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"Unreal Estate" by Steve Sailer
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With the federal government working up a new housing ploy, I figured it’s timely to dredge up the 2008 short story I published in The American Conservative:

 

Unreal Estate

Memorial Day Weekend, 2005

“So, this guy joins a monastery where he’s not allowed to talk.” Travis, your brother-in-law, is telling a joke. He’s told it to you before. “After five years, the head monk tells him he can say two words. ‘Tiny room,’ the guy answers.”



“That reminds me,” Travis continues, “You kids have been engaged, like, what? Two years now? That’s great. No rush to get married, not with the market the way it is in West LA. Who can afford to marry and settle down in LA? I couldn’t. Georgie Cooney can’t afford to get married in LA.”

While you’re trying to figure out whether Travis means actor George Clooney or boxer Gerry Cooney, he’s already onto his favorite topic, “Still, isn’t it time to buy a place of your own? I mean, West LA’s a great place to meet somebody, but, c’mon, are you going to entrust your kids — and I know how much my wife’s little sister wants some (you know how women are, they can’t keep a secret) — to the Los Angeles United School District?”

You have this conversation, if you could call it a conversation, each time you visit your brother-in-law’s house. Travis lives out in the Santa Clarita Valley, an hour or two north of West Los Angeles. You get on the 405 at Pico, head over Sepulveda Pass, down through the Valley, onto the 5 and up through Newhall Pass into LA County’s northern exurbs.

You’re sitting on the edge of the Travis’s deck, overlooking a canyon lined with oaks and sycamores. It’s hotter out here than back in West LA, where your $1900 per month one bedroom apartment doesn’t have air conditioning because it seldom gets over 82. It’s hot out here, but it’s not bad. There’s a breeze blowing with a hint of the far-off ocean.

Travis says, “I’d be all for you staying in LA if you were an entertainment lawyer or something where you need to be working with the stars. But you manage a drug store and Emma’s a nurse. People buy drugs and get sick everywhere.

“I bought this place in 2000 for $255,000,” Travis says, repeating a number you know by heart now. “Here we are, five years later, and the Schmidts next door just sold their’s for $810,000. So I’m up, what, six, seven hundred thousand? The home equity loans have paid for some nice vacations, I’ll tell you. My house is my ATM.

“I know what you’re thinking,” says Travis, who generally does know what you are thinking.

“You’re wondering why I’m the lucky bastard who turned 32 in 2000 and decided it was the right time in my life to get out of an apartment in LA and buy a house back when houses in California were cheap. Meanwhile, you’re 32 in 2005, when they’re expensive. Well, they seemed expensive then, too. But I took the plunge anyway.

“I also know you’re thinking you don’t have $810,000. Who does? That’s what they got mortgages for. And you’re good with numbers so you’ve already figured out what a 20 percent down payment on $810,000 is. It’s, like … a lot.

“Okay, coupla things you need to bear in mind.

“First, Emma’s told me about how your dad always talks about the years saving up for the 20 percent down payment he made when he got that 30 year fixed rate mortgage on his little place in Sherman Oaks. “That’s ancient history. Dude, nobody puts down 20 percent down anymore, no matter how iffy they seem.”

Travis’s voice has gone up a third of an octave. When he’s talking about the Lakers or whatever, he’s laidback. But when he gets going on real estate, which is more and more often over the last couple of years, he lets his inner Dennis Hopper out.

“These days, somebody arrives in California from Gautelombia and wants to buy a house, do you think they make him document his credit history? It’s in Spanish, and who knows how many million pesetas were worth a dollar in 1985, and besides, the courthouse in El Carrumbo collapsed in an earthquake anyway, so he doesn’t have a paper trail. Documents? He’s undocumented. He don’t need no steenking documents! He just pays some extra points on his rate, but that’s all on the backend. Everybody’s happy.

“Don’t you watch the news? The President says down payments are un-American because they keep minorities from buying houses. But you don’t have to be diverse to get a zero down loan. IndyMan is happy to hand them out to everybody.

“Second thing, Santa Clarita seemed like a long way out when I moved from Venice in 2000. So, maybe you got to move a little farther, like out to Palmdale, Lancaster. Antelope Valley’s the new Santa Clarita!”

