed paths with Martin and been mistaken for Zimmerman by Martin does not seem to have occurred to them, nor does it seem to have occurred to them that their allocation of culpability to Zimmerman presumes that Martin actually was discernably dangerous. A cannier bit of asininity was displayed by the 'free-lance writer' who was once in the Marine Reserves: only a sissy pulls a gun in a fight like that. Others are in the business of sneering at Zimmerman for his personal misfortunes since (e.g. his wife leaving him).

    You have to hand it to Zimmerman: he smokes out the social climbers.
  77. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Joseph Farnsworth
    It is disgusting and saddening that the Trayvon Martin meme still gets trotted out even though video images and hospital reports show Zimmerman's numerous serious facial and head injuries and eye-witness accounts tell of an individual (Martin) ground-and-pounding Zimmerman into the pavement. Trayvon's only injuries other than the gunshot wound were skinned knuckles.

    Governor Moonbeam does not have any dead minorities to help him gin up support (and maybe he doesn’t need them anyway), but he seems to be tempting the gods:

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/01/the-empire-strikes-back-calif-gov-jerry-brown-files-appeal-to-force-crappy-teachers-on-poor-kids/

    Of course, teachers probably have less effect on minority outcomes than people think, but it is perception that matters.

  78. @syonredux
    Some info on the Bennets:

    Douglas Bennet:

    Early life and education[edit]
    Born in Orange, New Jersey to Douglas Joseph Bennet, Sr. and Phoebe Benedict Bennet, Bennet grew up in Lyme, Connecticut, and attended the local public schools. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in 1959, an M.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1960, and a doctorate in history from Harvard University in 1968.

    Career[edit]
    In 1956 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Connecticut General Assembly's House of Representatives, losing to Horace Seely-Brown, Jr.[2] He was an assistant to Ambassador Chester Bowles in the 1960s.[3] In 1970, he announced his candidacy for the Democratic primary for Connecticut's 2nd congressional district, which was vacated by the death of Congressman William St. Onge.[4]

    He later served on the staffs of Missouri Senator Thomas F. Eagleton, Minnesota Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, and Connecticut Senator Abraham Ribicoff.[5][6] In 1977, Bennet became United States Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.[6]

    Bennet succeeded John J. Gilligan as the head of the Agency for International Development in 1979, where he served for two years.[7][8] After heading a private research institute, he was named head of NPR in 1983.[3] In 1993, President Bill Clinton named Bennet as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, where he served until 1995.[9][10]

    In April 1995, Bennet succeeded William Chace, becoming the fifteenth president of Wesleyan University.[11] Bennet developed Wesleyan's first comprehensive strategic plan, "Strategy for Wesleyan," adopted in 1998. He renewed the institution's strategic vision, in 2005, with a new plan, "Engaged with the World." The "Strategy for Wesleyan" defined key institutional priorities: an expansion of the faculty in order to extend scholarship and teaching in new and interdisciplinary areas; a reaffirmation of the University's commitment to need-blind admission; and a program of campus renewal. "Engaged with the World" included further and continuing curricular innovations and renewed commitments to science and international studies.

    A history-making $281 million fundraising campaign supported these priorities and enabled Wesleyan to create 140 new scholarships, add 20 new faculty positions and six endowed professorships, and embark on more than $200 million in renovation and construction projects on campus. Bennet also sought better and increased collaboration with the city of Middletown. Under his guidance, Wesleyan participated actively in the city's development efforts, which resulted in, among other things, a new hotel downtown and the Green Street Arts Center, "a community arts center meant to help revitalize the city's North End."[12]

    On May 4, 2006, Bennet announced that he would step down as president following the 2006-2007 academic year. The last several years of his twelve-year presidency were contentious in some respects, with opposition by a minority in the student body on certain matters. Some students believed Bennet's fundraising priorities conflicted with the interests and needs of the student body, and the university's mission of education. A student movement came to a head in December 2004, when approximately 250 students (of more than 2,700 undergraduates) protested in front of the administrative building South College, where Bennet's office was located, demanding that he address student concerns.[13] On March 26, 2007, Wesleyan's Board of Trustees announced that Michael S. Roth would succeed Bennet as president for the 2007-2008 academic year.[14]
     
    Michael Bennet:

