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Trump’s Luck is the pattern that whenever the national media announces that This Time, Trump Has Gone Too Far, the next day’s headlines will be about some outrage validating Trump’s general point. For example, remember last summer when everybody respectable was worked up over Trump saying the Mexican ruling class dumps their unwanted, low quality people on America as illegal aliens and … a five time deported Mexican illegal alien murdered that poor lady on the waterfront in San Francisco?

Today, the FBI investigation into San Bernardino is turning up all sorts of details that would be hilarious if there weren’t so many dead people.

From the New York Times today:

New Timeline Raises Questions of Vetting Over San Bernardino Attacker’s Visa
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and SALMAN MASOOD DEC. 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — The couple at the center of last week’s massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., had been radicalized before their marriage, and the husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, might have plotted an attack as far back as 2012 with one of his longtime friends, senior law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

So the San Berdoo Two was sort of the Trio from San Bernardio?

That would be Walmart security guard Enrique Marquez, Farook’s old school buddy and some kind of brother-in-law, who converted to Islam.

Who is this guy anyway? He looks like he could be a backup dancer for Selena Gomez. Is he Mexican? Filipino? He looks like that gay Filipino illegal alien publicity hound who is always denouncing Trump. Can’t Walmart afford more intimidating-looking guards?

How did he afford an Eastern European bride, who is apparently the sister of Farook’s brother’s wife? Was she that desperate for a Green Card? Was she misinformed about how close San Bernardino is to Rodeo Drive? Exactly what kind of chain migration conveyor belt is going on here?

Like I said yesterday, I haven’t seen much evidence that many Latinos are getting interested in Islam, but if they are, that would be bad. There aren’t a lot of Idea Men among Mexican-Americans, but Islam generates chip on the shoulder crazies with dreams of glory on a disproportionate scale.

The new timeline suggests that Mr. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were considering violent action before the Islamic State rose to prominence in 2014 and began trying to inspire sympathizers to carry out attacks in the West. And the disclosures raise questions about how thoroughly American law enforcement and immigration officials vetted the wife before giving her a visa to enter the United States from Pakistan a year before the shooting, which left 14 dead and 21 wounded.

So maybe that HORRIBLE idea about a moratorium on Muslim immigration until government officials figure out what’s going on is maybe not so crazy.

Oh, and the vetting given to Syrian refugees? Maybe, in reality, that’s no more bulletproof than those 14 people at the Holiday Party …

“ISIL inspiration may well have been part of this, but these two killers were starting to radicalize towards martyrdom and jihad as early as 2013,” the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, using an acronym for the Islamic State.

I thought it said Farook and Marquez were discussing a terrorist attack in 2012?

“And so that’s really before ISIL became the global jihad leader that it is.”

So, maybe the current terrorism isn’t just a one time thing involving ISIS/ISIL/Potayto/Potahto that will no doubt go away, it’s … an Islamic thing that will in the long run be around in rough proportion to the proportion of Muslims who are around.

Mr. Comey said the F.B.I. still believed that the couple had been inspired by foreign extremist groups but that it had not found evidence the husband and wife team was ordered to attack by the Islamic State or any other group. …

The account of a possible attack in 2012, came from Enrique Marquez, a longtime friend and former neighbor of Mr. Farook’s, according to law enforcement officials who would only speak anonymously about a continuing investigation.

Mr. Marquez, a Walmart clerk who converted to Islam several years ago and either sold or gave Mr. Farook the two assault rifles used in last week’s attack on county public health workers in San Bernardino, has told the authorities that in 2012 he and Mr. Farook had plans for an attack at that time.

The Religion of Peace.

It is not clear why they decided not to go forward with it.

Maybe one of them decided it wasn’t, on the whole, all things considered, really a good idea.

Mr. Marquez, whose wife is a sister-in-law to Mr. Farook’s brother, has also told investigators that Mr. Farook had radical beliefs but that he did not know Mr. Farook and his wife were plotting the recent shootings or what may have motivated them.

The authorities are still seeking to corroborate what Mr. Marquez is telling them. Because he provided two of the four weapons used by the attackers, some investigators have questioned his credibility, thinking that he might exaggerate what he knows about the couple to win favor with the authorities.

In addition, Mr. Marquez is said to have mental health issues. Shortly after the attacks, he checked himself into a mental health facility in California. He has not been charged or detained.

In Mr. Comey’s appearance on Capitol Hill, he said that the couple, who some relatives say met on an online dating site, had radicalized at least as far back as two years ago.

They were “talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged and married and were living in the U.S.,” Mr. Comey said.

It’s nice to see young people brought together by their shared hobbies and ideas.

He said that the “investigation to date shows that they were radicalized before they started courting or dating each other online.”

Mr. Comey said the conclusion came from “data” and intelligence that American authorities had obtained.

Ms. Malik declared allegiance to the Islamic State in a Facebook post around the time of last week’s shooting, which led the authorities to conclude that the shooting was a terrorist attack.

But the authorities say that the couple may have decided to commit terrorism in the name of the Islamic State late in the planning process, after their views had hardened and they had already committed to violence.

Officials have discovered a potential link between the attackers and Islamic extremism.

With some members of Congress asking how Ms. Malik had been cleared for a K-1 visa to come to the United States, a spokesman for the State Department, John Kirby, said Wednesday that “it’s too soon to know what, if anything, might have been missed in the screening process” that allowed Ms. Malik to enter the country on the special 90-day visa for people planning to marry Americans. President Obama has asked for the department to review the program.

Mr. Kirby added that “if in the context or in the process of the review we find things that we can do, we’re not going to wait for the review to be complete before we make the changes.”

“But clearly,” he added, “we’re going to keep an open mind about the program going forward and make whatever changes we need to make.”

In other words, it sounds like the man with the plan was on the right track:

DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON PREVENTING MUSLIM IMMIGRATION

(New York, NY) December 7th, 2015, — Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.

More from the NYT:

More details about Mr. Farook and Ms. Malik and their relationship emerged Wednesday in interviews with family members, neighbors and classmates in California and in Saudi Arabia — including a fateful meeting at Islam’s holiest site that pushed the couple toward marriage.

Speaking by telephone from Saudi Arabia, Ms. Malik’s father, Gulzar Ahmed Malik, recounted a meeting between him and his wife and Mr. Farook’s mother during the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Saudi city of Mecca, in July 2013.

Like I’ve been saying ever since Razib pointed it out years ago, the increase in pilgrimages to Mecca has spread Meccan fundamentalism all over the Islamic world, making Muslims more homogeneous and extremist.

In an encounter just outside the Kaaba, the cuboid building at the center of Islam’s holiest mosque, Mr. Farook’s mother, Rafia, told the Pakistani couple that her family sought a “pious, religious girl” to marry their son, he said.

Mr. Malik replied that he was looking for a similar match for his daughter, and that he liked the young American man because, like his daughter, he had memorized the Quran.

An arranged marriage or a love match brought together by their mutual hatred of infidels?

The couple married months later by telephone, as allowed under Islamic custom, Mr. Malik said, and they held a celebration in the Saudi city of Jidda in July 2014, shortly after Ms. Malik had obtained her visa from the American Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Ms. Malik’s state of mind at that time is a point of intense focus for American investigators.

But apparently it wasn’t of intense interest to the American bureaucrats who gave her a visa to immigrate here.

… At home, her father said, she spent much of her time alone in her room, studying for university or reading the Quran. “She was always busy in her studies,” he said. …

New clues also surfaced on Wednesday about what the husband and wife team might have been planning. According to law enforcement officials, the couple had not finished building at least some of the dozen pipe bombs that were found in their home, leading investigators to believe they had a much larger attack planned for the future.

In addition, although Mr. Farook had smashed his cellphones and taken steps to delete files from his computer, the F.B.I. has been able to retrieve photos from them. One of the photos is of a local high school, suggesting to investigators that it may have been viewed as a target.

Law enforcement officials have also found that Mr. Farook had contacts with six people in Orange County, Calif., who federal authorities had scrutinized at some point in recent years for their apparent ties to terrorism. While officials do not believe these people were involved in the massacre, the connections have suggested to investigators that Mr. Farook was associating with like-minded people.

Trump’s Luck.

 
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  1. Mira loco (Marquez).

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  3. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I recommend that Trump revert the spelling of his last name to the Deutschland original asap.

    I think it was: Trumpf. Or Trumpft. Whatever.

    I want to see Brokaw have an embellism.

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    • Replies: @SFG
    Why would he give them more ammunition to claim he's a Nazi? That's the one line he hasn't actually crossed himself, though people accuse him of it.

    I can only go back two generations on Wikipedia, but the name still seems to be Trump.
    , @gruff

    I recommend that Trump revert the spelling of his last name to the Deutschland original asap.
     
    NSDAP ASAP?
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "I recommend that Trump revert the spelling of his last name to the Deutschland original asap.

    I think it was: Trumpf. Or Trumpft. Whatever."


    According to Wikipedia, the original spelling was Drumpf.
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  4. countenance says: • Website

    We officially place too much emphasis on formal paper trail bread crumb links between bomb em up shoot em up Yabba Dabba Doos on domestic magic/tragic dirt and some sort of formal do-badder potato/potatoe organization on the other side of the world. As if AQ/MB/IS has a skyscraper home office that prints membership cards and mails them all around Earth.

    All we need to know is devout fundamentalist Muslim.

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    • Replies: @Luke Lea
    "All we need to know is devout fundamentalist Muslim."

    I agree: the only good Muslim is one who doesn't take his religion too seriously (i.e. literally).

    Thus, for example, Jesus, whom Christians are taught to regard as a perfect human being, taught by precept and example an ethic of self-sacrifice and of nonresistance to evil -- a truly heroic, almost superhuman ethic which few can live up to, but which in any case does not threaten the liberty and well-being of the other members of society.

    Muhammad, by contrast, who was a warlord and whom pious Muslims are taught to revere as the model human being, taught an ethic of political domination and submission by any means necessary, which most certainly does threaten the freedom and well-being of all non-Muslims members of society.

    This, in a nutshell, is why Islam is incompatible with Western civilization.

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  5. haploid says:

    So, maybe the current terrorism isn’t just a one time thing involving ISIS/ISIL/Potato/Potatoh

    I love you, man.

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  6. NOTA says:

    You should be massively skeptical of the details that are coming out of the story at this point, particularly the ones that the FBI is sweating out of a mental patient while under enormous political pressure to both produce information and cover for their failure to see any of this coming.

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  7. Lot says:

    Mexican Americans are gradually becoming more protestant and Mormon, and typically assimilate into the neighborhood where they live.

    Islam is not especially good at attracting coverts in the West, but the more of them that are here, the more this will happen.

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    • Replies: @jon
    This BBC link estimates about 100,000 to 200,000.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-23774334
    , @Desiderius

    Islam is not especially good at attracting coverts in the West, but the more of them that are here, the more this will happen.
     
    They don't seem to be having much difficulty within the Prison-Industrial Complex.
    , @dearieme
    "Islam is not especially good at attracting coverts in the West": we all commit typos, but few of them as brilliant as that one. Hats off!
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  8. TangoMan says:

    If you can’t understand the problem that you’re facing then you can never adequately devise a solution to the problem. This is what cripples the Left.

    Trump seems to see the world clearly and this gives him the advantage of making general statements which turn out to be prescient. At his level he’s besting liberal “experts” on topics where their expertise should give them an advantage except for the fact that they’re handicapped by not understanding what they’re seeing.

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  9. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Very entertaining interview on O’Reilly tonight. Trump wouldn’t give an inch. Bill kept arguing that Trump’s policy would alienate allies like Jordan. Trump response was good but he failed to make two points:

    1. Our Muslim allies across the rest of the world should understand that we need to protect ourselves.

    2. Muslim nations should be motivated by a USA immigration moratorium to get their own act together and stop allowing their criminals to leave through airports.

    I thought for sure Trump would tie it all together with his previous comments about Mexico and say “they’re not sending their best people” but he didn’t.

    Bottom line is that O’reilly’s argument is lame.

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    "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on."

    At least they didn't omit the " until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.",
    part, like 99% of the lib media has.
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  10. TangoMan says:

    That dude’s photo is going to make him very popular in prison. Everyone loves a celebrity.

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  11. Wouldn’t a good immigration question be:
    In your religion what is the maximum number of wives a man can have?

    Any answer other than one would be disqualifying.

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    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Wouldn’t a good immigration question be:
    In your religion what is the maximum number of wives a man can have?

    Any answer other than one would be disqualifying.
     
    Good thing Mickey Rooney was born here.
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  12. Whiskey says: • Website

    Congress according to Drudge will vote soon to forbid a religious test for immigratiion and go full Open Borders extending Constitutiinal rights to foreigners. The Gop alrrady is on board and cuck Paul Ryan promises the votes. Misfortune to be in a doctors office this am. Ubiquitous tv had female gabfest compating Trump to Hitler and begging Obama to lock Trump up.

    Female voting. Equals immavasion. They all figure to land a big shot among the conquerors.

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    The Gop alrrady is on board and cuck Paul Ryan promises the votes.
     
    Whiskey, is Pat Buchanan still your worst enemy?
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  13. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    That’s some good stuff.

    But Trump should discuss more of the INVADE/INTERVENE side of the equation because that was one of the reasons why these people became radicalized.

    It’s interesting that the most radical Muslims are the products of Muslim nations with close ties with US: Pakistan, Saudi, Afghanistan, etc.

    But Iran isn’t one of them because Iranians feel they truly own and control their own nation. They feel less resentment toward America.

    Interesting that Libya has been an ultra-terrorist incubator(far more than under Gadfly of old) since US drew it into its orbit.

    America has the Midas Touch when it comes to terror.

    It intervenes in a War on Terror and creates more Terror with its touch.

    And in Syria, Russia would make more progress if US and its allies didn’t keep indirectly supporting the terrorists.

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    You're not playing along with the ritualistic ingroup chanting going on here.

    In spite of screwing over the Middle East for about 80 years they are always going to be the blame. Go figure.
    , @TomSchmidt
    The expression you're g for here is: "America went to war in 2001 with 5000 people in Al Qaeda. We have already killed 10,000, and now there are only 20,000 left."
    , @Anonymous
    """' do not believe '"" will not cut it in court if one of my children is dead by an illegal alien mexican or islamic muslim terrorist


    you better have Verification and Validation that NO WAY IN HELL ARE THESE 7 connected to this crime or any crime on the US or a US citizen here or abroad



    do not believe is the language of a child ( I don't know )
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  14. rvg says:

    Well if you notice tatiana looks like a WASP instead of someone from the Middle East, so how would you be able to pick her out as a potential Muslim terrorist?

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  15. So, maybe the current terrorism isn’t just a one time thing involving ISIS/ISIL/Potato/Potatoh that will no doubt go away, it’s … an Islamic thing that will in the long run be around in rough proportion to the proportion of Muslims who are around.

    Bingo!

    Oh, and regarding Trump’s Luck: It’s never a good idea to bet against guys who have won enough times to amass personal fortunes in the billions and skyscrapers on Fifth Avenue.