You’re not quite sure how it happens, but ten minutes later, you’re standing on his driveway admiring the rims on Travis’s Lexus SUV, which are bigger than the tires on your Corolla. Soon, you’re rolling northeast on the 14, past the slanting Vasquez Rocks where, according to Travis, lots of Westerns were filmed, but you only remember them from Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. The highway turns north away from the mountains through the high desert. A sign says you are heading toward “Edwards AFB.”

ORDER IT NOW

“Edwards Air Force Base!” exclaims Travis. “T he Right Stuff, man! That’s where Chuck Taylor broke the speed barrier in 1957. This is All-American country out here,” he says, gesturing vaguely at the brownish-gray sagebrush. “Granted, it’s a haul from the jobs in LA, but with Iraq calming down now that they captured Saddam Insane, soon they’ll be pumping like crazy from those Iraqi oilwells and the price of gas will be back down to a $1.00 per gallon.”

You pass another sign. This one reads, “San Andreas Fault.” Travis doesn’t seem to notice.

Once off the highway, you see at least one person standing at every intersection twirling or jiggling a giant arrow pointing to an open house. “Human Signs,” nods Travis. “Like back in the Depression when guys would walk around wearing sandwich boards reading ‘Eat at Joe’s.’ But this is the opposite of a depression. Real estate commissions are six percent, so, on a $400k house, that’s $20k, which pays for a lot of twirling.”

Stretching off to the horizon are half-built houses and recently finished ones. Eventually, you follow one particularly active arrow to the Cypress Creek Estates. “Yeah, I know,” says Travis, “The nearest creek is 20 miles south and the nearest cypress tree is 100 miles west in Santa Barbara. But that’s not the point, the point is that everybody in Guatelombia grew up watching Baywatch and has wanted to move to California ever since. Do you know how many people there are in the world? Well, I don’t either, but, trust me, it’s a big number. There’s an endless supply of people who want to live in California. And their brothers, too! Do you think Bush is going to shut the borders? The President says, “Family values don’t stop at the Rio Loco.’”

Travis’s voice gets intense. “They’re coming, man, and nothing can stop them. It’s the American Dream!”

“Same with the money,” he continues, in a more relaxed tone. “When the Chinese get a check from Wal-Mart for a billion bucks for their latest boatload of plastic crud, they ask the smartest guy in Peking where to invest it. He calls up the smartest lad in London, who tells him, “Lend it to people buying California real estate. It’ll be safe as houses.” Nobody cares where they lend in California, just so long as it’s in California. You should see the prices they’re getting this year for dumps in Hawaiian Gardens, Bakersfield, Pacoima, Compton. Compton.

“See, in Abu Dubai, nobody knows nothing about Hawaiian Gardens, other than it’s in California. Over in Arabia, Sheik Rattleandroll thinks, ‘It’s like “Hawaii” and it’s full of “Gardens,” so how bad could it be?’

“Although, you’d figure,” muses Travis, shaking his head, “That by now, even an Arab would’ve heard of Compton.”

“There’s no stopping them. And the same with normal American people moving to the exurbs. Every year, kids get out of college and move from Mom and Dad’s house in the boring ‘burbs to an apartment in the sexy city. They love hanging out in Hollywood. But after ten years or so, they’ve found somebody. The one. They start looking at the price on those cute little cottages around the corner from their favorite restaurant on San Vicente. The price has seven digits. And it doesn’t start with a “one.” They wonder, “How does anybody buy in the city?” They finally realize: people do it family style. If they’re American and they buy on the Westside, then you know that Mom and Dad gave them a half mil, at least. If they’re Armenian, they have mom and dad move in with them, along with cousin Aram and his uncle-in-law. But Americans can’t live with their relatives. We go nuts. So, it’s out to the exurban frontier for us. It’s a perpetual motion machine.”

