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Commenter Curle responds to former Cabinet officer and Berkeley prof Robert Reich’s allegation that the masked antiFAs at Berkeley were real right wing extremist false flag operatives:

“Which raises the possibility that Yiannopoulos and Brietbart were in cahoots with the agitators, in order to lay the groundwork for a Trump crackdown on universities and their federal funding.”

Speaking of the BLM riots. “Which raises the possibility that Soros and Obama were in cahoots with the [Ferguson] agitators, in order to lay the groundwork for an Obama crackdown on municipal police nationwide.”

Speaking of campus sexual assault codes. “Which raises the possibility that Rolling Stone and the Obama Administration were in cahoots with [feminist] agitators in order to lay the groundwork for the imposition of Orwellian campus sexual assault codes.”

No wonder Reich is paranoid. Unlike many on the Left it occurs to him that the Left’s own tactics MIGHT, emphasis on ‘might’, be used against them. That their 40+ years of special pleading and tactical advantage may be coming to an end.

 
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  1. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.

    Art School is Hollywood(and porn) for Fat ugly people.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Washington is Hollywood for ugly people."

    Unless it's Nikki Haley.
    , @Gabriel M
    Stop posting gross shit like this. I stupidly read that Huffington Post article that Sailer linked to and my libido is still hovering around zero.
    , @JohnnyGeo
    Wait, no Mom, don't come in!
    , @Harry Baldwin
    If Washington is Hollywood for ugly people, Rep Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is Scarlett Johansson.

    http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/House+Democrats+Call+Republicans+Take+Action+QlJb_qMdTVal.jpg
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Art School is Hollywood(and porn) for Fat ugly people.
     
    It used to be boot camp for a lot of English rockers. Including John Lennon.
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  2. Reichs incredible (literally inccredible) statement would be even more interesting, if Reich was – – n o t paranoid**.

    Is there somebody who knows more about him?

    ** unless it turns out he suffers from some other desease, which then might not be of the neurotic kind.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    ** unless it turns out he suffers from some other desease, which then might not be of the neurotic kind.

    I'm tipping Napoleon complex. Just a hunch.
    , @Wally
    Undercover video shows Democrat operatives admitting they incited violence at Trump rallies
    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/10/undercover-video-shows-democrat-operatives-admitting-they-incited-violence-at-trump-rallies.
  3. There are interesting parallels between the Nazi response to Kristallnacht and R. Reich’s response to Berkeleynacht.

    In 1938, after a terrible night of rioting in which many Jewish businesses were damaged, the German authorities decided to not only blame it on the Jews, but to also make them pay for it:

    It was decided at the meeting that, since Jews were to blame for these events, they be held legally and financially responsible for the damages incurred by the pogrom. Accordingly, a “fine of 1 billion marks was levied for the slaying of Vom Rath, and 6 million marks paid by insurance companies for broken windows was to be given to the state coffers. (Snyder, Louis L. Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. New York: Paragon House, 1989:201).

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/background-and-overview-of-kristallnacht

    After Berkeleynacht, in which a Starbucks was explicitly targeted because it was “Zionist” and many banks were attacked (we all know attacking banks is a dogwhistle for attacking Jews), Milo (who claims to be Jewish) and Breitbart (founded by a Jew) were accused by a guy with the last name of REICH of launching the attacks themselves by using false flag antifa blackshirts.

    It will be interesting to see if Berkeley attempts to hold Milo and Breitbart financially responsible for the damage that occurred during Berkeleynacht.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    But Breitbart wasn't a real Jew, he was just an adopted Irishman. He didn't genetically inherit the suffering:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNa-ocdryY

  4. It’s like 1930s German rabbis paying the Brownshirts to beat up on Jews so as to increase synagogue attendance.

    That never happened either.

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  5. @Shine a Light
    There are interesting parallels between the Nazi response to Kristallnacht and R. Reich's response to Berkeleynacht.

    In 1938, after a terrible night of rioting in which many Jewish businesses were damaged, the German authorities decided to not only blame it on the Jews, but to also make them pay for it:

    It was decided at the meeting that, since Jews were to blame for these events, they be held legally and financially responsible for the damages incurred by the pogrom. Accordingly, a "fine of 1 billion marks was levied for the slaying of Vom Rath, and 6 million marks paid by insurance companies for broken windows was to be given to the state coffers. (Snyder, Louis L. Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. New York: Paragon House, 1989:201).
     
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/background-and-overview-of-kristallnacht

    After Berkeleynacht, in which a Starbucks was explicitly targeted because it was "Zionist" and many banks were attacked (we all know attacking banks is a dogwhistle for attacking Jews), Milo (who claims to be Jewish) and Breitbart (founded by a Jew) were accused by a guy with the last name of REICH of launching the attacks themselves by using false flag antifa blackshirts.

    It will be interesting to see if Berkeley attempts to hold Milo and Breitbart financially responsible for the damage that occurred during Berkeleynacht.

    But Breitbart wasn’t a real Jew, he was just an adopted Irishman. He didn’t genetically inherit the suffering:

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    "I'm offended as a comedian!"
    , @Jefferson
    "But Breitbart wasn’t a real Jew, he was just an adopted Irishman. He didn’t genetically inherit the suffering:"

    But Andrew Breitbart inherited the suffering through conversion. He said he had a Bar Mitzvah. What's more Jewish than a Bar Mitzvah.
    , @anon
    The Irishmen inherited their own suffering cultural due to centuries of British domination in their country.
    , @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Good thing he didn’t inherit the suffering of Erin. Lyrics under the video.
  6. @Steve Sailer
    But Breitbart wasn't a real Jew, he was just an adopted Irishman. He didn't genetically inherit the suffering:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNa-ocdryY

    “I’m offended as a comedian!”

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  7. 1756462

    So with Bannon following him, Breitbart is a real-life example of An Irishman and a Jew, sorta?

    There’s a Milo gay joke in here, but I can’t think of it right now.

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  8. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Dieter Kief
    Reichs incredible (literally inccredible) statement would be even more interesting, if Reich was - - n o t paranoid**.

    Is there somebody who knows more about him?


    ** unless it turns out he suffers from some other desease, which then might not be of the neurotic kind.

    ** unless it turns out he suffers from some other desease, which then might not be of the neurotic kind.

    I’m tipping Napoleon complex. Just a hunch.

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    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    Napoleon-complex - could be, at least he's small enough.

    Something is definitely not quite right, it occurs to me.

    Teacher's "Deformation professionelle" PLUS Napoleon complex - this combination could all right for a decent beginning for the Reich-siences.

  9. Jews inherit suffering, gentiles inherit guilt.

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  10. @Steve Sailer
    But Breitbart wasn't a real Jew, he was just an adopted Irishman. He didn't genetically inherit the suffering:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNa-ocdryY

    “But Breitbart wasn’t a real Jew, he was just an adopted Irishman. He didn’t genetically inherit the suffering:”

    But Andrew Breitbart inherited the suffering through conversion. He said he had a Bar Mitzvah. What’s more Jewish than a Bar Mitzvah.

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    • Replies: @Lurker

    What’s more Jewish than a Bar Mitzvah.
     
    Never paying retail price?
  11. @bjdubbs
    Jews inherit suffering, gentiles inherit guilt.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The central joke in the CW TV show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" is that Rachel Bloom/Rebecca Bunch wants to marry Josh, the athletic Asian guy from West Covina, but she really ought to marry Greg, the rich white kid from Beverly Hills because he's witty and gets her jokes, while Josh, despite admirable traits like being masculine and good-hearted, isn't funny and doesn't understand her sense of humor.
    , @Jack D
    Pretty funny that Patti LuPone plays the rabbi. Italians make the most convincing TV Jews (and vice versa) - overlapping gene pool.
  12. The message that Trump is a Nazi has spread to Germany, too. So German politician Ralf Stegner (Social Democratic Party) was righteously indignated to see a photo with Trump, Spence and Sheryl Sandberg (these Facebook managers do, for German leftist sensitivities, too little against rightwing news at Facebook). Thus Stegner tweeted that Sandberg reminded him of Neo-Nazi woman terrorist Beate Zschaepe.

    What’s to do with that? Perhaps American Jews should keep more distance to Trump because otherwise they could be confused too easily with German Nazis?

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  13. @Steve Sailer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNa-ocdryY

    The central joke in the CW TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is that Rachel Bloom/Rebecca Bunch wants to marry Josh, the athletic Asian guy from West Covina, but she really ought to marry Greg, the rich white kid from Beverly Hills because he’s witty and gets her jokes, while Josh, despite admirable traits like being masculine and good-hearted, isn’t funny and doesn’t understand her sense of humor.

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    • Replies: @Lugash
    Of course Josh doesn't get her sense of humor, women aren't funny.

    A few years ago I got entangled in the local Jewish wedding circuit. It was essentially the same as this video, only the under 25 Jews would groan and grimace every time Aunt Rachel opened her mouth.
  14. @Anon
    Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.

    Art School is Hollywood(and porn) for Fat ugly people.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS31rUM9lt0

    “Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.”

    Unless it’s Nikki Haley.

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    • Replies: @dearieme
    Or Tulsi Gabbard.
    , @Anonymous

    “Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.”

    Unless it’s Nikki Haley.
     
    WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind? After 6 beers she's at best a 6. Hell, she's not even the best looking East Indian-American in D.C. politics. That'd go to Tulsi Gabbard.
  15. Reich, like most of the devoted left, is still processing the fact that voters in key locations looked at the past 8 years and what the Democrats offered forth during the campaign season and either turned away or pulled the lever for the other team.

    If the comments of my liberal friends on social media are any guide, most of them take any action by Trump as an opportunity to point out to any Trump voters that might be paying attention that they made a huge mistake, were rubes, etc. Apparently they think this will result in these same people rewarding the left with their votes next time around…good luck with that.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    I don't understand. I thought that insulting people and calling them stupid and deplorable was the best way to get them to vote for your side. I STILL don't understand why that didn't work for Hillary but maybe she just didn't point out their stupidity forcefully enough and if she does so next time then she will convince them that she knows their true interest better than the stupid know for themselves.
    , @El Dato
    Since Bush Jr. was immediately followed by the Trump administration, it's evident that republicans just go from bad to worse, and democrats never get a chance.
  16. OK it’s nuts but not that nuts. Reich is just applying who benefits. Maybe I’m missing something in the 3d chess game of persuasion but it looks to me like black-masked men beating up your opponents is a huge own goal. I think it’s unlikely it’s a false flag but then I’d have said French intelligence services fixing rival presidential candidates was a little unlikely too.

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    • Replies: @anon
    Yeah but the Left benefits as well because Milo is a very effective anti-SJW so shutting him down is probably a net win for the Left despite the bad optics unless/until antifa kill someone.
    , @AndrewR
    I'd say you display a remarkable ignorance about how leftists actually think.

    The average leftist's attitude towards the black bloc and other left wing terrorists is mild disapproval at most. Compared to the average right-winger's attitude towards the "KKK" or "Nazis."

    See Eric Trump's comments about David Duke, which he never retracted and from which Donald never distanced himself.

    It's actually the reason I didn't vote on Election Day. Donald should have hung the kid out to dry.

    , @AndrewR
    Sorry if that sounded harsh but honestly a cursory look at lefty twitter and facebook shows clearly as day how these people think. You seem to be projecting your own understanding of the world onto alien thinkers. They truly are under a mass psychosis.
  17. The Left’s current feelings of nostalgia for Adolf Hitler remind me of this television show from the early 1990s called Heil Honey I’m Home.
    https://youtu.be/mf9jJx0NSjw

    In this show Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun live next door to the Goldensteins.

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  18. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Steve Sailer
    But Breitbart wasn't a real Jew, he was just an adopted Irishman. He didn't genetically inherit the suffering:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNa-ocdryY

    The Irishmen inherited their own suffering cultural due to centuries of British domination in their country.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    "Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry", wrote Auden of Yeats in his elegy for him. Did it hurt many Irish into comedy? Dennis Leary, maybe, though I think his best work (Rescue Me) was in dramedy.
  19. I wouldn’t put it past Milo to deliberately try to incite a riot, but in that case there would be no need for him to recruit and hire Leftist thugs to burn and smash. It’s clear from the last couple years that there are plenty of Leftist thugs who are ready and eager to do such things. All Milo would have had to have done is put a few anonymous posts on social media at the right times and locations.

    That said, I suspect this is just more projection. Plenty of evidence came out during campaign season that the Left makes use of rent-a-mobs.

    Anyway, is Reich calling for these antifa types to be arrested, interrogated, and prosecuted? That’s the obvious way to find out if they are working for someone. But I doubt Reich will make such a call. Because deep down, he knows that if they are working for anyone, it’s someone like Soros.

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    • Replies: @Lugash

    Anyway, is Reich calling for these antifa types to be arrested, interrogated, and prosecuted? That’s the obvious way to find out if they are working for someone. But I doubt Reich will make such a call. Because deep down, he knows that if they are working for anyone, it’s someone like Soros.
     
    Remember, no matter how powerful, leftists never, ever think they're punching down. If that means rearranging logic to think that Milo, Berkeley,paid thugs and the cops are all conspiring to make the left look bad, then so be it.
  20. In future, can people please just refer to him as ‘Turd’ Reich?

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  21. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Jefferson
    "Washington is Hollywood for ugly people."

    Unless it's Nikki Haley.

    “Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.”

    Unless it’s Nikki Haley.

    WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind? After 6 beers she’s at best a 6. Hell, she’s not even the best looking East Indian-American in D.C. politics. That’d go to Tulsi Gabbard.

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    • Replies: @Anonym
    WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind?

    Maybe gay, blind and on crack. Jefferson related to De Niro and his tastes? Nikki Haley and attractive - it's not even wrong.
    , @Jimi
    Tulsi Gabbard is a Samoan who looks Indian and converted to Hinduism. She adopted Hindu name "Tulsi" as part of her conversion.
    , @dearieme
    La Tulsi? She's not East Indian, she's part Polynesian.
    , @Jefferson
    "WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind?"

    Is Bill Clinton Gay or blind for being married to Crooked Cankles? Nikki Haley is way hotter than her.
  22. @Anon
    Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.

    Art School is Hollywood(and porn) for Fat ugly people.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS31rUM9lt0

    Stop posting gross shit like this. I stupidly read that Huffington Post article that Sailer linked to and my libido is still hovering around zero.

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  23. Robert Reich is anti-White. Democrat stooge Robert Reich pushes open borders mass immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens. Mass immigration lowers wages and displaces native-born workers.

    Robert Reich wants the government to discriminate against White men. Reich won’t say it, but he also favors discrimination against White women.

    Repetition is the key to message diffusion. Most of us have seen this video from 2009 in which Reich attacks White male workers, but it should be watched again:

    https://youtu.be/EZMyUTXdjTA

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  24. Reich is a douchebag partisan hack and his conspiracy theory is so idiotic as to merit only mockery.

    But there is a bit of irony in having so many posts at unz.com of all places mocking a conspiracy theorist, no?

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    • Replies: @Anonym
    But there is a bit of irony in having so many posts at unz.com of all places mocking a conspiracy theorist, no?

    At least we put up evidence for ours. Where is the equivalent WTC 7 of Reich's theory?
  25. Muslim Ban Lite could be reinstated by the Ninth Circuit as soon as tomorrow morning. For reasons I previously posted, I think Team Trump has a very good chance of a win here.

    Best coverage of the issue is here.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/

    I notice on the cover page they have Statue of Liberty cartoon.

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    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    The order may be reinstated but it has been weakened twice: first by DHS determining that it did not apply to green card holders, and second, because the suspension in Washington state plus the non-involvement of Ninth Circuit (so far) allowed a number of Muslims from the proscribed countries to make their entry unmolested in the past few days. Which, to me, is only fair.

    However I don't have any problem with the order as such, just its implementation, which was chaotic. We'll see what happens next.
    , @Lot
    Legal insurrection just posted the final briefs of the State of Washington and Team Trump. Hearing is tomorrow at 3pm.
  26. You conservatives are some of the most sensitive people

    Grow a pair your snowflakes

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  27. @Anon
    Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.

    Art School is Hollywood(and porn) for Fat ugly people.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS31rUM9lt0

    Wait, no Mom, don’t come in!

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  28. @Anon
    Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.

    Art School is Hollywood(and porn) for Fat ugly people.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS31rUM9lt0

    If Washington is Hollywood for ugly people, Rep Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is Scarlett Johansson.

    http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/House+Democrats+Call+Republicans+Take+Action+QlJb_qMdTVal.jpg

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  29. @Anonymous
    ** unless it turns out he suffers from some other desease, which then might not be of the neurotic kind.

    I'm tipping Napoleon complex. Just a hunch.

    Napoleon-complex – could be, at least he’s small enough.

    Something is definitely not quite right, it occurs to me.

    Teacher’s “Deformation professionelle” PLUS Napoleon complex – this combination could all right for a decent beginning for the Reich-siences.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Something is definitely not quite right, it occurs to me.

    I was a small kid in high school. But Reich looks to be if not a midget, next thing to one. There might be people with legitimate dwarfism who are taller. He’s not even big enough to do the steroid assisted "grow wide instead of big!" + martial arts thing. A lifetime of towel flicks in the change room, head rubs and "Awww, isn't he adorable" from girls will create a seething hatred at the world. I hate to go all Freud on you, but his hatred has likely, even manifestly been directed at the goyim who caused such torment to him growing up.