    He was born in New Delhi while his father, Douglas J. Bennet, was serving as an aide to Chester Bowles, then the U.S. ambassador to India.[3] The elder Bennet ran the United States Agency for International Development under President Jimmy Carter,[5] served as President and CEO of National Public Radio (1983–1993), and Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs in the Clinton Administration (1993–1995). His grandfather, Douglas Bennet, had been an economic adviser in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration.[5] His grandmother, Phoebe Bennet (née Benedict), was a direct-line descendant of Edward Fuller, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean from England to Plymouth Colony on the Mayflower in 1620.[6] Bennet's mother, Susanne Christine (née Klejman),[6] immigrated to the United States with her family in 1950. Her parents were Polish Jews and survived imprisonment in the Warsaw Ghetto.[3] Bennet's mother is a retired school librarian who teaches English as a second language for a Washington nonprofit,[7] and is also an art historian specializing in Roman antiquities.[8] She is fluent in English, Polish, Swedish, and Spanish.[3]

    He grew up in Washington, D.C. as his father served as an aide to Vice President Hubert Humphrey, among others. Bennet was held back in second grade because of his struggle with dyslexia.[3][9][10] He was enrolled at St. Albans School, an all-boys preparatory school, and served as a page on Capitol Hill.[11] Bennet also served as a Coro Foundation fellow in New York City.[12]

    Bennet earned his B.A. in history with honors from Wesleyan University in 1987,[13] where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi, and his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal.[14]

    Career before U.S. Senate[edit]
    From 1988 until 1990, when he left to attend Yale, he served as an aide to Ohio Governor Richard Celeste. After law school he served as a law clerk for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.[15] He then served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General during Bill Clinton's administration.[16] His father, Douglas J. Bennet, worked in the Clinton White House as well, as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs.

    Bennet then entered the business world, working for six years in Denver as Managing Director for the Anschutz Investment Company where he had direct responsibility for the investment of over $500 million. He led the reorganizations of four distressed companies, including Forcenergy (which later merged with Denver-based Forest Oil), Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theaters, which together required the restructuring of over $3 billion in debt. Bennet also managed, on behalf of Anschutz, the consolidation of the three theater chains into Regal Entertainment Group, the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world.[16]

    Moving back into public service, Bennet served for two years as the Chief of Staff to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Highlights of his accomplishments at the city include: closing an initial 10-percent budget gap in the first two months of office; balancing two consecutive budgets in Denver's worst recession in history while preserving city services; conducting five collective-bargaining negotiations; devising strategies to pass five ballot initiatives; and assembling a very diverse, widely acknowledged leadership team for the city.[16]

    Bennet was appointed superintendent of Denver Public Schools on June 27, 2005, taking office on the following July 1. During his tenure, he revised a merit pay proposal that earned the support of local teachers.[17]

    Bennet was among the many officials whose names were circulated for United States Secretary of Education in the Obama Administration, which was eventually filled by Arne Duncan.[18] Bennet and his wife were early supporters of Barack Obama's presidential bid during the 2008 Democratic primaries[19] and he was among those who advised Barack Obama on education issues.[20]

     

    James Bennet:

    James Bennet was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Susanne Bennet (née Klejman; of Polish Jewish descent) and Douglas J. Bennet. He has a brother and sister. When his father went to work on the staff of Senator Thomas F. Eagleton, the family moved to Washington, D.C. There James attended the St. Albans School.[1] He studied at Yale University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and was editor-in-chief of The New Journal.

    Susanne Bennet taught English as a second language at Language ETC, a non-profit organization in Washington. Douglas Bennet was appointed as a political official in the Carter and Clinton administrations, served as the president of National Public Radio from 1983 to 1992 and as the president of Wesleyan University from 1995 to 2007.

    Bennet's older brother Michael is the junior United States Senator from Colorado.

    Journalism career[edit]
    Bennet began his journalism career as an intern for The News & Observer, and later, The New Republic.[1] From 1989 to 1991, he held an editing post at The Washington Monthly.[2] He joined The New York Times in 1991. He rose to serve as a White House correspondent and the Jerusalem bureau chief for the paper.[1][3] Upon his return from Jerusalem, he wrote a memorandum on the proper usage of the terms "terrorist" and "terrorism", which is often cited by editors of The Times.[4]

    Bennet was due to become the Times''s Beijing correspondent in late 2006. He resigned from the paper in March of that year to accept an offer to become the 14th editor-in-chief of The Atlantic.[2][3] Bennet was selected by the magazine's publisher, David G. Bradley, following an exhaustive selection process. Bradley conferred with 80 journalists around the United States.[2]

    Bennet as editor attracted attention in April 2008 when the magazine featured a cover story on Britney Spears, a change from The Atlantic's tradition in higher culture. The issue did poorly in newsstand sales.[5]
     

    Highlights of his accomplishments at the city include … assembling a very diverse, widely acknowledged leadership team for the city.

    Umm … “widely acknowledged” as what, exactly? Being a “leadership team”? “Acknowledged” by whom? The residents of the local town, Denver?

    • Replies: @syonredux

    Umm … “widely acknowledged” as what, exactly? Being a “leadership team”? “Acknowledged” by whom? The residents of the local town, Denver?
     
    It's a WIKIPEDIA article.....
  79. I could be wrong, but I think that Zev is technically a sock-puppet.

  80. @NOTA
    As an empirical matter, how well do cities do when they have a majority if black voters? If it's white misrule of blacks and lack of black political voice causing many of the black community's problems, then we'd expect to see blacks doing a lot better in black-run places--lower poverty rates, less crime, better schools, more responsive government, etc. My impression is that this is more or less the opposite of what we see in practice, but maybe I just don't know about all the success stories. Is there data that shows this effect?

    If not, it's hard to see why black voters taking control of Ferguson is going to fix the problem there. Maybe it will help, but what is the evidence that you can point to for that?

    Robert Bowers tenure in East Orange saw some notable improvements. However, what was being done was making a disagreeable situation better.

    If you have an ordinary suburban town that’s collected a lot of blacks (and the migration process has weeded out certain common subtypes), you might get an answer to your question. The thing is, such suburbs are very unusual. I think there are some around Detroit.

    The trouble is, blacks are 13% of the population, and end up a majority in an area (requiring a balance between such populations which differs from the norm by 6.7 fold) generally when migration patterns are responding to social pathology and the failure of institutions to address social pathology. You generally only get a black majority when a place is in pretty wretched shape already in terms of its finances, institutional function, and level of public order.

    Also, in the broader population, the sort of people who go into local politics are a jumble of petit bourgeois: real estate agents, small merchants, school teachers, tax preparers and the lower division of the haut bourgeois (e.g. solo practice lawyers). I suspect if you look at black pols, you will find a few such types, but a great many salaried political staff, social workers, lightly employed clergy, educational apparatchiks, miscellaneous public employees, and sundry ngo functionaries &c. You get a mass of people without much business sense, many of whom have educational and occupational socializations that leave them with an attitude that they’re there to be a racial-ethnic intercessors for other blacks, NOS, with an attitude that it’s malicious for the larger society to set fixed standards to which blacks are obligated to adhere, and with an attitude that institutional authority exercised by non-blacks over blacks is never legitimate. (So, you get a mess like the Detroit police filling out reams of paperwork demonstrating that they’re being ‘fair’ in the distributions of their arrests while wheels fall off western civilization, or school teachers told by administrators that they must ‘teach every child’ when four of their 18 students make it impossible to teach any child).

    You need a cultural shift among the black bourgeois, for starters.

  81. @Joseph Farnsworth
    It is disgusting and saddening that the Trayvon Martin meme still gets trotted out even though video images and hospital reports show Zimmerman's numerous serious facial and head injuries and eye-witness accounts tell of an individual (Martin) ground-and-pounding Zimmerman into the pavement. Trayvon's only injuries other than the gunshot wound were skinned knuckles.

    You understand that the Martin case is a cultural marker, rather like attitudes toward sodomy, global warming, and Sarah Palin’s flat vowels? It is de riguer that anyone who remarks on the case (including Republicans in the legal profession and Republican opinion journalists) make snide remarks about Zimmerman. They cannot really argue that there’s any evidence worth bothering about that he committed 2d degree murder, and they cannot bear to admit they misjudged the case, so they have to retreat to some other square on the board. So, some of them blame the prosecutor (who had the aid of a judge so biased he was forced to recuse himself) for not having contrived some other charge that would have flown with the jury. For some others, it was supposedly unpardonably imprudent for him (thus rendering him culpable) to have gotten out of his truck and walked around his own neighborhood (at a point in time when Martin was not visible anywhere); that anyone arriving home with their groceries or walking their dog might have crossed paths with Martin and been mistaken for Zimmerman by Martin does not seem to have occurred to them, nor does it seem to have occurred to them that their allocation of culpability to Zimmerman presumes that Martin actually was discernably dangerous. A cannier bit of asininity was displayed by the ‘free-lance writer’ who was once in the Marine Reserves: only a sissy pulls a gun in a fight like that. Others are in the business of sneering at Zimmerman for his personal misfortunes since (e.g. his wife leaving him).

    You have to hand it to Zimmerman: he smokes out the social climbers.

  82. Where are officer Wilson’s broken orbital bone pictures/x-rays? If these exist (and they should), the GOP could use them to demystify Michael Brown and make Dems embarrassed to even bring it up.

    If the pics don’t exist in a phone somewhere, and no x-rays of the broken orbital bone were taken, it makes claims of this injury/justification to shoot in self defense look like a police department lie. They need to get these circulated in the media ASAP.

  83. @Ted
    Democrats since the days of LBJ have been fair-weather friends of African-American communities.

    In no particular order, remember neoliberal Bill Clinton's ending welfare as we know it? Mandatory sentencing? Militarization of the police? The war on drugs?

    Democrats are "tough on crime" to get elected, and people of color and the poor pay the price.

    Yes, Republicans are explicitly diabolical, but please don't hold up the Democrats as champions of anything but incarceration, force, white privilege, and rule by the corporations.

    The War on Drugs has been the most anti-black program the federal government has ever created, and has devastated families and communities.

  84. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor
    Zionists: "Putin is stealing Donetsk from Ukraine!!!!!"

    Meanwhile...

    http://rt.com/news/184096-israel-west-bank-settlement/

    Shhhhhhhhh.

    Israel has remained pointedly neutral in this Ukraine business, refusing to vote to condemn the Crimea annexation. Chabad, the largest pro-Zionist religious Jewish organization, has long-standing warm ties to Putin. Israel’s foreign minister Lieberman wants to be Israel’s Putin, more or less, and is personally friendly with the man. Ariel Sharon, when he was Bibi’s foreign minister in the 1990s, openly and vociferously criticized US’s war on an Orthodox Christian power, Serbia.

    Of course, your comparison is garbage in the first place. The land appropriated for settlement is not part of any existing state and does not belong to any private property owner. Donetsk is internationally recognized (including by Russia) as part of Ukraine, a sovereign nation (not that this Zionist does not favor Russia’s actions in the Ukraine.)

  85. @Big Bill

    Highlights of his accomplishments at the city include ... assembling a very diverse, widely acknowledged leadership team for the city.
     
    Umm ... "widely acknowledged" as what, exactly? Being a "leadership team"? "Acknowledged" by whom? The residents of the local town, Denver?

    Umm … “widely acknowledged” as what, exactly? Being a “leadership team”? “Acknowledged” by whom? The residents of the local town, Denver?

    It’s a WIKIPEDIA article…..

  86. –yes, the Zimmerman case seems to have changed the rules. For example, now it’s apparently suspicious that anyone would want to b a policeman, but not have qualified. He’s a “wannabe cop,” which is a bad thing. Then if that fellow should volunteer for a neighborhood watch, that’s also highly suspicious–he probably has vigilante impulses. If he calls 911 to report suspicious activity in his crime-plagued neighborhood, that’s also held against him. He must be a busy body, or paranoid. If he asks a wandering black teen who he is or where he’s going, he deserves to be beaten up, because that’s racial profiling. If he’s being beaten up to the point that he’s in danger of death or serious injury, he’s wrong to defend himself with his gun–he should just fight man-to-man. Also, if the fight gets to the point where his assailant is trying to get to his gun before he can, but he gets to it first and kills his assailant, that’s wrong too because of those terrible Stand Your Ground laws. Unarmed black assailants should never be shot, especially when they’re just teens!

    A lot of these new rules have been applied to the Michael Brown shooting.

    • Replies: @NOTA
    Huh? Michael Brown was shot by an actual cop, not a neighborhood watch guy who wanted to be a cop. I don't see how any of your alleged changes actually apply to this case.
  87. Every mention I have every seen of the states with the highest income, best performing schools, best higher education facilities, best health care facilities, best in terms of given more revenues to the federal government than they recieve-point to traditional blue and purple states. Massachussetts, NY, NJ, Connecticut, VA,etc count among the highest income and most productive states traditional red states..Alabama, Kentucky, Mississipi, Missouri, etc count among the lowest income, least productive, and less well (health wise) around with the poorest performing schools, worse universities and worse income inequality around. Studies prove all these states are net takers from the federal government than they produce in revenues. The question should be why should whites in these states keep voting for republicans?

  88. @Twinkie
    Zev, is this a parody? Or are you serious?

    I am not white. This isn't just a black-white issue. Of all the assaults in, say, San Francisco, 80% or so are black-on-Asian. But that's not racial or anything, right? Just random crimes of opportunity by random people on random victims.

    I suppose, by your logic, that's just deserts for Asian racism toward black, eh? As the black principal at the Philadelphia high school where black students routinely attacked Asian students said in response to the outcry, "Asian students should stop antagonizing black students" (by unintentionally making black people look bad by, I don't know, merely existing, I suppose).

    I suppose it might be incendiary and completely racist for me to bring up the fact that tens of thousands of white women, I mean, random women of random ethnicity are raped by black men, I mean men of random ethnicity each year with virtually none of the reverse.

    Maybe you feel comfortable rolling the dice with this random rape game, but I don't feel like risking my wife and daughters and those of my friends and neighbors on your fantasy race bowl.

    If this was a parody, sorry, never mind.

    Based on the writing the posts are all from the same author. Hard to say if it is a parody. It could be someone very young or kind of dim who is parroting back in blocks what they were spoon fed in their liberal arts college classes.
    I know some pretty bright lefties who work in professions that require them to have the ability to exercise pretty high levels of reasoning and when you debate them they have the sense to avoid such blatantly falsifiable nonsense. They have seen enough of the world to know that a lot of this is nonsense but use their crime stop abilities to keep from tripping over the truth while going through their mental gymnastics. This stuff is way too crude for any leftist I know who isn’t living in Mom’s basement.

  89. Alabama, Kentucky, Mississipi, Missouri, etc count among the lowest income, least productive, and less well (health wise) around with the poorest performing schools, worse universities and worse income inequality around. Studies prove all these states are net takers from the federal government than they produce in revenues. The question should be why should whites in these states keep voting for republicans?

    Truth, you have been away for a while. We covered this point in another thread. Many of the poorest counties in the nation are in fact in red states. But most of those counties are majority-minority. Here is a list of the poorest counties. Feel free to click to check out the demographics. It seems that most, not all, are filled with democrat voters who reside in red states.

    You mentioned Missouri. The two big blights in the state are inner city KC and St. Louis. Yet at election time, they are the most solidly blue areas of the state. So please don’t be disingenuous by trying to portray red staters as bums on the government dole. Acknowledge that a large amount of blue state voters reside in red states and account for a significant, if not major, chunk of government support.

    Additionally, a not too insignificant number of northern blue state retirees move to the South for retirement. If their government checks are considered in your welfare calculations, then this too should be quantified before tarring the red staters as bums.

  90. @Truth–Three of the states you mention– NY, NJ, Connecticut–are generally listed among the worst-run states in the nation. NY is listed at 39, CT (my state) at 41, and NJ at 43. In some such lists I’ve seen NJ at 50 and CT at 49.

  91. Jeez, what a bunch of trolls

    No, just a bunch of troll sock-puppets. There are 1 or 2 trolls, according to Unz’ recent post.

    Just a couple of typical lying lib scum, using deception in lieu of argument.

  92. Every mention I have every seen of the states with the highest income, best performing schools, best higher education facilities, best health care facilities, best in terms of given more revenues to the federal government than they recieve-point to traditional blue and purple states. Massachussetts, NY, NJ, Connecticut, VA,etc count among the highest income and most productive states traditional red states..Alabama, Kentucky, Mississipi, Missouri, etc count among the lowest income, least productive, and less well (health wise) around with the poorest performing schools, worse universities and worse income inequality around. Studies prove all these states are net takers from the federal government than they produce in revenues. The question should be why should whites in these states keep voting for republicans?

    The money’s going to blacks and browns. The question should be “why are libs so fond of excoriating red states for receiving that money when it’s all going to blacks and browns?” Sounds pretty racist to me. Maybe libs just hate poor black and brown people.

  93. Studies prove all these states are net takers from the federal government than they produce in revenues.

    This is a tiresome, meaningless statistic that the Left loves to tout as if meaningful. I won’t bother with full deets, but short version. Our tax system is MASSIVELY high-end loaded, meaning the wealthy pay the bulk of taxes (e.g. top 10% pay something close to 70% of total income taxes, top 1% close to 20% of taxes). High earners are concentrated in blue states. So of course blue states “send” most taxes to Washington. That’s the only thing that statistic means. It is completely meaningless as a comment on the majority of residents in a state, yet it is always presented as exactly that, as some kind of “proof” that white hillbillies are tax grifters.

    Stop the madness!

  94. On the Jewish influence front, this article in The New Yorker about AIPAC is one of those pieces that inadvertently reveals a hella lot more than it probably intended to reveal.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/01/friends-israel

    Short version: Congress, bought and paid for by AIPAC. The scope of their influence is astonishing.

  95. The republicans milked 9/11 all the way to the bank, literally. Why the outrage over this political opportunity?

  96. Off topic:
    WSJ: “Why I Just Can’t Become Chinese: The contributions of Chinese Americans underscore a great U.S. advantage—and the limits of China’s rise.”

    Take Tony Hsieh, the founder and CEO of Zappos.com, who moved his company to dilapidated downtown Las Vegas and put $300 million of his own fortune into revitalizing it. His goal is to foster community in perhaps the country’s most atomistic place—audaciously American, profoundly Chinese. Let China make it hard for outsiders to become Chinese…

  97. “peterike2 says

    “”Studies prove all these states are net takers from the federal government than they produce in revenues.””

    This is a tiresome, meaningless statistic that the Left loves to tout as if meaningful. I won’t bother with full deets, but short version. Our tax system is MASSIVELY high-end loaded, meaning the wealthy pay the bulk of taxes (e.g. top 10% pay something close to 70% of total income taxes, top 1% close to 20% of taxes). High earners are concentrated in blue states. So of course blue states “send” most taxes to Washington. That’s the only thing that statistic means. It is completely meaningless as a comment on the majority of residents in a state, yet it is always presented as exactly that, as some kind of “proof” that white hillbillies are tax grifters. ”

    Quite so. And a lot of those high earners are themselves grifters: bankers, rentiers, attorneys, lobbyists, people living off of government contracts – people who make money by arranging the law so that they can make money.

  98. “The republicans milked 9/11 all the way to the bank, literally. Why the outrage over this political opportunity?”

    Yes, New York City got ~$54 billion out of the 9/11 emergency spending bill, iirc. Each family received about $3 million for their deceased loved one – far, far more than military servicemen killed in action received at the time, or even today.

    How many Republican congressmen in New York City, again?

    To the extent that Republican congressmen “milked” 9/11, they sure as hell weren’t milking it for conservative purposes. Very little – well, nothing – was done to secure our borders post-9/11, and the next 7 years saw MASSIVE, RECORD amounts of illegal immigration across our southern border and via visa overstays. Our Hispanic population soared by 50%, from 35 million to 53 million, in just 10 years or so. Meanwhile in “Great” Britain, the Muslim population likewise climbed by 50%.

    Fuck the so-called elite. They should all be in prison right now – George W. Bush, Chuck Schumer, Tony Blair, Harry Reid, Orrin Hatch – virtually all of them.

  99. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I think for once Steve is wrong on this one. The Ferguson police are a bunch of f*** ups – just look at how they harass journalists. It’s good that the world got to see them for what they are, even if it’s because the media “doubled down”.

    Now that I think about it, George Zimmerman also turned out to be a f*** up (just ask his wife).

  100. […] Steve Sailer links to and comments upon a story in the NYTimes about how the Left is trying to use the Ferguson riot as a get out the vote tool. It says something about our times when the Times can report on something like this without bothering to notice the evil of it. The banality of the report is what’s shocking. […]

  101. Now that I think about it, George Zimmerman also turned out to be a f*** up (just ask his wife).

    Give me a break. With the amount of pressure, threats and scrutiny that Zimmerman underwent, coupled with the outright distortion of the events surrounding that case, it is a miracle Zimmerman did not go totally postal. I doubt many people would be able to endure what he went through and come out smelling like a rose.

    • Replies: @NOTA
    True, but don't fall into the trap of deciding someone must be a good guy because bad people try to screw them over. The fact that the national media smeared crap all over Zimmerman's reputation and basically declared him guilty on the basis of their preferred narrative doesn't tell you anything about what kind of person Zimmerman actually is. Maybe he's a fine fellow, maybe he's a bully or an idiot--who knows? Who cares?

    In a better world, most of us would never have heard of him or Trayvon Martin, since awful tragedies like that happen all the time in a big country like the US.
  102. This Bennet bloke reminds me of controversial historian David Irving:

  103. @lurker

    Not quite true, about two weeks ago a white protester in Ferguson was shot by someone other than the police (another more vibrant ‘protester’?), totally memory holed now.

    I remember at one point during the riots when the local media would start the morning news by reading off a grocery list of violent crimes that had happened during the night. The national news which came on right afterwards downplayed the violence significantly, though, using phrases like “a night of relative peace in Ferguson.”

    The national media had at this point invested heavily in a narrative about the authoritarian white police chiefs Belmar and Jackson versus their replacement, the benevolent black chief Johnson. After Johnson took charge things were just as violent and he ended up (after letting the rioters have free reign for a night) using the same tactics as Belmar. The media maintained their tack for days, though, even as the violence escalated. In the national media’s coverage, all of the subsequent violence and use of militarized policing methods has somehow remained the fault of Belmar and Jackson.

    The Ferguson police are a bunch of f*** ups – just look at how they harass journalists. It’s good that the world got to see them for what they are, even if it’s because the media “doubled down”.

    It’s very unlikely those were actually Ferguson Police, though. The cop who shoved the WaPo reporter was reportedly county swat. Only a fraction of the police in ferguson during the riots were with the ferguson PD as forces were called in from throughout the STL area. The police chief in Ferguson handed things over to the much larger county force within a day of the shooting. Ferguson city officials have been trying to wash their hands of this almost from the first hour of the shooting. I strongly suspect that at this point they’re desperately looking for a graceful way to exit their positions as they peruse w. county real estate listings.

    Speaking as someone who doesn’t like police much, I think that they were if anything too restrained. If you want to judge by the metric of how many protestors and police were killed (zero) in contrast to race riots in the 60’s, it’s an unquestionable victory for the modern militarized police and crowd control tactics. They let the city burn, though, and I think that has to be held against them. Ferguson as a viable place to bring up a family is done. In 10 years years it’ll be just another gangland ghetto no different than any other neighborhood on the north side.

  104. @NOTA
    As an empirical matter, how well do cities do when they have a majority if black voters? If it's white misrule of blacks and lack of black political voice causing many of the black community's problems, then we'd expect to see blacks doing a lot better in black-run places--lower poverty rates, less crime, better schools, more responsive government, etc. My impression is that this is more or less the opposite of what we see in practice, but maybe I just don't know about all the success stories. Is there data that shows this effect?

    If not, it's hard to see why black voters taking control of Ferguson is going to fix the problem there. Maybe it will help, but what is the evidence that you can point to for that?

    NOTA asks: “As an empirical matter, how well do cities do when they have a majority if black voters?”

    In Los Angeles County there are a small number of affluent black neighborhoods. Most of them are neither in Los Angeles city nor are they incorporated cities like Compton. Instead, Baldwin Hills, for example, is in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    In the metro-DC area, Prince George's County in Maryland is renowned as the richest black county (2/3 of the population is black) in the country.

    It has some of the highest crime rates and lowest educational test scores in the region.

    Even (government) money can't buy low crime rates and high test scores without a demographic change.

  105. @Art Deco
    That’s just about the most naïve comment I’ve seen at Steve’s blog. Isn’t what’s in it for the firms obvious? Government relations, current and future, is the answer.

    Show your work, know-it-all.

    Oh, you need to see proof that investment banks do a lot of business with the government, are subject to reams of government regulation, and are affected by large amounts of legislation pending in Congress? Don’t waste our time.

  106. @Steve Sailer
    NOTA asks: "As an empirical matter, how well do cities do when they have a majority if black voters?"

    In Los Angeles County there are a small number of affluent black neighborhoods. Most of them are neither in Los Angeles city nor are they incorporated cities like Compton. Instead, Baldwin Hills, for example, is in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

    In the metro-DC area, Prince George’s County in Maryland is renowned as the richest black county (2/3 of the population is black) in the country.

    It has some of the highest crime rates and lowest educational test scores in the region.

    Even (government) money can’t buy low crime rates and high test scores without a demographic change.

  107. @Harry Baldwin
    @Art Deco--yes, the Zimmerman case seems to have changed the rules. For example, now it's apparently suspicious that anyone would want to b a policeman, but not have qualified. He's a "wannabe cop," which is a bad thing. Then if that fellow should volunteer for a neighborhood watch, that's also highly suspicious--he probably has vigilante impulses. If he calls 911 to report suspicious activity in his crime-plagued neighborhood, that's also held against him. He must be a busy body, or paranoid. If he asks a wandering black teen who he is or where he's going, he deserves to be beaten up, because that's racial profiling. If he's being beaten up to the point that he's in danger of death or serious injury, he's wrong to defend himself with his gun--he should just fight man-to-man. Also, if the fight gets to the point where his assailant is trying to get to his gun before he can, but he gets to it first and kills his assailant, that's wrong too because of those terrible Stand Your Ground laws. Unarmed black assailants should never be shot, especially when they're just teens!

    A lot of these new rules have been applied to the Michael Brown shooting.

    Huh? Michael Brown was shot by an actual cop, not a neighborhood watch guy who wanted to be a cop. I don’t see how any of your alleged changes actually apply to this case.

  108. @iSteveFan

    Now that I think about it, George Zimmerman also turned out to be a f*** up (just ask his wife).
     
    Give me a break. With the amount of pressure, threats and scrutiny that Zimmerman underwent, coupled with the outright distortion of the events surrounding that case, it is a miracle Zimmerman did not go totally postal. I doubt many people would be able to endure what he went through and come out smelling like a rose.

    True, but don’t fall into the trap of deciding someone must be a good guy because bad people try to screw them over. The fact that the national media smeared crap all over Zimmerman’s reputation and basically declared him guilty on the basis of their preferred narrative doesn’t tell you anything about what kind of person Zimmerman actually is. Maybe he’s a fine fellow, maybe he’s a bully or an idiot–who knows? Who cares?

    In a better world, most of us would never have heard of him or Trayvon Martin, since awful tragedies like that happen all the time in a big country like the US.

  109. @Anonymous
    No media frenzy over the recent, savage murder of Dr. Feng Liu:

    http://www.chapelhillnews.com/2014/07/25/4030097/suspect-in-unc-ch-professors-murder.html

    The more a crime matches long-established but unpopular facts and known patterns, the more it is considered random and senseless. Cognitive dissonance is a bitch.

    There were a few ceremonies, silly emails and articles from the local big shots, and no rioting. No out-of-town anarchists with Guy masks showed up to throw Molotov cocktails. After all, Dr. Liu was only a respected academic.

    #78

    The elite response to this kind of murder is likely to be a lot more destructive, long-term, than the protests and riots in Ferguson. One reason it will be more destructive is that the elites themselves aren’t able to speak openly about what they’re doing, and often don’t even like to think clearly about what they are doing.

    Duke and UNC students are at least living in a place where crime isn’t all that awful. A lot of our future elites are going to top schools in places where it’s unsafe to walk two blocks off campus at night–places like Yale and the University of Chicago. We’re giving them an upbringing that teaches them to feel the need for lots of visible security to keep the dangerous underclass away. I expect we won’t like how this turns out for us.

  110. @Jefferson
    White/Nonblack on Black homicides motivate more Black voters to come out to vote against The Republican Party. Too bad Black on White homicides does not motivate more White voters to come out to vote against The Democratic Party.

    That’s easy … blacks have an abundance of political parties seeking to represent them. Nobody is courting the “racist” vote. Even if that means losing a lot. They have bought in to their own propaganda.

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