You pull up in front of an attractive Mediterranean-style model house. Two stories, 3,150 square feet, the sheet says. It seems enormous — both compared to your apartment and to its lot, with its miniature front yard consisting of a tiny sapling and a tinier sodded lawn. It’s hotter than in Santa Clarita, so the walk from the Lexus to the front door through the grit-laden wind has you sweating. “It’s breezy out here, but that’s good, it lowers the wind-chime factor,” observes Travis.

Then you’re hit by the blast of air conditioning, and you’re standing in the Great Room, with a 20’ ceiling. “Sure, it seems kind of big, but that’s the crucial element,” explains Travis. “What are they asking, $450k? That’s not a cost to you, that’s an investment, like joining a country club. The sticker price keeps out the riff-raff. You don’t want every peon in Guatelombia who grew up dreaming about Baywatch moving in next door to you, do you?

“What you want is like … well, look at Valencia High School near my house. It’s diverse. It’s … What does the LA Times call the neighborhood when there’s a gang shooting in South Central? … It’s vibrant. But Valencia High School is not too vibrant, if you know what I mean. Valencia’s like mostly white, some Asian, the black kids’ parents are all celebrities. The son of what’s his name, Wesley Snipe Dogg, rushed for 2,500 yards last year. The Latino kids are all from solid home-owning families, no accents, everybody’s dad is a contractor or something. You can’t afford to buy in my neighborhood if you aren’t in a cash business.”

One stair creaks loudly as you ascend to the lavish master bedroom suite on the second floor. “The construction’s just settling in,” assures Travis. “This house is only, it says here, nine months old. The owner is flipping it. Probably moving to a 4000 square foot house with the $50k he’s going to make and do it again. With a no down payment mortgage and a low teaser rate for the first two years (which you deduct on your 1040, by the way), that’s about a … a million percent return on investment. Can you get that kind of interest on your CDs?”

“In fact, I think I’m going to pick up one of these babies, too, and sell it in six months. We’ll be neighbors! Sort of. The mortgage company get a little snottier about down payments and interest rates when you tell them it’s an investment, so I’ll just check the “owner occupied” box. The broker doesn’t care. He gets his commission, then Countrywise bundles it up with a thousand other mortgages and sells it to Lemon Brothers. The Wall Street rocket scientists call this “secretization” because nobody can figure out what anything’s worth. It’s a secret.

“Lemon sells shares in the package all around the world. The Sultan of Brunhilde ends up owning a tenth of your mortgage. Do you think the Sultan’s going to drive around Antelope Valley knocking on doors to see if you’re really living there?”

“Maybe you’d like to come in with me on it, buy yourself a one-eighth share?”

 

Thanksgiving, 2005

The sky over the Antelope Valley is blue, your Marathon Sod minilawn is green, the temperature is 68, and your bride and her sister are cooking the turkey in your new granite counter-topped kitchen. Travis and you are standing in your driveway in Cypress Creek Estates, admiring the house you two own next door. Travis is explaining, “So, after ten years, the head monk, the abbatoir, tells the new guy he can say two more words. And the guy replies, ‘Roommate snores.’” By the way, this couple from Hermosa Beach counteroffered me $477k on our little investment. I told them I’d think about it. Nice people, they’d make good neighbors for you. But, I don’t think I’m going to sell it yet. I’m going to wait for an even $500k. There’ll be no problem getting that next spring. Yeah, it’s a nice neighborhood. Quiet.”

That it is. You don’t have all that many neighbors because about a third of the homes on the street appear to be unoccupied, owned by speculators waiting to flip them. And the people who do live on your street tend to start their commute to LA before dawn and get back after dark. It’s quiet, except on Sunday, when a stream of looky-loos pour through for the open houses.

 

Voice Mail, April 2006

“Hey, it’s Travis. Look, my accountant was crunching the numbers, and he says I’ve got a slight cash flow problem, what with me paying for 7/8ths of an empty house and the market not quite hitting our target price yet. So, he says that we should rent it out for awhile, just until we sell it. The thing is, what with everybody out there buying with no money down, there aren’t that many people left in the rental market. Most of the local jobs are in construction, building houses. (Well, construction and being a Human Sign.) Now, my accountant keeps the books for this contractor, who tells him he’s got some construction workers from this village down south who need a place to live. Real quiet hardworking types. You hablo un poco Espanol, right? If you need to talk to them, talk to their leader, Juan. He speaks Spanish. The rest of them only speak Mixed-Up. It’s an Indian lingo. But you won’t need to talk to them. They’re very quiet.”

 

July 2006

It’s Sunday afternoon. Travis peers down as you pry a flattened disk of lead out of the miniature crater in your driveway. “Well, they are real quiet, hardworking types from Monday through Friday,” he says. “You’ve gotta admit that. I guess they just want to relax on Saturday, have a little fiesta, drink some cerveza, shoot their pistolas in the air. It’s their culture. What are you, prejudiced?”

You look at Travis.

“Okay, okay, I’ll go talk to Juan.”

He comes back 20 minutes later. “Juan is gone, man. That’s what they kept telling me: ‘Juan is gone.’ One of the fellows had his stomach bandaged up. He just got back from the emergency room. I couldn’t quite follow what they were saying, but I think Juan had a bottle of tequila on Saturday night and stabbed this dude. Nothing serious. Just a friendly little argument. C’mon, they aren’t gangbangers, they’re working men … Okay, well, then Juan headed for the Border like OJ in his white Bronco. Juan is gone, and with the rent money they all owed us, too. Oh, man…”

 

Voice Mail, September 2006

“Hey, it’s Travis. I got good news. We’re not going to mess around anymore trying to extract our rent from some mob of illegals. No way, Jose. Instead, we’re going to get paid by check on the first of each month straight from the U.S. Treasury! The Department of Housing and Urban Development. Section 8 rent vouchers. They’re tearing down a housing project in the, uh, LA – Long Beach area, in, uh, Compton, I guess, to be precise, and they’ve got this highly respectable elderly grandmother who needs a place to stay with her family. Really cute grandkids. A few daughters, too. She wants a safe place with good schools to raise them. Actually, she’s not all that elderly. The HUD man said she’s 39. A church lady, you know, pillar of the community, big hat, all that. You’ll like your new neighbors.”

 

Voice Mail, December 2006

ORDER IT NOW

“It’s Travis. Okay, okay, I’ll admit that I hadn’t really thought through the part about the daughters having boyfriends, or grandma having boyfriends either, for that matter. But I think this whole Bloods v. Crips thing is being blown way out of proportion. It’s just graffiti. And lots of kids wear red these days. It’s a very In color. And these days all the young people make those goofy signs with their hands. For that matter, how can anybody know for sure that the Chevy that cruises by every night is full of MS-13 gangbangers planning a drive-by on the Bloods next door as payback for the race riots at the County Jail in Castaic? Are you sure you read the tattoos on their necks right? It’s nighttime, how can you be certain that their neck tattoos say ‘MS-13.’ Maybe they just have, like, ‘Mom’ tattooed on their necks. Did you think about that?”

 

May 2007

“So, after fifteen years, the abbadabbadoo tells the new monk he can say two more words, and—Whoa!” Travis flinches when the 120-pound Presa Canario lunges at him. The steel chain securing the dog to the front of the house across the street from your house snaps taut and its massive jaws come up short. “Man,” says Travis, shaken, “That’s one of those dogs that the Aryan Nation breeds to guard meth labs, isn’t it? What’s in that house? A meth lab? No, don’t tell me. I don’t want to know.”

“Look at this neighborhood,” he says, his dismissive gesture taking in the empty malt liquor bottles on the curb, the wheelless car jacked up on a brown front lawn, and the knots of sullen youths playing hip-hop and reggaeton on boomboxes. “All these speculators buy houses, hit a little bump in the road, need some cash, then start renting them out to lowlifes to get by until they can cash in. Property values drop like a rock. It would be no problem if just one investor did that, but when all these speculator jerks do it, the whole ‘hood is hosed.

“Oh, yeah, I came by to mention that in June the mortgage rates reset after two years. Bush put this new guy in at the Fed, Ben Barnacle, and he’s raised interest rates. So that will push up your share of the payment.”

 

Voice Mail, June 2007

“It’s Travis. Sorry to hear about you having to sell both your cars to make that new monthly nut. Taking the bus to work in that heat, man, that’s rough.

“But, that’s all history. I’ve got great news! I sold the house next door. To the Section 8 grandma. Who else would buy it? I only got what we paid for it, but I figure that was the smart play. She didn’t think she could qualify for the mortgage, but I told her to put down as her household income all the money made by all the people who have ever stayed there. What, is Washington Mutant going to be so racist as to question that a woman like her could have an income of $160,000?

“Don’t thank me for getting you out of that monthly payment. It’s the least I could do for you, bro.”

 

Phone call, October 2008

You pick up the ringing phone.

“It’s me, Travis. Long time no hear! Hey, I’m sorry about houses in your zip code being down 55 percent versus last year. Bummer.

“Anyway, I’ve been listening to Senator Omama’s speeches about how he is going to invest hundreds of billions to make America energy independent in ten years. So, I wanted to let you in on the next big thing. Alternative energy! When the Democrats get in come November, alternative energy will be bigger than houses. I’ve got great investments lined up with some start-ups in this emerging growth sector. Like biodiesel trolleys. Al Gore is this close to making a big investment. I just need a little help making the minimum required investment. They don’t need chump change. This is just for the big money boys. So, are you in or are you out?

You say nothing.

“Are you going to quit on me? Remember, quitters never prosper.”

You say: “I quit.”

Travis says: “Well, it’s about time. You’ve done nothing but bitch and moan since I met you.”

 
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  1. I remember this.

    Good story.

    Here’s another good story you wrote.

    http://www.vdare.com/articles/dear-arnie-baby

    Loved you in Terminator 3. You looked massive in your nude scene. (Eat your heart out, Vin Diesel, my man Arnold`s still got it!)

    Sorry I couldn`t be there for you. But I guess that Mostow kid did okay sitting in my chair: $150 mil domestic, and $260 mil overseas. Not T2`s numbers, but…

    I`ve been meaning to tell you, the most emotionally powerful moment in T3 for me was when you heaved that blonde Terminatrix headfirst through the urinal.

    Made me think about three or four of my exes!

    But enough about me and my alimony payments. Let`s talk about you and your plan to pull a Grace Kelly and kick yourself upstairs before the wrinkles kick in.

    Great idea, but I do have to mention one thing. I don`t know if you`ve ever been to Sacramento, but my people tell me it`s nothing like Monaco.

    Now, Arnie, we`ve been friends since T1, what, 20 years ago? You know I won`t lead you wrong. It`s me, Jimmy. I told you you`d look great in a tuxedo in True Lies. I told you that nobody`d think you were gay for wearing black leather in T1.

    I want you to win this thing—even though I would pick up another $50 million check for rights to the Terminator characters if you dropped out and did T4 instead. (But, hey, we`ve both got enough money where we don`t ever have to work again. Come to think of it, I`ve barely done a lick of work for six years now…)

    Anyway, I thought I`d give you a man-to-man talk on this governor`s race. I don`t know much about politics, but I do know a few things about the public.

    Remember, these campaign consultants are just like every manager in Hollywood: they want their cut. They all own a piece of the ad agencies that get a commission for placing campaign commercials. So they want to spend millions on content-free image ads of you talking to cute schoolchildren—like the boring parts in Kindergarten Cop.
    Forget that. You`re Arnold Schwarzenegger. You can get more free publicity than God.

    But you`ve got to get in there and mix it up. People want to see you stand strong for something.

    Remember that every vote counts the same—no matter how much the media thinks some votes are morally superior.
    It`s like when that creep Kenneth Turan dumped on Titanic. So what if he`s the critic for the LA Times? He`s one guy. Hundreds of millions of teenaged girls liked it just fine. Unlike him, they even paid for their tickets.

    One point eight billion dollars later, I think I earned the last laugh.

    The media is saying you suffer a gender gap, just like they said with Reagan. No surprise. We`ve always known that there are even more guys who want to be you than there are girls who want to have your baby (and there were always plenty of those, as I recall).

    This is a problem only if guys` votes don`t count as much the girls` votes do. I`m just a truck driver from Canada, so maybe I don`t understand the intricacies of the U.S. Constitution as well as the L.A. Times does. But I think everybody`s vote still counts equally. You can win if you have the guys.

    Same with minority votes versus white votes. You`re only supposed to talk about how much you want minority votes. But white votes still count too. Whites still cast a lot more votes than minorities in California—a three to one ratio in 2002. You can win if you have the whites.

    Remember, one difference between elections and movies is that voters only vote once ( supposedly). You can`t get young guys to go over and over like we did with T2. Instead, an election is like one of those Academy Award movies like Chicago or A Beautiful Mind where they make big bucks by getting a whole bunch of folks who normally don`t go to movies at all. Turnout matters.
    Look how the Republicans won the 2002 national elections—they got a lot of rednecks who don`t normally vote all worked up about the War of Terror. You gotta get those kinds of folks to the polls.

    Yeah, you`ve got the right idea about not peaking too soon. The public`s attention span is short these days, with a new number one movie every weekend. It`s not like back in 1997-1998 when Titanic could rule the box office for 15 weeks in row. (Of course, maybe they aren`t making them like they used to…) You`ve got to own the week before the election—and open huge.
    But you have to lay the groundwork for that last week right now. The absentee ballots have gone out. I`m getting a little worried.

    You know, I hate to say this, but if I needed somebody to play a Republican governor and Bonnie Timmermann sent this McClintock guy over with his executive-looking silver temples and that way he seems to know what he`s talking about when he`s discussing the budget, I`d say, “Yeah, audiences will buy this guy as a governor.”

    Not to say you don`t look like a leader—you`re my choice to play King of the World—but there`s something about this McClintock…

    Maybe you can get Karl Rove to make McClintock take a dive. Remind the Bushies that there`s that thing in the Constitution about how you can`t run for the White House, but that a Governor McClintock would automatically be heavyweight Presidential Timber come 2008, when they want Jeb to continue the dynasty.

    Strategy. You`ve got to win this de facto Republican primary soon, and big, so that McClintock drops out and so you don`t get nibbled on by all the non-crazy little guys like Warren Farrell and Joe Guzzardi. And you`ve got to win the de facto general election.
    You ever meet Dick Nixon? I guess he liked my Rambo script, because he was real friendly once backstage at the Today show. He told me his secret was to run to the right in the Republican primaries, and back to the center in the general election.

    But this election`s different. The big issue that will make the Right forgive all the pesky ones like abortion and gay rights, and win you the de facto Republican primary, is also the issue that will win over the rest of the electorate.

    You and I both did a fair amount of blue-collar work in California back in the Seventies. I drove trucks and buses and worked in a machine shop; you had that chimney repair scam. It was tough work, but the pay wasn`t bad and houses were cheap back then.

    Nowadays, when I talk to some guy driving a big earthmover or running a drill press (you know me, I still have to check out every mighty machine I see), unless he`s in the union, his pay stinks. No way can he buy a house out here.

    I ask him why he`s not making much more than I made in 1975, and he always tells me the same thing: “Too many illegals, and too many of them working off the books.”

    The people telling me this include a lot of Mexican-American guys, at least the ones who can vote. Maybe they`re trying to get their sisters and moms in to the U.S. legally, although that takes years. Still, at least the legal system puts them in the driver`s seat in choosing which relatives will come. But meanwhile, some third cousin sneaks in and shows up on their doorstep, demanding to sleep on their couch for a couple of years.

    All these guys are mad that no-one will even talk about this. They see articles like this one in the LA Times “Candidates Skirt Immigration Issue” [by Teresa Watanabe, September 8, 2003] gloating over how this “divisive” issue isn`t allowed to be debated anymore. And they aren`t happy.

    I`m not surprised when the paper ran a later article admitting that 16 percent of likely voters told the Times poll that immigration was the biggest issue in the election. [“Polls Suggest More Partisan Campaigning,” by Mark Z. Barabak, September 13 2003].

    Now, lots of times these guys don`t get around to voting. They don`t like politicians. And, let`s face it, some of these guys don`t run their private lives on Palm Pilots, if you know what I mean. Maybe on Election Day they stop off at a buddy`s house on the way home from work and get high, or maybe they`re bummed because their old lady walked out on them, and they forget all about voting.

    But this year, they`re fired up. Davis wants to triple their car registration tax, and that hurts. These driver`s licenses for illegals that Davis and Bustamante just signed for seem like nuts to them. It just sends a message to Mexico: “C`mon up and drive my wages down some more!”

    Lots of their friends have moved to Nevada and Utah and are telling them they`re doomed if they stay in California. But they don`t want to move – they love this state.

    They`re looking for a leader.

    I know you`re worried about getting called a racist, what with your Dad and all. But the point is that Davis and Bustamante were the ones who injected race and immigration into the election. Bustamante all of a sudden has turned himself from the Agribusiness Defender into the Chicano Avenger. And this MEChA BS!

    I`m an immigrant like you, so I can say that running against illegal immigration is a no-brainer.

    Remember Sonny Bono? Little guy, never pumped iron in his life, but he got himself elected to Congress. He had this shtick: In debates, the moderator would say something like, “Mr. Bono now has three minutes to talk about illegal immigration. He`d stand up, say, ” What`s to talk about? It`s illegal,” and sit down.

    People loved it. Hell, his widow`s still in Congress.

    In fact, who better to run against illegal immigration than America`s most famous immigrant?

    Hey, Arnie, I love ya and give my best to Maria,

    JC

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  2. Great stuff, Steve. I wouldn’t mind reading more like this, if you have the inclination.

    BTW, it’s Wednesday, so the PBS HBD show is on (not a joke, mainstream HBD on pbs: they’re taking about how Europeans’ ancestors mated with neanderthals).

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  3. If the American government succeeds in 100 percent racially integrating all of America’s Blacks into neighborhoods with a large White population through Section 8 housing and it still does nothing to close the educational and financial gap between Blacks and Whites, will the Social Justice Warriors still blame the continuing existence of this gap on White racism? They are going to have invent another reason to blame White people because the Blacks are segregated into high crime neighborhoods excuse would no longer fly. If living in a nice predominantly White suburb can not turn Section 8 Blacks into Model Minorities like the Han Chinese, Koreans, and the Japanese, than nothing can.

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    "If the American government succeeds in 100 percent racially integrating all of America’s Blacks into neighborhoods with a large White population through Section 8 housing and it still does nothing to close the educational and financial gap between Blacks and Whites, will the Social Justice Warriors still blame the continuing existence of this gap on White racism?"

    YES
    , @anon
    If they succeed it will eventually close the gap because eventually there won't be any white people left.
  4. OT, but it seems the Republican base has gotten more pro-Confederate flag since 1992. It’s the Dem base that’s now hating it:

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/184040/democrats-views-confederate-flag-increasingly-negative.aspx

    BTW, read this post a year ago. Was hilarious then, still hilarious today.

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    • Replies: @countenance
    That's what happens when your political coalition is built on the temple of hating white gentile cishet men and their white wives.
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    Republicans have only become slightly more pro-Confederate flag in that time.
    The real change is in Democrats, who've become substantially more anti-Confederate flag.

    Republican support was 75 % in 1992 and 78% in 2015.
    Democrat support was 61% in 1992 and 32% in 2015.

    It's amazing that Republicans and Democrats were so close together in 1992. It's even more amazing that there was time, not long ago, when the large majority of Democrats supported the Confederate flag.

    Perhaps it's not surprising. Up until the early/mid 1990s, the Democrats were more or less a political party of working men. So a lot of blue collar white men liked Democrats. These days the Democrats aren't much different from Republicans on economic issues, which became very apparent after NAFTA, the pro-China trade deals, and financial deregulation in 1999. Modern Democrats tend to distinguish themselves from Republicans by drumming up hated of straight white gentile males. Not surprisingly, blue collar white men aren't nearly as favorable towards Democrats these days.

    By the way, Democrats were mildly supportive of immigration restrictionism as recently as 1995. By the late 1990s, they had swung completely in the oppposite direction, with strong support for amnesty and H1b expansion.

    Essentially we have two major political parties in America.

    One party publicly disdains straight while gentile males and is a tool of oligarchs. The other party is indifferent to straight white gentile males, but is even more a tool of oligarchs.

    Another major change has been in the whole Israel/Jewish issue. There was a time when you could issue mild critique of the Israelis. These days, anything less than 100% support of ethnoracialist Israeli Likud is considered "anti semitism."

    America in 2015 is a country in which the Confederate flag is "shameful", but Jenner's self-mutilation is "beautiful." Back in 1992, nobody would've saw that coming.

    Truly a bizarre nation.
  5. I remember this, too. Very funny and insightful. You should write a novel some day.

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    This “new journalism” prose style sure is a blast of Sominex, like right out of the longformy Grantland/Williamsburg “Frank-Sinatra-has-a-cold”-wannabe rubbish that’s been stinking up the Internet since Web 2.0 and the financial crisis coincided (I note the 2008 publication so, say instead, presaging the current style); makes me glad magazines are dying. Even your shortest half-baked Taki’s entry about South American golfers’ SAT scores is more accessible. Proper web commentary has to be composed wryly/dryly, in defiance of MFA technique and always with at least a hint of a prejudice — the world of feels can be found over at The New Yorker or Esquire

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  7. Looking at the recent news in the high desert area.. The Feds have determined the citys of Lancaster and Palmdale as well as their contracted police (L.A. County Sheriff) are a bunch of racists for enforcing secition 8 rules and laws. Neat trick, dump your non desirables in the desert , then show how not racist you are by going after their new neighbors. Talk about insult to injury.

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    • Replies: @rod1963
    When you have hardline anti-white bigots in the DoJ, just about anything a white person does will be construed as racist. Even voting in the Antelope is considered racist.

    And if they aren't after you, you can count on the ACLU and ADL to stick a knife in us.

    I know I saw how the DoJ went after Mayor Parris of Lancaster over Section 8 housing. Face it nobody likes Section 8 people, they're mostly criminal scum. I lived next to two families and they were troublesome trash. They were a goldmine to the guy renting the home, but sheer hell for everyone else.

    Then there are the Group homes, Walden homes and half-way houses are on par bad with Section8. Big money makers but they trash the neighborhoods.
  8. @E. Harding
    OT, but it seems the Republican base has gotten more pro-Confederate flag since 1992. It's the Dem base that's now hating it:
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/184040/democrats-views-confederate-flag-increasingly-negative.aspx

    BTW, read this post a year ago. Was hilarious then, still hilarious today.

    That’s what happens when your political coalition is built on the temple of hating white gentile cishet men and their white wives.

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    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
    It's rooted in envy. There isn't much else that unites the Democrats, the 'implicit whiteness' of Bernie Sanders' support is a good example.

    It's rather remarkable Sanders is running on class warfare, and not trying to accuse Hillary of being a closet racist. That was an undercurrent in 2008.

    If somehow Sanders becomes the D nominee, and Jeb is the R nominee, I will vote for the 'first socialist President' before the 'first Mexican'.
  9. As I was reading this, I was reminded of a joke told long ago:
    “How do you say ‘f.u’ in LA?”
    “Answer: Trust Me!”

    I was hoping that the ‘You’ character of the short story would have the gumption to inform Travis at the end that: “No thanks Dude, thinking of moving to Texas or Colorado. Supposedly there’s better mortgages to be had there and with more land and with half the cost.”

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  10. @E. Harding
    OT, but it seems the Republican base has gotten more pro-Confederate flag since 1992. It's the Dem base that's now hating it:
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/184040/democrats-views-confederate-flag-increasingly-negative.aspx

    BTW, read this post a year ago. Was hilarious then, still hilarious today.

    Republicans have only become slightly more pro-Confederate flag in that time.
    The real change is in Democrats, who’ve become substantially more anti-Confederate flag.

    Republican support was 75 % in 1992 and 78% in 2015.
    Democrat support was 61% in 1992 and 32% in 2015.

    It’s amazing that Republicans and Democrats were so close together in 1992. It’s even more amazing that there was time, not long ago, when the large majority of Democrats supported the Confederate flag.

    Perhaps it’s not surprising. