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Loretta Elizabeth Lynch[1] (born 1959) is the current United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Media reports on Nov. 7, 2014 reported that she was a contender to be President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General. She has held the U.S. Attorney’s position since 2010, and previously held this position from 1999-2001. During her first term as U.S. Attorney, Lynch oversaw prosecution of the New York police officers in the Abner Louima case.

Lynch was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1959.[2] She received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1981 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984.[3]

… From 1994 to 1998, she served as the Chief of the Long Island Office and became involved in several political corruption cases involving the government of Brookhaven, New York. In addition, the United States v. Volpe, et al. police brutality case.[5]

…. From 2003 to 2005, she was a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.[6] She remained there until January 20, 2010, when President Barack Obama nominated Lynch to again serve as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.[3][7]

Lynch’s office indicted Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, helped investigate Citigroup over mortgage securities sold by the bank, which resulted in the bank agreeing to a US$7 billion settlement, and was also involved in the US$1.2 billion settlement with with HSBC over lapses in the bank anti money laundering controls.[8]

Death of Eric Garner[edit]

In the aftermath of the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed man who died in a chokehold by police, Lynch met with Garner’s family and Al Sharpton discussing the federal prosecution of the police officer believed responsible in Garner’s death.[9][10] After the meeting, Sharpton said Lynch “was very open” to his request of a “serious federal investigation” in the death of Garner.[11]

So, kind of a parody of an Obama AG nomination: an upper crust black woman (Obama isn’t comfortable around blacks who didn’t go to Harvard), but with experience working with Rev. Al to fight the Greatest Problem of Our Time, the White Racist War on Black Babies’ Bodies.

By the way, all this obsession lately with the phrases “black babies” and “black bodies?” I wonder if it’s really a setup by the thinner-lipped sort of Talented Tenth Harvard African-Americans who see themselves as the natural leaders of the black masses to get their blacker potential rivals to embarrass themselves trying to say “black babies’ bodies.” Somebody should try to get Jesse Jackson on video attempting to say “black babies’ bodies.”

Speaking of Eric Holder, here’s Matt Taibbi’s latest Rolling Stone article about how Holder let Jamie Dimon’s Chase bank off the hook over most of the obviously toxic mortgages they peddled. Put it together with Ferguson and it’s a classic low-high squeeze play on the middle: “Hey, everybody, the biggest story in the world is a $40k per year white cop shooting unarmed black teen Michael Brown! Get him! Jamie Dimon, who’s that? Haven’t you been reading the headlines? There are no headlines about some Dimon person, they are all about Michael Brown. Black babies’ bodies are being gunned down and you are worrying about Jamie Dimon? Think about race, not Chase!”

 
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  1. At first glance, better than Tom Perez.

    I may be wrong.

  2. Admittedly awful, but better than Thomas Perez?

  3. Don’t be so cynical, Steve. I’m sure Obama only chose her because her very name is meant to remind America of its racist past whenever she walks into the room.

  4. He’s trying to stick it to the White Man once again. The Republicans should refuse to confirm.

    • Replies: @Realist
    "The Republicans should refuse to confirm."

    Yeah! That will happen
  5. She hasn’t been too much of a pest in NYC.

    So if she is taking Holder’s place, is she a place holder? With the name Lynch…..?

    OT, this guy video’d himself complimenting real women and got no bad responses:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwdoXbxFwuY#t=10

  6. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    One black to succeed another. Seems to be a pattern there: whites need not apply. The president’s racial obsessions are becoming less veiled now as he counts down his last two years during which he’ll increasingly flip the bird to everyone. He never did care much about anything except race and playing golf. These mulatto elites can be really bad, embodying the worst characteristics of whites and blacks in one toxic package.

  7. • Replies: @Anonymous

    Putin has some rather ……odd views on the Hitler-Stalin pact
     
    Putin=Badthink. Then again, Winston Churchill=Badthink, too, since he said the same thing.

    In fact, it was Goodthink for pretty much everybody ... right up until the pact broke down. Party line, in fact. Ask Pete Seeger and his tribe. They wrote an album about it.
    , @Meretricious
    Steve, 99.9% of blacks who get accepted to Harvard are 100% affirmative action, so this woman graduated from "Harvard." Barry Obama is "president" and Sonia Sotomayor is a "justice."
    , @Realist
    You seem a little confused!
    , @Anonymous
    Putin has some rather ……odd views on the Hitler-Stalin pact:
    That is not a surprise, given that he has already stated that one of the great tragedies of the20th century was the demise of the Soviet Union.
  8. Word has it the grand jury “no bill” will come down tonight in Ferguson. Helicopters reportedly headed there and shop owners warned to close up, board up.

    On the other hand, news of big storm to hit this weekend might make officials postpone the announcement to keep the ferals, who are headed there from parts far and wide, inside. No fun lootin’ and hatin’ in the cold, after all.

    • Replies: @Realist
    Let the games begin.
  9. I for one will enjoy saying her name over and over.

  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The two prior comments echo my thoughts re: Mr. Perez.

    Rep. Michael Grimm, indicted by Lynch, won reelection in NY-11 by 13 points! Even the Democrat who represents the Hamptons lost by 10.

    My guess is that Lynch will be unanimous. O appears to be avoiding a Perez fight to save juice for amnesty.

  11. How many Democrats are groaning at the bad optics of replacing Eric Holder with a black nominee? Obama is telling the Democrats he does not give a cr*p about their electoral problem with white voters. And there is nothing they can do about it because they depend on that 90%+ inner city black vote for Democrats that can be turned out to win statewide elections.

    I’ve heard some pundits say that the election results were good for Hillary Clinton. How so? A Democratic nominee will need to walk such a fine line separating from Obama and not ruffling the feathers of the kind of black voters I hear on C-SPAN’s morning show who think any opposition to Obama is “because he’s a black man.” It doesn’t look like a piece of cake for Democrats to win the presidency any more. Obama will probably be even more disliked in 2016 than he is now.

  12. And remember, in the Democratic party currently structured this nominee is most likely one of the more moderate names that he could nominate. Probably the compromise between leftist and far leftist.

    One positive note is that it is only for two years.

    • Replies: @Realist
    "One positive note is that it is only for two years."

    Hilary will probably keep her on.
  13. There is a concept in physics called black body radiation.

  14. She has a pretty low SMV

    • Replies: @NOTA
    If the only thing you notice about a future attorney general is how hot she is(n't), you may be missing the point....
  15. Steve, do you think Obama’s love of golf is real or phony?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Real.
    , @Bryan Bell
    Come on. Human's are a slightly evolved sapient. Hence we love golf. Hitting a ball on a prehistoric sorta of landscape is basically our wet dream come true.
    , @e
    Real. If you've every played golf, you'd know you can't fake your obsession with it. People who don't like golf can't stand to stick around and play "fake it."
  16. Speaking of Eric Garner…notice the national media haven’t made a BFD of that case? Even though I think there may well be actual police culpability in that matter. Wonder why.

    Rhetorical question, ICYMI.

  17. Hussein Obama has no choice but to have chosen another Black person to replace Eric Holder, if he had chosen a White person he would have gotten hell from the African American community, especially by the likes of Tavis Smiley and Al Sharpton.

    Hussein Obama has to keep his African American base happy by any means necessary.

  18. Reminiscent of Clarence Thomas, the best ideologically acceptable AA candidate they can find. At least she’s not a proven fool like Kerry. Can’t be as evil as Holder, one hopes.

  19. @Jason Roberts
    Steve, do you think Obama's love of golf is real or phony?

    Real.

  20. As notable, perhaps more so, than her 25%+ blackness quotient and grievance credentials is that she’s from NYC. I find Obama’s continued use of the East Coast/Harvard/Beltway axis as a source for his worldview and employee pool easily as troublesome. From Jakarta to Hawaii to Cali to Harvard, his feet have never touched common ground with most of America, even black America. Chicago is the closest thing to Heartland that he knows.

  21. Michael Jordan said Hussein Obama sucks at golf. So he is a lousy golf player just like he is a lousy president.

    • Replies: @dumpstersquirrel
    I'm not surprised Barry blows at golf, considering he's a pencil-necked spaz.
    , @Nathan Wartooth
    "Michael Jordan said Hussein Obama sucks at golf. So he is a lousy golf player just like he is a lousy president."

    Is being good at golf correlated with IQ?

    We ask the hard questions around here!
  22. I was expecting you to be irritated with her association with the Fed but gladdened she prosecuted Citigroup and a congresscritter.

    I think police serve a necessary function but many of them also seem to regard themselves as above the law. When given power and responsibility, it is incumbent upon the rest of the government to put scrutiny on them, so I am glad there are prosecutions and it’s a viable career path for a prosecutor to go after public servants rather than side with them all the time. Oddly enough, George Zimmerman was active on that front before he became famous. Of course, the Attorney General is more than a First Among Prosecutors, and we need to be concerned with questions such as whether they’ll have the fortitude of a John Ashcroft (no joke) if the White House Counsel & Chief of Staff come to badger them while semi-conscious to sign a Justice Department reversal from their hospital bed.

  23. OT but entertaining. “Women of color” respond to the hollaback video!

    http://www.themarysue.com/woman-of-color-harassment-video/

  24. “Obama isn’t comfortable around blacks who didn’t go to Harvard”

    At some point, Harvard Law – at least by the time Obama was there, if not before* – managed to achieve a black student population in line with the black share of the US population – around 12-14% black. Given how deeply they and other Ivy League law schools needed to dig to get that large a share of blacks, there probably weren’t many decent black law students left to attend lower-tier schools.

    I’m sure there are plenty of white and Asian graduates of State U Law School who are thoroughly qualified to be the Attorney General of the United States, but if you’re a black lawyer and didn’t go to law school at an Ivy (or at least didn’t get admitted to one), you almost certainly are not.

    * Michelle Obama graduated Harvard Law in 1988, and failed the IL bar exam on her first try.

    • Replies: @Lot

    At some point, Harvard Law – at least by the time Obama was there, if not before* – managed to achieve a black student population in line with the black share of the US population – around 12-14% black.
     
    It is more like 9% now v. 12-13% of the US population. And this 9% is mostly children of foreign blacks, or mixed race people. Students descended from American slaves on both sides have never been more than 4-5% of Harvard's college or prestige graduate programs.

    We don't actually know the racial demographics of good schools these days because (1) there is a huge "international student" group without further detail (2) there is another huge "unknown/decline to state" group (3) there are an unknown number of 90%+ white people claiming URM status for AA purposes.

    Groups one and two are a combined 20% of quality schools. I'd guess international undergraduate students at good schools are about 60/40 asians and whites (including rich white latin americans). The decline to state group I'd guess are 50/50 asians who don't want to get hit with "Negative Action" and whites who find AA and race counting distasteful.