    It’s not luck. It’s an ability to sense what’s going on.

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    Of course, Steve is being glib here. Trump hasn't been lucky AT ALL with these predictions. They're the same things any sane -- and gutsy -- American nationalist would be saying. Trump's "luck" is just him being smart and not buying into the media narrative.
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  16. Svigor says:

    Our good friends on the Israeli right:

    Netanyahu Rejects Trump Muslim ‘Shutdown’ Remarks, Warns Radical Islam Threatens World

    In response, Netanyahu’s office released a statement to reporters affirming, “The prime minister rejects the recent comments by Donald Trump regarding Muslims.”

    “Israel respects all religions and stickily preserves the rights of all its citizens,” the statement said, adding that “at the same time, Israel is struggling against the radical Islamism that targets Muslims, Christians and Jews as one and poses a threat to the entire world.”

    A nation and borders for me, but not for thee.

    Note how Netanyahu and Klein never mention Muslim immigration to Israel. Membership has its privileges.

    Netanyahu won’t even crook his little finger to put some daylight between him and diaspora Jewry on immigration and the National Question.

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    Once upon a time Jews weren’t allowed to join some country clubs. Today Jews have a whole country they won’t let me join just because I’m not Jewish. Which is worse: letting people into your country but not letting them join your country club, or not letting them into your country at all? My grandchildren will never forget this injustice!

    Physical distance alters man’s conceptions, imagine if, instead of being way over in the Middle East, Israel was Manhattan island. Jewish Americans could move there but non-Jewish Americans couldn’t. Meanwhile, Jews promoted multicuralism for America but not Manhattan/Israel and so on.

    , @Maj. Kong
    I wonder how many Muslims would actually seek to be economic migrants to Israel. The border fence appears to have been built to stop non-Muslim sub-Saharan Africans.

    At many instances, Netanyahu has urged French Jews to move to Israel, and from your point of view he would seem to be doing us a favor. He's also in the penalty box of anti-Muslim statements after the last election, so any support for halting Muslim immigration to the West carries the risk of a third intifada and a Camp of the Saints via Hezbollah.
    , @iSteveFan
    I can see why Bibi wouldn't want to offend muslims given they are 20% of Israel proper and the lion's share of the occupied areas. So I would not expect him to praise Trump. I would have expected him to not even respond to a domestic American issue. He could have said that what is going on in America is for them to decide. It is an internal matter. I would have been fine with that.

    But for him to go the extra mile and condemn Trump is wrong. It shows we probably don't have any allies in Israel. I figured the Israeli right would be on our side. They are obsessed with demographics. and therefore should understand our concern. But apparently they don't. Do they think an America with a growing muslim population is going to be more pro-Israel than we are now? Look at Europe for that answer. Oh well, I guess they figured that China is the new sugar daddy.
    , @IHTG

    Netanyahu won’t even crook his little finger to put some daylight between him and diaspora Jewry
     
    This is false. The Jewish left demands that Netanyahu cancel his appointment with Trump; he refuses.
    , @Anonymouse
    suggested topos for iSteve:

    Trump's blowhardism is a well-honed schtick (is there any evidence of his demeanor in private?) which he would/would not carry into the White House

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  17. Chase says:

    “Was radicalized.”

    Do you think that the professional writers who spew that garbage at every media outlet (left and mainstream right) are ashamed of it? Or is it just so internalized that it comes out as naturally as using the correct there/their/they’re?

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  18. SFG says:
    @Anonymous
    I recommend that Trump revert the spelling of his last name to the Deutschland original asap.

    I think it was: Trumpf. Or Trumpft. Whatever.

    I want to see Brokaw have an embellism.

    Why would he give them more ammunition to claim he’s a Nazi? That’s the one line he hasn’t actually crossed himself, though people accuse him of it.

    I can only go back two generations on Wikipedia, but the name still seems to be Trump.

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    "I can only go back two generations on Wikipedia, but the name still seems to be Trump."

    Most likely the name was Trumpery.

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/trumpery

    trump·er·y
    (trŭm′pə-rē)
    n. pl. trump·er·ies
    1. Showy but worthless finery; bric-a-brac.
    2. Nonsense; rubbish.
    3. Deception; trickery; fraud.

    The voters are getting warmed up for their quadrennial dose of dupery.
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  19. rvg says:

    Can anyone here demonstrate why banning a Muslim from becoming the POTUS solely on his religion will not violate the establishment clause?

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    "Can anyone here demonstrate why banning a Muslim from becoming the POTUS solely on his religion will not violate the establishment clause?"

    U.S. federal constitution, Article VI, paragraph 3:
    The Senators and Representative before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
    , @rod1963
    Our founders had hoped the electorate would have enough brains not to elect a Obama or something worse than him.
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  20. Who was the “mastermind” of the operation: the restaurant inspector, or the Walmart security guard?

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  21. rvg says:

    Even if Trump becomes POTUS, what’s to say that he does not get Operation Valkaried by the military for trying extraconstitutional moves? Why doesnt Trump propose a constitutional amendment around the establishment clause instead?

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    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
    2/3rds of Congress, and 3/4ths of the states. It's not going to happen unless we put the country under martial law and force them to amend at gunpoint. Far easier to just get 5 supreme court justices to agree with you. Korematsu is still case law.
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  22. whorefinder says: • Website

    The thing about Trump’s Luck is the fact that, because he announces it, he’s zeroing the media in, against their will, on stories that help him. It’s like he’s telling the media “You’re all drunks, obsessed with alcohol!” and they say, “No we’re not!’ but the entire weekend they tabulate how many drinks they’ve had, how long they spend in bars, how much they spend on alcohol, how many bars are in their neighborhood. By the end of the weekend, they’re mighty confused on whether they actually are problem drinkers.

    It’s amygdala stimulation, as the anonymous conservative might say. Their amygdala is so used to ignoring the obvious bad things that Trump’s announcing it as if it’s already an accepted fact makes their amygdala, against their will, start to notice it–because it’s such a shock, their amygdala needs to disqualify it. But then they can’t be sure, because now they’re noticing things. Trump is a master manipulator in a blowhards guise.

    Also, let’s not mince words here: Trump had to know that after the Friday the 13th attacks in Paris there would be an attempted copycat action. Just as he knew that there would be another heinous mexican murder to justify his illegal immigrant stance. These are purely predictable issues.

    Fuck with Trump at your peril.

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    • Replies: @rvg
    I think his security is not as good as the presidents?
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  23. The couple married months later by telephone, as allowed under Islamic custom…

    Marriage by telephone? What kind of 7th-century customs are we importing now?

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    "Marriage by telephone? What kind of 7th-century customs are we importing now?"

    Obviously, you don't subscribe to Comcast. They have a special channel devoted to marriages. It's pay per view, btw, in case you're interested. I think you may have to buy a special ap, but I am the last guy to ask about technical matters.
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  24. @Foreign Expert
    Wouldn't a good immigration question be:
    In your religion what is the maximum number of wives a man can have?

    Any answer other than one would be disqualifying.

    Wouldn’t a good immigration question be:
    In your religion what is the maximum number of wives a man can have?

    Any answer other than one would be disqualifying.

    Good thing Mickey Rooney was born here.

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  25. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    If this part of the NYT story is accurate, then the Embassy should not have issued the woman a K visa (“fiancee visa”) because she was already married. Being single and eligible to marry, not already married, is a basic, fundamental premise for the K visa:

    “The couple married months later by telephone, as allowed under Islamic custom, Mr. Malik said, and they held a celebration in the Saudi city of Jidda in July 2014, shortly after Ms. Malik had obtained her visa from the American Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.”

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  26. rvg says:

    If trump is against Islam why is he doing business ventures with Muslims, can you imagine Nimitz having a seat on Mitsubishi’s board in 1942 and have his children working in Japanese companies as consultants? And shouldn’t he divest himself of all business that employ cheap immigrant labor in one form or another, and pull out all of his business from third world countries that export those cheap labor to the United States? Also why is he doing business in Canada which has a liberal policy towards Muslim immigrants, should be divest himself of his businesses there as well?

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    Why would you say Trump is against Islam? He just doesn't want to let in a lot of Muslim immigrants when they've already proven themselves exceptionally dangerous to us. I feel the same way. I have no problem with Muslims practicing Islam in their own countries. No hate for them at all.
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  27. “Trump’s luck” seems to be that he describes what is really happening. He says what many other people realize, but which most are too intimidated, cajoled, and bullied to mention. It is the power of reality over the liberal narrative. By contrast, the ability to say the most inapposite, ridiculous, and soon-to-be-invalidated-by-events nonsense could aptly be described as “Obama’s luck.”

    And where is Obama, anyway? Anybody remember him? Notice how he seems to have been cut completely out of the loop. The country is now operating without any direct input from the Teleprompter in Chief, and there is a general consensus all along the political spectrum that that’s pretty much just fine.

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    Why not propose a constitutional amendment specifically banning Islamic immigration or Muslims from taking office?
    , @Reg Cæsar

    And where is Obama, anyway? Anybody remember him? Notice how he seems to have been cut completely out of the loop
     
    Kinda like Jesse Ventura, except he cut himself out, due to boredom.

    I don't fear a Trump presidency because I lived through a Ventura governorship. We got along fine.
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  28. AnonAnon says:

    Trump has what the great majority of leftists lack – common sense. It’s so refreshing to see it openly on display.

    ABC news has a lot more background on Marquez and the marriage:

    Among the many peculiar aspects in the life of 24-year-old Marquez — beyond the punk rock lover’s sporadic appearances at a local mosque, his apparent inability to hold down a job and his possible decision to purchase assault rifles for a man who apparently didn’t want his name on a gun registry — was Marquez’s marriage to Mariya Chernykh.

    Chernykh, 25, moved from Russia to the United States in 2009, joining her sister Tatiana, who is married to Syed Raheel Farook, the brother of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. California man Vram Kupelian said he dated Chernykh for more than a year around the time she moved to the U.S. Both worked at the Montebello Mall – Chernykh sold cell phone cases at kiosks, a business owned by Tatiana, according to state records.

    Kupelian said Chernykh initially came to U.S. to visit her sister, but decided to stay because she liked living in America.

    How Chernykh was introduced to Marquez is unclear, but when Chernykh submitted a citizenship application after she and Marquez signed their marriage license, it was Syed Raheel Farook who stepped in and vouched for Marquez, saying he would have the financial means to support his new wife.

    Other than the marriage certificate Marquez and Chernykh signed on Nov. 29, 2014, however, there is very little evidence that the two were a real married couple, according to friends, public records, and a review of social media accounts.

    Chernykh shared an address not with Marquez, but with another man, Oscar Romero, according to public records. Chernykh and Romero posed frequently in photos together with a baby girl, whom they refer to as their daughter, until just two months before Chernykh’s marriage to Marquez when all mention of Oscar Romero disappears from Chernykh’s page. Chernykh took Romero’s name, calling herself Maria Romero on Russian social media sites, even after the marriage. And Romero referred to her as his wife on one of his social media accounts. Chernykh’s social media page was taken down after ABC News reached out for comment for this report.

    Michael G. Stone, a friend of Marquez’s from the local punk rock scene, told ABC News that Marquez told him he was married, but Stone never met the wife. “It was like an arranged marriage,” he said.

    Viviana Ramirez told ABC News that Marquez had said he met Chernykh through a friend, but beyond that, he really wouldn’t talk about the marriage. “Whenever he would talk about it, he would look sad,” Ramirez said. “He never really talked about her or brought her around, but it just didn’t seem like it was going in a positive direction.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/san-bernardino-attack-visas-wives-terror/story?id=35674749

    From the LA Times about Marquez: Brittani Adams, a neighbor of Syed Raheel Farook, said she had seen Marquez and Chernykh around the family home but the two looked like anything but a married couple.

    “He would never leave with her, come with her, not hug her,” Adams, 24, said. “None of them seemed like they were married. It was very weird.”

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  29. rvg says:
    @whorefinder
    The thing about Trump's Luck is the fact that, because he announces it, he's zeroing the media in, against their will, on stories that help him. It's like he's telling the media "You're all drunks, obsessed with alcohol!" and they say, "No we're not!' but the entire weekend they tabulate how many drinks they've had, how long they spend in bars, how much they spend on alcohol, how many bars are in their neighborhood. By the end of the weekend, they're mighty confused on whether they actually are problem drinkers.

    It's amygdala stimulation, as the anonymous conservative might say. Their amygdala is so used to ignoring the obvious bad things that Trump's announcing it as if it's already an accepted fact makes their amygdala, against their will, start to notice it--because it's such a shock, their amygdala needs to disqualify it. But then they can't be sure, because now they're noticing things. Trump is a master manipulator in a blowhards guise.

    Also, let's not mince words here: Trump had to know that after the Friday the 13th attacks in Paris there would be an attempted copycat action. Just as he knew that there would be another heinous mexican murder to justify his illegal immigrant stance. These are purely predictable issues.

    Fuck with Trump at your peril.

    I think his security is not as good as the presidents?

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  30. Harold says:

    Reality has a Trump bias.

    Given how the media’s favourite minority related, supposed, injustices tend to turn into fiascos, reality has an anti-media bias. The media has an anti-reality bias?

    Is their a parallel term to Trump’s luck for this turning-into-a-fiasco phenomenon?

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    Megaphonic clusterf*ck?

    That’s the best I could do.
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  31. Luke Lea says: • Website
    @countenance
    We officially place too much emphasis on formal paper trail bread crumb links between bomb em up shoot em up Yabba Dabba Doos on domestic magic/tragic dirt and some sort of formal do-badder potato/potatoe organization on the other side of the world. As if AQ/MB/IS has a skyscraper home office that prints membership cards and mails them all around Earth.

    All we need to know is devout fundamentalist Muslim.

    “All we need to know is devout fundamentalist Muslim.”

    I agree: the only good Muslim is one who doesn’t take his religion too seriously (i.e. literally).

    Thus, for example, Jesus, whom Christians are taught to regard as a perfect human being, taught by precept and example an ethic of self-sacrifice and of nonresistance to evil — a truly heroic, almost superhuman ethic which few can live up to, but which in any case does not threaten the liberty and well-being of the other members of society.

    Muhammad, by contrast, who was a warlord and whom pious Muslims are taught to revere as the model human being, taught an ethic of political domination and submission by any means necessary, which most certainly does threaten the freedom and well-being of all non-Muslims members of society.

    This, in a nutshell, is why Islam is incompatible with Western civilization.

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  32. rvg says:
    @Intelligent Dasein
    "Trump's luck" seems to be that he describes what is really happening. He says what many other people realize, but which most are too intimidated, cajoled, and bullied to mention. It is the power of reality over the liberal narrative. By contrast, the ability to say the most inapposite, ridiculous, and soon-to-be-invalidated-by-events nonsense could aptly be described as "Obama's luck."

    And where is Obama, anyway? Anybody remember him? Notice how he seems to have been cut completely out of the loop. The country is now operating without any direct input from the Teleprompter in Chief, and there is a general consensus all along the political spectrum that that's pretty much just fine.

    Why not propose a constitutional amendment specifically banning Islamic immigration or Muslims from taking office?

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  33. tbraton says:

    “Can’t Walmart afford more intimidating-looking guards?”

    The alternative to Enrique Marquez was a 75-year old man with a cane, and you have the audacity to criticize Walmart? I rarely shop at Walmart (I can remember twice in my lifetime), but I was posting on a Yahoo Finance Message Board about 10 years ago on a company in the retail sector which competed with Walmart, and I remember a poster with some experience working in that sector refer to Walmart as “the employer of last resort.” But, when you stop sniggering and think about it, for all the criticism directed at Walmart, it does fulfill a useful social function by effectively employing people in need of work but otherwise unemployable. During WWII, the U.S. drafted more than 10 million men into the armed services. I recall reading that a large number, nearly 1/3 of them, were illiterate. Despite the propaganda from Tom Brokaw about “the Greatest Generation,” the marvel of WWII was that our military leaders could train that large number of military recruits into an effective fighting force.

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    “the employer of last resort.”

    I was in a prosperous small town a few years ago (yeah, I know there aren't many of those left) and I noticed that several of the Walmart employees were high functioning retarded.

    It seems like a good thing.

    , @rvg
    Liar only 2% of whites in 1940 were illiterate. How can you expect us to believe that literally a third of American males in 1940 could not read nor write? https://nces.ed.gov/naal/lit_history.asp
    , @Anonymouse
    When I was a draftee in the USArmy in 1957, in peacetime, 12 years after WWII, the illiterate inductees were sent to what was familiarly called Knuckle-head University for 6 weeks BEFORE basic training. There they learnt to sign their names as one must sign for one's monthly pay in the army to receive one's pay. As for Walmart where I have shopped 2 or 3 times, the customers are for the most part borderline depressed judging from their narcotized gait. Compare the customers in Whole Foods where men and women alike, weave and dart past one another like quarterbacks.
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  34. Maj. Kong says:
    @rvg
    Even if Trump becomes POTUS, what's to say that he does not get Operation Valkaried by the military for trying extraconstitutional moves? Why doesnt Trump propose a constitutional amendment around the establishment clause instead?

    2/3rds of Congress, and 3/4ths of the states. It’s not going to happen unless we put the country under martial law and force them to amend at gunpoint. Far easier to just get 5 supreme court justices to agree with you. Korematsu is still case law.

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  35. @Anon
    That's some good stuff.

    But Trump should discuss more of the INVADE/INTERVENE side of the equation because that was one of the reasons why these people became radicalized.

    It's interesting that the most radical Muslims are the products of Muslim nations with close ties with US: Pakistan, Saudi, Afghanistan, etc.

    But Iran isn't one of them because Iranians feel they truly own and control their own nation. They feel less resentment toward America.

    Interesting that Libya has been an ultra-terrorist incubator(far more than under Gadfly of old) since US drew it into its orbit.

    America has the Midas Touch when it comes to terror.

    It intervenes in a War on Terror and creates more Terror with its touch.

    And in Syria, Russia would make more progress if US and its allies didn't keep indirectly supporting the terrorists.

    You’re not playing along with the ritualistic ingroup chanting going on here.

    In spite of screwing over the Middle East for about 80 years they are always going to be the blame. Go figure.

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    In spite of screwing over the Middle East...

    We've overpaid for oil and tourism in that region. They've benefited from our technology and they have given back...? Their people and religion have moved in large numbers to the West with full access to our societies; their societies are closed to us.

    When you've made a trade and the other side is protesting vigorously, you might want to reconsider the deal.
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  36. Harold says:
    @Svigor
    Our good friends on the Israeli right:

    Netanyahu Rejects Trump Muslim ‘Shutdown’ Remarks, Warns Radical Islam Threatens World

    In response, Netanyahu’s office released a statement to reporters affirming, “The prime minister rejects the recent comments by Donald Trump regarding Muslims.”

    “Israel respects all religions and stickily preserves the rights of all its citizens,” the statement said, adding that “at the same time, Israel is struggling against the radical Islamism that targets Muslims, Christians and Jews as one and poses a threat to the entire world.”
     
    A nation and borders for me, but not for thee.

    Note how Netanyahu and Klein never mention Muslim immigration to Israel. Membership has its privileges.

    Netanyahu won't even crook his little finger to put some daylight between him and diaspora Jewry on immigration and the National Question.

    Once upon a time Jews weren’t allowed to join some country clubs. Today Jews have a whole country they won’t let me join just because I’m not Jewish. Which is worse: letting people into your country but not letting them join your country club, or not letting them into your country at all? My grandchildren will never forget this injustice!

    Physical distance alters man’s conceptions, imagine if, instead of being way over in the Middle East, Israel was Manhattan island. Jewish Americans could move there but non-Jewish Americans couldn’t. Meanwhile, Jews promoted multicuralism for America but not Manhattan/Israel and so on.

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    "imagine if, instead of being way over in the Middle East, Israel was Manhattan island. Jewish Americans could move there but non-Jewish Americans couldn’t."

    Nothing wrong with that, assortative behavior is the answer to a lot of modern problems. Like most freedoms, freedom of association is an enemy of government.

    "Meanwhile, Jews promoted multicuralism for America but not Manhattan/Israel and so on."

    That definitely would be a problem.
    , @epebble
    FYI, it is much easier for high skilled person to get residency in Israel than in US. Part of attraction for high tech employers like Intel, IBM etc., is easy mobility of talent. They also have European R&D for this reason. If you go to high tech corridors of Israel, you may be surprised by the diversity. It sometimes resembles silicon valley.
    , @International Jew

    imagine if, instead of being way over in the Middle East, Israel was Manhattan island
     
    Except it's not, and that's why it does you no harm that you can't emigrate to Israel.
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  37. Maj. Kong says:
    @Svigor
    Our good friends on the Israeli right:

    Netanyahu Rejects Trump Muslim ‘Shutdown’ Remarks, Warns Radical Islam Threatens World

    In response, Netanyahu’s office released a statement to reporters affirming, “The prime minister rejects the recent comments by Donald Trump regarding Muslims.”

    “Israel respects all religions and stickily preserves the rights of all its citizens,” the statement said, adding that “at the same time, Israel is struggling against the radical Islamism that targets Muslims, Christians and Jews as one and poses a threat to the entire world.”
     
    A nation and borders for me, but not for thee.

    Note how Netanyahu and Klein never mention Muslim immigration to Israel. Membership has its privileges.

    Netanyahu won't even crook his little finger to put some daylight between him and diaspora Jewry on immigration and the National Question.

    I wonder how many Muslims would actually seek to be economic migrants to Israel. The border fence appears to have been built to stop non-Muslim sub-Saharan Africans.

    At many instances, Netanyahu has urged French Jews to move to Israel, and from your point of view he would seem to be doing us a favor. He’s also in the penalty box of anti-Muslim statements after the last election, so any support for halting Muslim immigration to the West carries the risk of a third intifada and a Camp of the Saints via Hezbollah.

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    Most of Israel’s economic migrants are indeed Muslims from Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia.
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  38. @tbraton
    "Can’t Walmart afford more intimidating-looking guards?"

    The alternative to Enrique Marquez was a 75-year old man with a cane, and you have the audacity to criticize Walmart? I rarely shop at Walmart (I can remember twice in my lifetime), but I was posting on a Yahoo Finance Message Board about 10 years ago on a company in the retail sector which competed with Walmart, and I remember a poster with some experience working in that sector refer to Walmart as "the employer of last resort." But, when you stop sniggering and think about it, for all the criticism directed at Walmart, it does fulfill a useful social function by effectively employing people in need of work but otherwise unemployable. During WWII, the U.S. drafted more than 10 million men into the armed services. I recall reading that a large number, nearly 1/3 of them, were illiterate. Despite the propaganda from Tom Brokaw about "the Greatest Generation," the marvel of WWII was that our military leaders could train that large number of military recruits into an effective fighting force.

    “the employer of last resort.”

    I was in a prosperous small town a few years ago (yeah, I know there aren’t many of those left) and I noticed that several of the Walmart employees were high functioning retarded.

    It seems like a good thing.

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    Retarded is a person with Downs, so you expect us to believe that Walmart hires people with Downs?
    , @wiseguy
    The largest grocery chain in my area employs a considerable amount of Down syndrome and other special needs adults. It's a nice arrangement. The special needs people have a relatively decent place to work, and the costumers receive very friendly service.

    OTOH, Wal-Mart's Sam's Club is the consensus worst retail establishment to work at around here. The place is staffed minimally (there are always large checkout lines when I visit), and there is intense pressure on the employees to sell items, even those which are practically worthless and can only possibly garner negligible profits for the company.
    , @Clifford Brown
    I have written numerous comments on this story, where I basically said "It's looking more and more to me that Marquez was basically a retard" but I deleted them as potentially inappropriate.

    As always, your honesty and forthrightness is appreciated.

    I think we can all agree that extremely intelligent punk rockers are pretty great or at least extremely interesting folks, but retarded punk rockers are, well, kind of retarded.

    It's looking more and more like a Putney Swope world.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP13OQo7L2Q
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  39. @rvg
    If trump is against Islam why is he doing business ventures with Muslims, can you imagine Nimitz having a seat on Mitsubishi's board in 1942 and have his children working in Japanese companies as consultants? And shouldn't he divest himself of all business that employ cheap immigrant labor in one form or another, and pull out all of his business from third world countries that export those cheap labor to the United States? Also why is he doing business in Canada which has a liberal policy towards Muslim immigrants, should be divest himself of his businesses there as well?

    Why would you say Trump is against Islam? He just doesn’t want to let in a lot of Muslim immigrants when they’ve already proven themselves exceptionally dangerous to us. I feel the same way. I have no problem with Muslims practicing Islam in their own countries. No hate for them at all.

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  40. @SFG
    Why would he give them more ammunition to claim he's a Nazi? That's the one line he hasn't actually crossed himself, though people accuse him of it.

    I can only go back two generations on Wikipedia, but the name still seems to be Trump.

    “I can only go back two generations on Wikipedia, but the name still seems to be Trump.”

    Most likely the name was Trumpery.

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/trumpery

    trump·er·y
    (trŭm′pə-rē)
    n. pl. trump·er·ies
    1. Showy but worthless finery; bric-a-brac.
    2. Nonsense; rubbish.
    3. Deception; trickery; fraud.

    The voters are getting warmed up for their quadrennial dose of dupery.

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  41. eah says:

    has told the authorities

    Uhh, assuming they would not have found out any other way, why would he tell “the authorities” that?

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  42. Veracitor says:

    So long as he keeps talking about undesirable immigration Trump’s Luck cannot fail, because the fact is that undesirable immigrants, especially Moslems, cause serious trouble all the time. The journalistas describe each incident as a rare surprise– and even we who read iSteve often nod along uncritically because the truth is pretty grim; the mind shies away from it– but it would be hard to identify a two-week period anytime this year without an “unpredictable” crime of “senseless” (or even “understandable,” if the victims are Jews in Europe) violence by a “citizen” of a supposedly first-world country, whose “unknowable” motives our wise leaders and insightful pundits know for sure don’t come from Islam, which is a religion of peace.

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  43. @Harold
    Once upon a time Jews weren’t allowed to join some country clubs. Today Jews have a whole country they won’t let me join just because I’m not Jewish. Which is worse: letting people into your country but not letting them join your country club, or not letting them into your country at all? My grandchildren will never forget this injustice!

    Physical distance alters man’s conceptions, imagine if, instead of being way over in the Middle East, Israel was Manhattan island. Jewish Americans could move there but non-Jewish Americans couldn’t. Meanwhile, Jews promoted multicuralism for America but not Manhattan/Israel and so on.

    “imagine if, instead of being way over in the Middle East, Israel was Manhattan island. Jewish Americans could move there but non-Jewish Americans couldn’t.”

    Nothing wrong with that, assortative behavior is the answer to a lot of modern problems. Like most freedoms, freedom of association is an enemy of government.

    “Meanwhile, Jews promoted multicuralism for America but not Manhattan/Israel and so on.”

    That definitely would be a problem.

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  44. epebble says:
    @Harold
    Once upon a time Jews weren’t allowed to join some country clubs. Today Jews have a whole country they won’t let me join just because I’m not Jewish. Which is worse: letting people into your country but not letting them join your country club, or not letting them into your country at all? My grandchildren will never forget this injustice!

    Physical distance alters man’s conceptions, imagine if, instead of being way over in the Middle East, Israel was Manhattan island. Jewish Americans could move there but non-Jewish Americans couldn’t. Meanwhile, Jews promoted multicuralism for America but not Manhattan/Israel and so on.

    FYI, it is much easier for high skilled person to get residency in Israel than in US. Part of attraction for high tech employers like Intel, IBM etc., is easy mobility of talent. They also have European R&D for this reason. If you go to high tech corridors of Israel, you may be surprised by the diversity. It sometimes resembles silicon valley.

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    Thanks. I am a high skilled tech person! Nevertheless, Israel wishes to maintain its Jewish character just as country clubs wished to maintain their Anglo-Saxon character. My granchildren will never forgive this outrage!
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  45. @rvg
    Can anyone here demonstrate why banning a Muslim from becoming the POTUS solely on his religion will not violate the establishment clause?

    “Can anyone here demonstrate why banning a Muslim from becoming the POTUS solely on his religion will not violate the establishment clause?”

    U.S. federal constitution, Article VI, paragraph 3:
    The Senators and Representative before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

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    The voters-- actually, the electors-- are free to use any religious test they damn well please.
    , @Ad Victoriam
    A religious test is forbidden. But if Islam is more than a religion by Western definition of the word, then another metric is appropriate. I call for a 'civilizational realm' test, which would not be unConstitutional.
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  46. @Harold
    Once upon a time Jews weren’t allowed to join some country clubs. Today Jews have a whole country they won’t let me join just because I’m not Jewish. Which is worse: letting people into your country but not letting them join your country club, or not letting them into your country at all? My grandchildren will never forget this injustice!

    Physical distance alters man’s conceptions, imagine if, instead of being way over in the Middle East, Israel was Manhattan island. Jewish Americans could move there but non-Jewish Americans couldn’t. Meanwhile, Jews promoted multicuralism for America but not Manhattan/Israel and so on.

    imagine if, instead of being way over in the Middle East, Israel was Manhattan island

    Except it’s not, and that’s why it does you no harm that you can’t emigrate to Israel.

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    Except it’s not, and that’s why it does you no harm that you can’t emigrate to Israel.
     
    I’m sorry but I don’t follow. Moreover, I don’t think it would harm me, or rather white (gentile) Americans, either way. I just think it would make any double standards more obvious to Americans.

    Personally I live about an equal distance from Israel and Manhattan.
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  47. rvg says:
    @tbraton
    "Can’t Walmart afford more intimidating-looking guards?"

    The alternative to Enrique Marquez was a 75-year old man with a cane, and you have the audacity to criticize Walmart? I rarely shop at Walmart (I can remember twice in my lifetime), but I was posting on a Yahoo Finance Message Board about 10 years ago on a company in the retail sector which competed with Walmart, and I remember a poster with some experience working in that sector refer to Walmart as "the employer of last resort." But, when you stop sniggering and think about it, for all the criticism directed at Walmart, it does fulfill a useful social function by effectively employing people in need of work but otherwise unemployable. During WWII, the U.S. drafted more than 10 million men into the armed services. I recall reading that a large number, nearly 1/3 of them, were illiterate. Despite the propaganda from Tom Brokaw about "the Greatest Generation," the marvel of WWII was that our military leaders could train that large number of military recruits into an effective fighting force.

    Liar only 2% of whites in 1940 were illiterate. How can you expect us to believe that literally a third of American males in 1940 could not read nor write? https://nces.ed.gov/naal/lit_history.asp

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    "Liar only 2% of whites in 1940 were illiterate. How can you expect us to believe that literally a third of American males in 1940 could not read nor write? https://nces.ed.gov/naal/lit_history.asp"

    This is what I found by doing some quick Googling:

    "The registration of men between the ages of 21 and 36 began exactly one month later, as Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, who had been a key player in moving the Roosevelt administration away from a foreign policy of strict neutrality, began drawing draft numbers out of a glass bowl. The numbers were handed to the president, who read them aloud for public announcement. There were some 20 million eligible young men—50 percent were rejected the very first year, either for health reasons or illiteracy (20 percent of those who registered were illiterate)." http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-states-imposes-the-draft

    I would suggest that 20% is a lot closer to 33% than it is to 2%. BTW here is what is stated in the link you posted:

    "The increasing rates of school attendance have been reflected in rising proportions of adults completing high school and college. Progressively fewer adults have limited their education to completion of the 8th grade which was typical in the early part of the century. In 1940, more than half of the U.S. population had completed no more than an eighth grade education. Only 6 percent of males and 4 percent of females had completed 4 years of college. The median years of school attained by the adult population, 25 years old and over, had registered only a scant rise from 8.1 to 8.6 years over a 30 year period from 1910 to 1940."

     

    Do you even bother to read what you post? Or would I be remiss in suggesting the possibility that you might have a severe reading problem yourself, which would explain your strong reaction to what was a passing comment hedged about with qualifiers which would clearly indicate to any sentient person with a modest reading comprehension ability that I wasn't attempting to state a conclusive fact ("I recall reading that a large number, nearly 1/3 of them, were illiterate."). I also have to question your judgment if you believe that document, which is based on information provided by the U.S. Department of Education, when it asserts that by 1979 only 0.6% of Americans over the age of 14 were illiterate. I know from my own experience that many more than 0.6% of people in the U.S. lack the ability to write a legible sentence and that a considerable number can't even read and understand a legible sentence. In light of the fact that more than half the U.S. population in 1940 had completed no more than an 8th grade education indicates to me that my figure is a lot closer to the truth than your extremely low figure.
    , @Chris Mallory
    He did not mention the entire white population, only males who were drafted. If 1/3 of those that were drafted were illiterate, that would be roughly 3 million men. Since the population of the US at the time was 135 million, those 3 million would roughly be 2%.

    You have to remember, we had been in a decade long depression. Many men had to drop out of school at an early age and go to work to help support their families. My great grandmother died when my grandfather was 9. He had to drop out of school to take care of his younger brothers and sisters while his father was working. My grandfather started working in the coal mines at the age of 13. He could repair any mechanical object from clocks to cars. He could grow any vegetable he wanted in his garden. He was also unable to read beyond a few words and when it came to writing could only sign his name.
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  48. jon says:
    @Lot
    Mexican Americans are gradually becoming more protestant and Mormon, and typically assimilate into the neighborhood where they live.

    Islam is not especially good at attracting coverts in the West, but the more of them that are here, the more this will happen.

    This BBC link estimates about 100,000 to 200,000.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-23774334

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  49. rvg says:
    @Steve Sailer
    “the employer of last resort.”

    I was in a prosperous small town a few years ago (yeah, I know there aren't many of those left) and I noticed that several of the Walmart employees were high functioning retarded.

    It seems like a good thing.

    Retarded is a person with Downs, so you expect us to believe that Walmart hires people with Downs?

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    A couple of the pallet-pushers I talked to in Walmart appeared to have IQs around 70.
    , @Reg Cæsar


    Retarded is a person with Downs, so you expect us to believe that Walmart hires people with Downs?

     

    Down kids are quite employable, and never have a chip on their shoulder.
    , @anon
    Yes, they do. Community employment is the model most states are moving to when it comes to people with developmental disabilities.
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  50. Attention Walmart shoppers! Exegesis needed on Aisle 5.

    “So the San Berdoo Two was sort of the Trio from San Bernardio?”

    “San Berdoo” must be some Southern California nickname for San Bernardino. But what is San Berdoo Two? What was San Berdoo One? Is “the Trio from San Bernardio” a reference to some movie title or other pop-culture artifact?

    By the way, “ISIS/ISIL/Potato/Potatoh” should be “ISIS/ISIL/Potayto/Potahto”.

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    “San Berdoo” must be some Southern California nickname for San Bernardino. But what is San Berdoo Two? What was San Berdoo One? Is “the Trio from San Bernardio” a reference to some movie title or other pop-culture artifact?
     
    The San Berdoo Two are Farook and Malik.
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  51. iSteveFan says:
    @Whiskey
    Congress according to Drudge will vote soon to forbid a religious test for immigratiion and go full Open Borders extending Constitutiinal rights to foreigners. The Gop alrrady is on board and cuck Paul Ryan promises the votes. Misfortune to be in a doctors office this am. Ubiquitous tv had female gabfest compating Trump to Hitler and begging Obama to lock Trump up.

    Female voting. Equals immavasion. They all figure to land a big shot among the conquerors.

    The Gop alrrady is on board and cuck Paul Ryan promises the votes.

    Whiskey, is Pat Buchanan still your worst enemy?

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  52. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Buzz Mohawk

    So, maybe the current terrorism isn’t just a one time thing involving ISIS/ISIL/Potato/Potatoh that will no doubt go away, it’s … an Islamic thing that will in the long run be around in rough proportion to the proportion of Muslims who are around.
     
    Bingo!

    Oh, and regarding Trump's Luck: It's never a good idea to bet against guys who have won enough times to amass personal fortunes in the billions and skyscrapers on Fifth Avenue.

    It's not luck. It's an ability to sense what's going on.

    Of course, Steve is being glib here. Trump hasn’t been lucky AT ALL with these predictions. They’re the same things any sane — and gutsy — American nationalist would be saying. Trump’s “luck” is just him being smart and not buying into the media narrative.

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  53. Harold says:
    @epebble
    FYI, it is much easier for high skilled person to get residency in Israel than in US. Part of attraction for high tech employers like Intel, IBM etc., is easy mobility of talent. They also have European R&D for this reason. If you go to high tech corridors of Israel, you may be surprised by the diversity. It sometimes resembles silicon valley.

    Thanks. I am a high skilled tech person! Nevertheless, Israel wishes to maintain its Jewish character just as country clubs wished to maintain their Anglo-Saxon character. My granchildren will never forgive this outrage!

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  54. @rvg
    Retarded is a person with Downs, so you expect us to believe that Walmart hires people with Downs?

    A couple of the pallet-pushers I talked to in Walmart appeared to have IQs around 70.

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    You expect us to believe a person with an IQ of 70 can find his way around a mall and work effectively?
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  55. Steve I think we might be approaching a singularity where all your blogging interests merge into a single uber story

    http://fortune.com/2015/12/08/online-lender-says-it-gave-money-to-san-bernardino-shooter/

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    It really is like the event horizon of a black hole style singularity. What published bit of information could push us over the edge? Malik always played from the men's tees? Enrique assembled plastic models of Lockheed planes? Or...the Farooks lived on Austin Blvd when Syed was born. The gravitation pulls my finger away from the keyboard!!!
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  56. @Intelligent Dasein
    "Trump's luck" seems to be that he describes what is really happening. He says what many other people realize, but which most are too intimidated, cajoled, and bullied to mention. It is the power of reality over the liberal narrative. By contrast, the ability to say the most inapposite, ridiculous, and soon-to-be-invalidated-by-events nonsense could aptly be described as "Obama's luck."

    And where is Obama, anyway? Anybody remember him? Notice how he seems to have been cut completely out of the loop. The country is now operating without any direct input from the Teleprompter in Chief, and there is a general consensus all along the political spectrum that that's pretty much just fine.

    And where is Obama, anyway? Anybody remember him? Notice how he seems to have been cut completely out of the loop

    Kinda like Jesse Ventura, except he cut himself out, due to boredom.

    I don’t fear a Trump presidency because I lived through a Ventura governorship. We got along fine.

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  57. iSteveFan says:
    @Svigor
    Our good friends on the Israeli right:

    Netanyahu Rejects Trump Muslim ‘Shutdown’ Remarks, Warns Radical Islam Threatens World

    In response, Netanyahu’s office released a statement to reporters affirming, “The prime minister rejects the recent comments by Donald Trump regarding Muslims.”

    “Israel respects all religions and stickily preserves the rights of all its citizens,” the statement said, adding that “at the same time, Israel is struggling against the radical Islamism that targets Muslims, Christians and Jews as one and poses a threat to the entire world.”
     
    A nation and borders for me, but not for thee.

    Note how Netanyahu and Klein never mention Muslim immigration to Israel. Membership has its privileges.

    Netanyahu won't even crook his little finger to put some daylight between him and diaspora Jewry on immigration and the National Question.

    I can see why Bibi wouldn’t want to offend muslims given they are 20% of Israel proper and the lion’s share of the occupied areas. So I would not expect him to praise Trump. I would have expected him to not even respond to a domestic American issue. He could have said that what is going on in America is for them to decide. It is an internal matter. I would have been fine with that.

    But for him to go the extra mile and condemn Trump is wrong. It shows we probably don’t have any allies in Israel. I figured the Israeli right would be on our side. They are obsessed with demographics. and therefore should understand our concern. But apparently they don’t. Do they think an America with a growing muslim population is going to be more pro-Israel than we are now? Look at Europe for that answer. Oh well, I guess they figured that China is the new sugar daddy.

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    Bibi doesn't want to offend Muslims? Israel has an absolute ban on entry of ANY citizen of ten or so "enemy states" (all Muslim), and those from any other Muslim country are subjected to extreme scrutiny before they're allowed in, even for just an overnight stay. And getting citizenship or permanent residence? Good luck, Ahmed!
    , @Maj. Kong
    Bibi has to thread a tightrope in US politics, the current President appears to dislike him on a personal level. While he would have a better relationship with Hillary, the best hope for him is a President Rubio, but he can't afford to play favorites too openly because he took a domestic hit when Romney lost. The most similar to the nationalist position in the West, is that of the Jewish Home party, but they're problematic and say offensive things, nonetheless their leader Bennett is fairly successful.

    I highly doubt that the Chinese would be motivated to give the Israelis a "qualitative military edge" as our current aid policies do. Defense contractors and AIPAC provide the juice to keep it flowing, but the Chinese would demand full ownership like they do with their client state of Pakistan. The countries with foreign ministries most hostile to Israel have been small countries like Norway, Ireland. The higher Muslim populations are in France, Germany, UK, where there is next to zero political support in the governing parties for the South Africa solution.
    , @IHTG

    It shows we probably don’t have any allies in Israel.
     
    About as many allies as in Hungary, the country that kicked out Richard Spencer's conference when it was in their interest. As Maj. Kong says, Netanyahu was playing politics - his condemnation seems muted and minimal. The British reaction, on the other hand, seems more genuine.
    , @Ad Victoriam
    "I figured the Israeli right would be on our side."

    Yeah, that was surprising to me too. I have no blinkers when it comes to Israelis. They are dangerous adversaries. They use us shamelessly, but I don't blame them because everyone else is too and it is happening only because we are weak and stupid. I would do the same in their shoes.

    However, the Islamification of the West will be the end of Israel. It is not even remotely in their best interest to actively undermine the one man who might really turn things around. Sure, the Arabs are inept and if it was just the Israeli's surrounded by Arabs they could probably hold their own forever. However, not only do they REQUIRE trade and relations with the rest of the West to maintain military dominance (India/China not adequate substitute imo), but an anti-Israel alliance led by men of Western achievement-cultures with a history of anti-Semitism indoctrinated from birth into Islam will change the battlefield completely. I'm not even sure if our achievement-culture would actually completely rot under Islam. Islamic dysfunction may have its roots in the cultures of the peoples who have adopted it. Regardless, it would still take some time.

    It may be that they bet that the rule of globalist elites will keep Islam in check in the West and they fear awakened European nationalism more. It certainly appears that the globalists think they can. (They are the prime drivers of Muslim immigration imo, not the radical left who are mostly NOT the ones actually calling the shots at the highest levels of government. ...importing the divide for the age-old divide and conquer...) I don't share their confidence at all.
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  58. @rvg
    Retarded is a person with Downs, so you expect us to believe that Walmart hires people with Downs?

    Retarded is a person with Downs, so you expect us to believe that Walmart hires people with Downs?

    Down kids are quite employable, and never have a chip on their shoulder.

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    Down kids are quite employable, and never have a chip on their shoulder.
     
    YMCAs employ them for cleaning and spreading good cheer.

    Goodwill employs them for who knows what.
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  59. Harold says:
    @International Jew

    imagine if, instead of being way over in the Middle East, Israel was Manhattan island
     
    Except it's not, and that's why it does you no harm that you can't emigrate to Israel.

    Except it’s not, and that’s why it does you no harm that you can’t emigrate to Israel.

    I’m sorry but I don’t follow. Moreover, I don’t think it would harm me, or rather white (gentile) Americans, either way. I just think it would make any double standards more obvious to Americans.

    Personally I live about an equal distance from Israel and Manhattan.

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  60. rvg says:
    @Steve Sailer
    A couple of the pallet-pushers I talked to in Walmart appeared to have IQs around 70.

    You expect us to believe a person with an IQ of 70 can find his way around a mall and work effectively?

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    They couldn't remember where items in the store were, but they could push pallets.
    , @anon
    Something like 1/4 of African-Americans have an IQ below 70. Do you think 1/4 of black people have a hard time finding their way around malls?

    They may not he able to balance their own checkbooks or remember to pay their bills on time, but an IQ of 70 is more than enough to ride a bus to work and engage in physical labor. And it isn't like they don't have people supervising them.
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  61. gruff says:
    @Anonymous
    I recommend that Trump revert the spelling of his last name to the Deutschland original asap.

    I think it was: Trumpf. Or Trumpft. Whatever.

    I want to see Brokaw have an embellism.

    I recommend that Trump revert the spelling of his last name to the Deutschland original asap.

    NSDAP ASAP?

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  62. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    "Can anyone here demonstrate why banning a Muslim from becoming the POTUS solely on his religion will not violate the establishment clause?"

    U.S. federal constitution, Article VI, paragraph 3:
    The Senators and Representative before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

    The voters– actually, the electors– are free to use any religious test they damn well please.

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  63. gruff says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    Attention Walmart shoppers! Exegesis needed on Aisle 5.

    "So the San Berdoo Two was sort of the Trio from San Bernardio?"

    "San Berdoo" must be some Southern California nickname for San Bernardino. But what is San Berdoo Two? What was San Berdoo One? Is "the Trio from San Bernardio" a reference to some movie title or other pop-culture artifact?

    By the way, "ISIS/ISIL/Potato/Potatoh" should be "ISIS/ISIL/Potayto/Potahto".

    “San Berdoo” must be some Southern California nickname for San Bernardino. But what is San Berdoo Two? What was San Berdoo One? Is “the Trio from San Bernardio” a reference to some movie title or other pop-culture artifact?

    The San Berdoo Two are Farook and Malik.

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  64. […] must-read from Sailer, who again shows why he is the most important blogger writing […]

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  65. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @rvg
    Retarded is a person with Downs, so you expect us to believe that Walmart hires people with Downs?

    Yes, they do. Community employment is the model most states are moving to when it comes to people with developmental disabilities.

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  66. Whiskey says: • Website

    Dems and the Media are betting on Megaphone Control to battle Trump’s Luck. After all, they reason they can make a mass murder go away into gun control, or “racism” or saying bad things about Muslims which is illegal and will get you federal time (so says Attorney General Lynch). So why worry?

    After all, Obama has Jimmy Kimmel, Colbert, Fallon, the View, Today, NBC, CBS, ABC, every Hollywood person, every newspaper, local TV station, all on his side. What is reality compared to a guest spot on Fallon “slow jamming” the news?

    Yes guaranteed there will be another Jihadi copy cat atrocity, timetable moved up as more people notice things. But the Dems/Media bet they can control reality by making people not see it. Instead clutch pearls over “racism” or something. After all, ABC has a new show (a hit, well no, only 4.4 million people watched a recent episode) on how the “hot” Muslima who doesn’t wear a veil is not the real terrorist — its some White dude naturally!

    This works very well for women, who are accustomed to fantasy excusing their poor life choices dictated by tingles down there. “He only hits me because he really, really loves me! Besides he scares other men and all those other girls want him! So what if he hasn’t earned money in years and does nothing but smoke dope and do MMA training and hang out with his brother Dhokar and take my pressure cookers? He loves me!”

    Men I would assume not so much.

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  67. @Lot
    Mexican Americans are gradually becoming more protestant and Mormon, and typically assimilate into the neighborhood where they live.

    Islam is not especially good at attracting coverts in the West, but the more of them that are here, the more this will happen.

    Islam is not especially good at attracting coverts in the West, but the more of them that are here, the more this will happen.

    They don’t seem to be having much difficulty within the Prison-Industrial Complex.

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  68. @rvg
    You expect us to believe a person with an IQ of 70 can find his way around a mall and work effectively?

    They couldn’t remember where items in the store were, but they could push pallets.

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  69. Harold says:
    @Harold
    Reality has a Trump bias.

    Given how the media’s favourite minority related, supposed, injustices tend to turn into fiascos, reality has an anti-media bias. The media has an anti-reality bias?

    Is their a parallel term to Trump’s luck for this turning-into-a-fiasco phenomenon?

    Megaphonic clusterf*ck?

    That’s the best I could do.

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  70. @Reg Cæsar


    Retarded is a person with Downs, so you expect us to believe that Walmart hires people with Downs?

     

    Down kids are quite employable, and never have a chip on their shoulder.

    Down kids are quite employable, and never have a chip on their shoulder.

    YMCAs employ them for cleaning and spreading good cheer.

    Goodwill employs them for who knows what.

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    When I worked at McDonald's, as a teenager during the 1980s, we had a guy with Down's Syndrome on the staff. He worked there for like 15-20 years, in fact (I'd first noticed him working there where the store originally opened, in the late 1970s, and I still saw him working there, years after I'd left).
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  71. rod1963 says:
    @rvg
    Can anyone here demonstrate why banning a Muslim from becoming the POTUS solely on his religion will not violate the establishment clause?

    Our founders had hoped the electorate would have enough brains not to elect a Obama or something worse than him.

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    The electorate established by the constitution and founders did not elect Obama.

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/10/article-2230850-15F1CF94000005DC-996_634x452.jpg
    , @rvg
    The point is there is no religious test in the Constitution, if you want to ban Muslims do it through a constitutional amendment. The immigration restrictions before 1965 would have been judged unconstitutional by the Rehnquist court, let alone this court. I mean be sane for a minute, the SCOTUS won't even ban porn or flag burning, and you expect them to rule that a ban on MUslim immigration and public officials is constitutional, how do you expect to win this on the SCOTUS? As I said before, if you want to ban Muslims, better get a constitutional amendment.
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  72. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @rvg
    You expect us to believe a person with an IQ of 70 can find his way around a mall and work effectively?

    Something like 1/4 of African-Americans have an IQ below 70. Do you think 1/4 of black people have a hard time finding their way around malls?

    They may not he able to balance their own checkbooks or remember to pay their bills on time, but an IQ of 70 is more than enough to ride a bus to work and engage in physical labor. And it isn’t like they don’t have people supervising them.

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    If blacks have an IQ of say 65 and abos have an iq of 60, why dont they literally act retarded? I mean a Chinese or a German with an IQ of 65 would literally be a retard and can be spotted from a mile away. I mean I see black people in Africa being interviewed on CNN; and they do not resemble mentally retarded people.
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  73. jackson says:
    @iSteveFan
    I can see why Bibi wouldn't want to offend muslims given they are 20% of Israel proper and the lion's share of the occupied areas. So I would not expect him to praise Trump. I would have expected him to not even respond to a domestic American issue. He could have said that what is going on in America is for them to decide. It is an internal matter. I would have been fine with that.

    But for him to go the extra mile and condemn Trump is wrong. It shows we probably don't have any allies in Israel. I figured the Israeli right would be on our side. They are obsessed with demographics. and therefore should understand our concern. But apparently they don't. Do they think an America with a growing muslim population is going to be more pro-Israel than we are now? Look at Europe for that answer. Oh well, I guess they figured that China is the new sugar daddy.

    Bibi doesn’t want to offend Muslims? Israel has an absolute ban on entry of ANY citizen of ten or so “enemy states” (all Muslim), and those from any other Muslim country are subjected to extreme scrutiny before they’re allowed in, even for just an overnight stay. And getting citizenship or permanent residence? Good luck, Ahmed!

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    You're right. They just come in uninvited not unlike your South Americans. And of course you fail to note that Israelis are banned not only from those very same countries but many others as well.
    , @candid_observer
    Yeah, this is the thing about Trump's Muslim immigration (temporary?) ban.

    Israel knows exactly how to achieve the same effect of keeping Muslims out, but doesn't so describe it, doesn't impose an explicit religious test, and thereby gets a pass.

    I just wish Trump would get some decent advisers and listen to them.
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  74. @rod1963
    Our founders had hoped the electorate would have enough brains not to elect a Obama or something worse than him.

    The electorate established by the constitution and founders did not elect Obama.

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  75. bomag says:
    @Drapetomaniac
    You're not playing along with the ritualistic ingroup chanting going on here.

    In spite of screwing over the Middle East for about 80 years they are always going to be the blame. Go figure.

    In spite of screwing over the Middle East…

    We’ve overpaid for oil and tourism in that region. They’ve benefited from our technology and they have given back…? Their people and religion have moved in large numbers to the West with full access to our societies; their societies are closed to us.

    When you’ve made a trade and the other side is protesting vigorously, you might want to reconsider the deal.

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  76. Maj. Kong says:
    @iSteveFan
    I can see why Bibi wouldn't want to offend muslims given they are 20% of Israel proper and the lion's share of the occupied areas. So I would not expect him to praise Trump. I would have expected him to not even respond to a domestic American issue. He could have said that what is going on in America is for them to decide. It is an internal matter. I would have been fine with that.

    But for him to go the extra mile and condemn Trump is wrong. It shows we probably don't have any allies in Israel. I figured the Israeli right would be on our side. They are obsessed with demographics. and therefore should understand our concern. But apparently they don't. Do they think an America with a growing muslim population is going to be more pro-Israel than we are now? Look at Europe for that answer. Oh well, I guess they figured that China is the new sugar daddy.

    Bibi has to thread a tightrope in US politics, the current President appears to dislike him on a personal level. While he would have a better relationship with Hillary, the best hope for him is a President Rubio, but he can’t afford to play favorites too openly because he took a domestic hit when Romney lost. The most similar to the nationalist position in the West, is that of the Jewish Home party, but they’re problematic and say offensive things, nonetheless their leader Bennett is fairly successful.

    I highly doubt that the Chinese would be motivated to give the Israelis a “qualitative military edge” as our current aid policies do. Defense contractors and AIPAC provide the juice to keep it flowing, but the Chinese would demand full ownership like they do with their client state of Pakistan. The countries with foreign ministries most hostile to Israel have been small countries like Norway, Ireland. The higher Muslim populations are in France, Germany, UK, where there is next to zero political support in the governing parties for the South Africa solution.

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    Almost everyone who has dealt with Netanyahu dislikes him on a personal level, including Jews and very pro-Israel non-Jews.
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  77. IHTG says:
    @Svigor
    Our good friends on the Israeli right:

    Netanyahu Rejects Trump Muslim ‘Shutdown’ Remarks, Warns Radical Islam Threatens World

    In response, Netanyahu’s office released a statement to reporters affirming, “The prime minister rejects the recent comments by Donald Trump regarding Muslims.”

    “Israel respects all religions and stickily preserves the rights of all its citizens,” the statement said, adding that “at the same time, Israel is struggling against the radical Islamism that targets Muslims, Christians and Jews as one and poses a threat to the entire world.”
     
    A nation and borders for me, but not for thee.

    Note how Netanyahu and Klein never mention Muslim immigration to Israel. Membership has its privileges.

    Netanyahu won't even crook his little finger to put some daylight between him and diaspora Jewry on immigration and the National Question.

    Netanyahu won’t even crook his little finger to put some daylight between him and diaspora Jewry

    This is false. The Jewish left demands that Netanyahu cancel his appointment with Trump; he refuses.

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  78. rvg says:
    @rod1963
    Our founders had hoped the electorate would have enough brains not to elect a Obama or something worse than him.

    The point is there is no religious test in the Constitution, if you want to ban Muslims do it through a constitutional amendment. The immigration restrictions before 1965 would have been judged unconstitutional by the Rehnquist court, let alone this court. I mean be sane for a minute, the SCOTUS won’t even ban porn or flag burning, and you expect them to rule that a ban on MUslim immigration and public officials is constitutional, how do you expect to win this on the SCOTUS? As I said before, if you want to ban Muslims, better get a constitutional amendment.

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    The religious test reference applies ONLY to holding public office. There is no need for a constitutional amendment with respect to how we choose people that we admit to the US.
    , @anon
    The point is there is no religious test in the Constitution,

    The larger and more relevant point is that the Constitution only applies to US citizens and resident aliens, and that's all it was ever intended to apply to. Over and over again, courts have agreed that nobody has a Constitutional right to come here.

    the SCOTUS won’t even ban porn or flag burning, and you expect them to rule that a ban on MUslim immigration and public officials is constitutional,

    Because citizens have the protection of the first amendment. You're right that bans on public officials would be unconstitutional, but non-citizens in other countries don't have any Constitutional rights at all. It's the Constitution of the United States, not the Constitution of the world.
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "... if you want to ban Muslims, better get a constitutional amendment."

    That's simply not correct. The President already has the authority to ban immigrants on essentially any basis what-so-ever, at his personal discretion (this was used by President Carter during the late 1970s, in order to keep out Iranian citizens). No new law even need be passed, let alone a Constitutional Amendment. The USSC would not even wind up ever hearing any related case, because its already a matter of settled law.
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  79. Mr. Anon says:

    That islamic mexican Walmart-greeter strawman-buyer dude looks like the “It’s Pat!” character.

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  80. rvg says:
    @anon
    Something like 1/4 of African-Americans have an IQ below 70. Do you think 1/4 of black people have a hard time finding their way around malls?

    They may not he able to balance their own checkbooks or remember to pay their bills on time, but an IQ of 70 is more than enough to ride a bus to work and engage in physical labor. And it isn't like they don't have people supervising them.

    If blacks have an IQ of say 65 and abos have an iq of 60, why dont they literally act retarded? I mean a Chinese or a German with an IQ of 65 would literally be a retard and can be spotted from a mile away. I mean I see black people in Africa being interviewed on CNN; and they do not resemble mentally retarded people.

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    It’s because for a white person to have such a low IQ something has to have gone drastically wrong, whereas it is more within the normal range for blacks. Like a badly worn engine with misstimed sparking not firing on all cylinders versus an engine of naturally lower horsepower. (sorry if this is a crap analogy; I’m no engine expert)

    Someone once made the comparison between a population with an average IQ of 70 and the average white 11--year-old. 11-year-olds are not retarded. Think of a population with intelligence comparable to 11-year-olds but with the emotional maturity and greater experience of adults.

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  81. TangoMan says:
    @rvg
    The point is there is no religious test in the Constitution, if you want to ban Muslims do it through a constitutional amendment. The immigration restrictions before 1965 would have been judged unconstitutional by the Rehnquist court, let alone this court. I mean be sane for a minute, the SCOTUS won't even ban porn or flag burning, and you expect them to rule that a ban on MUslim immigration and public officials is constitutional, how do you expect to win this on the SCOTUS? As I said before, if you want to ban Muslims, better get a constitutional amendment.

    The religious test reference applies ONLY to holding public office. There is no need for a constitutional amendment with respect to how we choose people that we admit to the US.

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    I agree. A good argument can be made (and Anne Coulter has made it) that the "anchor baby" problem can also be handled by legislation and does not require a Constitutional amendment (although I heard Bill O'Reilly state that it did the other night). There is the further consideration that the Constitution places full authority in Congress for regulating immigration. The Constitutional argument in response to Trump is largely a smokescreen. The issue is moot until and unless he becomes President any way.
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  82. IHTG says:
    @iSteveFan
    I can see why Bibi wouldn't want to offend muslims given they are 20% of Israel proper and the lion's share of the occupied areas. So I would not expect him to praise Trump. I would have expected him to not even respond to a domestic American issue. He could have said that what is going on in America is for them to decide. It is an internal matter. I would have been fine with that.

    But for him to go the extra mile and condemn Trump is wrong. It shows we probably don't have any allies in Israel. I figured the Israeli right would be on our side. They are obsessed with demographics. and therefore should understand our concern. But apparently they don't. Do they think an America with a growing muslim population is going to be more pro-Israel than we are now? Look at Europe for that answer. Oh well, I guess they figured that China is the new sugar daddy.

    It shows we probably don’t have any allies in Israel.

    About as many allies as in Hungary, the country that kicked out Richard Spencer’s conference when it was in their interest. As Maj. Kong says, Netanyahu was playing politics – his condemnation seems muted and minimal. The British reaction, on the other hand, seems more genuine.

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  83. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @rvg
    The point is there is no religious test in the Constitution, if you want to ban Muslims do it through a constitutional amendment. The immigration restrictions before 1965 would have been judged unconstitutional by the Rehnquist court, let alone this court. I mean be sane for a minute, the SCOTUS won't even ban porn or flag burning, and you expect them to rule that a ban on MUslim immigration and public officials is constitutional, how do you expect to win this on the SCOTUS? As I said before, if you want to ban Muslims, better get a constitutional amendment.

    The point is there is no religious test in the Constitution,

    The larger and more relevant point is that the Constitution only applies to US citizens and resident aliens, and that’s all it was ever intended to apply to. Over and over again, courts have agreed that nobody has a Constitutional right to come here.

    the SCOTUS won’t even ban porn or flag burning, and you expect them to rule that a ban on MUslim immigration and public officials is constitutional,

    Because citizens have the protection of the first amendment. You’re right that bans on public officials would be unconstitutional, but non-citizens in other countries don’t have any Constitutional rights at all. It’s the Constitution of the United States, not the Constitution of the world.

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  84. Harold says:
    @rvg
    If blacks have an IQ of say 65 and abos have an iq of 60, why dont they literally act retarded? I mean a Chinese or a German with an IQ of 65 would literally be a retard and can be spotted from a mile away. I mean I see black people in Africa being interviewed on CNN; and they do not resemble mentally retarded people.

    It’s because for a white person to have such a low IQ something has to have gone drastically wrong, whereas it is more within the normal range for blacks. Like a badly worn engine with misstimed sparking not firing on all cylinders versus an engine of naturally lower horsepower. (sorry if this is a crap analogy; I’m no engine expert)

    Someone once made the comparison between a population with an average IQ of 70 and the average white 11–year-old. 11-year-olds are not retarded. Think of a population with intelligence comparable to 11-year-olds but with the emotional maturity and greater experience of adults.

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  85. 5371 says:
    @Maj. Kong
    Bibi has to thread a tightrope in US politics, the current President appears to dislike him on a personal level. While he would have a better relationship with Hillary, the best hope for him is a President Rubio, but he can't afford to play favorites too openly because he took a domestic hit when Romney lost. The most similar to the nationalist position in the West, is that of the Jewish Home party, but they're problematic and say offensive things, nonetheless their leader Bennett is fairly successful.

    I highly doubt that the Chinese would be motivated to give the Israelis a "qualitative military edge" as our current aid policies do. Defense contractors and AIPAC provide the juice to keep it flowing, but the Chinese would demand full ownership like they do with their client state of Pakistan. The countries with foreign ministries most hostile to Israel have been small countries like Norway, Ireland. The higher Muslim populations are in France, Germany, UK, where there is next to zero political support in the governing parties for the South Africa solution.

    Almost everyone who has dealt with Netanyahu dislikes him on a personal level, including Jews and very pro-Israel non-Jews.

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  86. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    But apparently it wasn’t of intense interest to the American bureaucrats who gave her a visa to immigrate here.

    This is just my personal opinion, but I think you should go easy on the State Department people on the front lines making these determinations. I have friends who do that work. They have literally one or two minutes to interview each person and decide whether to give them a visa. They go through a six week training course and are then sent overseas, interviewing over 100 people a day, day in day out. If the American people want greater scrutiny of each visitor to USA before they get a visa, we’d probably need to quadruple the number of people we have overseas issuing visas to give them more time to scrutinize each case.

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    cromagnon wrote:
    "I have friends who do that work. They have literally one or two minutes to interview each person and decide whether to give them a visa. They go through a six week training course and are then sent overseas, interviewing over 100 people a day, day in day out."

    I have some sympathy for your friends, but what you describe illustrates Steve's point brilliantly. This is absolutely NOT the optimum process you want for reviewing/approving immigrants for admission. What you describe is an assembly-line visa factory. Humans being who they are, the vast majority doing that leg work will default to "approve" the almost all of the time, because they don't want to be the bad person who dashes a potential immigrants hopes. Problem is, that process is ripe for exploitation/subversion by less than honest or even hostile parties. A better process would involve at least two interviewers, who can balance their biases, and at least 15 minutes of detailed questioning to probe the potential immigrant and smoke out the hostile ones at least.

    Consider that a company that manufactures a product that leads to the death of 14 consumers would face intense public hostility, damage to reputation, lawsuits, possible bankruptcy, and immense state and federal scrutiny of its business practices until the cause of fatalities was determined and fixed. Why can't we ask the same of our government processes/practices?

    "If the American people want greater scrutiny of each visitor to USA before they get a visa, we’d probably need to quadruple the number of people we have overseas issuing visas to give them more time to scrutinize each case."

    Or, alternatively, drastically scale back the number of people we will consider for an immigrant visa, like we did in 1920, AND increase the number of people reviewing cases, along with a much better training program than just six weeks of walking through the bureaucratic mechanics of form processing.

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  87. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    It’s pretty obvious that what Trump is doing is dog-whistling and status signalling.

    Apart from the obvious appeal to white Americans – I wager that the bulk of white Americans secretly agree with Trump, but would never openly admit, what Trump is really saying to the Muslim world at large is this, ‘Look you’ve had plenty of pussy-foot cowards running the western world up until now – and you know damn well that this is true, and you’ve taken those pussy-foot cowards for the pussies that they are, knowing full well that you can literally get away with murder. But if and when I get in charge, the gravy-train well and truly stops. Mark my words.’

    Trump is intelligent enough man with more than enough experience in man-management and brute pecking-order power play to know what works and what doesn’t work.

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    Trump reminds me a great deal of Margaret Thatcher.

    In that his initial instincts are to confront and fight, aggressively, and not really give a damn about the opposition and consequences, so long as the feel angered and morally aggrieved and that 'right' is on their side.
    Both Thatcher and Trump, being unsophisticated types, say what they really think and feel.
    With them, what you see is what you get. Their is no subtlety, artifice and faux intellectualism for the sake of faux intellectualism, self-doubt or indeed pussy-footing.It's all straight from the hip stuff.

    The contrast with someone like Hollande could not be greater.
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  88. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Anonymous
    It's pretty obvious that what Trump is doing is dog-whistling and status signalling.

    Apart from the obvious appeal to white Americans - I wager that the bulk of white Americans secretly agree with Trump, but would never openly admit, what Trump is really saying to the Muslim world at large is this, 'Look you've had plenty of pussy-foot cowards running the western world up until now - and you know damn well that this is true, and you've taken those pussy-foot cowards for the pussies that they are, knowing full well that you can literally get away with murder. But if and when I get in charge, the gravy-train well and truly stops. Mark my words.'

    Trump is intelligent enough man with more than enough experience in man-management and brute pecking-order power play to know what works and what doesn't work.

    Trump reminds me a great deal of Margaret Thatcher.

    In that his initial instincts are to confront and fight, aggressively, and not really give a damn about the opposition and consequences, so long as the feel angered and morally aggrieved and that ‘right’ is on their side.
    Both Thatcher and Trump, being unsophisticated types, say what they really think and feel.
    With them, what you see is what you get. Their is no subtlety, artifice and faux intellectualism for the sake of faux intellectualism, self-doubt or indeed pussy-footing.It’s all straight from the hip stuff.

    The contrast with someone like Hollande could not be greater.

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    Trump unsophisticated? Lol. What politician in the past fifty years has been more cunning than him? OTOH, Obama would have remained nothing more than a senator from Illinois had he not been anointed by American Jewry.
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  89. jackson says:
    @Anonymous
    Trump reminds me a great deal of Margaret Thatcher.

    In that his initial instincts are to confront and fight, aggressively, and not really give a damn about the opposition and consequences, so long as the feel angered and morally aggrieved and that 'right' is on their side.
    Both Thatcher and Trump, being unsophisticated types, say what they really think and feel.
    With them, what you see is what you get. Their is no subtlety, artifice and faux intellectualism for the sake of faux intellectualism, self-doubt or indeed pussy-footing.It's all straight from the hip stuff.

    The contrast with someone like Hollande could not be greater.

    Trump unsophisticated? Lol. What politician in the past fifty years has been more cunning than him? OTOH, Obama would have remained nothing more than a senator from Illinois had he not been anointed by American Jewry.

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  90. TheJester says:

    “MUTAWWI” (MUSLIM RELIGIOUS POLICE) ON THE STREET IN GERMANY!

    https://www.rt.com/news/325289-germany-sharia-police-court/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome

    https://www.rt.com/news/185664-sharia-police-patrol-germany/

    It appears that the “muṭawwi” are already on the street in Germany, politely (at least for now) castigating Germans and other Europeans to behave in accordance with Sharia Law. How long before Germany (like France and Great Britain) will have Muslim-controlled “No Go” zones where Sharia Law is enforced by thugs walking the streets? (How long before they are on the street enforcing Sharia Law in the United States?)

    iSteve is spot on with the observation that, given any Muslim population, there will always be a percentage of people who take the Koran (and Mohammed’s aphorisms and examples found in the Sunnah) literally and act on those beliefs.

    From the second article:

    “Although the Sharia guidance to refrain from drinking alcohol or taking drugs might not be of any harm in itself, German authorities fear that the Salafists have also been recruiting young men to join the Islamic State and other militant groups, encouraging them to travel to Syria or Iraq in order to do so.

    “Officials in North Rhein-Westphalia say that approximately 1,800 people are part of the Salafist scene in the area, with ten percent of the members considered to be violent extremists.

    In 2012, the movement drew worldwide attention after announcing a long-term campaign to distribute 25 million free copies of translated Korans into German homes.”

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  91. tbraton says:
    @rvg
    Liar only 2% of whites in 1940 were illiterate. How can you expect us to believe that literally a third of American males in 1940 could not read nor write? https://nces.ed.gov/naal/lit_history.asp

    “Liar only 2% of whites in 1940 were illiterate. How can you expect us to believe that literally a third of American males in 1940 could not read nor write? https://nces.ed.gov/naal/lit_history.asp”

    This is what I found by doing some quick Googling:

    “The registration of men between the ages of 21 and 36 began exactly one month later, as Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, who had been a key player in moving the Roosevelt administration away from a foreign policy of strict neutrality, began drawing draft numbers out of a glass bowl. The numbers were handed to the president, who read them aloud for public announcement. There were some 20 million eligible young men—50 percent were rejected the very first year, either for health reasons or illiteracy (20 percent of those who registered were illiterate).” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-states-imposes-the-draft

    I would suggest that 20% is a lot closer to 33% than it is to 2%. BTW here is what is stated in the link you posted:

    “The increasing rates of school attendance have been reflected in rising proportions of adults completing high school and college. Progressively fewer adults have limited their education to completion of the 8th grade which was typical in the early part of the century. In 1940, more than half of the U.S. population had completed no more than an eighth grade education. Only 6 percent of males and 4 percent of females had completed 4 years of college. The median years of school attained by the adult population, 25 years old and over, had registered only a scant rise from 8.1 to 8.6 years over a 30 year period from 1910 to 1940.”

    Do you even bother to read what you post? Or would I be remiss in suggesting the possibility that you might have a severe reading problem yourself, which would explain your strong reaction to what was a passing comment hedged about with qualifiers which would clearly indicate to any sentient person with a modest reading comprehension ability that I wasn’t attempting to state a conclusive fact (“I recall reading that a large number, nearly 1/3 of them, were illiterate.”). I also have to question your judgment if you believe that document, which is based on information provided by the U.S. Department of Education, when it asserts that by 1979 only 0.6% of Americans over the age of 14 were illiterate. I know from my own experience that many more than 0.6% of people in the U.S. lack the ability to write a legible sentence and that a considerable number can’t even read and understand a legible sentence. In light of the fact that more than half the U.S. population in 1940 had completed no more than an 8th grade education indicates to me that my figure is a lot closer to the truth than your extremely low figure.

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    It would be interesting to know the racial breakdown of those illiterates.
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  93. George says:

    See iSteve, what you don’t get is abandoning a terrorist attack in favor of a work place shooting means they did assimilate to American values. Now the bomb brothers that was unfortunate, maybe the chose that target because they didn’t have a workplace?

    Greece buses 2,000 refugees from border camp to Athens

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/09/greece-macedonia-refugees-border-camp-athens-migrants

    The US has 33o million people and Greece 11 million or 30 times the people, so on a US level the Greeks managed to move 30 x 2000 or 60,000 people an a few days. Seems imposible!

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  94. @Anon
    That's some good stuff.

    But Trump should discuss more of the INVADE/INTERVENE side of the equation because that was one of the reasons why these people became radicalized.

    It's interesting that the most radical Muslims are the products of Muslim nations with close ties with US: Pakistan, Saudi, Afghanistan, etc.

    But Iran isn't one of them because Iranians feel they truly own and control their own nation. They feel less resentment toward America.

    Interesting that Libya has been an ultra-terrorist incubator(far more than under Gadfly of old) since US drew it into its orbit.

    America has the Midas Touch when it comes to terror.

    It intervenes in a War on Terror and creates more Terror with its touch.

    And in Syria, Russia would make more progress if US and its allies didn't keep indirectly supporting the terrorists.

    The expression you’re g for here is: “America went to war in 2001 with 5000 people in Al Qaeda. We have already killed 10,000, and now there are only 20,000 left.”

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  95. Big J says:
    @Maj. Kong
    I wonder how many Muslims would actually seek to be economic migrants to Israel. The border fence appears to have been built to stop non-Muslim sub-Saharan Africans.

    At many instances, Netanyahu has urged French Jews to move to Israel, and from your point of view he would seem to be doing us a favor. He's also in the penalty box of anti-Muslim statements after the last election, so any support for halting Muslim immigration to the West carries the risk of a third intifada and a Camp of the Saints via Hezbollah.

    Most of Israel’s economic migrants are indeed Muslims from Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia.

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  96. Big J says:
    @jackson
    Bibi doesn't want to offend Muslims? Israel has an absolute ban on entry of ANY citizen of ten or so "enemy states" (all Muslim), and those from any other Muslim country are subjected to extreme scrutiny before they're allowed in, even for just an overnight stay. And getting citizenship or permanent residence? Good luck, Ahmed!

    You’re right. They just come in uninvited not unlike your South Americans. And of course you fail to note that Israelis are banned not only from those very same countries but many others as well.

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  97. Trump is going to continue describing the world accurately because he is not immersed in the liberal fog. Lawrence Auster wrote in 2006:

    Modern liberal society is … a vast, encompassing, polluted fog, which people don’t even realize is a fog because the fog is all they know. In this fog of liberalism, no object is allowed to stand forth clearly in its own nature, because the real nature of things is that they are particular, distinct, and unequal—characteristics that violate the central tenet of liberalism.

    As an illustration of this fog and of how it operates on us, consider what Karl Rove, the president’s top advisor, said yesterday in his treasonous speech to the National Council of La Raza, that “diversity” is the formative principle and the supreme value of America. Once people accept such a notion, they become unable to make any distinctions between, say, “diversity” that strengthens our country and can be safely included in it, and “diversity” that harms our nation and ought to be excluded from it, since “diversity,” the supreme good that cannot be questioned, has supplanted the very idea of national strength. Another dimension of the diversity fog, precluding clear thought, is that we are all somehow equally diverse, with all differences being equal to all other differences. Yet (the fog keeps deepening) some differences are more equal than others: the cult of diversity requires us to worship the diversity of the non-Western Other, but not, of course, our own diversity, even as it prohibits us from paying any attention to the actual content of the Other’s diversity that we are supposed to be worshipping….

    Diversity, like “tolerance,” is a concept without definition, without contours, without inherent limits. It makes it literally impossible for us to think rationally about the most fundamental issues facing our nation, such as what our immigration policy ought to be, or, even more fundamentally, what our nation is (other than “diversity”). It leads us, step by step, to no other outcome than total surrender to the Other, a process we will be able to stop only if we cease to be liberals.

    http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/006039.html

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    By putting out a fog of misinformation it is harder for the reality to get a foothold among the population.
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  98. Anonymouse says: • Website
    @Svigor
    Our good friends on the Israeli right:

    Netanyahu Rejects Trump Muslim ‘Shutdown’ Remarks, Warns Radical Islam Threatens World

    In response, Netanyahu’s office released a statement to reporters affirming, “The prime minister rejects the recent comments by Donald Trump regarding Muslims.”

    “Israel respects all religions and stickily preserves the rights of all its citizens,” the statement said, adding that “at the same time, Israel is struggling against the radical Islamism that targets Muslims, Christians and Jews as one and poses a threat to the entire world.”
     
    A nation and borders for me, but not for thee.

    Note how Netanyahu and Klein never mention Muslim immigration to Israel. Membership has its privileges.

    Netanyahu won't even crook his little finger to put some daylight between him and diaspora Jewry on immigration and the National Question.

    suggested topos for iSteve:

    Trump’s blowhardism is a well-honed schtick (is there any evidence of his demeanor in private?) which he would/would not carry into the White House

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  99. dearieme says:
    @Lot
    Mexican Americans are gradually becoming more protestant and Mormon, and typically assimilate into the neighborhood where they live.

    Islam is not especially good at attracting coverts in the West, but the more of them that are here, the more this will happen.

    “Islam is not especially good at attracting coverts in the West”: we all commit typos, but few of them as brilliant as that one. Hats off!

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  100. tbraton says:
    @TangoMan
    The religious test reference applies ONLY to holding public office. There is no need for a constitutional amendment with respect to how we choose people that we admit to the US.

    I agree. A good argument can be made (and Anne Coulter has made it) that the “anchor baby” problem can also be handled by legislation and does not require a Constitutional amendment (although I heard Bill O’Reilly state that it did the other night). There is the further consideration that the Constitution places full authority in Congress for regulating immigration. The Constitutional argument in response to Trump is largely a smokescreen. The issue is moot until and unless he becomes President any way.

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  101. berserker says:

    Fools. They should have watched YouTube videos on how to destroy hard drives. Everyone should know how to destroy a hard drive properly.

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  102. @jackson
    Bibi doesn't want to offend Muslims? Israel has an absolute ban on entry of ANY citizen of ten or so "enemy states" (all Muslim), and those from any other Muslim country are subjected to extreme scrutiny before they're allowed in, even for just an overnight stay. And getting citizenship or permanent residence? Good luck, Ahmed!

    Yeah, this is the thing about Trump’s Muslim immigration (temporary?) ban.

    Israel knows exactly how to achieve the same effect of keeping Muslims out, but doesn’t so describe it, doesn’t impose an explicit religious test, and thereby gets a pass.

    I just wish Trump would get some decent advisers and listen to them.

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  103. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    "Can anyone here demonstrate why banning a Muslim from becoming the POTUS solely on his religion will not violate the establishment clause?"

    U.S. federal constitution, Article VI, paragraph 3:
    The Senators and Representative before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

    A religious test is forbidden. But if Islam is more than a religion by Western definition of the word, then another metric is appropriate. I call for a ‘civilizational realm’ test, which would not be unConstitutional.

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  104. @iSteveFan
    I can see why Bibi wouldn't want to offend muslims given they are 20% of Israel proper and the lion's share of the occupied areas. So I would not expect him to praise Trump. I would have expected him to not even respond to a domestic American issue. He could have said that what is going on in America is for them to decide. It is an internal matter. I would have been fine with that.

    But for him to go the extra mile and condemn Trump is wrong. It shows we probably don't have any allies in Israel. I figured the Israeli right would be on our side. They are obsessed with demographics. and therefore should understand our concern. But apparently they don't. Do they think an America with a growing muslim population is going to be more pro-Israel than we are now? Look at Europe for that answer. Oh well, I guess they figured that China is the new sugar daddy.

    “I figured the Israeli right would be on our side.”

    Yeah, that was surprising to me too. I have no blinkers when it comes to Israelis. They are dangerous adversaries. They use us shamelessly, but I don’t blame them because everyone else is too and it is happening only because we are weak and stupid. I would do the same in their shoes.

    However, the Islamification of the West will be the end of Israel. It is not even remotely in their best interest to actively undermine the one man who might really turn things around. Sure, the Arabs are inept and if it was just the Israeli’s surrounded by Arabs they could probably hold their own forever. However, not only do they REQUIRE trade and relations with the rest of the West to maintain military dominance (India/China not adequate substitute imo), but an anti-Israel alliance led by men of Western achievement-cultures with a history of anti-Semitism indoctrinated from birth into Islam will change the battlefield completely. I’m not even sure if our achievement-culture would actually completely rot under Islam. Islamic dysfunction may have its roots in the cultures of the peoples who have adopted it. Regardless, it would still take some time.

    It may be that they bet that the rule of globalist elites will keep Islam in check in the West and they fear awakened European nationalism more. It certainly appears that the globalists think they can. (They are the prime drivers of Muslim immigration imo, not the radical left who are mostly NOT the ones actually calling the shots at the highest levels of government. …importing the divide for the age-old divide and conquer…) I don’t share their confidence at all.

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  105. @Anonymous

    But apparently it wasn’t of intense interest to the American bureaucrats who gave her a visa to immigrate here.
     
    This is just my personal opinion, but I think you should go easy on the State Department people on the front lines making these determinations. I have friends who do that work. They have literally one or two minutes to interview each person and decide whether to give them a visa. They go through a six week training course and are then sent overseas, interviewing over 100 people a day, day in day out. If the American people want greater scrutiny of each visitor to USA before they get a visa, we'd probably need to quadruple the number of people we have overseas issuing visas to give them more time to scrutinize each case.

    cromagnon wrote:
    “I have friends who do that work. They have literally one or two minutes to interview each person and decide whether to give them a visa. They go through a six week training course and are then sent overseas, interviewing over 100 people a day, day in day out.”

    I have some sympathy for your friends, but what you describe illustrates Steve’s point brilliantly. This is absolutely NOT the optimum process you want for reviewing/approving immigrants for admission. What you describe is an assembly-line visa factory. Humans being who they are, the vast majority doing that leg work will default to “approve” the almost all of the time, because they don’t want to be the bad person who dashes a potential immigrants hopes. Problem is, that process is ripe for exploitation/subversion by less than honest or even hostile parties. A better process would involve at least two interviewers, who can balance their biases, and at least 15 minutes of detailed questioning to probe the potential immigrant and smoke out the hostile ones at least.

    Consider that a company that manufactures a product that leads to the death of 14 consumers would face intense public hostility, damage to reputation, lawsuits, possible bankruptcy, and immense state and federal scrutiny of its business practices until the cause of fatalities was determined and fixed. Why can’t we ask the same of our government processes/practices?

    “If the American people want greater scrutiny of each visitor to USA before they get a visa, we’d probably need to quadruple the number of people we have overseas issuing visas to give them more time to scrutinize each case.”

    Or, alternatively, drastically scale back the number of people we will consider for an immigrant visa, like we did in 1920, AND increase the number of people reviewing cases, along with a much better training program than just six weeks of walking through the bureaucratic mechanics of form processing.

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  106. @tbraton
    I agree. A good argument can be made (and Anne Coulter has made it) that the "anchor baby" problem can also be handled by legislation and does not require a Constitutional amendment (although I heard Bill O'Reilly state that it did the other night). There is the further consideration that the Constitution places full authority in Congress for regulating immigration. The Constitutional argument in response to Trump is largely a smokescreen. The issue is moot until and unless he becomes President any way.

    …And Bill O’Reilly maintains his reputation for ignorance on Constitutional matters.

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  107. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Harry Baldwin
    Trump is going to continue describing the world accurately because he is not immersed in the liberal fog. Lawrence Auster wrote in 2006:

    Modern liberal society is ... a vast, encompassing, polluted fog, which people don’t even realize is a fog because the fog is all they know. In this fog of liberalism, no object is allowed to stand forth clearly in its own nature, because the real nature of things is that they are particular, distinct, and unequal—characteristics that violate the central tenet of liberalism.

    As an illustration of this fog and of how it operates on us, consider what Karl Rove, the president’s top advisor, said yesterday in his treasonous speech to the National Council of La Raza, that “diversity” is the formative principle and the supreme value of America. Once people accept such a notion, they become unable to make any distinctions between, say, “diversity” that strengthens our country and can be safely included in it, and “diversity” that harms our nation and ought to be excluded from it, since “diversity,” the supreme good that cannot be questioned, has supplanted the very idea of national strength. Another dimension of the diversity fog, precluding clear thought, is that we are all somehow equally diverse, with all differences being equal to all other differences. Yet (the fog keeps deepening) some differences are more equal than others: the cult of diversity requires us to worship the diversity of the non-Western Other, but not, of course, our own diversity, even as it prohibits us from paying any attention to the actual content of the Other’s diversity that we are supposed to be worshipping....

    Diversity, like “tolerance,” is a concept without definition, without contours, without inherent limits. It makes it literally impossible for us to think rationally about the most fundamental issues facing our nation, such as what our immigration policy ought to be, or, even more fundamentally, what our nation is (other than “diversity”). It leads us, step by step, to no other outcome than total surrender to the Other, a process we will be able to stop only if we cease to be liberals.
     

    http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/006039.html

    By putting out a fog of misinformation it is harder for the reality to get a foothold among the population.

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  108. Anonymouse says: • Website
    @tbraton
    "Can’t Walmart afford more intimidating-looking guards?"

    The alternative to Enrique Marquez was a 75-year old man with a cane, and you have the audacity to criticize Walmart? I rarely shop at Walmart (I can remember twice in my lifetime), but I was posting on a Yahoo Finance Message Board about 10 years ago on a company in the retail sector which competed with Walmart, and I remember a poster with some experience working in that sector refer to Walmart as "the employer of last resort." But, when you stop sniggering and think about it, for all the criticism directed at Walmart, it does fulfill a useful social function by effectively employing people in need of work but otherwise unemployable. During WWII, the U.S. drafted more than 10 million men into the armed services. I recall reading that a large number, nearly 1/3 of them, were illiterate. Despite the propaganda from Tom Brokaw about "the Greatest Generation," the marvel of WWII was that our military leaders could train that large number of military recruits into an effective fighting force.

    When I was a draftee in the USArmy in 1957, in peacetime, 12 years after WWII, the illiterate inductees were sent to what was familiarly called Knuckle-head University for 6 weeks BEFORE basic training. There they learnt to sign their names as one must sign for one’s monthly pay in the army to receive one’s pay. As for Walmart where I have shopped 2 or 3 times, the customers are for the most part borderline depressed judging from their narcotized gait. Compare the customers in Whole Foods where men and women alike, weave and dart past one another like quarterbacks.

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    " There they learnt to sign their names as one must sign for one’s monthly pay in the army to receive one’s pay."

    That probably took six weeks right there.

    " As for Walmart where I have shopped 2 or 3 times, the customers are for the most part borderline depressed judging from their narcotized gait."

    Well. I guess from your description that Walmart is not only "the employer of last resort" but the shopping place of last resort. There are many reasons I have for not shopping there. First, most of the stores are far from where I live. I have a Target and even a K-Mart relatively close, and I would rather drive to either of those than go two to three times as far to a Walmart. A number of years ago I had a neighbor friend who belonged to Costco, and I went there a few times with him and his wife as their guest. But I found the experience boring after the second visit. There is something about shopping at a big-box store whether Walmart or Costco that turns me off. It probably has something to do with the warehouse aspect of each. Now, if I had a large family to feed and clothe or a small business to supply, I probably would get more pleasure out of their obviously lower prices. On the other hand, I shop twice a week at my local Publix grocery store (an excellently run chain throughout Florida and neighboring states) and never get bored, even though the layout rarely changes. I shop at Whole Foods a couple times a month and always find it a very pleasant shopping experience. So, I definitely agree with you that Whole Foods is a whole different world than Walmart and even Costco.
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  109. tyrone says:

    luck ?,maybe or he is really that good.

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  110. Roscoe says:

    This is starting to sound like a Lee Harvey Oswald patsy set up to me. I still haven’t figured out why the government wants to demonize Moslems though. I did notice that they are blaming “encryption” so that and bitcoin will be gone soon.

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  111. @Anonymous
    I recommend that Trump revert the spelling of his last name to the Deutschland original asap.

    I think it was: Trumpf. Or Trumpft. Whatever.

    I want to see Brokaw have an embellism.

    “I recommend that Trump revert the spelling of his last name to the Deutschland original asap.

    I think it was: Trumpf. Or Trumpft. Whatever.”

    According to Wikipedia, the original spelling was Drumpf.

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    I believe that anywhere from $3 to $5 billion of his fortune is tied up in the value of the "Trump" name. Why would he want to squander so much of his fortune just to change his name after spending so many years building up its value? There is a very real reason by Dan Snyder is strongly resisting all the pressure to change the name of his football team from the "highly offensive" Redskins, which I have been rooting for since Sammy Baugh played his last year.
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  112. AnAnon says:

    “leading investigators to believe they had a much larger attack planned for the future.” – Thank you Nicholas Thalasinos.

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  113. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Trump’s shtick:

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  114. bossel says:

    So maybe that HORRIBLE idea about a moratorium on Muslim immigration until government officials figure out what’s going on is maybe not so crazy.

    Only for collectivist idiots who bundle more than 1 billion people in one neat package.

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    What's idiotic about it? Can you name me one way in which this country is better because we let Muslims move here?
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  115. @Desiderius

    Down kids are quite employable, and never have a chip on their shoulder.
     
    YMCAs employ them for cleaning and spreading good cheer.

    Goodwill employs them for who knows what.

    When I worked at McDonald’s, as a teenager during the 1980s, we had a guy with Down’s Syndrome on the staff. He worked there for like 15-20 years, in fact (I’d first noticed him working there where the store originally opened, in the late 1970s, and I still saw him working there, years after I’d left).

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  116. tbraton says:
    @Harry Baldwin
    ...And Bill O'Reilly maintains his reputation for ignorance on Constitutional matters.

    I must say that I was taken aback by O’Reilly’s off-hand assertion that the “anchor baby” problem required a Constitutional amendment, but that is the conventional wisdom, even among lawyers (even though the vast majority have not bothered to read the Supreme Court’s Wong Kim Ark decision of 1898—hell, even conservative justices such as Rehnquist and Burger noted casually in dicta around 30 years ago that the Constitution mandates birthright citizenship, because that is what the literal language of the 14th Amendment states). With re to O’Reilly, I haven’t watched him that much and just assumed he would be a lot more informed than to speak of the issue as a settled one. At the very least, birthright citizenship is now an issue to be discussed, thanks to Anne Coulter and Donald Trump. Kind of reminds me of all the talk surrounding the “individual mandate” of Obamacare. I was on that issue as early as 2009, when the great multitude of lawyers were dismissing it as a non-issue. Well, five of the 9 Justices decided it did indeed violate the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution, even if one of those 5 signed on to the benighted notion that Congress could evade that restriction by use of the “taxing power.”

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  117. @rvg
    The point is there is no religious test in the Constitution, if you want to ban Muslims do it through a constitutional amendment. The immigration restrictions before 1965 would have been judged unconstitutional by the Rehnquist court, let alone this court. I mean be sane for a minute, the SCOTUS won't even ban porn or flag burning, and you expect them to rule that a ban on MUslim immigration and public officials is constitutional, how do you expect to win this on the SCOTUS? As I said before, if you want to ban Muslims, better get a constitutional amendment.

    “… if you want to ban Muslims, better get a constitutional amendment.”

    That’s simply not correct. The President already has the authority to ban immigrants on essentially any basis what-so-ever, at his personal discretion (this was used by President Carter during the late 1970s, in order to keep out Iranian citizens). No new law even need be passed, let alone a Constitutional Amendment. The USSC would not even wind up ever hearing any related case, because its already a matter of settled law.

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  118. wiseguy says:
    @Steve Sailer
    “the employer of last resort.”

    I was in a prosperous small town a few years ago (yeah, I know there aren't many of those left) and I noticed that several of the Walmart employees were high functioning retarded.

    It seems like a good thing.

    The largest grocery chain in my area employs a considerable amount of Down syndrome and other special needs adults. It’s a nice arrangement. The special needs people have a relatively decent place to work, and the costumers receive very friendly service.

    OTOH, Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club is the consensus worst retail establishment to work at around here. The place is staffed minimally (there are always large checkout lines when I visit), and there is intense pressure on the employees to sell items, even those which are practically worthless and can only possibly garner negligible profits for the company.

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  119. @rvg
    Liar only 2% of whites in 1940 were illiterate. How can you expect us to believe that literally a third of American males in 1940 could not read nor write? https://nces.ed.gov/naal/lit_history.asp

    He did not mention the entire white population, only males who were drafted. If 1/3 of those that were drafted were illiterate, that would be roughly 3 million men. Since the population of the US at the time was 135 million, those 3 million would roughly be 2%.

    You have to remember, we had been in a decade long depression. Many men had to drop out of school at an early age and go to work to help support their families. My great grandmother died when my grandfather was 9. He had to drop out of school to take care of his younger brothers and sisters while his father was working. My grandfather started working in the coal mines at the age of 13. He could repair any mechanical object from clocks to cars. He could grow any vegetable he wanted in his garden. He was also unable to read beyond a few words and when it came to writing could only sign his name.

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  120. Svigor says:

    Netanyahu won’t even crook his little finger to put some daylight between him and diaspora Jewry

    This is false. The Jewish left demands that Netanyahu cancel his appointment with Trump; he refuses.

    This is irrelevant, and amounts to picking nits. Whether or not Netanyahu and Trump meet now is of little importance in the big picture, while the National Question is one of the most important questions facing the world.

    And I’d hardly call Netanyahu refusing to snub the Republican front-runner and possible next president of the USA a bold move – he’s running the Jewish state, and the Jewish left is not.

    Keeping your options open as to who you sit down with is just political SOP. And it’s the textbook definition of doing nothing (A.K.A., not even crooking your little finger).

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  121. Svigor says:

    Steve, this would make a good “Trump’s Luck, Part Deux” followup post:

    ‘Trump is right!’ Police say parts of Britain ARE no-go areas due to ISIS radicalisation

    Funny how sticking to reality makes it easy to show the regime for fools. Funny, because despite the ease, prominent people do it so infrequently.

    Trump’s just exploiting a political opportunity that’s been sitting there unclaimed (and accruing interest) for decades.

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  122. @415 reasons
    Steve I think we might be approaching a singularity where all your blogging interests merge into a single uber story

    http://fortune.com/2015/12/08/online-lender-says-it-gave-money-to-san-bernardino-shooter/

    It really is like the event horizon of a black hole style singularity. What published bit of information could push us over the edge? Malik always played from the men’s tees? Enrique assembled plastic models of Lockheed planes? Or…the Farooks lived on Austin Blvd when Syed was born. The gravitation pulls my finger away from the keyboard!!!

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  123. Svigor says:

    Most of Israel’s economic migrants are indeed Muslims from Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia.

    How many Muslim immigrants does Israel give citizenship to every year? Where are the records for this, going back to 1948? Why don’t journalists ask these questions when shithead Bill O’Reilly (who the left hates, right?) asks a softball question that his Israeli shill responds to with a lie?

    Trump’s blowhardism is a well-honed schtick (is there any evidence of his demeanor in private?) which he would/would not carry into the White House

    I read a transcript of Limbaugh a few days ago, this was pretty much his thesis (and that Trump’s supporters know this, and are eating up how he’s shit-testing the establishment). I tend to agree.

    Trump’s just exploiting a political opportunity that’s been sitting there unclaimed (and accruing interest) for decades.

    This is Trump’s real legacy, and at this point, no one and nothing can destroy it. Sure, plenty could happen to diminish it, but the important message has been sent. Lots of people, powerful ones included, will absorb it, regardless of what happens from here on out.

    Trump is just the beginning.

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  124. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @tbraton
    "Liar only 2% of whites in 1940 were illiterate. How can you expect us to believe that literally a third of American males in 1940 could not read nor write? https://nces.ed.gov/naal/lit_history.asp"

    This is what I found by doing some quick Googling:

    "The registration of men between the ages of 21 and 36 began exactly one month later, as Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, who had been a key player in moving the Roosevelt administration away from a foreign policy of strict neutrality, began drawing draft numbers out of a glass bowl. The numbers were handed to the president, who read them aloud for public announcement. There were some 20 million eligible young men—50 percent were rejected the very first year, either for health reasons or illiteracy (20 percent of those who registered were illiterate)." http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-states-imposes-the-draft

    I would suggest that 20% is a lot closer to 33% than it is to 2%. BTW here is what is stated in the link you posted:

    "The increasing rates of school attendance have been reflected in rising proportions of adults completing high school and college. Progressively fewer adults have limited their education to completion of the 8th grade which was typical in the early part of the century. In 1940, more than half of the U.S. population had completed no more than an eighth grade education. Only 6 percent of males and 4 percent of females had completed 4 years of college. The median years of school attained by the adult population, 25 years old and over, had registered only a scant rise from 8.1 to 8.6 years over a 30 year period from 1910 to 1940."

     

    Do you even bother to read what you post? Or would I be remiss in suggesting the possibility that you might have a severe reading problem yourself, which would explain your strong reaction to what was a passing comment hedged about with qualifiers which would clearly indicate to any sentient person with a modest reading comprehension ability that I wasn't attempting to state a conclusive fact ("I recall reading that a large number, nearly 1/3 of them, were illiterate."). I also have to question your judgment if you believe that document, which is based on information provided by the U.S. Department of Education, when it asserts that by 1979 only 0.6% of Americans over the age of 14 were illiterate. I know from my own experience that many more than 0.6% of people in the U.S. lack the ability to write a legible sentence and that a considerable number can't even read and understand a legible sentence. In light of the fact that more than half the U.S. population in 1940 had completed no more than an 8th grade education indicates to me that my figure is a lot closer to the truth than your extremely low figure.

    It would be interesting to know the racial breakdown of those illiterates.

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    If you click on the link contained in the post I was responding to, https://nces.ed.gov/naal/lit_history.asp, you will find a chart on page 5 showing the number of the estimated illiterates throughout the years, broken down by race. For example, the overall percentage for 1979 was .06%, 0.4% for whites and 1.6% for "black and other."
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  125. @Anonymous
    Very entertaining interview on O'Reilly tonight. Trump wouldn't give an inch. Bill kept arguing that Trump's policy would alienate allies like Jordan. Trump response was good but he failed to make two points:

    1. Our Muslim allies across the rest of the world should understand that we need to protect ourselves.

    2. Muslim nations should be motivated by a USA immigration moratorium to get their own act together and stop allowing their criminals to leave through airports.

    I thought for sure Trump would tie it all together with his previous comments about Mexico and say "they're not sending their best people" but he didn't.

    Bottom line is that O'reilly's argument is lame.

    “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

    At least they didn’t omit the ” until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”,
    part, like 99% of the lib media has.

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  126. Evangelist Franklin Graham called for barring Muslims before Trump

    Evangelist Franklin Graham is backing the call by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to bar Muslims from entering the U.S., noting that he made a similar proposal in July.

    On his Facebook page Wednesday, Graham said that he has said “for some time … that Muslim immigration into the United States should be stopped until we can properly vet them or until the war with Islam is over.”

    Graham made the same call on his Facebook page after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

    The post was first reported by The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1QwCpBq ).

    Trump has drawn widespread criticism for his call to block Muslims from entering the country in the aftermath of terror attacks at home and abroad.

    Jibril Hough is a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte. He called Trump “the political version of Franklin Graham.”

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  127. anon says: • Disclaimer
    @bossel

    So maybe that HORRIBLE idea about a moratorium on Muslim immigration until government officials figure out what’s going on is maybe not so crazy.
     
    Only for collectivist idiots who bundle more than 1 billion people in one neat package.

    What’s idiotic about it? Can you name me one way in which this country is better because we let Muslims move here?

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  128. tbraton says:
    @Anonymouse
    When I was a draftee in the USArmy in 1957, in peacetime, 12 years after WWII, the illiterate inductees were sent to what was familiarly called Knuckle-head University for 6 weeks BEFORE basic training. There they learnt to sign their names as one must sign for one's monthly pay in the army to receive one's pay. As for Walmart where I have shopped 2 or 3 times, the customers are for the most part borderline depressed judging from their narcotized gait. Compare the customers in Whole Foods where men and women alike, weave and dart past one another like quarterbacks.

    ” There they learnt to sign their names as one must sign for one’s monthly pay in the army to receive one’s pay.”

    That probably took six weeks right there.

    ” As for Walmart where I have shopped 2 or 3 times, the customers are for the most part borderline depressed judging from their narcotized gait.”

    Well. I guess from your description that Walmart is not only “the employer of last resort” but the shopping place of last resort. There are many reasons I have for not shopping there. First, most of the stores are far from where I live. I have a Target and even a K-Mart relatively close, and I would rather drive to either of those than go two to three times as far to a Walmart. A number of years ago I had a neighbor friend who belonged to Costco, and I went there a few times with him and his wife as their guest. But I found the experience boring after the second visit. There is something about shopping at a big-box store whether Walmart or Costco that turns me off. It probably has something to do with the warehouse aspect of each. Now, if I had a large family to feed and clothe or a small business to supply, I probably would get more pleasure out of their obviously lower prices. On the other hand, I shop twice a week at my local Publix grocery store (an excellently run chain throughout Florida and neighboring states) and never get bored, even though the layout rarely changes. I shop at Whole Foods a couple times a month and always find it a very pleasant shopping experience. So, I definitely agree with you that Whole Foods is a whole different world than Walmart and even Costco.

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  129. tbraton says:
    @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "I recommend that Trump revert the spelling of his last name to the Deutschland original asap.

    I think it was: Trumpf. Or Trumpft. Whatever."


    According to Wikipedia, the original spelling was Drumpf.

    I believe that anywhere from $3 to $5 billion of his fortune is tied up in the value of the “Trump” name. Why would he want to squander so much of his fortune just to change his name after spending so many years building up its value? There is a very real reason by Dan Snyder is strongly resisting all the pressure to change the name of his football team from the “highly offensive” Redskins, which I have been rooting for since Sammy Baugh played his last year.

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  130. tbraton says:
    @The most deplorable one
    It would be interesting to know the racial breakdown of those illiterates.

    If you click on the link contained in the post I was responding to, https://nces.ed.gov/naal/lit_history.asp, you will find a chart on page 5 showing the number of the estimated illiterates throughout the years, broken down by race. For example, the overall percentage for 1979 was .06%, 0.4% for whites and 1.6% for “black and other.”

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  131. tbraton says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    The couple married months later by telephone, as allowed under Islamic custom…
     
    Marriage by telephone? What kind of 7th-century customs are we importing now?

    “Marriage by telephone? What kind of 7th-century customs are we importing now?”

    Obviously, you don’t subscribe to Comcast. They have a special channel devoted to marriages. It’s pay per view, btw, in case you’re interested. I think you may have to buy a special ap, but I am the last guy to ask about technical matters.

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  132. Anonymous says: • Website • Disclaimer
    @Anon
    That's some good stuff.

    But Trump should discuss more of the INVADE/INTERVENE side of the equation because that was one of the reasons why these people became radicalized.

    It's interesting that the most radical Muslims are the products of Muslim nations with close ties with US: Pakistan, Saudi, Afghanistan, etc.

    But Iran isn't one of them because Iranians feel they truly own and control their own nation. They feel less resentment toward America.

    Interesting that Libya has been an ultra-terrorist incubator(far more than under Gadfly of old) since US drew it into its orbit.

    America has the Midas Touch when it comes to terror.

    It intervenes in a War on Terror and creates more Terror with its touch.

    And in Syria, Russia would make more progress if US and its allies didn't keep indirectly supporting the terrorists.

    “””‘ do not believe ‘”” will not cut it in court if one of my children is dead by an illegal alien mexican or islamic muslim terrorist

    you better have Verification and Validation that NO WAY IN HELL ARE THESE 7 connected to this crime or any crime on the US or a US citizen here or abroad

    do not believe is the language of a child ( I don’t know )

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  133. @Steve Sailer
    “the employer of last resort.”

    I was in a prosperous small town a few years ago (yeah, I know there aren't many of those left) and I noticed that several of the Walmart employees were high functioning retarded.

    It seems like a good thing.

    I have written numerous comments on this story, where I basically said “It’s looking more and more to me that Marquez was basically a retard” but I deleted them as potentially inappropriate.

    As always, your honesty and forthrightness is appreciated.

    I think we can all agree that extremely intelligent punk rockers are pretty great or at least extremely interesting folks, but retarded punk rockers are, well, kind of retarded.

    It’s looking more and more like a Putney Swope world.

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