    Oh what the hell. I lied. He probably wants to **** his mother too.
  30. It really doesn’t matter if this is true. It only matters what people actually believe is true.

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  31. If you really want to know how the bipartisan establishment will get rid of Trump, starting a recession by jacking up mortgage rates is currently something they can easily do.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-06/the-mortgage-bond-whale-that-everyone-is-suddenly-worried-about

    No need to start it now, better to start in in early 2018 so people can start feeling it in time for midterms.

    For Trump to block this, he has to put loyal people on the Fed. Hard to do given that the careers of right wing economists have been funded primarily by the Kochs and Olin Foundation. They are all basically Tyler Cowen libertarians. He’d be better off putting in auto and building trade union people who will favor easy money than GOPe economists.

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    • Replies: @anon
    Interesting comment. If you go back to the first couple or three years of heavy QE and the twist, there was this dread of the inevitable sell off of the Fed's portfolio. Of course, people soon figured out that these things amortize or run off. Loans mature and mortgages do the same or are refinanced, even during rising rates as people move every few years.

    In fact, the Fed has delayed this by reinvesting as loans mature. At some point -- say a full decade after the crisis -- it makes sense to reduce the portfolio of MBS.

    Like everything else, this could have the ironic effect of increasing activity in the housing markets. Nothing like fear of missing out on historically low rates to get people to buy. This is the inversion of the malaise seen in deflation or deflationary environments. People delay purchases hoping to get it later for less.

    Screwing around with markets to produce political outcomes is always difficult. Obama won in 2012 in part because the Republican House set his defeat as their number 1 priority. Over the American economy. If they had really put the metal toward fiscal stimulus, like everyone (especially me) thought was a good idea, they would have had a decent shot at a recession in 2012. As such, they almost delayed thing a strong recovery so long that Hillary would have been the beneficiary of what is now called the Trump bull market. The only thing that prevented this was the collapse in oil and commodity prices in 2015 as well as the related strength in the $US.

    But like I said, this stuff tends to be much more difficult to achieve than it always seems on paper.
    , @MW
    Maybe, maybe not. Trump has a few tools up his sleeve to fight this. Tariffs will make a lot of domestic projects viable, or at least sufficiently viable-seeming to attract investment. Simultaneously loosening bank-capital restrictions and environmental restrictions could allow quite a bit of debt-funded construction to begin around the same time.

    It would be pretty ironic for a real estate developer-President to get caught off-guard by interest rate games.

    , @Forbes
    Easy money is what got the Fed into this trap of distortion and malinvestment. Extend and pretend kicks the problem down the road, but also exacerbates the distortions created by easy money.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    The Fed can't jack up mortgage rates for people with fixed rate mortgages, and every non-idiot with mortgage refinanced to a historically low, fixed-rate mortgage in recent years.

    There's no free lunch in economics. Lower mortgage rates, and lower down payments didn't make housing more affordable; on the contrary, prices went up in response. Similarly, higher mortgage rates won't make housing less affordable, because prices will adjust in the opposite direction.

    The economy boomed under Reagan with much higher interest rates and much higher mortgage rates.
  32. Somebody has likely posted this already, but … Robert Reich has been living in the Bay Area for years. It’s extremely hard to believe that he doesn’t know about the hordes of left-wing hoodlums who regularly run amok in Oakland, SF, and Berkeley. Extremely hard to believe.

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    There are good leftists, and there are smart leftists, but there are no good, smart leftists. Most, of course, are neither good nor smart.


    And Reich is not dumb...

  33. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Leftwing politicians and media were working in concert and staying on a pre-arranged message all through the Obama years. They haven’t stopped this because the stakes are too high for them. The politicians want to get elected/reelected, and the media wants viewers and advertising revenue. Therefore, it’s obvious they’ve agreed to Journalist-type propaganda to keep punching away at Trump and the right. Their weakness is whether the American people, after experiencing Trump, decide they like both him and the right in office.

    If people find their financial and psychological well-being improves in the next four years, the left is screwed. The left can’t prevent the stock market from going up, but they can continue to flood illegals into the country to steal jobs (and swell their voting rolls) and they can continue to terrorize via riots. They terrorize for the same reason ISIS terrorizes. They’re trying to scare and intimidate the masses into accepting their ideology. The new Justice department needs to crack down the the agitators and jail them, and investigate their funding and have it cut off. Soros needs to be convicted under RICO and have all his US assets frozen.

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  34. Reich projects his own intentions on others. It’s a common trait to assign one’s own questionable motives to others, accusing them of one’s own evil intentions. This is particularly so when one tries to demonize others sufficiently to justify the terrible things you want to do to them in bad conscience. Needless to say, since everyone is human, these traits are not exclusive to humans who happened to be German.

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  35. @Lot
    Muslim Ban Lite could be reinstated by the Ninth Circuit as soon as tomorrow morning. For reasons I previously posted, I think Team Trump has a very good chance of a win here.

    Best coverage of the issue is here.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/

    I notice on the cover page they have Statue of Liberty cartoon.

    The order may be reinstated but it has been weakened twice: first by DHS determining that it did not apply to green card holders, and second, because the suspension in Washington state plus the non-involvement of Ninth Circuit (so far) allowed a number of Muslims from the proscribed countries to make their entry unmolested in the past few days. Which, to me, is only fair.

    However I don’t have any problem with the order as such, just its implementation, which was chaotic. We’ll see what happens next.

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    • Replies: @anon
    However -- if any of the people that get in because of this restraining order go fundamental islamic and kill anyone -- we will know. Dems are setting themselves up for another Willie Horton.

    Cause things happen. There is already the now exposed fake news about the mother that was allegedly banned from seeing her dying son because of the ban. It turns out he died the week before, but since it *could* have happened, its almost as good as it actually happening. Actually, I didn't bother looking checking to see if it was actually fake news or fake fake news. As if being at the dying bedside of a relative is all that tragic. I will say I wasn't totally displeased to be out of the country and unable to make it back on one of these occasions myself.
    , @Jack Hanson
    The "implementation" was not chaotic. As someone from the inside, we knew it was coming.
  36. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Lot
    If you really want to know how the bipartisan establishment will get rid of Trump, starting a recession by jacking up mortgage rates is currently something they can easily do.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-06/the-mortgage-bond-whale-that-everyone-is-suddenly-worried-about

    No need to start it now, better to start in in early 2018 so people can start feeling it in time for midterms.

    For Trump to block this, he has to put loyal people on the Fed. Hard to do given that the careers of right wing economists have been funded primarily by the Kochs and Olin Foundation. They are all basically Tyler Cowen libertarians. He'd be better off putting in auto and building trade union people who will favor easy money than GOPe economists.

    Interesting comment. If you go back to the first couple or three years of heavy QE and the twist, there was this dread of the inevitable sell off of the Fed’s portfolio. Of course, people soon figured out that these things amortize or run off. Loans mature and mortgages do the same or are refinanced, even during rising rates as people move every few years.

    In fact, the Fed has delayed this by reinvesting as loans mature. At some point — say a full decade after the crisis — it makes sense to reduce the portfolio of MBS.

    Like everything else, this could have the ironic effect of increasing activity in the housing markets. Nothing like fear of missing out on historically low rates to get people to buy. This is the inversion of the malaise seen in deflation or deflationary environments. People delay purchases hoping to get it later for less.

    Screwing around with markets to produce political outcomes is always difficult. Obama won in 2012 in part because the Republican House set his defeat as their number 1 priority. Over the American economy. If they had really put the metal toward fiscal stimulus, like everyone (especially me) thought was a good idea, they would have had a decent shot at a recession in 2012. As such, they almost delayed thing a strong recovery so long that Hillary would have been the beneficiary of what is now called the Trump bull market. The only thing that prevented this was the collapse in oil and commodity prices in 2015 as well as the related strength in the $US.

    But like I said, this stuff tends to be much more difficult to achieve than it always seems on paper.

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  37. @Lot
    If you really want to know how the bipartisan establishment will get rid of Trump, starting a recession by jacking up mortgage rates is currently something they can easily do.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-06/the-mortgage-bond-whale-that-everyone-is-suddenly-worried-about

    No need to start it now, better to start in in early 2018 so people can start feeling it in time for midterms.

    For Trump to block this, he has to put loyal people on the Fed. Hard to do given that the careers of right wing economists have been funded primarily by the Kochs and Olin Foundation. They are all basically Tyler Cowen libertarians. He'd be better off putting in auto and building trade union people who will favor easy money than GOPe economists.

    Maybe, maybe not. Trump has a few tools up his sleeve to fight this. Tariffs will make a lot of domestic projects viable, or at least sufficiently viable-seeming to attract investment. Simultaneously loosening bank-capital restrictions and environmental restrictions could allow quite a bit of debt-funded construction to begin around the same time.

    It would be pretty ironic for a real estate developer-President to get caught off-guard by interest rate games.

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    Stimulus plus tariffs will have a much bigger impact that without. Even infrastructure spending isn't immune to the trade deficit: the extension to the Bay Bridge was built in China and shipped over in sections.
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    @SPMoore8
    The order may be reinstated but it has been weakened twice: first by DHS determining that it did not apply to green card holders, and second, because the suspension in Washington state plus the non-involvement of Ninth Circuit (so far) allowed a number of Muslims from the proscribed countries to make their entry unmolested in the past few days. Which, to me, is only fair.

    However I don't have any problem with the order as such, just its implementation, which was chaotic. We'll see what happens next.

    However — if any of the people that get in because of this restraining order go fundamental islamic and kill anyone — we will know. Dems are setting themselves up for another Willie Horton.

    Cause things happen. There is already the now exposed fake news about the mother that was allegedly banned from seeing her dying son because of the ban. It turns out he died the week before, but since it *could* have happened, its almost as good as it actually happening. Actually, I didn’t bother looking checking to see if it was actually fake news or fake fake news. As if being at the dying bedside of a relative is all that tragic. I will say I wasn’t totally displeased to be out of the country and unable to make it back on one of these occasions myself.

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    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    Yes, it's always possible that someone might have used this opportunity to sneak in with homicidal intent. But I don't think that's very likely because:

    1. Our most recent terrorist incidents were perpetrated by Muslims, but not from any of the proscribed countries.

    2. One result of the Executive Order that I feel pretty confident about is that in its overkill it ensured a more strict vetting of who's who as far as visa issuance and visa acceptance. Remember, the big problem was people claiming to be someone that they were not (supposedly; again it hasn't been relevant to our recent terror attacks.)

    I think the original XO was somewhat theatrical, since it was almost certainly understood that it would not remain as it was originally articulated (which is why DHS began making exceptions after the weekend), and would also be legally challenged. But it did accomplish its purpose in that scrutiny of Muslims is going to be much greater from here on.

    The President "has the authority" to do anything he wants, but the courts are going to be very watchful of how any such order fits into precedent, and second, how any such order fits in in terms of precedent as far as its implementation. The idea of issuing such an order on a Friday afternoon when government was going to be shutdown for the entire weekend, thus leaving it up to local authorities to implement it such that people with green cards, visas, and other legitimate reasons would be held up, detained, or sent back to their point of origin made for chaotic implementation, which in turn strongly argues for lack of foresight, and it is unlikely that any court anywhere is going to sign off on executive orders drafted without foresight, issued without coordination or communication, and implemented chaotically.
    , @AndrewR
    People differ in their abilities and needs.

    Two of my sisters and I spent the last 36 hours of our mom's life at her side. Leaving the hospital before she died simply didn't occur to us.

    Another sister left after a while to take her kids to ice-skating lessons.

    My father apparently was only able to take small doses. He was only in about three times and for a couple hours. But of course losing a wife is harder than losing a mother so I can't exactly judge him.

    I'm glad I stayed because I finished about 98% of my grieving before she had even stopped breathing.

  39. @Steve Sailer
    But Breitbart wasn't a real Jew, he was just an adopted Irishman. He didn't genetically inherit the suffering:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNa-ocdryY

    Good thing he didn’t inherit the suffering of Erin. Lyrics under the video.

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  40. Almost without fail, when the Left accuses you of something, it’s because it’s what they themselves are doing.

    From the South Dakota US Senate race (that deposed Daschle) where they accused snowbirds of fraudulent voting (they were cheating like an *expletive deleted* on the Rez)…

    To accusing the Tea Party of being astroturf (like ACORN)

    To this … ludicrous accusation from Reich.

    You yourself can think of a zillion examples.

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    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    It's like when the left accuses its enemies of McCarthyism. What it means is, "Hey, you bastards, those are our tactics--how dare you use them against us?"
  41. @Steve Sailer
    The central joke in the CW TV show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" is that Rachel Bloom/Rebecca Bunch wants to marry Josh, the athletic Asian guy from West Covina, but she really ought to marry Greg, the rich white kid from Beverly Hills because he's witty and gets her jokes, while Josh, despite admirable traits like being masculine and good-hearted, isn't funny and doesn't understand her sense of humor.

    Of course Josh doesn’t get her sense of humor, women aren’t funny.

    A few years ago I got entangled in the local Jewish wedding circuit. It was essentially the same as this video, only the under 25 Jews would groan and grimace every time Aunt Rachel opened her mouth.

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    I'm inclined to concur with the late Christopher Hitchens on this subject.

    It's not that women are incapable of being funny. But humor is certainly not as adaptive for women as it is for men, and a strong case could be made that there is a negative correlation (if not a causative relationship) between a woman's ability to make men laugh and her desirability to men. I imagine that the funniest women tend to be not very attracted to men anyway.
  42. @Harry Baldwin
    If Washington is Hollywood for ugly people, Rep Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is Scarlett Johansson.

    http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/House+Democrats+Call+Republicans+Take+Action+QlJb_qMdTVal.jpg

    If Scarlett Johansson were a guy…

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  43. @Lot
    If you really want to know how the bipartisan establishment will get rid of Trump, starting a recession by jacking up mortgage rates is currently something they can easily do.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-06/the-mortgage-bond-whale-that-everyone-is-suddenly-worried-about

    No need to start it now, better to start in in early 2018 so people can start feeling it in time for midterms.

    For Trump to block this, he has to put loyal people on the Fed. Hard to do given that the careers of right wing economists have been funded primarily by the Kochs and Olin Foundation. They are all basically Tyler Cowen libertarians. He'd be better off putting in auto and building trade union people who will favor easy money than GOPe economists.

    Easy money is what got the Fed into this trap of distortion and malinvestment. Extend and pretend kicks the problem down the road, but also exacerbates the distortions created by easy money.

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  44. “Trump crackdown on universities and their federal funding”

    Fed funding comes from congress, the military and the VA. The Pres is a minor player.

    A more interesting tack might be for an injured person to sue the university.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    Not only does the President have to sign the bills that Congress enacts, he also has the Bully Pulpit and so can shape what gets into the law and into military budgets.
    , @Bill
    Federal funding for research comes to a great extent from the purely discretionary decisions of administrative branch appointees, for example the head of the NIH. The president's power to affect this flow of funds is enormous, should he elect to use it.
  45. @Arclight
    Reich, like most of the devoted left, is still processing the fact that voters in key locations looked at the past 8 years and what the Democrats offered forth during the campaign season and either turned away or pulled the lever for the other team.

    If the comments of my liberal friends on social media are any guide, most of them take any action by Trump as an opportunity to point out to any Trump voters that might be paying attention that they made a huge mistake, were rubes, etc. Apparently they think this will result in these same people rewarding the left with their votes next time around...good luck with that.

    I don’t understand. I thought that insulting people and calling them stupid and deplorable was the best way to get them to vote for your side. I STILL don’t understand why that didn’t work for Hillary but maybe she just didn’t point out their stupidity forcefully enough and if she does so next time then she will convince them that she knows their true interest better than the stupid know for themselves.

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  46. @Steve Sailer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNa-ocdryY

    Pretty funny that Patti LuPone plays the rabbi. Italians make the most convincing TV Jews (and vice versa) – overlapping gene pool.

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  47. Reich’s thinking appears to be distorted by some mental disease (assuming that this is not just an attempt at Putin style disinformation, which I don’t rule out) but I don’t think it’s paranoia. It would most likely be cognitive dissonance. To Reich, the Left is good and is incapable of vile actions, so if his eyes behold apparent Leftists engaged in such vile actions, then his eyes must be lying – what appears to be happening is not really what is happening. It must be some kind of false flag attack. When people have deeply rooted belief systems, it takes a lot to shake those beliefs and it’s much easier for the mind to reroute around the troublesome facts than it is to turn your belief system upside down. People think that truth has some special value but your mind doesn’t really care that much about truth compared to many other things. If truth was really important we would have a much more honest public discourse. Our daily discourse is not as outrageously twisted as Reich’s lame version but it’s often not far from it either.

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    • Replies: @candid_observer
    I think you are falling into the trap of believing that Reich is sincere.

    Reich has always been the worst sort of hack. He'll say anything that he believes will help the cause. Truth is immaterial.
    , @Anon
    It's possible that Reich and some of his professorial pals at Berkeley gave money or encouragement to the Blackshirts before the riots, and some irate higher-ups either at Berkeley or in the state legislature are quietly asking pointed questions about professorial involvement in inflicting $100,000 worth of damage on the college. There are always fiscally-minded members of any administration, and they will have your hide if you inflict this sort of damage on their own property. It kinds of cramps a prof's chance for achieving tenure or getting a salary raise.

    The college may have to beg the state legislature to finance the repairs, but California is pretty broke and probably can't afford it. This means the admins will have to beg donors to give extra money this year. But encouraging masked Blackshirts to vandalize your own campus because you think it's cool has a tendency to make donors slam their wallets shut. If your students are just going to trash the place again once it's fixed up, what's the point of giving Berkeley extra money? A lot of reliable leftist donors threw away a ton of cash on Hillary's inept presidential run, and now Berkeley wants them to fix the damage caused by an own goal inflicted on one of the crown jewels of leftist ideology? HAHAHAHA. The leftist love of fouling its own nest has struck again.

    If Trump cuts Federal funds to the college, cuts grant money to its profs, and refuses to give government loans to its students, Berkeley is going to be in deep financial sh*t, especially if its donor cash dries up as well. Therefore, Reich, has to disown the Blackshirts. Reich is an old Clinton-era political hack, and he wouldn't blink at making blood run on the streets, but I have no doubt that some of Berkeley's admins are fair-weather leftists. They talk a good game, but when it comes riots and having to pay for the damage, they get scared away.

    , @Jefferson
    "To Reich, the Left is good and is incapable of vile actions,"

    I am surprised Richard Reich didn't say the violent protesters in Berkeley were paid for by The Koch Brothers. They always bring up The Koch Brothers when trying to deflect attention away from George Soros. The Koch Brothers are the Left's version of hey look squirrels.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    The other explanation is that Reich is still just as much of a moron as he was in the 90s when he worked for BJC.
  48. It’s hilarious that the Left is following Vox’s 3rd Law of SJWs so well: SJWs always project.

    These paranoid delusionals should be deported themselves.

    I’m beginning to suspect that the Saudi organization behind much of these events is bringing out the Arab-world Deep State conspiracies in a more desperate effort to affect the narrative. I guess the Saudis (and Soros) figure that if the non-Left is going to start pointing fingers at them as the money men behind the Left these days, they might as well muddy the waters with some fever-dream complicated nonsense to confuse everyone and try to claim moral equivalency.

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  49. @Jefferson
    "But Breitbart wasn’t a real Jew, he was just an adopted Irishman. He didn’t genetically inherit the suffering:"

    But Andrew Breitbart inherited the suffering through conversion. He said he had a Bar Mitzvah. What's more Jewish than a Bar Mitzvah.

    What’s more Jewish than a Bar Mitzvah.

    Never paying retail price?

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  50. @George
    "Trump crackdown on universities and their federal funding"

    Fed funding comes from congress, the military and the VA. The Pres is a minor player.

    A more interesting tack might be for an injured person to sue the university.

    Not only does the President have to sign the bills that Congress enacts, he also has the Bully Pulpit and so can shape what gets into the law and into military budgets.

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  51. @anon
    However -- if any of the people that get in because of this restraining order go fundamental islamic and kill anyone -- we will know. Dems are setting themselves up for another Willie Horton.

    Cause things happen. There is already the now exposed fake news about the mother that was allegedly banned from seeing her dying son because of the ban. It turns out he died the week before, but since it *could* have happened, its almost as good as it actually happening. Actually, I didn't bother looking checking to see if it was actually fake news or fake fake news. As if being at the dying bedside of a relative is all that tragic. I will say I wasn't totally displeased to be out of the country and unable to make it back on one of these occasions myself.

    Yes, it’s always possible that someone might have used this opportunity to sneak in with homicidal intent. But I don’t think that’s very likely because:

    1. Our most recent terrorist incidents were perpetrated by Muslims, but not from any of the proscribed countries.

    2. One result of the Executive Order that I feel pretty confident about is that in its overkill it ensured a more strict vetting of who’s who as far as visa issuance and visa acceptance. Remember, the big problem was people claiming to be someone that they were not (supposedly; again it hasn’t been relevant to our recent terror attacks.)

    I think the original XO was somewhat theatrical, since it was almost certainly understood that it would not remain as it was originally articulated (which is why DHS began making exceptions after the weekend), and would also be legally challenged. But it did accomplish its purpose in that scrutiny of Muslims is going to be much greater from here on.

    The President “has the authority” to do anything he wants, but the courts are going to be very watchful of how any such order fits into precedent, and second, how any such order fits in in terms of precedent as far as its implementation. The idea of issuing such an order on a Friday afternoon when government was going to be shutdown for the entire weekend, thus leaving it up to local authorities to implement it such that people with green cards, visas, and other legitimate reasons would be held up, detained, or sent back to their point of origin made for chaotic implementation, which in turn strongly argues for lack of foresight, and it is unlikely that any court anywhere is going to sign off on executive orders drafted without foresight, issued without coordination or communication, and implemented chaotically.

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    • Replies: @scrivener3
    "The President “has the authority” to do anything he wants, but the courts are going to be very watchful of how any such order fits into precedent, and second, how any such order fits in in terms of precedent as far as its implementation. "

    The Pres does not have the authority to "do anything he wants" . But in this case there is a statue enacted by Congress and signed into law that gives the President authority to exclude people.

    The President is not subject to precedent. If his act is authorized by law he may do new, innovative and unprecedented things. It is courts that are supposed to follow precedent. If precedent were the touchstone, Trump would be able to put all Asians on the west coast into camps and take away their baseball bats.
  52. @biz
    Reich is a douchebag partisan hack and his conspiracy theory is so idiotic as to merit only mockery.

    But there is a bit of irony in having so many posts at unz.com of all places mocking a conspiracy theorist, no?

    But there is a bit of irony in having so many posts at unz.com of all places mocking a conspiracy theorist, no?

    At least we put up evidence for ours. Where is the equivalent WTC 7 of Reich’s theory?

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    • Replies: @biz
    The equivalent of 'building 7' as far as 'evidence' goes would be any random diarrhea that comes out of anyone's mouth.
  53. @Anonymous

    “Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.”

    Unless it’s Nikki Haley.
     
    WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind? After 6 beers she's at best a 6. Hell, she's not even the best looking East Indian-American in D.C. politics. That'd go to Tulsi Gabbard.

    WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind?

    Maybe gay, blind and on crack. Jefferson related to De Niro and his tastes? Nikki Haley and attractive – it’s not even wrong.

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  54. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Reich bitches about ‘para-military’ methods of the Right, but he should worry more about the para-mentality of PC conformity.

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  55. @Jack D
    Reich's thinking appears to be distorted by some mental disease (assuming that this is not just an attempt at Putin style disinformation, which I don't rule out) but I don't think it's paranoia. It would most likely be cognitive dissonance. To Reich, the Left is good and is incapable of vile actions, so if his eyes behold apparent Leftists engaged in such vile actions, then his eyes must be lying - what appears to be happening is not really what is happening. It must be some kind of false flag attack. When people have deeply rooted belief systems, it takes a lot to shake those beliefs and it's much easier for the mind to reroute around the troublesome facts than it is to turn your belief system upside down. People think that truth has some special value but your mind doesn't really care that much about truth compared to many other things. If truth was really important we would have a much more honest public discourse. Our daily discourse is not as outrageously twisted as Reich's lame version but it's often not far from it either.

    I think you are falling into the trap of believing that Reich is sincere.

    Reich has always been the worst sort of hack. He’ll say anything that he believes will help the cause. Truth is immaterial.

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    • Replies: @Jack D
    As I said, I do not rule out the possibility that this was merely disinformation intended to sow confusion among the weak minded. Even if they are not fully convinced by his BS they can grasp onto this in order not to come down fully against the Left. "We don't really know WHO the rioters were. A pox upon both your houses." The rioters were like Putin's little green men - just enough deniability to sow temporary confusion.
    , @Edwhy
    Reich and Hillary were the chief culprits in trying to push Billy Bob to the left during his presidency, but Bill, being a canny pol, resisted them.
  56. @SPMoore8
    The order may be reinstated but it has been weakened twice: first by DHS determining that it did not apply to green card holders, and second, because the suspension in Washington state plus the non-involvement of Ninth Circuit (so far) allowed a number of Muslims from the proscribed countries to make their entry unmolested in the past few days. Which, to me, is only fair.

    However I don't have any problem with the order as such, just its implementation, which was chaotic. We'll see what happens next.

    The “implementation” was not chaotic. As someone from the inside, we knew it was coming.

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  57. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Dieter Kief
    Napoleon-complex - could be, at least he's small enough.

    Something is definitely not quite right, it occurs to me.

    Teacher's "Deformation professionelle" PLUS Napoleon complex - this combination could all right for a decent beginning for the Reich-siences.

    Something is definitely not quite right, it occurs to me.

    I was a small kid in high school. But Reich looks to be if not a midget, next thing to one. There might be people with legitimate dwarfism who are taller. He’s not even big enough to do the steroid assisted “grow wide instead of big!” + martial arts thing. A lifetime of towel flicks in the change room, head rubs and “Awww, isn’t he adorable” from girls will create a seething hatred at the world. I hate to go all Freud on you, but his hatred has likely, even manifestly been directed at the goyim who caused such torment to him growing up.

    Oh what the hell. I lied. He probably wants to **** his mother too.

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    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    Reich is under 5' tall, but seems to have had a successful career and life, and appears happy in public appearances. I don't recall him evincing any bitterness. I hate to go all Freud on you, but be wary of projecting.
    , @AndrewR
    Omg he's 4'10".

    More than half of boys are taller than that on their 12th birthday and over 95% of boys are taller than that two years later.

    He is literally shorter than most sixth grade boys.

    Wow.

    No wonder he is a radical leftist.
  58. @Anonymous

    “Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.”

    Unless it’s Nikki Haley.
     
    WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind? After 6 beers she's at best a 6. Hell, she's not even the best looking East Indian-American in D.C. politics. That'd go to Tulsi Gabbard.

    Tulsi Gabbard is a Samoan who looks Indian and converted to Hinduism. She adopted Hindu name “Tulsi” as part of her conversion.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    How many Hindu converts are their in the world?
    , @Langley
    No. She was raised in a Krishna ashram.

    Her father Mike Gabbard converted to Chris Butler's Krishna splinter group in the 1960s.

    Chris's Quonset hut temple was on the North Shore at Rocky point, Just down the coast from my grandmothers place at Laniakea . Those were great days.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    I think she's 1/4 Samoan.
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe
    There are some interesting aspects to her background story, it seems.

    http://spitfirelist.com/for-the-record/ftr-941-who-is-tulsi-gabbard-part-1/
  59. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/british-medics-studying-in-sudan-flock-to-join-isis-80vcjvkcj

    This is what happens when White British Identity is Apologetics.
    UK lets in non-whites and hopes they will assimilate. But why would newcomers assimilate to an identity of apology and shame? Who wants to join with White Shame or White Sorry, especially when white progs who run the media and academia encourage you to feel morally superior to whites and blame all the woes in your own nation of origin on whites?

    Sorryness is not a viable identity.

    “I’m black and I’m proud.”

    “I’m Muslim and I’m holy.”

    “I’m white and I’m sorry.”

    When non-whites come to UK, they are awarded instant moral superiority. They come to make demands, and whites must bow their heads and say, “I’m sorry”. “I’m sorry that we can’t you more free stuff. I’m sorry that we can’t take in all your relatives, but we are trying. I’m sorry that not every Briton is as welcoming as us. We still have ‘nazis’ around and we are trying to eradicate them. We are trying!!”

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

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  60. OT: Steve, important people read you. Certainly more of them with ties to the current administration than to the previous one.

    Do you agree that the biggest danger for Trump and his agenda right now is the possibility of him getting into a stupid war with Iran?

    If so, can you please raise a bit of noise about it? It’s still possible to prevent it.

    Iran is much larger than Iraq. All of the problems of the Iraq War would be magnified there. It’s a giant trap.

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    • Replies: @El Dato

    All of the problems of the Iraq War would be magnified there.
     
    If by "magnified" you mean that non-Iranian thermonuclear devices may end up doing short suborbital cruises, you are quite right.

    And there is only one reason to go up against Iran: Saudi & Israeli reflexive fear & hatred.
    , @AndrewR
    I hate to say it but Iran seems to want war too. Or at least their government does. It's not possible to come to another conclusion when they openly brag about writing "Israel must be wiped off the face of the Earth" on missles in Hebrew.

    I feel bad for the average Iranian, and I'm certainly no fan of Israel, but Iran is begging for war.

  61. @Anonymous

    “Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.”

    Unless it’s Nikki Haley.
     
    WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind? After 6 beers she's at best a 6. Hell, she's not even the best looking East Indian-American in D.C. politics. That'd go to Tulsi Gabbard.

    La Tulsi? She’s not East Indian, she’s part Polynesian.

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  62. @sabril
    I wouldn't put it past Milo to deliberately try to incite a riot, but in that case there would be no need for him to recruit and hire Leftist thugs to burn and smash. It's clear from the last couple years that there are plenty of Leftist thugs who are ready and eager to do such things. All Milo would have had to have done is put a few anonymous posts on social media at the right times and locations.

    That said, I suspect this is just more projection. Plenty of evidence came out during campaign season that the Left makes use of rent-a-mobs.

    Anyway, is Reich calling for these antifa types to be arrested, interrogated, and prosecuted? That's the obvious way to find out if they are working for someone. But I doubt Reich will make such a call. Because deep down, he knows that if they are working for anyone, it's someone like Soros.

    Anyway, is Reich calling for these antifa types to be arrested, interrogated, and prosecuted? That’s the obvious way to find out if they are working for someone. But I doubt Reich will make such a call. Because deep down, he knows that if they are working for anyone, it’s someone like Soros.

    Remember, no matter how powerful, leftists never, ever think they’re punching down. If that means rearranging logic to think that Milo, Berkeley,paid thugs and the cops are all conspiring to make the left look bad, then so be it.

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  63. What’s more Jewish than a Bar Mitzvah.</blockquote.

    A real Jew?

    However — if any of the people that get in because of this restraining order go fundamental islamic and kill anyone — we will know. Dems are setting themselves up for another Willie Horton.

    The left’s line will be that the deaths are on Trump’s head, for angering Muslims.

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  64. Completely OT, but I had to get this one off my chest.

    Here’s what dumb #@!$ Microsoft are. If you sign up for a Microsoft account on a W10 rig, they automatically change your user name and password for the W10 rig to those of the Microsoft account. Talk about a great way to permanently lock someone out of their own computer. What if you use a password you have memorized for your rig, and strong passwords in a password manager for everything else, that you have stored on the hard drive?

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  65. @candid_observer
    I think you are falling into the trap of believing that Reich is sincere.

    Reich has always been the worst sort of hack. He'll say anything that he believes will help the cause. Truth is immaterial.

    As I said, I do not rule out the possibility that this was merely disinformation intended to sow confusion among the weak minded. Even if they are not fully convinced by his BS they can grasp onto this in order not to come down fully against the Left. “We don’t really know WHO the rioters were. A pox upon both your houses.” The rioters were like Putin’s little green men – just enough deniability to sow temporary confusion.

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  66. @Anonymous

    “Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.”

    Unless it’s Nikki Haley.
     
    WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind? After 6 beers she's at best a 6. Hell, she's not even the best looking East Indian-American in D.C. politics. That'd go to Tulsi Gabbard.

    “WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind?”

    Is Bill Clinton Gay or blind for being married to Crooked Cankles? Nikki Haley is way hotter than her.

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    • Replies: @Anonym
    Young Hillary was quite boneable back in the day. Nice WHR. See the striped pant photo.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/04/11/395302391/5-things-you-should-know-about-hillary-clinton

    There is a photo of her though that makes her look like the female counterpart of Norman Bates. Can't find a direct link though.
    , @Autochthon
    Clinton was physically attractive for a period in her younger days before age, overeating, booze, and her own vile, black heart took their toll.

    I expect she was always an ugly person, though, psychologically and otherwise.

    , @guest
    Three things:

    1. Bill undoubtedly knows Hillary is ugly and doesn't confuse her for being more attractive than Nikki Haley, or anyone for that matter, so I don't see your point.

    2. Hillary was never beautiful, but she was relatively more attractive when they married.

    3. Bill didn't marry Hillary for her looks.

    And a 4th, for good measure:

    4. Bill either has bad taste in general or goes after targets of opportunity. Having lots of sex doesn't make you a connoisseur of women's looks.
  67. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Jack D
    Reich's thinking appears to be distorted by some mental disease (assuming that this is not just an attempt at Putin style disinformation, which I don't rule out) but I don't think it's paranoia. It would most likely be cognitive dissonance. To Reich, the Left is good and is incapable of vile actions, so if his eyes behold apparent Leftists engaged in such vile actions, then his eyes must be lying - what appears to be happening is not really what is happening. It must be some kind of false flag attack. When people have deeply rooted belief systems, it takes a lot to shake those beliefs and it's much easier for the mind to reroute around the troublesome facts than it is to turn your belief system upside down. People think that truth has some special value but your mind doesn't really care that much about truth compared to many other things. If truth was really important we would have a much more honest public discourse. Our daily discourse is not as outrageously twisted as Reich's lame version but it's often not far from it either.

    It’s possible that Reich and some of his professorial pals at Berkeley gave money or encouragement to the Blackshirts before the riots, and some irate higher-ups either at Berkeley or in the state legislature are quietly asking pointed questions about professorial involvement in inflicting $100,000 worth of damage on the college. There are always fiscally-minded members of any administration, and they will have your hide if you inflict this sort of damage on their own property. It kinds of cramps a prof’s chance for achieving tenure or getting a salary raise.

    The college may have to beg the state legislature to finance the repairs, but California is pretty broke and probably can’t afford it. This means the admins will have to beg donors to give extra money this year. But encouraging masked Blackshirts to vandalize your own campus because you think it’s cool has a tendency to make donors slam their wallets shut. If your students are just going to trash the place again once it’s fixed up, what’s the point of giving Berkeley extra money? A lot of reliable leftist donors threw away a ton of cash on Hillary’s inept presidential run, and now Berkeley wants them to fix the damage caused by an own goal inflicted on one of the crown jewels of leftist ideology? HAHAHAHA. The leftist love of fouling its own nest has struck again.

    If Trump cuts Federal funds to the college, cuts grant money to its profs, and refuses to give government loans to its students, Berkeley is going to be in deep financial sh*t, especially if its donor cash dries up as well. Therefore, Reich, has to disown the Blackshirts. Reich is an old Clinton-era political hack, and he wouldn’t blink at making blood run on the streets, but I have no doubt that some of Berkeley’s admins are fair-weather leftists. They talk a good game, but when it comes riots and having to pay for the damage, they get scared away.

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    "Center left" European governments have been known to finance their local antifa groups, it would not surprise me in the least if universities fund their local antifa chapters as well.

    Has anyone ever really audited the books of public universities? Maybe they do regularly but man, the things they waste money on and brag about never ceases to amaze and I have to wonder what they waste money on but try to hide. A shame that Betsy DeVos seems to care only about homeschooling and charter schools, we need someone who is willing to audit and keep a tight leash on universities.

    , @anon

    It’s possible that Reich and some of his professorial pals at Berkeley gave money or encouragement to the Blackshirts before the riots
     
    yes - the tone is very "look over there!"
  68. Hate to start this out on a down note, but what’s wrong with you retards? Robert Reich has busted (BUSTED!) the far Right/Alt-Right/Deplorably Right for sending masked hoods to smash up Berkeley when Mila Yannahoopalus’ speech was cancelled last week. That scuttling of this vicious gay Jewish Nazi’s appearance denied valorous students the chance to force their way into the campus hall where Yonohaplos was speaking and, hopefully, tar and feather him while he twists slowly in the branches of a sour-apple tree. Certainly, that would teach this coddled upstart a lesson about inclusivity and tolerance.

    Now… You may remember Reich from the Clinton Administration, where he was Secretary of Pipsqueak. Barely four feet tall, Reich is shorter than many African Pygmy tribesmen, and even looks the runt when compared to the Yumba people of Sumatra – so tiny, they’re often mistaken for talking zucchinis. Clinton would simply carry Reich in his pocket when the two had to appear out of town, saving taxpayers untold millions in travel expenses. Around the office, Reich often would jump naked out of birthday cakes to scare the cows in typing – again saving untold sums, since he could fit in an off-the-shelf Entenmann’s instead of larger, hyper-expensive homosexual cakes.

    Look who’s backing up his appraisal: Newsweek gave him a bully pulpit. Salon is on board. Even the Hill and Politico gave him the usual MSM reaction when faced with developments they’re sure are hayseed in origin, but which can’t be disproven without violating the narrative (i.e., are, disgracefully, true): We’ll probably never KNOW what REALLY happened!

    The Washington Post just last week broke the story that there was NO terror massacre in Bowling Green; a couple of blond, straight, white gentile men were trying to buy arms for al Qaeda, no more serious than jaywalking or tossing a used 7-11 hot dog box on the lawn of a blond, straight, white gentile pig, really. But today, they disgrace themselves by doubting this jumbo shrimp of economic theory.

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    Newsweek gave him a bully pulpit
     
    Haha, some bully pulpit. There must be what, 5 or 10 people who still read it. It's the 5,000th most popular site on the internet. Their (already low) ratings have been plunging like a stone since the election:

    http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/newsweek.com

    They are on maybe their 4th or 5th owner since the WashPo sold the magazine for the grand sum of $1. Maybe they published Reich's ravings in the hope of drumming up a few hits.
  69. @Jack D
    Reich's thinking appears to be distorted by some mental disease (assuming that this is not just an attempt at Putin style disinformation, which I don't rule out) but I don't think it's paranoia. It would most likely be cognitive dissonance. To Reich, the Left is good and is incapable of vile actions, so if his eyes behold apparent Leftists engaged in such vile actions, then his eyes must be lying - what appears to be happening is not really what is happening. It must be some kind of false flag attack. When people have deeply rooted belief systems, it takes a lot to shake those beliefs and it's much easier for the mind to reroute around the troublesome facts than it is to turn your belief system upside down. People think that truth has some special value but your mind doesn't really care that much about truth compared to many other things. If truth was really important we would have a much more honest public discourse. Our daily discourse is not as outrageously twisted as Reich's lame version but it's often not far from it either.

    “To Reich, the Left is good and is incapable of vile actions,”

    I am surprised Richard Reich didn’t say the violent protesters in Berkeley were paid for by The Koch Brothers. They always bring up The Koch Brothers when trying to deflect attention away from George Soros. The Koch Brothers are the Left’s version of hey look squirrels.

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  70. Jamelle Bouie on Bannon, Miller, Sessions, and Decius.

    Sample quotes:

    “Decius”—since revealed as Michael Anton, a former George W. Bush administration speechwriter—now works for President Trump. And he isn’t the only figure in the Trump circle who holds these views. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, his former aide Stephen Miller, and right-wing media mogul Stephen Bannon occupy prominent positions in the present administration. Like Anton, they hold deep antagonism to immigrants and immigration, opposition to their equality within American society, and nostalgia for a time when prosperity was the province of the native-born and a select few “assimilated” immigrants. But these aren’t just ideologues with jobs in a friendly administration. They are the architects of Trump’s policy, the executors of a frighteningly coherent political ideology.

    This nationalism, white nationalism, was the ideology of Anton’s essay, driven by contempt for immigrants and foreigners of all stripes. A century ago, in the preface to Madison Grant’s The Passing of the Great Race, a then-popular work of scientific racism, American eugenicist Henry Fairfield Osborn ably summed up this worldview, which now holds the White House.

    Thus conservation of that race which has given us the true spirit of Americanism is not a matter either of racial pride or of racial prejudice; it is a matter of love of country, of a true sentiment which is based upon knowledge and the lessons of history rather than upon the sentimentalism which is fostered by ignorance. If I were asked: What is the greatest danger which threatens the American republic to-day? I would certainly reply: The gradual dying out among our people of those hereditary traits through which the principles of our religious, political and social foundations were laid down and their insidious replacement by traits of less noble character.

    This is Decius’ view. It was essentially the ideology behind Trump’s campaign, defined by its hostility toward Muslims, marked by its reliance on racist stereotypes of Hispanic immigrants, and not so subtly contemptuous of black Americans. Now, it all but drives Trump’s administration, voiced by key figures and expressed through policy.

    Stephen Miller has a lower profile than either Sessions or Bannon, but he’s made his mark as a staffer for the former. “You could not get where we are today with this movement if it didn’t have a center of gravity that was intellectually coherent,” said Bannon of Miller in an interview with Politico Magazine. “And I think a ton of that was done by Sen. Sessions’ staff, and Stephen Miller was at the cutting edge of that.” As a student at Duke University, the now–30-year-old Miller worked closely with Richard Spencer, then a graduate student who would leave the academy and become an intellectual leader for the “alt-right,” an online movement of white nationalists. And as a columnist for the campus paper, Miller worried that “immigrants from non-European countries were not assimilating.”

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  71. Hell, what if you just typed your strong Microsoft account password into a text file and saved it, with the intention of writing it down later, but Microsuck changed your password within 5 seconds, and you had to restart. Locked out of your own computer. Or what if you had a power loss while you were writing down the password to your new account?

    This is why Microsuck has a reputation as a bunch of high-handed, stupid, assholes. It doesn’t take a lick of common sense to know not to change the locks on somebody’s house without their permission.

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  72. @Arclight
    Reich, like most of the devoted left, is still processing the fact that voters in key locations looked at the past 8 years and what the Democrats offered forth during the campaign season and either turned away or pulled the lever for the other team.

    If the comments of my liberal friends on social media are any guide, most of them take any action by Trump as an opportunity to point out to any Trump voters that might be paying attention that they made a huge mistake, were rubes, etc. Apparently they think this will result in these same people rewarding the left with their votes next time around...good luck with that.

    Since Bush Jr. was immediately followed by the Trump administration, it’s evident that republicans just go from bad to worse, and democrats never get a chance.

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  73. @The Only Catholic Unionist
    Almost without fail, when the Left accuses you of something, it's because it's what they themselves are doing.

    From the South Dakota US Senate race (that deposed Daschle) where they accused snowbirds of fraudulent voting (they were cheating like an *expletive deleted* on the Rez)...

    To accusing the Tea Party of being astroturf (like ACORN)

    To this ... ludicrous accusation from Reich.

    You yourself can think of a zillion examples.

    It’s like when the left accuses its enemies of McCarthyism. What it means is, “Hey, you bastards, those are our tactics–how dare you use them against us?”

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  74. @SPMoore8
    Yes, it's always possible that someone might have used this opportunity to sneak in with homicidal intent. But I don't think that's very likely because:

    1. Our most recent terrorist incidents were perpetrated by Muslims, but not from any of the proscribed countries.

    2. One result of the Executive Order that I feel pretty confident about is that in its overkill it ensured a more strict vetting of who's who as far as visa issuance and visa acceptance. Remember, the big problem was people claiming to be someone that they were not (supposedly; again it hasn't been relevant to our recent terror attacks.)

    I think the original XO was somewhat theatrical, since it was almost certainly understood that it would not remain as it was originally articulated (which is why DHS began making exceptions after the weekend), and would also be legally challenged. But it did accomplish its purpose in that scrutiny of Muslims is going to be much greater from here on.

    The President "has the authority" to do anything he wants, but the courts are going to be very watchful of how any such order fits into precedent, and second, how any such order fits in in terms of precedent as far as its implementation. The idea of issuing such an order on a Friday afternoon when government was going to be shutdown for the entire weekend, thus leaving it up to local authorities to implement it such that people with green cards, visas, and other legitimate reasons would be held up, detained, or sent back to their point of origin made for chaotic implementation, which in turn strongly argues for lack of foresight, and it is unlikely that any court anywhere is going to sign off on executive orders drafted without foresight, issued without coordination or communication, and implemented chaotically.

    “The President “has the authority” to do anything he wants, but the courts are going to be very watchful of how any such order fits into precedent, and second, how any such order fits in in terms of precedent as far as its implementation. ”

    The Pres does not have the authority to “do anything he wants” . But in this case there is a statue enacted by Congress and signed into law that gives the President authority to exclude people.

    The President is not subject to precedent. If his act is authorized by law he may do new, innovative and unprecedented things. It is courts that are supposed to follow precedent. If precedent were the touchstone, Trump would be able to put all Asians on the west coast into camps and take away their baseball bats.

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  75. @Jimi
    Tulsi Gabbard is a Samoan who looks Indian and converted to Hinduism. She adopted Hindu name "Tulsi" as part of her conversion.

    How many Hindu converts are their in the world?

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    I run into converts all the time, surprisingly, since Hinduism treats converts horribly. Conversions aren't something most Hindus care about so they don't bother keeping statistics. Hare Krishna movement claims 250K converts in USA but who knows how they measure that.

    I find it interesting that White American Christians are more likely to convert to Hinduism and Black Americans Christians are more likely to convert to Islam.

    Most converts to Hinduism focus on the Vedic philosophy and meditation. But Tulsi Gabbard has gone whole hog, even flirting with the Hindu National movement in India, while being a leftwing social liberal Democrat in US politics.
    , @Anonym
    I do not know, but the Beatles have a lot to answer for.
    , @Jack D
    About as many as those who convert to Shinto. That's because these are religions that are tied up in national identity and are not really amenable to conversion. You can convert to Catholicism but you can't convert to being Italian. If you converted, what caste would you belong to?

    Buddhism OTOH, is quite amenable to converts.
    , @NickG
    Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in Australia.

    Though quite a few SWPL wimmyn get into Hinduism through yoga.
  76. @Steve Sailer
    How many Hindu converts are their in the world?

    I run into converts all the time, surprisingly, since Hinduism treats converts horribly. Conversions aren’t something most Hindus care about so they don’t bother keeping statistics. Hare Krishna movement claims 250K converts in USA but who knows how they measure that.

    I find it interesting that White American Christians are more likely to convert to Hinduism and Black Americans Christians are more likely to convert to Islam.

    Most converts to Hinduism focus on the Vedic philosophy and meditation. But Tulsi Gabbard has gone whole hog, even flirting with the Hindu National movement in India, while being a leftwing social liberal Democrat in US politics.

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  77. @Steve Sailer
    How many Hindu converts are their in the world?

    I do not know, but the Beatles have a lot to answer for.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The Hindu world generates a lot of religious entrepreneurs, some of whom get cult followers in the West. But it's not clear to me if a Westerner follows some Guru if he is converting to Hinduism in general or just to the Guru's creed. Is there some central Hindu high command?

    Hinduism often seems less like a particular religion and more like a general worldview.
  78. @Steve Sailer
    How many Hindu converts are their in the world?

    About as many as those who convert to Shinto. That’s because these are religions that are tied up in national identity and are not really amenable to conversion. You can convert to Catholicism but you can’t convert to being Italian. If you converted, what caste would you belong to?

    Buddhism OTOH, is quite amenable to converts.

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    • Replies: @Jimi
    I had a Religious Studies professor in college explain that in Buddhism, Buddha separated the moral and theology of Hinduism from Indian culture. This allowed non-Indians to become Buddhist.

    Similarly in Christianity, the early Christians separated the monotheism and ethics of Judaism from the culture and tribal obligations of Judaism.

    This makes a lot of sense to me.
    , @Johann Ricke

    About as many as those who convert to Shinto. That’s because these are religions that are tied up in national identity and are not really amenable to conversion
     
    In antiquity, it was non-trivial. The Garuda, a Hindu mythological figure, is the name of Indonesia's national airline. A good chunk of Southeast Asia was Hindu before the Muslim tidal wave. Bali is still 90% Hindu. The languages of the region are heavily larded with Sanskrit loan words. Sanskrit was to ancient India what Latin was to the Roman empire, a lingua franca.
  79. @Jefferson
    "WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind?"

    Is Bill Clinton Gay or blind for being married to Crooked Cankles? Nikki Haley is way hotter than her.

    Young Hillary was quite boneable back in the day. Nice WHR. See the striped pant photo.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/04/11/395302391/5-things-you-should-know-about-hillary-clinton

    There is a photo of her though that makes her look like the female counterpart of Norman Bates. Can’t find a direct link though.

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  80. Yeah, that was my impression: Hinduism is essentially a religion for subcontinentals. It doesn’t seem to concern itself much with the rest of the world. Maybe that reflects the famous insularity of South Asians who saw Greater India as pretty much the whole world and didn’t think very hard about the outside world.

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  81. @Anonym
    I do not know, but the Beatles have a lot to answer for.

    The Hindu world generates a lot of religious entrepreneurs, some of whom get cult followers in the West. But it’s not clear to me if a Westerner follows some Guru if he is converting to Hinduism in general or just to the Guru’s creed. Is there some central Hindu high command?

    Hinduism often seems less like a particular religion and more like a general worldview.

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    • Replies: @Pachyderm Pachyderma
    And the 'Judeo-Christian' world doesn't produce religious entrepreneurs? What are Bakers, Hinns, Robertsons, Grahams etc.? And no, it doesn't have high command... more like the Protestants in the sense that one could be Baptist or Anabaptist, Methodist or Anglican, Lutheran or Presbyterian but are all considered Christians. Last but not least, it's religion to those adhere to it and its worldview is live and let live otherwise karma will come back to bite you in the derrière!
    , @Desiderius
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNK-VVssiUI
  82. @Glossy
    OT: Steve, important people read you. Certainly more of them with ties to the current administration than to the previous one.

    Do you agree that the biggest danger for Trump and his agenda right now is the possibility of him getting into a stupid war with Iran?

    If so, can you please raise a bit of noise about it? It's still possible to prevent it.

    Iran is much larger than Iraq. All of the problems of the Iraq War would be magnified there. It's a giant trap.

    All of the problems of the Iraq War would be magnified there.

    If by “magnified” you mean that non-Iranian thermonuclear devices may end up doing short suborbital cruises, you are quite right.

    And there is only one reason to go up against Iran: Saudi & Israeli reflexive fear & hatred.

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  83. Off-topic

    Post on Bryan Burroughs book Days of Rage about 1970s radicalism:
    https://status451.com/2017/01/20/days-of-rage/

    Many interesting comments by “boldmug” aka Mencius Moldbug on this post:
    http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=3167

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    I don't think the left is going to be allowed to become as radical on campus as they were in the 1960s and 70s. A generation of snowflakes who flip over microaggressions would go completely berserk over anyone who sets bombs off in their campus safe spaces, and they'll turn against all the Weatherman-wannabes. Secondly, college is a lot more expensive than it used to be, and many leftists believe you can't get nice-paying jobs without completing a degree from a good school. Colleges in this day and age are filled with hardcore careerists who have to find a decent job just to pay off all that debt. Anyone who interferes with the progression of their degrees will be tarred and feathered by the snowflake crowd, who are relentless about looking after their personal self-interest. You wouldn't be so upset about a microaggression unless you were totally selfish and self-centered in the first place.
  84. @Jack D
    About as many as those who convert to Shinto. That's because these are religions that are tied up in national identity and are not really amenable to conversion. You can convert to Catholicism but you can't convert to being Italian. If you converted, what caste would you belong to?

    Buddhism OTOH, is quite amenable to converts.

    I had a Religious Studies professor in college explain that in Buddhism, Buddha separated the moral and theology of Hinduism from Indian culture. This allowed non-Indians to become Buddhist.

    Similarly in Christianity, the early Christians separated the monotheism and ethics of Judaism from the culture and tribal obligations of Judaism.

    This makes a lot of sense to me.

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  85. @Jefferson
    "WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind?"

    Is Bill Clinton Gay or blind for being married to Crooked Cankles? Nikki Haley is way hotter than her.

    Clinton was physically attractive for a period in her younger days before age, overeating, booze, and her own vile, black heart took their toll.

    I expect she was always an ugly person, though, psychologically and otherwise.

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    Autochrhon:

    By the time of the Watergate Hearings she was described by the Dem operative Joe Califano as being a hard-charging harridian with coke bottle thick eye glasses. By that time she was definitely well past her overdue return date.
  86. @San Fernando Curt
    Hate to start this out on a down note, but what's wrong with you retards? Robert Reich has busted (BUSTED!) the far Right/Alt-Right/Deplorably Right for sending masked hoods to smash up Berkeley when Mila Yannahoopalus' speech was cancelled last week. That scuttling of this vicious gay Jewish Nazi's appearance denied valorous students the chance to force their way into the campus hall where Yonohaplos was speaking and, hopefully, tar and feather him while he twists slowly in the branches of a sour-apple tree. Certainly, that would teach this coddled upstart a lesson about inclusivity and tolerance.

    Now... You may remember Reich from the Clinton Administration, where he was Secretary of Pipsqueak. Barely four feet tall, Reich is shorter than many African Pygmy tribesmen, and even looks the runt when compared to the Yumba people of Sumatra - so tiny, they're often mistaken for talking zucchinis. Clinton would simply carry Reich in his pocket when the two had to appear out of town, saving taxpayers untold millions in travel expenses. Around the office, Reich often would jump naked out of birthday cakes to scare the cows in typing - again saving untold sums, since he could fit in an off-the-shelf Entenmann's instead of larger, hyper-expensive homosexual cakes.

    Look who's backing up his appraisal: Newsweek gave him a bully pulpit. Salon is on board. Even the Hill and Politico gave him the usual MSM reaction when faced with developments they're sure are hayseed in origin, but which can't be disproven without violating the narrative (i.e., are, disgracefully, true): We'll probably never KNOW what REALLY happened!

    The Washington Post just last week broke the story that there was NO terror massacre in Bowling Green; a couple of blond, straight, white gentile men were trying to buy arms for al Qaeda, no more serious than jaywalking or tossing a used 7-11 hot dog box on the lawn of a blond, straight, white gentile pig, really. But today, they disgrace themselves by doubting this jumbo shrimp of economic theory.

    Newsweek gave him a bully pulpit

    Haha, some bully pulpit. There must be what, 5 or 10 people who still read it. It’s the 5,000th most popular site on the internet. Their (already low) ratings have been plunging like a stone since the election:

    http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/newsweek.com

    They are on maybe their 4th or 5th owner since the WashPo sold the magazine for the grand sum of $1. Maybe they published Reich’s ravings in the hope of drumming up a few hits.

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    Well... Before we write off Newsweek, perhaps we should remember that Pulitzer-contender coverage from last month: "You'll Never Believe What Markie Post Looks Like Now! Click Here to Find Out!"

    ...Newsqueak.

  87. @Jimi
    Tulsi Gabbard is a Samoan who looks Indian and converted to Hinduism. She adopted Hindu name "Tulsi" as part of her conversion.

    No. She was raised in a Krishna ashram.

    Her father Mike Gabbard converted to Chris Butler’s Krishna splinter group in the 1960s.

    Chris’s Quonset hut temple was on the North Shore at Rocky point, Just down the coast from my grandmothers place at Laniakea . Those were great days.

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  88. @anon
    The Irishmen inherited their own suffering cultural due to centuries of British domination in their country.

    “Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry”, wrote Auden of Yeats in his elegy for him. Did it hurt many Irish into comedy? Dennis Leary, maybe, though I think his best work (Rescue Me) was in dramedy.

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    • Replies: @Cortes
    Bono's always funny.

    Not intentionally, but funny. Hilarious.
  89. @Jimi
    Tulsi Gabbard is a Samoan who looks Indian and converted to Hinduism. She adopted Hindu name "Tulsi" as part of her conversion.

    I think she’s 1/4 Samoan.

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  90. @Anon
    It's possible that Reich and some of his professorial pals at Berkeley gave money or encouragement to the Blackshirts before the riots, and some irate higher-ups either at Berkeley or in the state legislature are quietly asking pointed questions about professorial involvement in inflicting $100,000 worth of damage on the college. There are always fiscally-minded members of any administration, and they will have your hide if you inflict this sort of damage on their own property. It kinds of cramps a prof's chance for achieving tenure or getting a salary raise.

    The college may have to beg the state legislature to finance the repairs, but California is pretty broke and probably can't afford it. This means the admins will have to beg donors to give extra money this year. But encouraging masked Blackshirts to vandalize your own campus because you think it's cool has a tendency to make donors slam their wallets shut. If your students are just going to trash the place again once it's fixed up, what's the point of giving Berkeley extra money? A lot of reliable leftist donors threw away a ton of cash on Hillary's inept presidential run, and now Berkeley wants them to fix the damage caused by an own goal inflicted on one of the crown jewels of leftist ideology? HAHAHAHA. The leftist love of fouling its own nest has struck again.

    If Trump cuts Federal funds to the college, cuts grant money to its profs, and refuses to give government loans to its students, Berkeley is going to be in deep financial sh*t, especially if its donor cash dries up as well. Therefore, Reich, has to disown the Blackshirts. Reich is an old Clinton-era political hack, and he wouldn't blink at making blood run on the streets, but I have no doubt that some of Berkeley's admins are fair-weather leftists. They talk a good game, but when it comes riots and having to pay for the damage, they get scared away.

    “Center left” European governments have been known to finance their local antifa groups, it would not surprise me in the least if universities fund their local antifa chapters as well.

    Has anyone ever really audited the books of public universities? Maybe they do regularly but man, the things they waste money on and brag about never ceases to amaze and I have to wonder what they waste money on but try to hide. A shame that Betsy DeVos seems to care only about homeschooling and charter schools, we need someone who is willing to audit and keep a tight leash on universities.

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  91. From Urban Dictionary:

    TOP DEFINITION
    Antifa
    Short for (militant) anti-fascists.

    Middle-class champagne socialist/communist/anarchist white boys who don’t like nationalists or fascists. They consider themselves to be rebelling against the establishment, whilst upholding all of its ultra-politically correct views.

    Antifa only dislike racism when its carried out by whites, and do not have the bottle to stand up against anti-white racism; leading to many people on the right to refer to them as ‘traitors’. I’d rather just call them morons.

    Most are teenagers and university students who grow out of the fad when they start paying taxes.

    Sample sentence: Antifa is stupid.

    #fascist #nazi #white boy #teenager #molotov
    by scutterschoice February 10, 2012

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  92. @Autochthon
    Clinton was physically attractive for a period in her younger days before age, overeating, booze, and her own vile, black heart took their toll.

    I expect she was always an ugly person, though, psychologically and otherwise.

    Autochrhon:

    By the time of the Watergate Hearings she was described by the Dem operative Joe Califano as being a hard-charging harridian with coke bottle thick eye glasses. By that time she was definitely well past her overdue return date.

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  93. @Lot
    If you really want to know how the bipartisan establishment will get rid of Trump, starting a recession by jacking up mortgage rates is currently something they can easily do.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-06/the-mortgage-bond-whale-that-everyone-is-suddenly-worried-about

    No need to start it now, better to start in in early 2018 so people can start feeling it in time for midterms.

    For Trump to block this, he has to put loyal people on the Fed. Hard to do given that the careers of right wing economists have been funded primarily by the Kochs and Olin Foundation. They are all basically Tyler Cowen libertarians. He'd be better off putting in auto and building trade union people who will favor easy money than GOPe economists.

    The Fed can’t jack up mortgage rates for people with fixed rate mortgages, and every non-idiot with mortgage refinanced to a historically low, fixed-rate mortgage in recent years.

    There’s no free lunch in economics. Lower mortgage rates, and lower down payments didn’t make housing more affordable; on the contrary, prices went up in response. Similarly, higher mortgage rates won’t make housing less affordable, because prices will adjust in the opposite direction.

    The economy boomed under Reagan with much higher interest rates and much higher mortgage rates.

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    • Replies: @Lot
    Higher rates still hurt:

    1. People move and change jobs and can't keep their old lower rate mortgage and the new buyer of their house will also have to pay more.

    2. New home and apartment construction and major renovations are heavily financed at current rates and buyers of them also require financing.

    3. Some homeowners have ARMs.

    Nominal rates were higher under Reagan, but the real rate is what counts. Right now we have 1.5% inflation. 5.5% mortgages would be devastating to the large construction and renovation sectors of our economy unless there is also a large increase in inflation.

    Team Trump should have an aggressive plan to jack up inflation to 3 or 4% if the Fed tries to destroy him with an interest rate recession.
  94. @MW
    Maybe, maybe not. Trump has a few tools up his sleeve to fight this. Tariffs will make a lot of domestic projects viable, or at least sufficiently viable-seeming to attract investment. Simultaneously loosening bank-capital restrictions and environmental restrictions could allow quite a bit of debt-funded construction to begin around the same time.

    It would be pretty ironic for a real estate developer-President to get caught off-guard by interest rate games.

    Stimulus plus tariffs will have a much bigger impact that without. Even infrastructure spending isn’t immune to the trade deficit: the extension to the Bay Bridge was built in China and shipped over in sections.

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  95. @Anonymous
    Something is definitely not quite right, it occurs to me.

    I was a small kid in high school. But Reich looks to be if not a midget, next thing to one. There might be people with legitimate dwarfism who are taller. He’s not even big enough to do the steroid assisted "grow wide instead of big!" + martial arts thing. A lifetime of towel flicks in the change room, head rubs and "Awww, isn't he adorable" from girls will create a seething hatred at the world. I hate to go all Freud on you, but his hatred has likely, even manifestly been directed at the goyim who caused such torment to him growing up.

    Oh what the hell. I lied. He probably wants to **** his mother too.

    Reich is under 5′ tall, but seems to have had a successful career and life, and appears happy in public appearances. I don’t recall him evincing any bitterness. I hate to go all Freud on you, but be wary of projecting.

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    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    No bitterness? No future white blue collar worker ever gave Robert a wedgie? Of course, Reich has nothing against white male construction workers. Nothing at all.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=duQDVTczGbA
  96. This just in from CNN: Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has proof positive that Marxists did not operate the Gulag that led to the deaths of tens of millions of people. The leaders of the USR were unaware that those they allowed to run the nation’s prison system, a coalition of Latin Mass Catholics and Southern Baptists, were such monsters. Reich stresses that only right wingers could do such evil. “The ADL and Southern Poverty Law Center,” Reich says, “have proof that the Reign of Terror in France was operated by the Ancien Regime, with the Ultramontaine Catholics in charge of it. They were trying to prevent Diversity.”

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  97. @Jack D
    About as many as those who convert to Shinto. That's because these are religions that are tied up in national identity and are not really amenable to conversion. You can convert to Catholicism but you can't convert to being Italian. If you converted, what caste would you belong to?

    Buddhism OTOH, is quite amenable to converts.

    About as many as those who convert to Shinto. That’s because these are religions that are tied up in national identity and are not really amenable to conversion

    In antiquity, it was non-trivial. The Garuda, a Hindu mythological figure, is the name of Indonesia’s national airline. A good chunk of Southeast Asia was Hindu before the Muslim tidal wave. Bali is still 90% Hindu. The languages of the region are heavily larded with Sanskrit loan words. Sanskrit was to ancient India what Latin was to the Roman empire, a lingua franca.

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    • Replies: @Jimi
    Indonesians see Hinduism the way Westerners Greek mythology. Part of heritage but not religion.
  98. @Anonym
    But there is a bit of irony in having so many posts at unz.com of all places mocking a conspiracy theorist, no?

    At least we put up evidence for ours. Where is the equivalent WTC 7 of Reich's theory?

    The equivalent of ‘building 7′ as far as ‘evidence’ goes would be any random diarrhea that comes out of anyone’s mouth.

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    • Replies: @Anonym
    I look forward to seeing your list of steel skyscrapers housing three letter agencies that have managed to collapse at freefall speed solely due to a fire. Actually, any such skyscraper, not just ones containing multiple TLA offices.
  99. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @benjaminl
    Off-topic


    Post on Bryan Burroughs book Days of Rage about 1970s radicalism:
    https://status451.com/2017/01/20/days-of-rage/

    Many interesting comments by "boldmug" aka Mencius Moldbug on this post:
    http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=3167

    I don’t think the left is going to be allowed to become as radical on campus as they were in the 1960s and 70s. A generation of snowflakes who flip over microaggressions would go completely berserk over anyone who sets bombs off in their campus safe spaces, and they’ll turn against all the Weatherman-wannabes. Secondly, college is a lot more expensive than it used to be, and many leftists believe you can’t get nice-paying jobs without completing a degree from a good school. Colleges in this day and age are filled with hardcore careerists who have to find a decent job just to pay off all that debt. Anyone who interferes with the progression of their degrees will be tarred and feathered by the snowflake crowd, who are relentless about looking after their personal self-interest. You wouldn’t be so upset about a microaggression unless you were totally selfish and self-centered in the first place.

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  100. Dave Pinsen:

    Like many vertically challenged males Reich has a predilection for tall babes. His former wife was of the Amazoness variety, skyscrapering at about a cool 6 feet.

    As you state, he appears to be happy in his own skin. More power to the little guy, but no power to his awful political/financial blatherings.

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    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Makes me think of this R. Crumb image:
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/cb/cf/47/cbcf47b9ca4af69cc6da81535d65caf3.jpg
  101. @Lot
    Muslim Ban Lite could be reinstated by the Ninth Circuit as soon as tomorrow morning. For reasons I previously posted, I think Team Trump has a very good chance of a win here.

    Best coverage of the issue is here.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/

    I notice on the cover page they have Statue of Liberty cartoon.

    Legal insurrection just posted the final briefs of the State of Washington and Team Trump. Hearing is tomorrow at 3pm.

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    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    The final para indicates that the government is willing to climb down on allowing entry to those who already have visas, that's an acceptable compromise.

    The problem with this XO is that its meaning was not clearly articulated when it was issued, and that it was not enforced at its source. I.e., with regard to the first point, it still is not clear what the administration's position is on people who have green cards (and now, even visas) which suggests lack of foresight, coordination, and communication with the people who would be enforcing this Order, which in turn makes the Order appear arbitrary and poorly thought out. I think it would be hard for a court to endorse such lack of clarity in the wording, meaning, intent, and execution of such an executive order, short of demonstrating a clear and present danger, but even in such case it's hard to defend an Order which at the same time doesn't even mean what it says.

    With regard to the second point, the issuance of the order should have been enforced at its source, that is, in the countries of origin, whereby no new visas, etc. would be issued to parties seeking to enter the United States. By taking the path that they took, they not only risked the invalidation of short term visas which were obtained at considerable time and money by the persons seeking entry (the 90 to 120 day window close), but they also created the totally unnecessary spectacle of having people denied entry while in mid-flight, with the result that we had, in fact, conflicting interpretations and conflicting resolutions of the handling of individual cases, including detentions, and so forth, and this is even before DHS and others began to attempt to clarify the meaning of the document as it pertained to lawful residents of the United States (i.e., Green Card Holders.)

    I personally have no problem with the substance of the Order, in terms of its intent, but its failure to list those same countries which were the actual source of terrorism in the United States makes the Order appear insincere, the Order was frankly unfair and cruel to those visa holders who were detained and/or sent back after being cleared at their point of departure, which gives the impression that this administration (and this country) is disorganized and impulsive, and finally as has been made abundantly clear by administration sources in the past ten days, the order doesn't even mean what it says (in terms of Green Card holders). So now the lawyers for the government are seeking to modify the order further (allowing entry to those holding visas) which essentially puts the government in a position of bargaining with the Courts about not just the meaning or the intent of the order, but the actual verbiage thereof. "Your honors, we admit the Order doesn't really mean what we meant it to mean, but we would like you to uphold it anyway?" What kind of Rule of Law is that?

    If I were Ninth Circuit I'd tell the government that if they are willing to compromise on the actual scope and wording of the Order, they should go back and rewrite it, re-issue it, and make sure everyone is in agreement as to what it says and what it means before implementing it.

    Again, I have no problem with this order in the abstract and I have no problem with Trump either, but this Order was clearly theatrical, not well thought out, not clear in its scope or meaning, and prejudicial to the reputation of the United States in its initial issuance and implementation.
  102. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @MikeJa
    OK it's nuts but not that nuts. Reich is just applying who benefits. Maybe I'm missing something in the 3d chess game of persuasion but it looks to me like black-masked men beating up your opponents is a huge own goal. I think it's unlikely it's a false flag but then I'd have said French intelligence services fixing rival presidential candidates was a little unlikely too.

    Yeah but the Left benefits as well because Milo is a very effective anti-SJW so shutting him down is probably a net win for the Left despite the bad optics unless/until antifa kill someone.

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  103. @Dave Pinsen
    The Fed can't jack up mortgage rates for people with fixed rate mortgages, and every non-idiot with mortgage refinanced to a historically low, fixed-rate mortgage in recent years.

    There's no free lunch in economics. Lower mortgage rates, and lower down payments didn't make housing more affordable; on the contrary, prices went up in response. Similarly, higher mortgage rates won't make housing less affordable, because prices will adjust in the opposite direction.

    The economy boomed under Reagan with much higher interest rates and much higher mortgage rates.

    Higher rates still hurt:

    1. People move and change jobs and can’t keep their old lower rate mortgage and the new buyer of their house will also have to pay more.

    2. New home and apartment construction and major renovations are heavily financed at current rates and buyers of them also require financing.

    3. Some homeowners have ARMs.

    Nominal rates were higher under Reagan, but the real rate is what counts. Right now we have 1.5% inflation. 5.5% mortgages would be devastating to the large construction and renovation sectors of our economy unless there is also a large increase in inflation.

    Team Trump should have an aggressive plan to jack up inflation to 3 or 4% if the Fed tries to destroy him with an interest rate recession.

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    @Anon
    It's possible that Reich and some of his professorial pals at Berkeley gave money or encouragement to the Blackshirts before the riots, and some irate higher-ups either at Berkeley or in the state legislature are quietly asking pointed questions about professorial involvement in inflicting $100,000 worth of damage on the college. There are always fiscally-minded members of any administration, and they will have your hide if you inflict this sort of damage on their own property. It kinds of cramps a prof's chance for achieving tenure or getting a salary raise.

    The college may have to beg the state legislature to finance the repairs, but California is pretty broke and probably can't afford it. This means the admins will have to beg donors to give extra money this year. But encouraging masked Blackshirts to vandalize your own campus because you think it's cool has a tendency to make donors slam their wallets shut. If your students are just going to trash the place again once it's fixed up, what's the point of giving Berkeley extra money? A lot of reliable leftist donors threw away a ton of cash on Hillary's inept presidential run, and now Berkeley wants them to fix the damage caused by an own goal inflicted on one of the crown jewels of leftist ideology? HAHAHAHA. The leftist love of fouling its own nest has struck again.

    If Trump cuts Federal funds to the college, cuts grant money to its profs, and refuses to give government loans to its students, Berkeley is going to be in deep financial sh*t, especially if its donor cash dries up as well. Therefore, Reich, has to disown the Blackshirts. Reich is an old Clinton-era political hack, and he wouldn't blink at making blood run on the streets, but I have no doubt that some of Berkeley's admins are fair-weather leftists. They talk a good game, but when it comes riots and having to pay for the damage, they get scared away.

    It’s possible that Reich and some of his professorial pals at Berkeley gave money or encouragement to the Blackshirts before the riots

    yes – the tone is very “look over there!”

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  105. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Dave Pinsen
    Reich is under 5' tall, but seems to have had a successful career and life, and appears happy in public appearances. I don't recall him evincing any bitterness. I hate to go all Freud on you, but be wary of projecting.

    No bitterness? No future white blue collar worker ever gave Robert a wedgie? Of course, Reich has nothing against white male construction workers. Nothing at all.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=duQDVTczGbA

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    • Agree: AndrewR
    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican

    I don’t recall him evincing any bitterness.
     

    No bitterness? …
     
    Boom! The internet never forgets. This is what Reich says while mic’d in public, mind you. His antipathy expressed in private must be a hoot.
  106. @biz
    The equivalent of 'building 7' as far as 'evidence' goes would be any random diarrhea that comes out of anyone's mouth.

    I look forward to seeing your list of steel skyscrapers housing three letter agencies that have managed to collapse at freefall speed solely due to a fire. Actually, any such skyscraper, not just ones containing multiple TLA offices.

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  107. @Lot
    Legal insurrection just posted the final briefs of the State of Washington and Team Trump. Hearing is tomorrow at 3pm.

    The final para indicates that the government is willing to climb down on allowing entry to those who already have visas, that’s an acceptable compromise.

    The problem with this XO is that its meaning was not clearly articulated when it was issued, and that it was not enforced at its source. I.e., with regard to the first point, it still is not clear what the administration’s position is on people who have green cards (and now, even visas) which suggests lack of foresight, coordination, and communication with the people who would be enforcing this Order, which in turn makes the Order appear arbitrary and poorly thought out. I think it would be hard for a court to endorse such lack of clarity in the wording, meaning, intent, and execution of such an executive order, short of demonstrating a clear and present danger, but even in such case it’s hard to defend an Order which at the same time doesn’t even mean what it says.

    With regard to the second point, the issuance of the order should have been enforced at its source, that is, in the countries of origin, whereby no new visas, etc. would be issued to parties seeking to enter the United States. By taking the path that they took, they not only risked the invalidation of short term visas which were obtained at considerable time and money by the persons seeking entry (the 90 to 120 day window close), but they also created the totally unnecessary spectacle of having people denied entry while in mid-flight, with the result that we had, in fact, conflicting interpretations and conflicting resolutions of the handling of individual cases, including detentions, and so forth, and this is even before DHS and others began to attempt to clarify the meaning of the document as it pertained to lawful residents of the United States (i.e., Green Card Holders.)

    I personally have no problem with the substance of the Order, in terms of its intent, but its failure to list those same countries which were the actual source of terrorism in the United States makes the Order appear insincere, the Order was frankly unfair and cruel to those visa holders who were detained and/or sent back after being cleared at their point of departure, which gives the impression that this administration (and this country) is disorganized and impulsive, and finally as has been made abundantly clear by administration sources in the past ten days, the order doesn’t even mean what it says (in terms of Green Card holders). So now the lawyers for the government are seeking to modify the order further (allowing entry to those holding visas) which essentially puts the government in a position of bargaining with the Courts about not just the meaning or the intent of the order, but the actual verbiage thereof. “Your honors, we admit the Order doesn’t really mean what we meant it to mean, but we would like you to uphold it anyway?” What kind of Rule of Law is that?

    If I were Ninth Circuit I’d tell the government that if they are willing to compromise on the actual scope and wording of the Order, they should go back and rewrite it, re-issue it, and make sure everyone is in agreement as to what it says and what it means before implementing it.

    Again, I have no problem with this order in the abstract and I have no problem with Trump either, but this Order was clearly theatrical, not well thought out, not clear in its scope or meaning, and prejudicial to the reputation of the United States in its initial issuance and implementation.

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    • Replies: @Lot
    I don't think the end of the government's brief was an offer to compromise, but rather a suggestion if the judges themselves want to compromise. The judges deciding were appointed by Carter (age 85), W., and Obama.

    W's judge is a guy from Massachusetts who moved to Hawaii, so I doubt any of them are conservative. But they may want to split the baby to avoid provoking the Supreme Court.

    If you were suggesting denying people with valid visas entry was wrong, I disagree. Those visa decisions were made by an administration commuted to demographic and religious domination of Muslims in the United States. No decision on entry should be respected. Sorry for a few hard cases, but they can still apply under Trump's rules and I am sure many will just be delayed a bit.
    , @The most deplorable one

    I personally have no problem with the substance of the Order, in terms of its intent, but its failure to list those same countries which were the actual source of terrorism in the United States makes the Order appear insincere, the Order was frankly unfair and cruel to those visa holders who were detained and/or sent back after being cleared at their point of departure, which gives the impression that this administration (and this country) is disorganized and impulsive, and finally as has been made abundantly clear by administration sources in the past ten days, the order doesn’t even mean what it says (in terms of Green Card holders).
     
    What a load of twaddle. Have you entered your second childhood?

    Visa's, even GreenCards, do not give you an automatic right of entry.

    Also, I do not believe a word the lying MSM says about any of this, especially the claims to chaos.

    Moreover, visitors have less rights than citizens have. That is an accepted principle. I certainly accepted it when I visited the US before I became a citizen and certainly knew that there were certain rights that I did not get. You try to buy a gun as a GreenCard holder and you discover that there are things you have to do that citizens do not have to do ... (that is not to say that I was not allowed to purchase a gun, just that it was a little more difficult.)

  108. @Johann Ricke

    About as many as those who convert to Shinto. That’s because these are religions that are tied up in national identity and are not really amenable to conversion
     
    In antiquity, it was non-trivial. The Garuda, a Hindu mythological figure, is the name of Indonesia's national airline. A good chunk of Southeast Asia was Hindu before the Muslim tidal wave. Bali is still 90% Hindu. The languages of the region are heavily larded with Sanskrit loan words. Sanskrit was to ancient India what Latin was to the Roman empire, a lingua franca.

    Indonesians see Hinduism the way Westerners Greek mythology. Part of heritage but not religion.

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    Indonesians see Hinduism the way Westerners Greek mythology. Part of heritage but not religion.
     
    Indonesian Muslims, for sure. I doubt Balinese Hindus feel that way.
    , @AndrewR
    As a very non-Greek "Westerner," I can assure you that I don't view Greek mythology as part of my heritage. To some extent, Greek philosophy is part of "Western heritage" but it was orthogonal to or even contrary to the local mythology.
  109. @Jimi
    Tulsi Gabbard is a Samoan who looks Indian and converted to Hinduism. She adopted Hindu name "Tulsi" as part of her conversion.

    There are some interesting aspects to her background story, it seems.

    http://spitfirelist.com/for-the-record/ftr-941-who-is-tulsi-gabbard-part-1/

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  110. @Steve Sailer
    The Hindu world generates a lot of religious entrepreneurs, some of whom get cult followers in the West. But it's not clear to me if a Westerner follows some Guru if he is converting to Hinduism in general or just to the Guru's creed. Is there some central Hindu high command?

    Hinduism often seems less like a particular religion and more like a general worldview.

    And the ‘Judeo-Christian’ world doesn’t produce religious entrepreneurs? What are Bakers, Hinns, Robertsons, Grahams etc.? And no, it doesn’t have high command… more like the Protestants in the sense that one could be Baptist or Anabaptist, Methodist or Anglican, Lutheran or Presbyterian but are all considered Christians. Last but not least, it’s religion to those adhere to it and its worldview is live and let live otherwise karma will come back to bite you in the derrière!

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  111. @candid_observer
    I think you are falling into the trap of believing that Reich is sincere.

    Reich has always been the worst sort of hack. He'll say anything that he believes will help the cause. Truth is immaterial.

    Reich and Hillary were the chief culprits in trying to push Billy Bob to the left during his presidency, but Bill, being a canny pol, resisted them.

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  112. @SPMoore8
    The final para indicates that the government is willing to climb down on allowing entry to those who already have visas, that's an acceptable compromise.

    The problem with this XO is that its meaning was not clearly articulated when it was issued, and that it was not enforced at its source. I.e., with regard to the first point, it still is not clear what the administration's position is on people who have green cards (and now, even visas) which suggests lack of foresight, coordination, and communication with the people who would be enforcing this Order, which in turn makes the Order appear arbitrary and poorly thought out. I think it would be hard for a court to endorse such lack of clarity in the wording, meaning, intent, and execution of such an executive order, short of demonstrating a clear and present danger, but even in such case it's hard to defend an Order which at the same time doesn't even mean what it says.

    With regard to the second point, the issuance of the order should have been enforced at its source, that is, in the countries of origin, whereby no new visas, etc. would be issued to parties seeking to enter the United States. By taking the path that they took, they not only risked the invalidation of short term visas which were obtained at considerable time and money by the persons seeking entry (the 90 to 120 day window close), but they also created the totally unnecessary spectacle of having people denied entry while in mid-flight, with the result that we had, in fact, conflicting interpretations and conflicting resolutions of the handling of individual cases, including detentions, and so forth, and this is even before DHS and others began to attempt to clarify the meaning of the document as it pertained to lawful residents of the United States (i.e., Green Card Holders.)

    I personally have no problem with the substance of the Order, in terms of its intent, but its failure to list those same countries which were the actual source of terrorism in the United States makes the Order appear insincere, the Order was frankly unfair and cruel to those visa holders who were detained and/or sent back after being cleared at their point of departure, which gives the impression that this administration (and this country) is disorganized and impulsive, and finally as has been made abundantly clear by administration sources in the past ten days, the order doesn't even mean what it says (in terms of Green Card holders). So now the lawyers for the government are seeking to modify the order further (allowing entry to those holding visas) which essentially puts the government in a position of bargaining with the Courts about not just the meaning or the intent of the order, but the actual verbiage thereof. "Your honors, we admit the Order doesn't really mean what we meant it to mean, but we would like you to uphold it anyway?" What kind of Rule of Law is that?

    If I were Ninth Circuit I'd tell the government that if they are willing to compromise on the actual scope and wording of the Order, they should go back and rewrite it, re-issue it, and make sure everyone is in agreement as to what it says and what it means before implementing it.

    Again, I have no problem with this order in the abstract and I have no problem with Trump either, but this Order was clearly theatrical, not well thought out, not clear in its scope or meaning, and prejudicial to the reputation of the United States in its initial issuance and implementation.

    I don’t think the end of the government’s brief was an offer to compromise, but rather a suggestion if the judges themselves want to compromise. The judges deciding were appointed by Carter (age 85), W., and Obama.

    W’s judge is a guy from Massachusetts who moved to Hawaii, so I doubt any of them are conservative. But they may want to split the baby to avoid provoking the Supreme Court.

    If you were suggesting denying people with valid visas entry was wrong, I disagree. Those visa decisions were made by an administration commuted to demographic and religious domination of Muslims in the United States. No decision on entry should be respected. Sorry for a few hard cases, but they can still apply under Trump’s rules and I am sure many will just be delayed a bit.

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    If you were suggesting denying people with valid visas entry was wrong, I disagree. Those visa decisions were made by an administration commuted to demographic and religious domination of Muslims in the United States. No decision on entry should be respected. Sorry for a few hard cases, but they can still apply under Trump’s rules and I am sure many will just be delayed a bit.
     
    Not only that, but the State Department's web site states, and the application for Visa forms themselves probably say, that the possession of a valid visa is not a right of entry. It is only a right to present yourself at a border control station where an entry decision will be made.

    Many countries do that. So, get used to it.
    , @SPMoore8
    Thanks. I'm not saying that denying entry to people with valid visas was "wrong" or "illegal", I think it was stupid to create these optics and it was unnecessarily nasty to these people, who in most if not all cases were just regular slobs attempting to enter the US for the usual reasons.

    The reason this became a problem in the beginning is because the order contained two huge exceptions (as I'm sure you know) but since it was issued on a Friday afternoon that pretty much ensured that nobody would do anything coherent about it until Monday. But that's the fault of the administration in their timing, and their lack of concern (there's really no other way to put it) in terms of the consequences of such an ambiguously worded order.

    Again, there was no clarity when this order was issued so that the exceptions that even the administration had in mind (apparently) were never articulated and so we had a situation in which people were let in, or put in detention, and then interviewed, and then let in, or turned around and sent back, etc. Really quite asinine if you stop to think about it. I mean all you have to do is imagine it happening to yourself after an 8 to 12 hour flight and thinking how you would feel.

    Moreover, holding up Green Card holders was similarly asinine.

    The individuals I know about personally managed to come in over the weekend, so I don't have any particular axe to grind at this point. But that too makes us look foolish, because these same individuals went through a week of quite unnecessary suspense.
  113. @Anonymous
    No bitterness? No future white blue collar worker ever gave Robert a wedgie? Of course, Reich has nothing against white male construction workers. Nothing at all.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=duQDVTczGbA

    I don’t recall him evincing any bitterness.

    No bitterness? …

    Boom! The internet never forgets. This is what Reich says while mic’d in public, mind you. His antipathy expressed in private must be a hoot.

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  114. @Lot
    I don't think the end of the government's brief was an offer to compromise, but rather a suggestion if the judges themselves want to compromise. The judges deciding were appointed by Carter (age 85), W., and Obama.

    W's judge is a guy from Massachusetts who moved to Hawaii, so I doubt any of them are conservative. But they may want to split the baby to avoid provoking the Supreme Court.

    If you were suggesting denying people with valid visas entry was wrong, I disagree. Those visa decisions were made by an administration commuted to demographic and religious domination of Muslims in the United States. No decision on entry should be respected. Sorry for a few hard cases, but they can still apply under Trump's rules and I am sure many will just be delayed a bit.

    If you were suggesting denying people with valid visas entry was wrong, I disagree. Those visa decisions were made by an administration commuted to demographic and religious domination of Muslims in the United States. No decision on entry should be respected. Sorry for a few hard cases, but they can still apply under Trump’s rules and I am sure many will just be delayed a bit.

    Not only that, but the State Department’s web site states, and the application for Visa forms themselves probably say, that the possession of a valid visa is not a right of entry. It is only a right to present yourself at a border control station where an entry decision will be made.

    Many countries do that. So, get used to it.

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    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    Many countries do that. So, get used to it.

    How many countries deny visas because the governments in question passed executive orders quashing the validity of the visas while the visa holder was in transit for no reasons impinging on the actual circumstances of the visa holder aside from their nationality. A list please.
  115. @Steve Sailer
    The Hindu world generates a lot of religious entrepreneurs, some of whom get cult followers in the West. But it's not clear to me if a Westerner follows some Guru if he is converting to Hinduism in general or just to the Guru's creed. Is there some central Hindu high command?

    Hinduism often seems less like a particular religion and more like a general worldview.
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  116. @Lot
    I don't think the end of the government's brief was an offer to compromise, but rather a suggestion if the judges themselves want to compromise. The judges deciding were appointed by Carter (age 85), W., and Obama.

    W's judge is a guy from Massachusetts who moved to Hawaii, so I doubt any of them are conservative. But they may want to split the baby to avoid provoking the Supreme Court.

    If you were suggesting denying people with valid visas entry was wrong, I disagree. Those visa decisions were made by an administration commuted to demographic and religious domination of Muslims in the United States. No decision on entry should be respected. Sorry for a few hard cases, but they can still apply under Trump's rules and I am sure many will just be delayed a bit.

    Thanks. I’m not saying that denying entry to people with valid visas was “wrong” or “illegal”, I think it was stupid to create these optics and it was unnecessarily nasty to these people, who in most if not all cases were just regular slobs attempting to enter the US for the usual reasons.

    The reason this became a problem in the beginning is because the order contained two huge exceptions (as I’m sure you know) but since it was issued on a Friday afternoon that pretty much ensured that nobody would do anything coherent about it until Monday. But that’s the fault of the administration in their timing, and their lack of concern (there’s really no other way to put it) in terms of the consequences of such an ambiguously worded order.

    Again, there was no clarity when this order was issued so that the exceptions that even the administration had in mind (apparently) were never articulated and so we had a situation in which people were let in, or put in detention, and then interviewed, and then let in, or turned around and sent back, etc. Really quite asinine if you stop to think about it. I mean all you have to do is imagine it happening to yourself after an 8 to 12 hour flight and thinking how you would feel.

    Moreover, holding up Green Card holders was similarly asinine.

    The individuals I know about personally managed to come in over the weekend, so I don’t have any particular axe to grind at this point. But that too makes us look foolish, because these same individuals went through a week of quite unnecessary suspense.

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    • Replies: @Lot
    I don't agree about the optics either. I have mostly disconnected with the MSM, more so in the past year as it has been endless and tiresome expressions of outrage over Trump. I bet many others have quit with a similar reason and similar timeline.*

    Green cards are often revoked, and Trump delaying their reentry into the United States for a few months, or often just a few days, to see if there is a valid reason to revoke their green card seems like common sense to me.

    I gather there were particular sob stories involving some of the green card holders, but there were going to be those regardless. If you care about the MSM's opinions, you are already anti-Trump.

    Finally, most of these details come from Sessions through Miller and other people Trump has hired from him. I trust their judgment.

    *For legit news now, I suggest Bloomberg and Reuters, both stick pretty well to their financial news tradition of "just the facts," and political news of course Breitbart.

  117. @Dieter Kief
    Reichs incredible (literally inccredible) statement would be even more interesting, if Reich was - - n o t paranoid**.

    Is there somebody who knows more about him?


    ** unless it turns out he suffers from some other desease, which then might not be of the neurotic kind.

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  118. @SPMoore8
    The final para indicates that the government is willing to climb down on allowing entry to those who already have visas, that's an acceptable compromise.

    The problem with this XO is that its meaning was not clearly articulated when it was issued, and that it was not enforced at its source. I.e., with regard to the first point, it still is not clear what the administration's position is on people who have green cards (and now, even visas) which suggests lack of foresight, coordination, and communication with the people who would be enforcing this Order, which in turn makes the Order appear arbitrary and poorly thought out. I think it would be hard for a court to endorse such lack of clarity in the wording, meaning, intent, and execution of such an executive order, short of demonstrating a clear and present danger, but even in such case it's hard to defend an Order which at the same time doesn't even mean what it says.

    With regard to the second point, the issuance of the order should have been enforced at its source, that is, in the countries of origin, whereby no new visas, etc. would be issued to parties seeking to enter the United States. By taking the path that they took, they not only risked the invalidation of short term visas which were obtained at considerable time and money by the persons seeking entry (the 90 to 120 day window close), but they also created the totally unnecessary spectacle of having people denied entry while in mid-flight, with the result that we had, in fact, conflicting interpretations and conflicting resolutions of the handling of individual cases, including detentions, and so forth, and this is even before DHS and others began to attempt to clarify the meaning of the document as it pertained to lawful residents of the United States (i.e., Green Card Holders.)

    I personally have no problem with the substance of the Order, in terms of its intent, but its failure to list those same countries which were the actual source of terrorism in the United States makes the Order appear insincere, the Order was frankly unfair and cruel to those visa holders who were detained and/or sent back after being cleared at their point of departure, which gives the impression that this administration (and this country) is disorganized and impulsive, and finally as has been made abundantly clear by administration sources in the past ten days, the order doesn't even mean what it says (in terms of Green Card holders). So now the lawyers for the government are seeking to modify the order further (allowing entry to those holding visas) which essentially puts the government in a position of bargaining with the Courts about not just the meaning or the intent of the order, but the actual verbiage thereof. "Your honors, we admit the Order doesn't really mean what we meant it to mean, but we would like you to uphold it anyway?" What kind of Rule of Law is that?

    If I were Ninth Circuit I'd tell the government that if they are willing to compromise on the actual scope and wording of the Order, they should go back and rewrite it, re-issue it, and make sure everyone is in agreement as to what it says and what it means before implementing it.

    Again, I have no problem with this order in the abstract and I have no problem with Trump either, but this Order was clearly theatrical, not well thought out, not clear in its scope or meaning, and prejudicial to the reputation of the United States in its initial issuance and implementation.

    I personally have no problem with the substance of the Order, in terms of its intent, but its failure to list those same countries which were the actual source of terrorism in the United States makes the Order appear insincere, the Order was frankly unfair and cruel to those visa holders who were detained and/or sent back after being cleared at their point of departure, which gives the impression that this administration (and this country) is disorganized and impulsive, and finally as has been made abundantly clear by administration sources in the past ten days, the order doesn’t even mean what it says (in terms of Green Card holders).

    What a load of twaddle. Have you entered your second childhood?

    Visa’s, even GreenCards, do not give you an automatic right of entry.

    Also, I do not believe a word the lying MSM says about any of this, especially the claims to chaos.

    Moreover, visitors have less rights than citizens have. That is an accepted principle. I certainly accepted it when I visited the US before I became a citizen and certainly knew that there were certain rights that I did not get. You try to buy a gun as a GreenCard holder and you discover that there are things you have to do that citizens do not have to do … (that is not to say that I was not allowed to purchase a gun, just that it was a little more difficult.)

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  119. @Steve Sailer
    Yeah, that was my impression: Hinduism is essentially a religion for subcontinentals. It doesn't seem to concern itself much with the rest of the world. Maybe that reflects the famous insularity of South Asians who saw Greater India as pretty much the whole world and didn't think very hard about the outside world.

    What about Bali?

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  120. @SPMoore8
    Thanks. I'm not saying that denying entry to people with valid visas was "wrong" or "illegal", I think it was stupid to create these optics and it was unnecessarily nasty to these people, who in most if not all cases were just regular slobs attempting to enter the US for the usual reasons.

    The reason this became a problem in the beginning is because the order contained two huge exceptions (as I'm sure you know) but since it was issued on a Friday afternoon that pretty much ensured that nobody would do anything coherent about it until Monday. But that's the fault of the administration in their timing, and their lack of concern (there's really no other way to put it) in terms of the consequences of such an ambiguously worded order.

    Again, there was no clarity when this order was issued so that the exceptions that even the administration had in mind (apparently) were never articulated and so we had a situation in which people were let in, or put in detention, and then interviewed, and then let in, or turned around and sent back, etc. Really quite asinine if you stop to think about it. I mean all you have to do is imagine it happening to yourself after an 8 to 12 hour flight and thinking how you would feel.

    Moreover, holding up Green Card holders was similarly asinine.

    The individuals I know about personally managed to come in over the weekend, so I don't have any particular axe to grind at this point. But that too makes us look foolish, because these same individuals went through a week of quite unnecessary suspense.

    I don’t agree about the optics either. I have mostly disconnected with the MSM, more so in the past year as it has been endless and tiresome expressions of outrage over Trump. I bet many others have quit with a similar reason and similar timeline.*

    Green cards are often revoked, and Trump delaying their reentry into the United States for a few months, or often just a few days, to see if there is a valid reason to revoke their green card seems like common sense to me.

    I gather there were particular sob stories involving some of the green card holders, but there were going to be those regardless. If you care about the MSM’s opinions, you are already anti-Trump.

    Finally, most of these details come from Sessions through Miller and other people Trump has hired from him. I trust their judgment.

    *For legit news now, I suggest Bloomberg and Reuters, both stick pretty well to their financial news tradition of “just the facts,” and political news of course Breitbart.

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  121. @The most deplorable one

    If you were suggesting denying people with valid visas entry was wrong, I disagree. Those visa decisions were made by an administration commuted to demographic and religious domination of Muslims in the United States. No decision on entry should be respected. Sorry for a few hard cases, but they can still apply under Trump’s rules and I am sure many will just be delayed a bit.
     
    Not only that, but the State Department's web site states, and the application for Visa forms themselves probably say, that the possession of a valid visa is not a right of entry. It is only a right to present yourself at a border control station where an entry decision will be made.

    Many countries do that. So, get used to it.

    Many countries do that. So, get used to it.

    How many countries deny visas because the governments in question passed executive orders quashing the validity of the visas while the visa holder was in transit for no reasons impinging on the actual circumstances of the visa holder aside from their nationality. A list please.

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  122. @Jimi
    Indonesians see Hinduism the way Westerners Greek mythology. Part of heritage but not religion.

    Indonesians see Hinduism the way Westerners Greek mythology. Part of heritage but not religion.

    Indonesian Muslims, for sure. I doubt Balinese Hindus feel that way.

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  123. @Steve Sailer
    How many Hindu converts are their in the world?

    Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in Australia.

    Though quite a few SWPL wimmyn get into Hinduism through yoga.

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  124. @Gabriel M
    Stop posting gross shit like this. I stupidly read that Huffington Post article that Sailer linked to and my libido is still hovering around zero.

    Also they get money for the squick clicks.

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  125. @Lugash
    Of course Josh doesn't get her sense of humor, women aren't funny.

    A few years ago I got entangled in the local Jewish wedding circuit. It was essentially the same as this video, only the under 25 Jews would groan and grimace every time Aunt Rachel opened her mouth.

    I’m inclined to concur with the late Christopher Hitchens on this subject.

    It’s not that women are incapable of being funny. But humor is certainly not as adaptive for women as it is for men, and a strong case could be made that there is a negative correlation (if not a causative relationship) between a woman’s ability to make men laugh and her desirability to men. I imagine that the funniest women tend to be not very attracted to men anyway.

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    Advanced humor--wit, not irreverence or mugging--is a function of higher intelligence.

    Since women cluster more around the mean of intelligence, fewer will have the capacity for it or appreciation of it.

    IME the funniest women are well attracted to men...but the bigger question is whether the men will return the attraction. A super bright, healthy, strong woman of Nordic/Arctic ancestry is as formidable as she is warm and tender and beautiful and delicate.

    The male capacity to see the humor when a woman points out his human limits/quirks--or worse still when she predicts the future or someone's character with uncanny accuracy--seems to be even more parsimoniously distributed than high IQ.

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1270/1270-h/1270-h.htm


    But whatever the future of monogamous marriage, there will never be any decay of that agreeable adventurousness which now lies at the bottom of all transactions between the sexes. Women may emancipate themselves, they may borrow the whole bag of masculine tricks, and they may cure themselves of their present desire for the vegetable security of marriage, but they will never cease to be women, and so long as they are women they will remain provocative to men. Their chief charm today lies precisely in the fact that they are dangerous, that they threaten masculine liberty and autonomy, that their sharp minds present a menace vastly greater than that of acts of God and the public enemy—and they will be dangerous for ever. Men fear them, and are fascinated by them. They know how to show their teeth charmingly; the more enlightened of them have perfected a superb technique of fascination. It was Nietzsche who called them the recreation of the warrior—not of the poltroon, remember, but of the warrior.
     
  126. @MikeJa
    OK it's nuts but not that nuts. Reich is just applying who benefits. Maybe I'm missing something in the 3d chess game of persuasion but it looks to me like black-masked men beating up your opponents is a huge own goal. I think it's unlikely it's a false flag but then I'd have said French intelligence services fixing rival presidential candidates was a little unlikely too.

    I’d say you display a remarkable ignorance about how leftists actually think.

    The average leftist’s attitude towards the black bloc and other left wing terrorists is mild disapproval at most. Compared to the average right-winger’s attitude towards the “KKK” or “Nazis.”

    See Eric Trump’s comments about David Duke, which he never retracted and from which Donald never distanced himself.

    It’s actually the reason I didn’t vote on Election Day. Donald should have hung the kid out to dry.

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  127. @MikeJa
    OK it's nuts but not that nuts. Reich is just applying who benefits. Maybe I'm missing something in the 3d chess game of persuasion but it looks to me like black-masked men beating up your opponents is a huge own goal. I think it's unlikely it's a false flag but then I'd have said French intelligence services fixing rival presidential candidates was a little unlikely too.

    Sorry if that sounded harsh but honestly a cursory look at lefty twitter and facebook shows clearly as day how these people think. You seem to be projecting your own understanding of the world onto alien thinkers. They truly are under a mass psychosis.

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  128. @CJ
    Somebody has likely posted this already, but ... Robert Reich has been living in the Bay Area for years. It's extremely hard to believe that he doesn't know about the hordes of left-wing hoodlums who regularly run amok in Oakland, SF, and Berkeley. Extremely hard to believe.

    There are good leftists, and there are smart leftists, but there are no good, smart leftists. Most, of course, are neither good nor smart.

    And Reich is not dumb…

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    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
    I don't like to engage in the "who's the bigger liars?" Democrats or Republicans? It is pointless. But one way of looking at this is that the Democrats are the more diverse party by far. That is true Religiously, ethnically, racially, sexually, etc. Their problem is that each one of their essential identity groups has some issue or other that cannot be broached. The more diverse they become, the more things they cannot talk about.

    They have been reduced to their lowest common denominator which is hating white Christian men. That is safe to talk about.

    The Turd Reich has a good idea of what is under those masks, it is just the fear of excommunication, that is holding him back from telling the truth.

  129. @anon
    However -- if any of the people that get in because of this restraining order go fundamental islamic and kill anyone -- we will know. Dems are setting themselves up for another Willie Horton.

    Cause things happen. There is already the now exposed fake news about the mother that was allegedly banned from seeing her dying son because of the ban. It turns out he died the week before, but since it *could* have happened, its almost as good as it actually happening. Actually, I didn't bother looking checking to see if it was actually fake news or fake fake news. As if being at the dying bedside of a relative is all that tragic. I will say I wasn't totally displeased to be out of the country and unable to make it back on one of these occasions myself.

    People differ in their abilities and needs.

    Two of my sisters and I spent the last 36 hours of our mom’s life at her side. Leaving the hospital before she died simply didn’t occur to us.

    Another sister left after a while to take her kids to ice-skating lessons.

    My father apparently was only able to take small doses. He was only in about three times and for a couple hours. But of course losing a wife is harder than losing a mother so I can’t exactly judge him.

    I’m glad I stayed because I finished about 98% of my grieving before she had even stopped breathing.

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  130. @scrivener3
    "The President “has the authority” to do anything he wants, but the courts are going to be very watchful of how any such order fits into precedent, and second, how any such order fits in in terms of precedent as far as its implementation. "

    The Pres does not have the authority to "do anything he wants" . But in this case there is a statue enacted by Congress and signed into law that gives the President authority to exclude people.

    The President is not subject to precedent. If his act is authorized by law he may do new, innovative and unprecedented things. It is courts that are supposed to follow precedent. If precedent were the touchstone, Trump would be able to put all Asians on the west coast into camps and take away their baseball bats.

    How so? There is no precedent for that.

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  131. @Dan Hayes
    Dave Pinsen:

    Like many vertically challenged males Reich has a predilection for tall babes. His former wife was of the Amazoness variety, skyscrapering at about a cool 6 feet.

    As you state, he appears to be happy in his own skin. More power to the little guy, but no power to his awful political/financial blatherings.
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  132. @Anonymous
    Something is definitely not quite right, it occurs to me.

    I was a small kid in high school. But Reich looks to be if not a midget, next thing to one. There might be people with legitimate dwarfism who are taller. He’s not even big enough to do the steroid assisted "grow wide instead of big!" + martial arts thing. A lifetime of towel flicks in the change room, head rubs and "Awww, isn't he adorable" from girls will create a seething hatred at the world. I hate to go all Freud on you, but his hatred has likely, even manifestly been directed at the goyim who caused such torment to him growing up.

    Oh what the hell. I lied. He probably wants to **** his mother too.

    Omg he’s 4’10″.

    More than half of boys are taller than that on their 12th birthday and over 95% of boys are taller than that two years later.

    He is literally shorter than most sixth grade boys.

    Wow.

    No wonder he is a radical leftist.

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    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    Napoleonic syndrome among deranged Jewish lefties is a documented (or at least documentable) phenomenon. I know a 5'2" Hebrew guy who rants about the evilness of Trump 24/7/365.

    But height is a funny thing.

    I know:

    * a 6'2" guy who resents the fact that he's six inches shorter than both his father and his older brother. He's always been the shrimp of the family.

    * a 5'8" guy with a 6'4" half-brother. Both were college athletes, as was their father before them. Interestingly, the shorter brother had the more-successful collegiate career, and now has the hotter wife.

    * a 6'6" guy who played college football who laments the fact that he wasn't tall enough to make it in basketball. He's white, but he honestly believes that, if he'd been taller, he would have had a chance. Why he still agonizes about it at this late date is beyond me. He now has a young son who he is already pushing into sports.

    We all have our crosses to bear.

    , @Anonymous
    Maybe you have to have been bullied yourself to understand the mindset. I felt like killing my bullies years later but never acted on it. And I felt like I was physically competitive with boys unless they had a massive weight and muscle difference. At least 50% of the kids in my grade I would have backed myself against even despite being one of the smallest. But there were bigger bullies and groups to contend with. Someone like Reich could be bullied by even the runts.

    I can only imagine what I would have felt if all of my bullies were of a different ethno-religious makeup.
  133. @Glossy
    OT: Steve, important people read you. Certainly more of them with ties to the current administration than to the previous one.

    Do you agree that the biggest danger for Trump and his agenda right now is the possibility of him getting into a stupid war with Iran?

    If so, can you please raise a bit of noise about it? It's still possible to prevent it.

    Iran is much larger than Iraq. All of the problems of the Iraq War would be magnified there. It's a giant trap.

    I hate to say it but Iran seems to want war too. Or at least their government does. It’s not possible to come to another conclusion when they openly brag about writing “Israel must be wiped off the face of the Earth” on missles in Hebrew.

    I feel bad for the average Iranian, and I’m certainly no fan of Israel, but Iran is begging for war.

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  134. @Jack D

    Newsweek gave him a bully pulpit
     
    Haha, some bully pulpit. There must be what, 5 or 10 people who still read it. It's the 5,000th most popular site on the internet. Their (already low) ratings have been plunging like a stone since the election:

    http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/newsweek.com

    They are on maybe their 4th or 5th owner since the WashPo sold the magazine for the grand sum of $1. Maybe they published Reich's ravings in the hope of drumming up a few hits.

    Well… Before we write off Newsweek, perhaps we should remember that Pulitzer-contender coverage from last month: “You’ll Never Believe What Markie Post Looks Like Now! Click Here to Find Out!”

    …Newsqueak.

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    I had no interest in that one, but I thought that "10 Things You Should Never Share" was certainly something that should put them in prize contention.

    OK, those are fake but here are some actual "most reads" on Newsweek.com right now (so you don't have to):

    "Why Neil Gorsuch Must Not Be Confirmed" (As revenge for not confirming Garland)

    "Can Trump Tell the Difference Between Truth and Lies" (No, according to Newspeak)

    "Steve Bannon's Fever Dream of an American Gulag" ("Imagine: Miles upon miles of new concrete jails stretching across the scrub-brush horizons of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, with millions of people incarcerated in orange jumpsuits and awaiting deportation." Well, a fellow can dream, can't he?) Not clear to me why we have to lock those people up instead of just shipping them directly across the border. Also why do we have to give them free clothing?

    And the cover is a most unflattering picture of Melania.
  135. @Jimi
    Indonesians see Hinduism the way Westerners Greek mythology. Part of heritage but not religion.

    As a very non-Greek “Westerner,” I can assure you that I don’t view Greek mythology as part of my heritage. To some extent, Greek philosophy is part of “Western heritage” but it was orthogonal to or even contrary to the local mythology.

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  136. @Dave Pinsen
    "Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry", wrote Auden of Yeats in his elegy for him. Did it hurt many Irish into comedy? Dennis Leary, maybe, though I think his best work (Rescue Me) was in dramedy.

    Bono’s always funny.

    Not intentionally, but funny. Hilarious.

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  137. @San Fernando Curt
    Well... Before we write off Newsweek, perhaps we should remember that Pulitzer-contender coverage from last month: "You'll Never Believe What Markie Post Looks Like Now! Click Here to Find Out!"

    ...Newsqueak.

    I had no interest in that one, but I thought that “10 Things You Should Never Share” was certainly something that should put them in prize contention.

    OK, those are fake but here are some actual “most reads” on Newsweek.com right now (so you don’t have to):

    “Why Neil Gorsuch Must Not Be Confirmed” (As revenge for not confirming Garland)

    “Can Trump Tell the Difference Between Truth and Lies” (No, according to Newspeak)

    “Steve Bannon’s Fever Dream of an American Gulag” (“Imagine: Miles upon miles of new concrete jails stretching across the scrub-brush horizons of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, with millions of people incarcerated in orange jumpsuits and awaiting deportation.” Well, a fellow can dream, can’t he?) Not clear to me why we have to lock those people up instead of just shipping them directly across the border. Also why do we have to give them free clothing?

    And the cover is a most unflattering picture of Melania.

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  138. @Jack D
    Reich's thinking appears to be distorted by some mental disease (assuming that this is not just an attempt at Putin style disinformation, which I don't rule out) but I don't think it's paranoia. It would most likely be cognitive dissonance. To Reich, the Left is good and is incapable of vile actions, so if his eyes behold apparent Leftists engaged in such vile actions, then his eyes must be lying - what appears to be happening is not really what is happening. It must be some kind of false flag attack. When people have deeply rooted belief systems, it takes a lot to shake those beliefs and it's much easier for the mind to reroute around the troublesome facts than it is to turn your belief system upside down. People think that truth has some special value but your mind doesn't really care that much about truth compared to many other things. If truth was really important we would have a much more honest public discourse. Our daily discourse is not as outrageously twisted as Reich's lame version but it's often not far from it either.

    The other explanation is that Reich is still just as much of a moron as he was in the 90s when he worked for BJC.

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  139. @Anonym
    Young Hillary was quite boneable back in the day. Nice WHR. See the striped pant photo.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/04/11/395302391/5-things-you-should-know-about-hillary-clinton

    There is a photo of her though that makes her look like the female counterpart of Norman Bates. Can't find a direct link though.

    A 5 at best even when young.

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    • Replies: @Anonym
    I can't stand the woman, but when young I think she would have rated a 6, maybe a 7 on a good day. Attractive enough for sex and not ugly enough to be embarrassed if your friends find out.
  140. @AndrewR
    Omg he's 4'10".

    More than half of boys are taller than that on their 12th birthday and over 95% of boys are taller than that two years later.

    He is literally shorter than most sixth grade boys.

    Wow.

    No wonder he is a radical leftist.

    Napoleonic syndrome among deranged Jewish lefties is a documented (or at least documentable) phenomenon. I know a 5’2″ Hebrew guy who rants about the evilness of Trump 24/7/365.

    But height is a funny thing.

    I know:

    * a 6’2″ guy who resents the fact that he’s six inches shorter than both his father and his older brother. He’s always been the shrimp of the family.

    * a 5’8″ guy with a 6’4″ half-brother. Both were college athletes, as was their father before them. Interestingly, the shorter brother had the more-successful collegiate career, and now has the hotter wife.

    * a 6’6″ guy who played college football who laments the fact that he wasn’t tall enough to make it in basketball. He’s white, but he honestly believes that, if he’d been taller, he would have had a chance. Why he still agonizes about it at this late date is beyond me. He now has a young son who he is already pushing into sports.

    We all have our crosses to bear.

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    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    I don't think 5'8" counts as short, especially for an athletic guy. I say that as someone who used to be 5'10", but when measured at my last medical exam was told, "Just under 5'9"!"
    , @AndrewR
    If you can't be successful at basketball at 6'6", it's because you have no skill.
  141. @George
    "Trump crackdown on universities and their federal funding"

    Fed funding comes from congress, the military and the VA. The Pres is a minor player.

    A more interesting tack might be for an injured person to sue the university.

    Federal funding for research comes to a great extent from the purely discretionary decisions of administrative branch appointees, for example the head of the NIH. The president’s power to affect this flow of funds is enormous, should he elect to use it.

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  142. @Jefferson
    "WTF?? Dude, are you gay or blind?"

    Is Bill Clinton Gay or blind for being married to Crooked Cankles? Nikki Haley is way hotter than her.

    Three things:

    1. Bill undoubtedly knows Hillary is ugly and doesn’t confuse her for being more attractive than Nikki Haley, or anyone for that matter, so I don’t see your point.

    2. Hillary was never beautiful, but she was relatively more attractive when they married.

    3. Bill didn’t marry Hillary for her looks.

    And a 4th, for good measure:

    4. Bill either has bad taste in general or goes after targets of opportunity. Having lots of sex doesn’t make you a connoisseur of women’s looks.

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    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    BJC would screw any female with a pulse.
    , @Jefferson
    "2. Hillary was never beautiful, but she was relatively more attractive when they married."

    When Bill Clinton married Crooked Cankles she was still way uglier than Nikki Haley.
  143. Unlike many on the Left it occurs to him that the Left’s own tactics MIGHT, emphasis on ‘might’, be used against them.

    Or, more tellingly, by them, yet again and again.

    It recalls the common pseudoliberal argument against IQ research, that it could be used to reimpose slavery.

    But that assumes that being smarter than others gives one the authority to compel them to do as one tells them to.

    Right there is the progressive way of thought in a nutshell.

    We on the right don’t assume any such thing. “Cold, dead fingers”.

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  144. @Anon
    Washington is Hollywood for ugly people.

    Art School is Hollywood(and porn) for Fat ugly people.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS31rUM9lt0

    Art School is Hollywood(and porn) for Fat ugly people.

    It used to be boot camp for a lot of English rockers. Including John Lennon.

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  145. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @AndrewR
    Omg he's 4'10".

    More than half of boys are taller than that on their 12th birthday and over 95% of boys are taller than that two years later.

    He is literally shorter than most sixth grade boys.

    Wow.

    No wonder he is a radical leftist.

    Maybe you have to have been bullied yourself to understand the mindset. I felt like killing my bullies years later but never acted on it. And I felt like I was physically competitive with boys unless they had a massive weight and muscle difference. At least 50% of the kids in my grade I would have backed myself against even despite being one of the smallest. But there were bigger bullies and groups to contend with. Someone like Reich could be bullied by even the runts.

    I can only imagine what I would have felt if all of my bullies were of a different ethno-religious makeup.

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    • Replies: @anon
    I think this may be a critical factor in human development - not even active bullying - just being accidentally bashed into cos little to notice.
  146. @AndrewR
    I'm inclined to concur with the late Christopher Hitchens on this subject.

    It's not that women are incapable of being funny. But humor is certainly not as adaptive for women as it is for men, and a strong case could be made that there is a negative correlation (if not a causative relationship) between a woman's ability to make men laugh and her desirability to men. I imagine that the funniest women tend to be not very attracted to men anyway.

    Advanced humor–wit, not irreverence or mugging–is a function of higher intelligence.

    Since women cluster more around the mean of intelligence, fewer will have the capacity for it or appreciation of it.

    IME the funniest women are well attracted to men…but the bigger question is whether the men will return the attraction. A super bright, healthy, strong woman of Nordic/Arctic ancestry is as formidable as she is warm and tender and beautiful and delicate.

    The male capacity to see the humor when a woman points out his human limits/quirks–or worse still when she predicts the future or someone’s character with uncanny accuracy–seems to be even more parsimoniously distributed than high IQ.

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1270/1270-h/1270-h.htm

    But whatever the future of monogamous marriage, there will never be any decay of that agreeable adventurousness which now lies at the bottom of all transactions between the sexes. Women may emancipate themselves, they may borrow the whole bag of masculine tricks, and they may cure themselves of their present desire for the vegetable security of marriage, but they will never cease to be women, and so long as they are women they will remain provocative to men. Their chief charm today lies precisely in the fact that they are dangerous, that they threaten masculine liberty and autonomy, that their sharp minds present a menace vastly greater than that of acts of God and the public enemy—and they will be dangerous for ever. Men fear them, and are fascinated by them. They know how to show their teeth charmingly; the more enlightened of them have perfected a superb technique of fascination. It was Nietzsche who called them the recreation of the warrior—not of the poltroon, remember, but of the warrior.

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  147. @Stan Adams
    Napoleonic syndrome among deranged Jewish lefties is a documented (or at least documentable) phenomenon. I know a 5'2" Hebrew guy who rants about the evilness of Trump 24/7/365.

    But height is a funny thing.

    I know:

    * a 6'2" guy who resents the fact that he's six inches shorter than both his father and his older brother. He's always been the shrimp of the family.

    * a 5'8" guy with a 6'4" half-brother. Both were college athletes, as was their father before them. Interestingly, the shorter brother had the more-successful collegiate career, and now has the hotter wife.

    * a 6'6" guy who played college football who laments the fact that he wasn't tall enough to make it in basketball. He's white, but he honestly believes that, if he'd been taller, he would have had a chance. Why he still agonizes about it at this late date is beyond me. He now has a young son who he is already pushing into sports.

    We all have our crosses to bear.

    I don’t think 5’8″ counts as short, especially for an athletic guy. I say that as someone who used to be 5’10″, but when measured at my last medical exam was told, “Just under 5’9″!”

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  148. @guest
    Three things:

    1. Bill undoubtedly knows Hillary is ugly and doesn't confuse her for being more attractive than Nikki Haley, or anyone for that matter, so I don't see your point.

    2. Hillary was never beautiful, but she was relatively more attractive when they married.

    3. Bill didn't marry Hillary for her looks.

    And a 4th, for good measure:

    4. Bill either has bad taste in general or goes after targets of opportunity. Having lots of sex doesn't make you a connoisseur of women's looks.

    BJC would screw any female with a pulse.

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    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    Jim Don Bob:

    With BJC who needs a pulse when you're a necrophiliac.
  149. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anonymous
    Maybe you have to have been bullied yourself to understand the mindset. I felt like killing my bullies years later but never acted on it. And I felt like I was physically competitive with boys unless they had a massive weight and muscle difference. At least 50% of the kids in my grade I would have backed myself against even despite being one of the smallest. But there were bigger bullies and groups to contend with. Someone like Reich could be bullied by even the runts.

    I can only imagine what I would have felt if all of my bullies were of a different ethno-religious makeup.

    I think this may be a critical factor in human development – not even active bullying – just being accidentally bashed into cos little to notice.

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  150. @Jim Don Bob
    BJC would screw any female with a pulse.

    Jim Don Bob:

    With BJC who needs a pulse when you’re a necrophiliac.

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  151. @AndrewR
    There are good leftists, and there are smart leftists, but there are no good, smart leftists. Most, of course, are neither good nor smart.


    And Reich is not dumb...

    I don’t like to engage in the “who’s the bigger liars?” Democrats or Republicans? It is pointless. But one way of looking at this is that the Democrats are the more diverse party by far. That is true Religiously, ethnically, racially, sexually, etc. Their problem is that each one of their essential identity groups has some issue or other that cannot be broached. The more diverse they become, the more things they cannot talk about.

    They have been reduced to their lowest common denominator which is hating white Christian men. That is safe to talk about.

    The Turd Reich has a good idea of what is under those masks, it is just the fear of excommunication, that is holding him back from telling the truth.

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  152. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Has Reich got any leftwing activist kids at Berkeley cos this whole Breitbart schtick is setting off my misdirection tingles.

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  153. @Stan Adams
    Napoleonic syndrome among deranged Jewish lefties is a documented (or at least documentable) phenomenon. I know a 5'2" Hebrew guy who rants about the evilness of Trump 24/7/365.

    But height is a funny thing.

    I know:

    * a 6'2" guy who resents the fact that he's six inches shorter than both his father and his older brother. He's always been the shrimp of the family.

    * a 5'8" guy with a 6'4" half-brother. Both were college athletes, as was their father before them. Interestingly, the shorter brother had the more-successful collegiate career, and now has the hotter wife.

    * a 6'6" guy who played college football who laments the fact that he wasn't tall enough to make it in basketball. He's white, but he honestly believes that, if he'd been taller, he would have had a chance. Why he still agonizes about it at this late date is beyond me. He now has a young son who he is already pushing into sports.

    We all have our crosses to bear.

    If you can’t be successful at basketball at 6’6″, it’s because you have no skill.

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  154. @Jim Don Bob
    A 5 at best even when young.

    I can’t stand the woman, but when young I think she would have rated a 6, maybe a 7 on a good day. Attractive enough for sex and not ugly enough to be embarrassed if your friends find out.

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    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    Really?

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/02/18/16/31588B4900000578-3452950-image-m-27_1455811685527.jpg
  155. @Anonym
    I can't stand the woman, but when young I think she would have rated a 6, maybe a 7 on a good day. Attractive enough for sex and not ugly enough to be embarrassed if your friends find out.
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  156. @guest
    Three things:

    1. Bill undoubtedly knows Hillary is ugly and doesn't confuse her for being more attractive than Nikki Haley, or anyone for that matter, so I don't see your point.

    2. Hillary was never beautiful, but she was relatively more attractive when they married.

    3. Bill didn't marry Hillary for her looks.

    And a 4th, for good measure:

    4. Bill either has bad taste in general or goes after targets of opportunity. Having lots of sex doesn't make you a connoisseur of women's looks.

    “2. Hillary was never beautiful, but she was relatively more attractive when they married.”

    When Bill Clinton married Crooked Cankles she was still way uglier than Nikki Haley.

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