    Michelle Obama graduated Harvard Law in 1988, and failed the IL bar exam on her first try.
     
    Sounds like a birther-type myth to me.
  25. Obama almost has to nominate another black AG to cover for his lack of black SCOTUS appointments. If he ever gets another shot at a SCOTUS appointment his donors, who know where the real power is, fully expect him to nominate someone belonging to the same ethnic group that 3 of the last 4 Dem appointees have belonged to.

    And they can still demand it: the profitability of his post-presidential speaking career is on the line.

  26. Steve, you’re perpetuating the myth that cops are underpaid. NYPD officers make 90,000 dollars a year after 5 years, then it goes up incrementally from there. Then, they retire with a nice pension @ 55 or earlier.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    But NYPD cops aren't the really big issue, the really big national issue is the FPD.
    , @Anonymous
    Certain police fields like street patrol in high crime areas should have much better compensation, close to what security contractors make in Afghanistan. That is, if you want it done properly, by well trained professionals. Oops.
  27. @Claudia Zhao
    Steve, you're perpetuating the myth that cops are underpaid. NYPD officers make 90,000 dollars a year after 5 years, then it goes up incrementally from there. Then, they retire with a nice pension @ 55 or earlier.

    But NYPD cops aren’t the really big issue, the really big national issue is the FPD.

  28. Coates seems to have started referring to the black bodies after he saw 1002 years a slave. Big emphasis there on bodies…after being tortured…by insane people who had red beards. Thats a big problem these days, obviously. On another level, I cant help but think it has something to do with black pride in black athletes. These bodies are just to good at running and jumping to keep them from robbing and raping, so lets focus on the bodies, just the bodies.

  29. @Jefferson
    Michael Jordan said Hussein Obama sucks at golf. So he is a lousy golf player just like he is a lousy president.

    I’m not surprised Barry blows at golf, considering he’s a pencil-necked spaz.

  30. “OT but entertaining. “Women of color” respond to the hollaback video!

    http://www.themarysue.com/woman-of-color-harassment-video/”

    African American women in the comments section are the biggest liars on the internet. I guarantee the vast majority of Black women in the U.S are not being sexually harassed by White guys on a daily basis. If they were, it would be national headline news across the entire left wing media from MSNBC to The New York Times to Slate to The Huffington Post to CNN, etc.

    You would be seeing Black women going to The United Nations talking about how much they fear for their lives that they are going to be raped by them evil White males.

    Some White trash under class meth junkie in rural Georgia for example is not going to travel to the Chocolate city of Atlanta to look for Shaniquas to sexually harass and rape.

    Not even White underclass male criminals want to rape Black women, let alone middle and upper class White males who come from stable family homes.

    • Replies: @Paul Mendez
    African American women in the comments section are the biggest liars on the internet. I guarantee the vast majority of Black women in the U.S are not being sexually harassed by White guys on a daily basis.

    My personal experience? Most black women will gladly jump a white guy's bones in a minute if he is halfway nice to her -- AND if her black friends never, ever find out.
    , @Camlost

    Some White trash under class meth junkie in rural Georgia for example is not going to travel to the Chocolate city of Atlanta to look for Shaniquas to sexually harass and rape.
     
    Your insightful comment reminds me of the Atlanta child murder scare in the 1980's, where most black leaders insisted that white KKK members must be coming to Atlanta's southside black neighborhoods to commit the crimes. This was regardless of the fact that any non-law enforcement white man seen in the vast black suburbs of Atlanta's southside would have stuck out like a sore thumb - in some of these areas where the killings happened you can (literally) travel any direction in a 5-6 mile radius and not see a single white resident outside of the extremely rare 90 year-old retiree still holding onto his/her home. Needless to say, the killings immediately stopped when black suspect Wayne Williams was arrested for one of the murders.
    , @Gringo
    I guarantee the vast majority of Black women in the U.S are not being sexually harassed by White guys on a daily basis.

    I was told of a black teenaged girl, resident in a small town that was nearly all white, who was doubting her attractiveness to the opposite sex, as the white boys in her town kept their distance. A trip to a nearby big city's black neighborhood, where she heard some catcalls from the local black youth, boosted her morale. Those catcalls, instead of being experienced as harassment, were seen as blessings. Yes, I am attractive to the opposite sex, thought the teenaged girl. Who told this to me? A black woman who was a friend of mine since childhood, who was also a friend of the girl's mother. She also told me that having also grown up where the only black family in town was her own, she knew what the girl was going through.
  31. Uh… member of the Federal Reserve Board of NY? How and why did she get that particular gig?

    • Replies: @C. Van Carter
    She got it by being twice as good as everyone else.
  32. @Wilkey
    "Obama isn’t comfortable around blacks who didn’t go to Harvard"

    At some point, Harvard Law - at least by the time Obama was there, if not before* - managed to achieve a black student population in line with the black share of the US population - around 12-14% black. Given how deeply they and other Ivy League law schools needed to dig to get that large a share of blacks, there probably weren't many decent black law students left to attend lower-tier schools.

    I'm sure there are plenty of white and Asian graduates of State U Law School who are thoroughly qualified to be the Attorney General of the United States, but if you're a black lawyer and didn't go to law school at an Ivy (or at least didn't get admitted to one), you almost certainly are not.

    * Michelle Obama graduated Harvard Law in 1988, and failed the IL bar exam on her first try.

    At some point, Harvard Law – at least by the time Obama was there, if not before* – managed to achieve a black student population in line with the black share of the US population – around 12-14% black.

    It is more like 9% now v. 12-13% of the US population. And this 9% is mostly children of foreign blacks, or mixed race people. Students descended from American slaves on both sides have never been more than 4-5% of Harvard’s college or prestige graduate programs.

    We don’t actually know the racial demographics of good schools these days because (1) there is a huge “international student” group without further detail (2) there is another huge “unknown/decline to state” group (3) there are an unknown number of 90%+ white people claiming URM status for AA purposes.

    Groups one and two are a combined 20% of quality schools. I’d guess international undergraduate students at good schools are about 60/40 asians and whites (including rich white latin americans). The decline to state group I’d guess are 50/50 asians who don’t want to get hit with “Negative Action” and whites who find AA and race counting distasteful.

    Michelle Obama graduated Harvard Law in 1988, and failed the IL bar exam on her first try.

    Sounds like a birther-type myth to me.

    • Replies: @Lurker

    Sounds like a birther-type myth to me
     
    A cursory search seems to support the story that she did indeed fail the bar exam.
  33. @Claudia Zhao
    Steve, you're perpetuating the myth that cops are underpaid. NYPD officers make 90,000 dollars a year after 5 years, then it goes up incrementally from there. Then, they retire with a nice pension @ 55 or earlier.

    Certain police fields like street patrol in high crime areas should have much better compensation, close to what security contractors make in Afghanistan. That is, if you want it done properly, by well trained professionals. Oops.

  34. Seems Obama really likes these subliminal ‘Fuck you whitey’ moments.

  35. @Jason Roberts
    Steve, do you think Obama's love of golf is real or phony?

    Come on. Human’s are a slightly evolved sapient. Hence we love golf. Hitting a ball on a prehistoric sorta of landscape is basically our wet dream come true.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    These days, as the opportunity cost of golf keeps going up, a lot of guys try to convince themselves that golf has to be not fun.
  36. @Bryan Bell
    Come on. Human's are a slightly evolved sapient. Hence we love golf. Hitting a ball on a prehistoric sorta of landscape is basically our wet dream come true.

    These days, as the opportunity cost of golf keeps going up, a lot of guys try to convince themselves that golf has to be not fun.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I'm sure it's a lot of fun, kind of like fishing. Notice how it's called "fishing", and not "catching".
  37. Steve, you’re perpetuating the myth that cops are underpaid. NYPD officers make 90,000 dollars a year after 5 years, then it goes up incrementally from there. Then, they retire with a nice pension @ 55 or earlier.

    Every mention of police pensions should also mention that a decent pension is pretty much the only way to get decent people to be cops. I’m against juicy gov’t pensions across the board (gov’t should get less pay & bennies than equivalent private sector jobs, not more, otherwise conflict of interest – not to mention sound accounting practices), but police and firemen are the exception. There’s just too much uncertainty and risk to the job, otherwise.

    Certain police fields like street patrol in high crime areas should have much better compensation, close to what security contractors make in Afghanistan. That is, if you want it done properly, by well trained professionals. Oops.

    Better yet, we should mandate that only blacks can police black neighborhoods. That way, they get the level of enforcement they deserve. And anyone who attacks the policy is waciss.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    Well, I've been absolutely 100% committed to a big software project the last couple of months, but since a batch-run was going, I happened to glance at Steve's comment-thread and couldn't allow this remark to pass unnoticed.

    I haven't really investigated the issue of police/firefighter pay/pensions elsewhere in the country, but the figures here in Silicon Valley are just totally appalling. Every year or so, the newspapers are filled with big stories about the totally outrageous compensation numbers. For example, I think the *average* salary of a police officer is something like $180-200K per year, and after twenty years they can retire at something like 80% of their final salary. Fairly often, that "retirement" is immediately followed by their joining another police department, and the resulting double-dipping sometimes gets them up to $350K or more per year. And that's for *ordinary* patrol officers.

    Now admittedly, Silicon Valley is an expensive place to live, but being a police officer hardly requires extraordinary skills and its just crazy for the local taxes paid by ordinary working-class people (who are the vast majority of S.V. residents) who might be earning $40K or $50K per year to be funding (often non-college-educated) public employees earning 5x or 10x that amount. And don't forget that San Jose and the rest of S.V. have some of the lowest crime rates anywhere in America, so it's hardly that dangerous a job. I think the situation is roughly comparable firefighters.

    The newspapers and opinion-leaders are always denouncing the outrage and it's triggered various political efforts, but the situation tends to continue. That's because the powerful business interests in SV---Apple, Google, etc.---are internationally-focused and pay no attention whatsoever to local politics, where the police/fire unions are extremely powerful and focused. Many of the other big union leaders are also totally disgusted by the situation, but don't want to "break ranks" by picking a fight with the very influential public-safety unions.

    For police officers to earn $90K per year might be considered questionable. For them to sometimes earn $350K per year is just insane.

    Admittedly, the figures I'm quoting are just impressionistic based on reading the local newspapers and I haven't verified them since it's not my issue, but I'm sure anyone interested can quickly Google for much more solid information.

    , @NOTA
    Also, obsessing about the risk of overpaying the cops seems a little messed-up. The potential damage of incompetent or corrupt cops is huge, whereas the potential damage of overpaying them by 20% to get a little higher quality guys in the job is pretty damned low.
  38. I’ve created an online poll:

    Should Obama be sending 1500 more troops to Iraq, or 1500 troops to Ferguson, MO?

    Please vote. Thank you for your participation.

  39. ” Black babies’ bodies are being gunned down and you are worrying about Jamie Dimon? Think about race, not Chase!”

    You are getting pretty darned good at this. Have you thought about being a speech writer for the blacker politicians.

  40. @Steve Sailer
    These days, as the opportunity cost of golf keeps going up, a lot of guys try to convince themselves that golf has to be not fun.

    I’m sure it’s a lot of fun, kind of like fishing. Notice how it’s called “fishing”, and not “catching”.

  41. Speaking of Black Bodies, you know who loves them? White girls!

  42. Steve,

    “an upper crust black woman”

    Not many Punahous in Greensboro, NC.

    “Black babies’ bodies are being gunned down”

    Not so much. Aborted? Well, there’s a reason abortion “rights” are so popular among UMC white women who never haunted the inside of a PP.

  43. @Jefferson
    "OT but entertaining. “Women of color” respond to the hollaback video!

    http://www.themarysue.com/woman-of-color-harassment-video/"

    African American women in the comments section are the biggest liars on the internet. I guarantee the vast majority of Black women in the U.S are not being sexually harassed by White guys on a daily basis. If they were, it would be national headline news across the entire left wing media from MSNBC to The New York Times to Slate to The Huffington Post to CNN, etc.

    You would be seeing Black women going to The United Nations talking about how much they fear for their lives that they are going to be raped by them evil White males.

    Some White trash under class meth junkie in rural Georgia for example is not going to travel to the Chocolate city of Atlanta to look for Shaniquas to sexually harass and rape.

    Not even White underclass male criminals want to rape Black women, let alone middle and upper class White males who come from stable family homes.

    African American women in the comments section are the biggest liars on the internet. I guarantee the vast majority of Black women in the U.S are not being sexually harassed by White guys on a daily basis.

    My personal experience? Most black women will gladly jump a white guy’s bones in a minute if he is halfway nice to her — AND if her black friends never, ever find out.

    • Replies: @anon
    don't rape stats shed some light on this? If 0 to 10 whites rape blacks every year, how many whites can really be catcalling blacks? Not many, i would guess.
  44. @Jefferson
    "OT but entertaining. “Women of color” respond to the hollaback video!

    http://www.themarysue.com/woman-of-color-harassment-video/"

    African American women in the comments section are the biggest liars on the internet. I guarantee the vast majority of Black women in the U.S are not being sexually harassed by White guys on a daily basis. If they were, it would be national headline news across the entire left wing media from MSNBC to The New York Times to Slate to The Huffington Post to CNN, etc.

    You would be seeing Black women going to The United Nations talking about how much they fear for their lives that they are going to be raped by them evil White males.

    Some White trash under class meth junkie in rural Georgia for example is not going to travel to the Chocolate city of Atlanta to look for Shaniquas to sexually harass and rape.

    Not even White underclass male criminals want to rape Black women, let alone middle and upper class White males who come from stable family homes.

    Some White trash under class meth junkie in rural Georgia for example is not going to travel to the Chocolate city of Atlanta to look for Shaniquas to sexually harass and rape.

    Your insightful comment reminds me of the Atlanta child murder scare in the 1980′s, where most black leaders insisted that white KKK members must be coming to Atlanta’s southside black neighborhoods to commit the crimes. This was regardless of the fact that any non-law enforcement white man seen in the vast black suburbs of Atlanta’s southside would have stuck out like a sore thumb – in some of these areas where the killings happened you can (literally) travel any direction in a 5-6 mile radius and not see a single white resident outside of the extremely rare 90 year-old retiree still holding onto his/her home. Needless to say, the killings immediately stopped when black suspect Wayne Williams was arrested for one of the murders.

  45. @Paul Mendez
    African American women in the comments section are the biggest liars on the internet. I guarantee the vast majority of Black women in the U.S are not being sexually harassed by White guys on a daily basis.

    My personal experience? Most black women will gladly jump a white guy's bones in a minute if he is halfway nice to her -- AND if her black friends never, ever find out.

    don’t rape stats shed some light on this? If 0 to 10 whites rape blacks every year, how many whites can really be catcalling blacks? Not many, i would guess.

    • Replies: @NOTA
    Nope, that doesn't tell you much unless catcalls usually lead to rape. I don't even know where you'd begin to look for data on that.
  46. African American women in the comments section are the biggest liars on the internet. I guarantee the vast majority of Black women in the U.S are not being sexually harassed by White guys on a daily basis.

    Black women dream of getting compliments from any source that will provide them. Either way, they just know that they’re sexy and they’re not going to let their double-digit size stop them from wearing that tube top, tight pants and sandals with straps.

    And there’s few things on the planet that are as easy as getting a black woman into bed. They’re just giving it away, and they’re not accustomed to the brothers doing very much for them. During graduate school I once covered lunch at Denny’s for a chunky black female friend and she acted like I just paid off her car note.

    • Replies: @Paul Mendez
    "Black girls just wanna get fucked all night,
    I just don't have that much jam"


    -- Mick Jagger

    (How much longer before that song goes down the memory hole?)
  47. kyle,

    “Obama only chose her because her very name is meant to remind America of its racist past whenever she walks into the room.”

    Funny, I thought of this. Maybe this is his way of declaring a truce in the War on Coal.

  48. @Svigor

    Steve, you’re perpetuating the myth that cops are underpaid. NYPD officers make 90,000 dollars a year after 5 years, then it goes up incrementally from there. Then, they retire with a nice pension @ 55 or earlier.
     
    Every mention of police pensions should also mention that a decent pension is pretty much the only way to get decent people to be cops. I'm against juicy gov't pensions across the board (gov't should get less pay & bennies than equivalent private sector jobs, not more, otherwise conflict of interest - not to mention sound accounting practices), but police and firemen are the exception. There's just too much uncertainty and risk to the job, otherwise.

    Certain police fields like street patrol in high crime areas should have much better compensation, close to what security contractors make in Afghanistan. That is, if you want it done properly, by well trained professionals. Oops.
     
    Better yet, we should mandate that only blacks can police black neighborhoods. That way, they get the level of enforcement they deserve. And anyone who attacks the policy is waciss.

    Well, I’ve been absolutely 100% committed to a big software project the last couple of months, but since a batch-run was going, I happened to glance at Steve’s comment-thread and couldn’t allow this remark to pass unnoticed.

    I haven’t really investigated the issue of police/firefighter pay/pensions elsewhere in the country, but the figures here in Silicon Valley are just totally appalling. Every year or so, the newspapers are filled with big stories about the totally outrageous compensation numbers. For example, I think the *average* salary of a police officer is something like $180-200K per year, and after twenty years they can retire at something like 80% of their final salary. Fairly often, that “retirement” is immediately followed by their joining another police department, and the resulting double-dipping sometimes gets them up to $350K or more per year. And that’s for *ordinary* patrol officers.

    Now admittedly, Silicon Valley is an expensive place to live, but being a police officer hardly requires extraordinary skills and its just crazy for the local taxes paid by ordinary working-class people (who are the vast majority of S.V. residents) who might be earning $40K or $50K per year to be funding (often non-college-educated) public employees earning 5x or 10x that amount. And don’t forget that San Jose and the rest of S.V. have some of the lowest crime rates anywhere in America, so it’s hardly that dangerous a job. I think the situation is roughly comparable firefighters.

    The newspapers and opinion-leaders are always denouncing the outrage and it’s triggered various political efforts, but the situation tends to continue. That’s because the powerful business interests in SV—Apple, Google, etc.—are internationally-focused and pay no attention whatsoever to local politics, where the police/fire unions are extremely powerful and focused. Many of the other big union leaders are also totally disgusted by the situation, but don’t want to “break ranks” by picking a fight with the very influential public-safety unions.

    For police officers to earn $90K per year might be considered questionable. For them to sometimes earn $350K per year is just insane.

    Admittedly, the figures I’m quoting are just impressionistic based on reading the local newspapers and I haven’t verified them since it’s not my issue, but I’m sure anyone interested can quickly Google for much more solid information.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    And if you aren't quite Silicon Valley rich, the cops and the firemen can break the bank, as they did in Vallejo in the northeast San Francisco Bay Area, which was the first city to go bankrupt in latest downturn. Vallejo is a traditionally diverse place (Sly and the Family Stone are from Vallejo), but nobody has much Ibn Khaldun-style asibya except the police department and fire department.
    , @Bliss

    the figures here in Silicon Valley are just totally appalling. Every year or so, the newspapers are filled with big stories about the totally outrageous compensation numbers. For example, I think the *average* salary of a police officer is something like $180-200K per year, and after twenty years they can retire at something like 80% of their final salary. Fairly often, that “retirement” is immediately followed by their joining another police department, and the resulting double-dipping sometimes gets them up to $350K or more per year. And that’s for *ordinary* patrol officers.
     
    Whites disproportionately dominate the police and fire departments, and that probably explains why such outrageous over-compensation is not a major political issue for Republicans.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/03/us/the-race-gap-in-americas-police-departments.html

    http://www.theroot.com/blogs/blogging_the_beltway/2013/03/racism_and_the_new_york_fire_department.html


    Similarly, you don't see Republicans,other than some libertarians like Paul Ryan, raging against government subsidies for farmers, who are overwhelming whites of northwestern european extraction:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-09/farmers-boost-revenue-sowing-subsidies-for-crop-insurance.html

    Taxpayers Turn U.S. Farmers Into Fat Cats With Subsidies
    , @TWS
    Or the cities might just be thinking, "We're getting what we're paying for."

    Really good cops are rare and the job is a hell of a lot harder than you think. I guarantee that. $90,000 per year isn't bad if you're working in Detroit or Chicago but they're not paying for stormtroopers they're paying for highly skilled, well spoken, men who can deal with problems before they become problems and maintain polite, respectful and professional when Jane 'Councilwoman' is three sheets to the wind t-bones someone and starts throwing her weight around. They're paying for guys who will run towards gunfire or into a house fire but still look great in uniform and can stand up to a dirtbag defense attorney on the stand. They're paying for guys who if the google offices get protested can be effective while being part of the landscape and not the focus.

    To get the top 1% at any profession you will pay more. Hell they might even have some effective minorities and women working for them. That alone would be worth the pay.

    The retirement is ridiculous but they are matching federal retirement ages with Cali pay rates. Better to drop one or the other. Retirement at 25 years with 50% or 30 with 80% or sixty five.
    , @Twinkie

    Fairly often, that “retirement” is immediately followed by their joining another police department, and the resulting double-dipping sometimes gets them up to $350K or more per year. And that’s for *ordinary* patrol officers.
     
    I know some police officers who went to prestigious universities and have master's degrees as well. Some of their educational peers were puzzled at this career choice earlier on in life. No longer. These officers are all fairly high-ranking now (one made precinct commander in NYC in his 30's) and have the aforementioned six-figure income and cushy benefits/pensions. And most of them will have enough years in their late 40's to early 50's to retire on those hefty pensions and will be able to work as senior advisors/contractors making even more money.

    Most of them have little "street experience" compared to those ordinary officers who were not fast-tracked. Due to their education, they were selected by the top brass early on and had more desirable and frankly cushy gigs (including overseas assignments). Ordinary cops - the ones who risk getting shot by their own sidearms every time they do a traffic stop - are frequently contemptuous of them as the police equivalents of "the perfumed princes of the military."
  49. Based solely on what you’ve posted here Steve I don’t see any issues with this woman. I’m still worried we’re dealing with another Holder, but let’s find out more before jumping to conclusions.

    The cop who killed Eric Garner does deserve to be prosecuted. That’s a legitimate case of police brutality, unlike Ferguson.

    You can watch the whole incident here:

  50. Steve, the crack about black peoples’ lips is beneath you. That really is like something you’d hear at a George Wallace rally. You have a lot of interesting and important things to say, so don’t spoil it with that stuff.

    • Replies: @Big Bill

    Steve, the crack about black peoples’ lips is beneath you. That really is like something you’d hear at a George Wallace rally.
     
    Actually, "thin-lipped", "thick-lipped", "good-hair", "bad hair", "hi-yalla", and "Talented Tenth" are the sort of things you hear from black folks every day... at least when white folks aren't listening in. Only black folks don't call it "racism" for some reason. They like to call their race-grading "colorism".

    Dark-skinned folks know that the thin-lipped, good hair, hi-yalla, Talented-Tenth folks really don't want to be around them and don't care what happens to them (at least when the white folks aren't watching!). Hence black folk's term for the NAACP: the "National Association for the Advancement of Certain People". The Talented Tenth know that nothing is going to change in Ferguson (that's why they moved out years ago to go live with the white folks!), but Ferguson sure can do their careers a whole bunch of good. And Steve sees it, too.

    Steve is just "noticing" reality in his inimitable style. Nice try with the "more in sorrow than in anger" concern-troll, though.

    As a father of two mulatto children (both hi-yalla with good hair), with two black stepsons, three quadroon grandchildren and one black step-grandson, who is busting his ass to help them get ahead, I know whereof I speak.

    Meanwhile that thin-lipped, hi-yalla, Talented Tenth fool in the White House is preparing to legalize tens of millions of Mexicans and drive black folks' wages down even further, even as he sends Eric Holder and his other minions out to Ferguson to gin up more rage and rioting.

    So don't kid yourself. Miz Lynch is going to follow the same playbook because she belongs to the same "thin lipped" caste.

    , @Bert

    Steve, the crack about black peoples’ lips is beneath you. That really is like something you’d hear at a George Wallace rally. You have a lot of interesting and important things to say, so don’t spoil it with that stuff.
     
    Well aren't we a sensitive little snowflake.
  51. @Ron Unz
    Well, I've been absolutely 100% committed to a big software project the last couple of months, but since a batch-run was going, I happened to glance at Steve's comment-thread and couldn't allow this remark to pass unnoticed.

    I haven't really investigated the issue of police/firefighter pay/pensions elsewhere in the country, but the figures here in Silicon Valley are just totally appalling. Every year or so, the newspapers are filled with big stories about the totally outrageous compensation numbers. For example, I think the *average* salary of a police officer is something like $180-200K per year, and after twenty years they can retire at something like 80% of their final salary. Fairly often, that "retirement" is immediately followed by their joining another police department, and the resulting double-dipping sometimes gets them up to $350K or more per year. And that's for *ordinary* patrol officers.

    Now admittedly, Silicon Valley is an expensive place to live, but being a police officer hardly requires extraordinary skills and its just crazy for the local taxes paid by ordinary working-class people (who are the vast majority of S.V. residents) who might be earning $40K or $50K per year to be funding (often non-college-educated) public employees earning 5x or 10x that amount. And don't forget that San Jose and the rest of S.V. have some of the lowest crime rates anywhere in America, so it's hardly that dangerous a job. I think the situation is roughly comparable firefighters.

    The newspapers and opinion-leaders are always denouncing the outrage and it's triggered various political efforts, but the situation tends to continue. That's because the powerful business interests in SV---Apple, Google, etc.---are internationally-focused and pay no attention whatsoever to local politics, where the police/fire unions are extremely powerful and focused. Many of the other big union leaders are also totally disgusted by the situation, but don't want to "break ranks" by picking a fight with the very influential public-safety unions.

    For police officers to earn $90K per year might be considered questionable. For them to sometimes earn $350K per year is just insane.

    Admittedly, the figures I'm quoting are just impressionistic based on reading the local newspapers and I haven't verified them since it's not my issue, but I'm sure anyone interested can quickly Google for much more solid information.

    And if you aren’t quite Silicon Valley rich, the cops and the firemen can break the bank, as they did in Vallejo in the northeast San Francisco Bay Area, which was the first city to go bankrupt in latest downturn. Vallejo is a traditionally diverse place (Sly and the Family Stone are from Vallejo), but nobody has much Ibn Khaldun-style asibya except the police department and fire department.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    Exactly. The public pension situation really is ridiculous.

    Now Vallejo is a smallish, relatively poor city I think, but San Jose is just over $1M and is the urban heart of Silicon Valley, and there was concern their pension commitments would drive them into bankruptcy as well. That as the central issue that Mayor Chuck Reed, a moderate Democrat, focused on for most of the last eight years, including a failed effort at a statewide pension reform initiative and a local initiative that passed overwhelmingly but was mostly struck down by the courts. It was also the central issue of the current Mayor's race.

    One thing people don't realize is that because the major business interests in a place like Silicon Valley are so large and so powerful, all their attention is focused on national and international issues, by default leaving local politics largely in the hands of local interests, mostly the unions. So even though the media and the local "good government" types want to do something about some of these problems, with business groups uninterested, they just don't have the political muscle. From an economic perspective, Google couldn't care less whether police were paid $70K or $700K per year or whether the hourly minimum wage was $10 or $25.
  52. I saw her face and the news of Holder’s replacement and immediately thought- two more years of “My People”. Holder has fouled up the position so much, they have to clean house for Hillary to have any chance of being elected in 2016, but they have no intentions of actually stopping the behavior that fouled up the position in the first place.

  53. The Eric Garner case was caught on video, and by just about any standards the police were dead wrong. There is no room for doubt.

  54. Would it be racist of us to ask if Obama’s giving the white man his “fair share” of nominations/appointments, being that white males are still ~37% of the US population?

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    Would it be racist of us to ask if Obama’s giving the white man his “fair share” of nominations/appointments, being that white males are still ~37% of the US population?
     
    27-30%.
  55. “He’s trying to stick it to the White Man once again”

    -The liberals are past that- the last few decades, they’ve been sticking it IN the white man.

    • Replies: @D. K.
    That is the obvious way to determine whether or not we are done!
  56. @Jason Roberts
    Steve, do you think Obama's love of golf is real or phony?

    Real. If you’ve every played golf, you’d know you can’t fake your obsession with it. People who don’t like golf can’t stand to stick around and play “fake it.”

  57. The talking heads on tv say that Ms. Lynch and Obama are not friends, have no real personal relationship, unlike POTUS’ relationship with Holder.

    Perhaps she has good taste?

  58. @Camlost

    African American women in the comments section are the biggest liars on the internet. I guarantee the vast majority of Black women in the U.S are not being sexually harassed by White guys on a daily basis.
     
    Black women dream of getting compliments from any source that will provide them. Either way, they just know that they're sexy and they're not going to let their double-digit size stop them from wearing that tube top, tight pants and sandals with straps.

    And there's few things on the planet that are as easy as getting a black woman into bed. They're just giving it away, and they're not accustomed to the brothers doing very much for them. During graduate school I once covered lunch at Denny's for a chunky black female friend and she acted like I just paid off her car note.

    “Black girls just wanna get fucked all night,
    I just don’t have that much jam”

    – Mick Jagger

    (How much longer before that song goes down the memory hole?)

  59. “And don’t forget that San Jose and the rest of S.V. have some of the lowest crime rates anywhere in America, so it’s hardly that dangerous a job. I think the situation is roughly comparable firefighters.”

    San Jose has no Black neighborhoods, so that would explain it having one of the lowest crime rates in the country for a big American city.

    San Jose is an anomaly among big American cities, because most big cities in the U.S have a Negro section of town. Los Angeles has South Central, Chicago has the Southside, Miami has Opa Locka, Orlando has Pine Hills, New York City has Harlem, San Francisco has Hunter’s Point, etc.

    San Jose has nothing similar to that.

  60. UPDATE:::: a new catcalling video, this time a pretty white girl in Sydney. As in the Auckland video, no catcalls. Hmm, is anyone beginning to see a pattern?

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/when-it-comes-to-catcalling-sydneysiders-are-a-far-cry-from-the-new-gawkers/story-fni0cx12-1227110190297

  61. @Steve Sailer
    And if you aren't quite Silicon Valley rich, the cops and the firemen can break the bank, as they did in Vallejo in the northeast San Francisco Bay Area, which was the first city to go bankrupt in latest downturn. Vallejo is a traditionally diverse place (Sly and the Family Stone are from Vallejo), but nobody has much Ibn Khaldun-style asibya except the police department and fire department.

    Exactly. The public pension situation really is ridiculous.

    Now Vallejo is a smallish, relatively poor city I think, but San Jose is just over $1M and is the urban heart of Silicon Valley, and there was concern their pension commitments would drive them into bankruptcy as well. That as the central issue that Mayor Chuck Reed, a moderate Democrat, focused on for most of the last eight years, including a failed effort at a statewide pension reform initiative and a local initiative that passed overwhelmingly but was mostly struck down by the courts. It was also the central issue of the current Mayor’s race.

    One thing people don’t realize is that because the major business interests in a place like Silicon Valley are so large and so powerful, all their attention is focused on national and international issues, by default leaving local politics largely in the hands of local interests, mostly the unions. So even though the media and the local “good government” types want to do something about some of these problems, with business groups uninterested, they just don’t have the political muscle. From an economic perspective, Google couldn’t care less whether police were paid $70K or $700K per year or whether the hourly minimum wage was $10 or $25.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Ron, do you have any advice for how a software engineer in California who leans (well past) Steve-ward might find a job where he wouldn't get fired if his employers knew his views?
    , @Ezra
    I imagine that, perhaps by nature, internet companies may even be less likely to care about the locality.
    Sure, today, Facebook and Google need a big physical presence in the valley. But maybe some time in 10 or 20 years, when those pensions are coming due, those companies technologies having long since matured, could easily move that presence to Texas or Colorado or who knows.

    On the other hand, the Big 3 were as tied down by heavy physical plant investment as any companies in history and that wasn't enough to stop them from fiddling while Detroit went down the drain.
  62. @Rudolphus James
    "He’s trying to stick it to the White Man once again"

    -The liberals are past that- the last few decades, they've been sticking it IN the white man.

    That is the obvious way to determine whether or not we are done!

  63. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/392266/more-non-white-voters-gop-john-fund”

    According to this article, the GOP won 52 percent of the Native American vote in this year’s midterm elections.

    I bet the majority of those that voted for the GOP are one drop rule “Native Americans” with Caucasian phenotypes.

    I can not see that many actual Native American/Mestizo phenotype people voting GOP.

    • Replies: @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "According to this article, the GOP won 52 percent of the Native American vote in this year’s midterm elections.

    I bet the majority of those that voted for the GOP are one drop rule “Native Americans” with Caucasian phenotypes.

    I can not see that many actual Native American/Mestizo phenotype people voting GOP."

    You are probably onto something there, however, I reside in South Dakota, and on those rare occasions where I speak to Native American men about politics, I find a lot of them are 2nd Amendment guys who dig Ron Paul's vibe. Their women folk tend to be pretty orthodox Democrats, from what I gather. Of course, the Reservation counties all vote deep blue, but then a lot of these Ron Paul-admiring Native men probably aren't real big on voter turn-out (some of them even like Mitt Romney, and our own Senator John Thune, for that matter). The tribal machine cranks out the Democratic vote on lands they control, but Natives who hold down full-time jobs out here in the real world (outside the Federally-subsidized Reservation, that is), don't just vote like Blacks & Jewish Manhattanites. They're a different breed, with their own dynamics.
  64. @Ron Unz
    Exactly. The public pension situation really is ridiculous.

    Now Vallejo is a smallish, relatively poor city I think, but San Jose is just over $1M and is the urban heart of Silicon Valley, and there was concern their pension commitments would drive them into bankruptcy as well. That as the central issue that Mayor Chuck Reed, a moderate Democrat, focused on for most of the last eight years, including a failed effort at a statewide pension reform initiative and a local initiative that passed overwhelmingly but was mostly struck down by the courts. It was also the central issue of the current Mayor's race.

    One thing people don't realize is that because the major business interests in a place like Silicon Valley are so large and so powerful, all their attention is focused on national and international issues, by default leaving local politics largely in the hands of local interests, mostly the unions. So even though the media and the local "good government" types want to do something about some of these problems, with business groups uninterested, they just don't have the political muscle. From an economic perspective, Google couldn't care less whether police were paid $70K or $700K per year or whether the hourly minimum wage was $10 or $25.

    Ron, do you have any advice for how a software engineer in California who leans (well past) Steve-ward might find a job where he wouldn’t get fired if his employers knew his views?

  65. “UPDATE:::: a new catcalling video, this time a pretty white girl in Sydney. As in the Auckland video, no catcalls. Hmm, is anyone beginning to see a pattern?”

    Stop noticing things you racist. Don’t you know White males don’t do their catcalling and sexual harassing on the sidewalks of the streets they do it at the New York Stock Exchange building, golf country clubs, Martha’s Vineyard, international airport lounges/terminals for first class passengers and any other place full of rich White male privilege.

    Catcalling on the streets is for Black and Brown peasants who are disenfranchised and discriminated against by the White supremacist system.

  66. The biggest job of Holder’s successor will be covering up Holder’s crimes.

    Lynch will be good for that. As a “Democrat woman of color” she will be triple-off-limits to criticism. Anyone who complains about her work in office will be a sexist, racist, extremist. Totally immune in the mainstream media, she will use her experience at letting financial criminals get away to manage the next two years of Holder/Clinton cover-up.

    She’s way better than Perez for “keeping lines of communication open” between the White House and Manhattan south of 110th.

  67. @Ron Unz
    Exactly. The public pension situation really is ridiculous.

    Now Vallejo is a smallish, relatively poor city I think, but San Jose is just over $1M and is the urban heart of Silicon Valley, and there was concern their pension commitments would drive them into bankruptcy as well. That as the central issue that Mayor Chuck Reed, a moderate Democrat, focused on for most of the last eight years, including a failed effort at a statewide pension reform initiative and a local initiative that passed overwhelmingly but was mostly struck down by the courts. It was also the central issue of the current Mayor's race.

    One thing people don't realize is that because the major business interests in a place like Silicon Valley are so large and so powerful, all their attention is focused on national and international issues, by default leaving local politics largely in the hands of local interests, mostly the unions. So even though the media and the local "good government" types want to do something about some of these problems, with business groups uninterested, they just don't have the political muscle. From an economic perspective, Google couldn't care less whether police were paid $70K or $700K per year or whether the hourly minimum wage was $10 or $25.

    I imagine that, perhaps by nature, internet companies may even be less likely to care about the locality.
    Sure, today, Facebook and Google need a big physical presence in the valley. But maybe some time in 10 or 20 years, when those pensions are coming due, those companies technologies having long since matured, could easily move that presence to Texas or Colorado or who knows.

    On the other hand, the Big 3 were as tied down by heavy physical plant investment as any companies in history and that wasn’t enough to stop them from fiddling while Detroit went down the drain.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    "But maybe some time in 10 or 20 years, when those pensions are coming due,"

    That time is now. You think it would have focused the attention of San Jose's mayor like it did, if the crisis weren't already upon us?

    As for commitment to "the community", Facebook's and Google's lovely policy of providing free food on-site means that the areas immediately off their campuses are startlingly bereft of the restaurants and shops that would otherwise service the lunchtime crowds.
  68. @Jefferson
    Michael Jordan said Hussein Obama sucks at golf. So he is a lousy golf player just like he is a lousy president.

    “Michael Jordan said Hussein Obama sucks at golf. So he is a lousy golf player just like he is a lousy president.”

    Is being good at golf correlated with IQ?

    We ask the hard questions around here!

  69. “That really is like something you’d hear at a George Wallace rally. You have a lot of interesting and important things to say, so don’t spoil it with that stuff.”

    We don’t need to PC weenie here. George Wallace rally? Sure, yeah, you’re the voice of reason.

  70. Another black? Maybe it only proves that the token president has nothing left to lose.

  71. @Ron Unz
    Well, I've been absolutely 100% committed to a big software project the last couple of months, but since a batch-run was going, I happened to glance at Steve's comment-thread and couldn't allow this remark to pass unnoticed.

    I haven't really investigated the issue of police/firefighter pay/pensions elsewhere in the country, but the figures here in Silicon Valley are just totally appalling. Every year or so, the newspapers are filled with big stories about the totally outrageous compensation numbers. For example, I think the *average* salary of a police officer is something like $180-200K per year, and after twenty years they can retire at something like 80% of their final salary. Fairly often, that "retirement" is immediately followed by their joining another police department, and the resulting double-dipping sometimes gets them up to $350K or more per year. And that's for *ordinary* patrol officers.

    Now admittedly, Silicon Valley is an expensive place to live, but being a police officer hardly requires extraordinary skills and its just crazy for the local taxes paid by ordinary working-class people (who are the vast majority of S.V. residents) who might be earning $40K or $50K per year to be funding (often non-college-educated) public employees earning 5x or 10x that amount. And don't forget that San Jose and the rest of S.V. have some of the lowest crime rates anywhere in America, so it's hardly that dangerous a job. I think the situation is roughly comparable firefighters.

    The newspapers and opinion-leaders are always denouncing the outrage and it's triggered various political efforts, but the situation tends to continue. That's because the powerful business interests in SV---Apple, Google, etc.---are internationally-focused and pay no attention whatsoever to local politics, where the police/fire unions are extremely powerful and focused. Many of the other big union leaders are also totally disgusted by the situation, but don't want to "break ranks" by picking a fight with the very influential public-safety unions.

    For police officers to earn $90K per year might be considered questionable. For them to sometimes earn $350K per year is just insane.

    Admittedly, the figures I'm quoting are just impressionistic based on reading the local newspapers and I haven't verified them since it's not my issue, but I'm sure anyone interested can quickly Google for much more solid information.

    the figures here in Silicon Valley are just totally appalling. Every year or so, the newspapers are filled with big stories about the totally outrageous compensation numbers. For example, I think the *average* salary of a police officer is something like $180-200K per year, and after twenty years they can retire at something like 80% of their final salary. Fairly often, that “retirement” is immediately followed by their joining another police department, and the resulting double-dipping sometimes gets them up to $350K or more per year. And that’s for *ordinary* patrol officers.

    Whites disproportionately dominate the police and fire departments, and that probably explains why such outrageous over-compensation is not a major political issue for Republicans.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/03/us/the-race-gap-in-americas-police-departments.html

    http://www.theroot.com/blogs/blogging_the_beltway/2013/03/racism_and_the_new_york_fire_department.html

    Similarly, you don’t see Republicans,other than some libertarians like Paul Ryan, raging against government subsidies for farmers, who are overwhelming whites of northwestern european extraction:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-09/farmers-boost-revenue-sowing-subsidies-for-crop-insurance.html

    Taxpayers Turn U.S. Farmers Into Fat Cats With Subsidies

    • Replies: @TWS
    Yes Bliss, it's because they're white. You are as reliably wrong as a broken weather vane. Don't ever stop keep flying those flags.
  72. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Regarding this subject of police salaries and benefits, it was realized that cops had to have a good level of salary and benefits so as to induce them to feel it’s worth hanging on to. Otherwise we go back to the bad old days of police extortion of citizens and businesses, police being in cahoots with various crime rings and so on. People forget how crooked many cops used to be a long time ago. Police crookedness nowadays, when uncovered, shocks people who are too young to remember all the really bad things that went on years ago.

    • Replies: @Twinkie

    Regarding this subject of police salaries and benefits, it was realized that cops had to have a good level of salary and benefits so as to induce them to feel it’s worth hanging on to. Otherwise we go back to the bad old days of police extortion of citizens and businesses, police being in cahoots with various crime rings and so on. People forget how crooked many cops used to be a long time ago. Police crookedness nowadays, when uncovered, shocks people who are too young to remember all the really bad things that went on years ago.
     
    I like your idea. We can get rid of all official corruption by simply enriching officials and public workers and bankrupting the country.

    Why don't we just skip a step and simply pay a lot of money to criminals? Then they won't have a reason to rob, steal, and defraud and we won't even need to pay the middlemen (i.e. corrupt cops).

  73. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux
    Putin has some rather ......odd views on the Hitler-Stalin pact:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/vladimir-putin/11213255/Vladimir-Putin-says-there-was-nothing-wrong-with-Soviet-Unions-pact-with-Adolf-Hitlers-Nazi-Germany.html

    Putin has some rather ……odd views on the Hitler-Stalin pact

    Putin=Badthink. Then again, Winston Churchill=Badthink, too, since he said the same thing.

    In fact, it was Goodthink for pretty much everybody … right up until the pact broke down. Party line, in fact. Ask Pete Seeger and his tribe. They wrote an album about it.

  74. @Ezra
    I imagine that, perhaps by nature, internet companies may even be less likely to care about the locality.
    Sure, today, Facebook and Google need a big physical presence in the valley. But maybe some time in 10 or 20 years, when those pensions are coming due, those companies technologies having long since matured, could easily move that presence to Texas or Colorado or who knows.

    On the other hand, the Big 3 were as tied down by heavy physical plant investment as any companies in history and that wasn't enough to stop them from fiddling while Detroit went down the drain.

    “But maybe some time in 10 or 20 years, when those pensions are coming due,”

    That time is now. You think it would have focused the attention of San Jose’s mayor like it did, if the crisis weren’t already upon us?

    As for commitment to “the community”, Facebook’s and Google’s lovely policy of providing free food on-site means that the areas immediately off their campuses are startlingly bereft of the restaurants and shops that would otherwise service the lunchtime crowds.

  75. @syonredux
    Putin has some rather ......odd views on the Hitler-Stalin pact:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/vladimir-putin/11213255/Vladimir-Putin-says-there-was-nothing-wrong-with-Soviet-Unions-pact-with-Adolf-Hitlers-Nazi-Germany.html

    Steve, 99.9% of blacks who get accepted to Harvard are 100% affirmative action, so this woman graduated from “Harvard.” Barry Obama is “president” and Sonia Sotomayor is a “justice.”

  76. Lot, that Michelle Obama stat is a google search away from being confirmed. Birther fact my ass.

  77. Big Bill [AKA "Mr. Bill"] says:
    @Observer
    Steve, the crack about black peoples' lips is beneath you. That really is like something you'd hear at a George Wallace rally. You have a lot of interesting and important things to say, so don't spoil it with that stuff.

    Steve, the crack about black peoples’ lips is beneath you. That really is like something you’d hear at a George Wallace rally.

    Actually, “thin-lipped”, “thick-lipped”, “good-hair”, “bad hair”, “hi-yalla”, and “Talented Tenth” are the sort of things you hear from black folks every day… at least when white folks aren’t listening in. Only black folks don’t call it “racism” for some reason. They like to call their race-grading “colorism”.

    Dark-skinned folks know that the thin-lipped, good hair, hi-yalla, Talented-Tenth folks really don’t want to be around them and don’t care what happens to them (at least when the white folks aren’t watching!). Hence black folk’s term for the NAACP: the “National Association for the Advancement of Certain People”. The Talented Tenth know that nothing is going to change in Ferguson (that’s why they moved out years ago to go live with the white folks!), but Ferguson sure can do their careers a whole bunch of good. And Steve sees it, too.

    Steve is just “noticing” reality in his inimitable style. Nice try with the “more in sorrow than in anger” concern-troll, though.

    As a father of two mulatto children (both hi-yalla with good hair), with two black stepsons, three quadroon grandchildren and one black step-grandson, who is busting his ass to help them get ahead, I know whereof I speak.

    Meanwhile that thin-lipped, hi-yalla, Talented Tenth fool in the White House is preparing to legalize tens of millions of Mexicans and drive black folks’ wages down even further, even as he sends Eric Holder and his other minions out to Ferguson to gin up more rage and rioting.

    So don’t kid yourself. Miz Lynch is going to follow the same playbook because she belongs to the same “thin lipped” caste.

  78. @Flip
    He's trying to stick it to the White Man once again. The Republicans should refuse to confirm.

    “The Republicans should refuse to confirm.”

    Yeah! That will happen

  79. @syonredux
    Putin has some rather ......odd views on the Hitler-Stalin pact:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/vladimir-putin/11213255/Vladimir-Putin-says-there-was-nothing-wrong-with-Soviet-Unions-pact-with-Adolf-Hitlers-Nazi-Germany.html

    You seem a little confused!

  80. @e
    Word has it the grand jury "no bill" will come down tonight in Ferguson. Helicopters reportedly headed there and shop owners warned to close up, board up.

    On the other hand, news of big storm to hit this weekend might make officials postpone the announcement to keep the ferals, who are headed there from parts far and wide, inside. No fun lootin' and hatin' in the cold, after all.

    Let the games begin.

  81. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    And remember, in the Democratic party currently structured this nominee is most likely one of the more moderate names that he could nominate. Probably the compromise between leftist and far leftist.

    One positive note is that it is only for two years.

    “One positive note is that it is only for two years.”

    Hilary will probably keep her on.

  82. The black women being groped in the comments, in the fallout from the street harassment situation, is the perfect storm for some black woman ego embodiment, via internet storytime.

    Black girls, big beautiful African American women of color, plus the Narrative, and anonymous internet commenting. What could go wrong?

    Those stories, does anyone believe them? They are not believable for about ten different reasons, but most of all for that black chicks are kinda scary. In the real world, who doubts for a second that a typical metro scene, a bus ride the mall wherever, that groping a black chick is gonna lead to some serious bad. Racists might call what would follow a “chimp out”; blacks themselves use the phrase “going all ape.”

    A female believing that she is being groped and assaulted, against her will, and that it happens all the time, and if that is not enough, it’s rich white guys in suits holding her down.

    It is as if that lie serves a purpose.

    • Replies: @Nota
    Testimonials from people who have a political or tribal reason to skew the debate a certain direction aren't too informative, but neither is your "I don't buy it" reaction. I mean, for all I know, black women are routinely having guys walk up and touch their hair or whatever. How the hell would I know? *I* can't imagine walking up and touching some strange woman's hair, but then I also can't imagine walking up and touching some pregnant woman's belly, and I've heard a *lot* of women comment on how common that is.

    It would be interesting to see survey data on this, asking lots of women how often they get catcalled or groped or whaetver, where, and by whom. Split that data out by the race and age and other properties of the women responding, and you'd have enough data to have an intelligent conversation about it.
  83. “…. From 2003 to 2005, she was a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.[6]”

    But of course. An indispensible credential for a true tribune of the people.

  84. @Bliss

    the figures here in Silicon Valley are just totally appalling. Every year or so, the newspapers are filled with big stories about the totally outrageous compensation numbers. For example, I think the *average* salary of a police officer is something like $180-200K per year, and after twenty years they can retire at something like 80% of their final salary. Fairly often, that “retirement” is immediately followed by their joining another police department, and the resulting double-dipping sometimes gets them up to $350K or more per year. And that’s for *ordinary* patrol officers.
     
    Whites disproportionately dominate the police and fire departments, and that probably explains why such outrageous over-compensation is not a major political issue for Republicans.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/03/us/the-race-gap-in-americas-police-departments.html

    http://www.theroot.com/blogs/blogging_the_beltway/2013/03/racism_and_the_new_york_fire_department.html


    Similarly, you don't see Republicans,other than some libertarians like Paul Ryan, raging against government subsidies for farmers, who are overwhelming whites of northwestern european extraction:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-09/farmers-boost-revenue-sowing-subsidies-for-crop-insurance.html

    Taxpayers Turn U.S. Farmers Into Fat Cats With Subsidies

    Yes Bliss, it’s because they’re white. You are as reliably wrong as a broken weather vane. Don’t ever stop keep flying those flags.

  85. @Ron Unz
    Well, I've been absolutely 100% committed to a big software project the last couple of months, but since a batch-run was going, I happened to glance at Steve's comment-thread and couldn't allow this remark to pass unnoticed.

    I haven't really investigated the issue of police/firefighter pay/pensions elsewhere in the country, but the figures here in Silicon Valley are just totally appalling. Every year or so, the newspapers are filled with big stories about the totally outrageous compensation numbers. For example, I think the *average* salary of a police officer is something like $180-200K per year, and after twenty years they can retire at something like 80% of their final salary. Fairly often, that "retirement" is immediately followed by their joining another police department, and the resulting double-dipping sometimes gets them up to $350K or more per year. And that's for *ordinary* patrol officers.

    Now admittedly, Silicon Valley is an expensive place to live, but being a police officer hardly requires extraordinary skills and its just crazy for the local taxes paid by ordinary working-class people (who are the vast majority of S.V. residents) who might be earning $40K or $50K per year to be funding (often non-college-educated) public employees earning 5x or 10x that amount. And don't forget that San Jose and the rest of S.V. have some of the lowest crime rates anywhere in America, so it's hardly that dangerous a job. I think the situation is roughly comparable firefighters.

    The newspapers and opinion-leaders are always denouncing the outrage and it's triggered various political efforts, but the situation tends to continue. That's because the powerful business interests in SV---Apple, Google, etc.---are internationally-focused and pay no attention whatsoever to local politics, where the police/fire unions are extremely powerful and focused. Many of the other big union leaders are also totally disgusted by the situation, but don't want to "break ranks" by picking a fight with the very influential public-safety unions.

    For police officers to earn $90K per year might be considered questionable. For them to sometimes earn $350K per year is just insane.

    Admittedly, the figures I'm quoting are just impressionistic based on reading the local newspapers and I haven't verified them since it's not my issue, but I'm sure anyone interested can quickly Google for much more solid information.

    Or the cities might just be thinking, “We’re getting what we’re paying for.”

    Really good cops are rare and the job is a hell of a lot harder than you think. I guarantee that. $90,000 per year isn’t bad if you’re working in Detroit or Chicago but they’re not paying for stormtroopers they’re paying for highly skilled, well spoken, men who can deal with problems before they become problems and maintain polite, respectful and professional when Jane ‘Councilwoman’ is three sheets to the wind t-bones someone and starts throwing her weight around. They’re paying for guys who will run towards gunfire or into a house fire but still look great in uniform and can stand up to a dirtbag defense attorney on the stand. They’re paying for guys who if the google offices get protested can be effective while being part of the landscape and not the focus.

    To get the top 1% at any profession you will pay more. Hell they might even have some effective minorities and women working for them. That alone would be worth the pay.

    The retirement is ridiculous but they are matching federal retirement ages with Cali pay rates. Better to drop one or the other. Retirement at 25 years with 50% or 30 with 80% or sixty five.

  86. @Observer
    Steve, the crack about black peoples' lips is beneath you. That really is like something you'd hear at a George Wallace rally. You have a lot of interesting and important things to say, so don't spoil it with that stuff.

    Steve, the crack about black peoples’ lips is beneath you. That really is like something you’d hear at a George Wallace rally. You have a lot of interesting and important things to say, so don’t spoil it with that stuff.

    Well aren’t we a sensitive little snowflake.

  87. The worse the better I suppose. IF (and I hope this is true) there is no hope for ambitious White people to become: President, Attorney General, Governors, Mayors, Senators, Congressmen, etc., the more the White elite turns to our side instead of vibrancy.

    The game played since JFK has been mass Black votes in exchange for White elite leadership — the Kennedy Model. Barack Obama for better and worse broke that model. Why provide votes if there is not a Black leader? Raking off the goodies and distributing them downwards? For the Talented Tenth, a lock on all political leadership positions. For the Michael Browns, the right of droit du seignor, the ability to wreak physical punishment including death on any White or non-Black person for any reason at all, with no real legal retribution possible. That’s the whole meaning of Ferguson and Trayvon Martin — that Black people have the right to beat and/or kill any non-Black they find annoying. See Damien “Football” Williams and Reginald Denny.

    Such spoils are cheap — no real money is involved and the Talented Tenth don’t have to give up positions or share cash with the Black underclass. But the ability to do whatever you like to non-Blacks is not a trivial thing, which explains Black support for Obama even though economically Black wages are in free-fall downwards under immigration labor surplus pressure; and demographically Blacks are pushed out by the Hispanic immavasion tidal wave.

    It would be best if there were NO NONE NADA Whites at all in any leadership positions at all, to promote White unity. I don’t bet on human altruism, group-orientation, and the like for the survival of the historic American nation because those traits are totally lacking in our elites. Selfishness, self-interest, short-sightedness, yes I’ll bet on those traits every time in the elite.

  88. @Jefferson
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/392266/more-non-white-voters-gop-john-fund"

    According to this article, the GOP won 52 percent of the Native American vote in this year's midterm elections.

    I bet the majority of those that voted for the GOP are one drop rule "Native Americans" with Caucasian phenotypes.

    I can not see that many actual Native American/Mestizo phenotype people voting GOP.

    “According to this article, the GOP won 52 percent of the Native American vote in this year’s midterm elections.

    I bet the majority of those that voted for the GOP are one drop rule “Native Americans” with Caucasian phenotypes.

    I can not see that many actual Native American/Mestizo phenotype people voting GOP.”

    You are probably onto something there, however, I reside in South Dakota, and on those rare occasions where I speak to Native American men about politics, I find a lot of them are 2nd Amendment guys who dig Ron Paul’s vibe. Their women folk tend to be pretty orthodox Democrats, from what I gather. Of course, the Reservation counties all vote deep blue, but then a lot of these Ron Paul-admiring Native men probably aren’t real big on voter turn-out (some of them even like Mitt Romney, and our own Senator John Thune, for that matter). The tribal machine cranks out the Democratic vote on lands they control, but Natives who hold down full-time jobs out here in the real world (outside the Federally-subsidized Reservation, that is), don’t just vote like Blacks & Jewish Manhattanites. They’re a different breed, with their own dynamics.

  89. @Ron Unz
    Well, I've been absolutely 100% committed to a big software project the last couple of months, but since a batch-run was going, I happened to glance at Steve's comment-thread and couldn't allow this remark to pass unnoticed.

    I haven't really investigated the issue of police/firefighter pay/pensions elsewhere in the country, but the figures here in Silicon Valley are just totally appalling. Every year or so, the newspapers are filled with big stories about the totally outrageous compensation numbers. For example, I think the *average* salary of a police officer is something like $180-200K per year, and after twenty years they can retire at something like 80% of their final salary. Fairly often, that "retirement" is immediately followed by their joining another police department, and the resulting double-dipping sometimes gets them up to $350K or more per year. And that's for *ordinary* patrol officers.

    Now admittedly, Silicon Valley is an expensive place to live, but being a police officer hardly requires extraordinary skills and its just crazy for the local taxes paid by ordinary working-class people (who are the vast majority of S.V. residents) who might be earning $40K or $50K per year to be funding (often non-college-educated) public employees earning 5x or 10x that amount. And don't forget that San Jose and the rest of S.V. have some of the lowest crime rates anywhere in America, so it's hardly that dangerous a job. I think the situation is roughly comparable firefighters.

    The newspapers and opinion-leaders are always denouncing the outrage and it's triggered various political efforts, but the situation tends to continue. That's because the powerful business interests in SV---Apple, Google, etc.---are internationally-focused and pay no attention whatsoever to local politics, where the police/fire unions are extremely powerful and focused. Many of the other big union leaders are also totally disgusted by the situation, but don't want to "break ranks" by picking a fight with the very influential public-safety unions.

    For police officers to earn $90K per year might be considered questionable. For them to sometimes earn $350K per year is just insane.

    Admittedly, the figures I'm quoting are just impressionistic based on reading the local newspapers and I haven't verified them since it's not my issue, but I'm sure anyone interested can quickly Google for much more solid information.

    Fairly often, that “retirement” is immediately followed by their joining another police department, and the resulting double-dipping sometimes gets them up to $350K or more per year. And that’s for *ordinary* patrol officers.

    I know some police officers who went to prestigious universities and have master’s degrees as well. Some of their educational peers were puzzled at this career choice earlier on in life. No longer. These officers are all fairly high-ranking now (one made precinct commander in NYC in his 30′s) and have the aforementioned six-figure income and cushy benefits/pensions. And most of them will have enough years in their late 40′s to early 50′s to retire on those hefty pensions and will be able to work as senior advisors/contractors making even more money.

    Most of them have little “street experience” compared to those ordinary officers who were not fast-tracked. Due to their education, they were selected by the top brass early on and had more desirable and frankly cushy gigs (including overseas assignments). Ordinary cops – the ones who risk getting shot by their own sidearms every time they do a traffic stop – are frequently contemptuous of them as the police equivalents of “the perfumed princes of the military.”

  90. Regarding Lynch, I think the President missed a golden opportunity. Instead of going through a whole cycle (black male, black female…), he could have simply picked a black transgender illegal alien Harvard Law grad.

  91. As U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Loretta Lynch was responsible for going after serious violent crime. Nevertheless her Wikipedia entry exclusively highlights her prosecution of high profile cases of white cops accused of civil rights abuses of blacks, eg Abner Luima, Eric Garner, and so on as well as cases of corruption among bankers and Republican politicians.

    Of course the article supports the official narrative that New York is a generally tranquil place with no gang-bangers of color, whose innocent NAM citizens suffer a reign of terror under abusive white cops and corrupt Republicans. Maybe the Democratic legislators who dominate there, just have such a lock on their local districts that they can afford to be squeaky clean because their seats are safe and they don’t need to resort to corruption in order to hold on to power or realize their bleedy-heart vision of government.

    Of course…

  92. @anonymous
    Regarding this subject of police salaries and benefits, it was realized that cops had to have a good level of salary and benefits so as to induce them to feel it's worth hanging on to. Otherwise we go back to the bad old days of police extortion of citizens and businesses, police being in cahoots with various crime rings and so on. People forget how crooked many cops used to be a long time ago. Police crookedness nowadays, when uncovered, shocks people who are too young to remember all the really bad things that went on years ago.

    Regarding this subject of police salaries and benefits, it was realized that cops had to have a good level of salary and benefits so as to induce them to feel it’s worth hanging on to. Otherwise we go back to the bad old days of police extortion of citizens and businesses, police being in cahoots with various crime rings and so on. People forget how crooked many cops used to be a long time ago. Police crookedness nowadays, when uncovered, shocks people who are too young to remember all the really bad things that went on years ago.

    I like your idea. We can get rid of all official corruption by simply enriching officials and public workers and bankrupting the country.

    Why don’t we just skip a step and simply pay a lot of money to criminals? Then they won’t have a reason to rob, steal, and defraud and we won’t even need to pay the middlemen (i.e. corrupt cops).

  93. As U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Loretta Lynch was responsible for going after serious violent crime. Nevertheless her Wikipedia entry exclusively highlights her prosecution of high profile cases of white cops accused of civil rights abuses of blacks, eg Abner Luima, Eric Garner, and so on as well as cases of corruption among bankers and Republican politicians.

    Of course the article supports the official narrative that New York is a generally tranquil place with no gang-bangers of color, whose innocent NAM citizens suffer a reign of terror under abusive white cops and corrupt Republicans. Maybe the Democratic legislators who dominate there, just have such a lock on their local districts that they can afford to be squeaky clean because their seats are safe and they don’t need to resort to corruption in order to hold on to power or realize their bleedy-heart vision of government.

    Of course…

    Does anybody have any details of Ms. Lynch’s record prosecuting perhaps more stereotypical examples of violent criminals?

  94. @Tony
    She has a pretty low SMV

    If the only thing you notice about a future attorney general is how hot she is(n’t), you may be missing the point….

  95. @Svigor

    Steve, you’re perpetuating the myth that cops are underpaid. NYPD officers make 90,000 dollars a year after 5 years, then it goes up incrementally from there. Then, they retire with a nice pension @ 55 or earlier.
     
    Every mention of police pensions should also mention that a decent pension is pretty much the only way to get decent people to be cops. I'm against juicy gov't pensions across the board (gov't should get less pay & bennies than equivalent private sector jobs, not more, otherwise conflict of interest - not to mention sound accounting practices), but police and firemen are the exception. There's just too much uncertainty and risk to the job, otherwise.

    Certain police fields like street patrol in high crime areas should have much better compensation, close to what security contractors make in Afghanistan. That is, if you want it done properly, by well trained professionals. Oops.
     
    Better yet, we should mandate that only blacks can police black neighborhoods. That way, they get the level of enforcement they deserve. And anyone who attacks the policy is waciss.

    Also, obsessing about the risk of overpaying the cops seems a little messed-up. The potential damage of incompetent or corrupt cops is huge, whereas the potential damage of overpaying them by 20% to get a little higher quality guys in the job is pretty damned low.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    Seeing how veterans and minorities are given automatic preference, the pay will have little to do with the "quality".
  96. @anon
    don't rape stats shed some light on this? If 0 to 10 whites rape blacks every year, how many whites can really be catcalling blacks? Not many, i would guess.

    Nope, that doesn’t tell you much unless catcalls usually lead to rape. I don’t even know where you’d begin to look for data on that.

  97. @Camlost
    Would it be racist of us to ask if Obama's giving the white man his "fair share" of nominations/appointments, being that white males are still ~37% of the US population?

    Would it be racist of us to ask if Obama’s giving the white man his “fair share” of nominations/appointments, being that white males are still ~37% of the US population?

    27-30%.

  98. @Suburban_elk
    The black women being groped in the comments, in the fallout from the street harassment situation, is the perfect storm for some black woman ego embodiment, via internet storytime.

    Black girls, big beautiful African American women of color, plus the Narrative, and anonymous internet commenting. What could go wrong?

    Those stories, does anyone believe them? They are not believable for about ten different reasons, but most of all for that black chicks are kinda scary. In the real world, who doubts for a second that a typical metro scene, a bus ride the mall wherever, that groping a black chick is gonna lead to some serious bad. Racists might call what would follow a "chimp out"; blacks themselves use the phrase "going all ape."

    A female believing that she is being groped and assaulted, against her will, and that it happens all the time, and if that is not enough, it's rich white guys in suits holding her down.

    It is as if that lie serves a purpose.

    Testimonials from people who have a political or tribal reason to skew the debate a certain direction aren’t too informative, but neither is your “I don’t buy it” reaction. I mean, for all I know, black women are routinely having guys walk up and touch their hair or whatever. How the hell would I know? *I* can’t imagine walking up and touching some strange woman’s hair, but then I also can’t imagine walking up and touching some pregnant woman’s belly, and I’ve heard a *lot* of women comment on how common that is.

    It would be interesting to see survey data on this, asking lots of women how often they get catcalled or groped or whaetver, where, and by whom. Split that data out by the race and age and other properties of the women responding, and you’d have enough data to have an intelligent conversation about it.

    • Replies: @Suburban_elk

    It would be interesting to see survey data on this, asking lots of women how often they get catcalled or groped or whaetver, where, and by whom. Split that data out by the race and age and other properties of the women responding, and you’d have enough data to have an intelligent conversation about it.
     
    How much credence is it reasonable to lend, to self-reported survey data, from women, on topics sex-related? With such data one might be able to draw conclusions about how much women exaggerate and lie, if one had accurate knowledge of the real lives of the women answering the questions. Taking at face value answers from women on topics relating to those same women's value on the sexual market place is absurd.

    If one wanted accurate data on the topics of sex harassment in public space in America, one could study the surveillance videos that are on the buses and the streets and the malls.

    Testimonials from people who have a political or tribal reason to skew the debate a certain direction aren’t too informative, but neither is your “I don’t buy it” reaction.
     
    Fair enough. My reaction remains skeptical.
    , @ben tillman

    Testimonials from people who have a political or tribal reason to skew the debate a certain direction aren’t too informative, but neither is your “I don’t buy it” reaction. I mean, for all I know, black women are routinely having guys walk up and touch their hair or whatever. How the hell would I know?
     
    I'm almost at a loss for words.

    We expect that you would know the same way the rest of us know: by observing what happens when White men are near Black women!

  99. @Lot

    At some point, Harvard Law – at least by the time Obama was there, if not before* – managed to achieve a black student population in line with the black share of the US population – around 12-14% black.
     
    It is more like 9% now v. 12-13% of the US population. And this 9% is mostly children of foreign blacks, or mixed race people. Students descended from American slaves on both sides have never been more than 4-5% of Harvard's college or prestige graduate programs.

    We don't actually know the racial demographics of good schools these days because (1) there is a huge "international student" group without further detail (2) there is another huge "unknown/decline to state" group (3) there are an unknown number of 90%+ white people claiming URM status for AA purposes.

    Groups one and two are a combined 20% of quality schools. I'd guess international undergraduate students at good schools are about 60/40 asians and whites (including rich white latin americans). The decline to state group I'd guess are 50/50 asians who don't want to get hit with "Negative Action" and whites who find AA and race counting distasteful.

    Michelle Obama graduated Harvard Law in 1988, and failed the IL bar exam on her first try.
     
    Sounds like a birther-type myth to me.

    Sounds like a birther-type myth to me

    A cursory search seems to support the story that she did indeed fail the bar exam.

    • Replies: @Truth
    That's awful!

    But what does it say about GOP governor Pete Wilson... or FDR?

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/deenashanker/fail-the-bar-become-president

    Or hey, THE DEAN OF STANFORD LAW??!?

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/deenashanker/fail-the-bar-become-president

  100. @Nota
    Testimonials from people who have a political or tribal reason to skew the debate a certain direction aren't too informative, but neither is your "I don't buy it" reaction. I mean, for all I know, black women are routinely having guys walk up and touch their hair or whatever. How the hell would I know? *I* can't imagine walking up and touching some strange woman's hair, but then I also can't imagine walking up and touching some pregnant woman's belly, and I've heard a *lot* of women comment on how common that is.

    It would be interesting to see survey data on this, asking lots of women how often they get catcalled or groped or whaetver, where, and by whom. Split that data out by the race and age and other properties of the women responding, and you'd have enough data to have an intelligent conversation about it.

    It would be interesting to see survey data on this, asking lots of women how often they get catcalled or groped or whaetver, where, and by whom. Split that data out by the race and age and other properties of the women responding, and you’d have enough data to have an intelligent conversation about it.

    How much credence is it reasonable to lend, to self-reported survey data, from women, on topics sex-related? With such data one might be able to draw conclusions about how much women exaggerate and lie, if one had accurate knowledge of the real lives of the women answering the questions. Taking at face value answers from women on topics relating to those same women’s value on the sexual market place is absurd.

    If one wanted accurate data on the topics of sex harassment in public space in America, one could study the surveillance videos that are on the buses and the streets and the malls.

    Testimonials from people who have a political or tribal reason to skew the debate a certain direction aren’t too informative, but neither is your “I don’t buy it” reaction.

    Fair enough. My reaction remains skeptical.

  101. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    #92 “We can get rid of all official corruption by simply enriching officials…”.
    Ridiculous comment. If the income of physicians fell to cabdriver levels then the level of competency in the field would go down. That’s as simple as ABC. Nobody claims cops should be paid a fortune. On the other hand nobody works for free either and a certain level of professionalism has to be paid for.

  102. @Nota
    Testimonials from people who have a political or tribal reason to skew the debate a certain direction aren't too informative, but neither is your "I don't buy it" reaction. I mean, for all I know, black women are routinely having guys walk up and touch their hair or whatever. How the hell would I know? *I* can't imagine walking up and touching some strange woman's hair, but then I also can't imagine walking up and touching some pregnant woman's belly, and I've heard a *lot* of women comment on how common that is.

    It would be interesting to see survey data on this, asking lots of women how often they get catcalled or groped or whaetver, where, and by whom. Split that data out by the race and age and other properties of the women responding, and you'd have enough data to have an intelligent conversation about it.

    Testimonials from people who have a political or tribal reason to skew the debate a certain direction aren’t too informative, but neither is your “I don’t buy it” reaction. I mean, for all I know, black women are routinely having guys walk up and touch their hair or whatever. How the hell would I know?

    I’m almost at a loss for words.

    We expect that you would know the same way the rest of us know: by observing what happens when White men are near Black women!

    • Replies: @NOTA
    The whole point of this stuff is that there's a lot of stuff you don't observe. I can't remember the last time I saw a man catcalling a woman, either--for some reason, I just don't hang out with underclass blacks too often, which probably deprives me of my chance to see a lot of catcalling at random passers-by. I haven't noticed white men totally ignoring attractive black women, either, FWIW. (Not catcalling them, but chatting with them or hitting on them in less obnoxious ways.)
  103. @NOTA
    Also, obsessing about the risk of overpaying the cops seems a little messed-up. The potential damage of incompetent or corrupt cops is huge, whereas the potential damage of overpaying them by 20% to get a little higher quality guys in the job is pretty damned low.

    Seeing how veterans and minorities are given automatic preference, the pay will have little to do with the “quality”.

  104. @ben tillman

    Testimonials from people who have a political or tribal reason to skew the debate a certain direction aren’t too informative, but neither is your “I don’t buy it” reaction. I mean, for all I know, black women are routinely having guys walk up and touch their hair or whatever. How the hell would I know?
     
    I'm almost at a loss for words.

    We expect that you would know the same way the rest of us know: by observing what happens when White men are near Black women!

    The whole point of this stuff is that there’s a lot of stuff you don’t observe. I can’t remember the last time I saw a man catcalling a woman, either–for some reason, I just don’t hang out with underclass blacks too often, which probably deprives me of my chance to see a lot of catcalling at random passers-by. I haven’t noticed white men totally ignoring attractive black women, either, FWIW. (Not catcalling them, but chatting with them or hitting on them in less obnoxious ways.)

  105. @Anonymous
    Uh... member of the Federal Reserve Board of NY? How and why did she get that particular gig?

    She got it by being twice as good as everyone else.

  106. @Lurker

    Sounds like a birther-type myth to me
     
    A cursory search seems to support the story that she did indeed fail the bar exam.

    That’s awful!

    But what does it say about GOP governor Pete Wilson… or FDR?

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/deenashanker/fail-the-bar-become-president

    Or hey, THE DEAN OF STANFORD LAW??!?

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/deenashanker/fail-the-bar-become-president

  107. […] It will be interesting to see if the republicans oppose President Obama’s choice for the next attorney general. If they do, it will look like they are opposing her because she’s a black woman. If they’re smart they should go after her for being another Ivy League grad and ask Obama why he can’t pick an African American who didn’t attend an elite school, something blogger Steve Sailer has criticized him for. […]

  108. @syonredux
    Putin has some rather ......odd views on the Hitler-Stalin pact:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/vladimir-putin/11213255/Vladimir-Putin-says-there-was-nothing-wrong-with-Soviet-Unions-pact-with-Adolf-Hitlers-Nazi-Germany.html

    Putin has some rather ……odd views on the Hitler-Stalin pact:
    That is not a surprise, given that he has already stated that one of the great tragedies of the20th century was the demise of the Soviet Union.

  109. @Jefferson
    "OT but entertaining. “Women of color” respond to the hollaback video!

    http://www.themarysue.com/woman-of-color-harassment-video/"

    African American women in the comments section are the biggest liars on the internet. I guarantee the vast majority of Black women in the U.S are not being sexually harassed by White guys on a daily basis. If they were, it would be national headline news across the entire left wing media from MSNBC to The New York Times to Slate to The Huffington Post to CNN, etc.

    You would be seeing Black women going to The United Nations talking about how much they fear for their lives that they are going to be raped by them evil White males.

    Some White trash under class meth junkie in rural Georgia for example is not going to travel to the Chocolate city of Atlanta to look for Shaniquas to sexually harass and rape.

    Not even White underclass male criminals want to rape Black women, let alone middle and upper class White males who come from stable family homes.

    I guarantee the vast majority of Black women in the U.S are not being sexually harassed by White guys on a daily basis.

    I was told of a black teenaged girl, resident in a small town that was nearly all white, who was doubting her attractiveness to the opposite sex, as the white boys in her town kept their distance. A trip to a nearby big city’s black neighborhood, where she heard some catcalls from the local black youth, boosted her morale. Those catcalls, instead of being experienced as harassment, were seen as blessings. Yes, I am attractive to the opposite sex, thought the teenaged girl. Who told this to me? A black woman who was a friend of mine since childhood, who was also a friend of the girl’s mother. She also told me that having also grown up where the only black family in town was her own, she knew what the girl was going through.

  110. “Speaking of Eric Garner…notice the national media haven’t made a BFD of that case?”

    NYPD are bodyguards for the 1%. NYC can also afford payoffs that Ferguson, MO can’t.

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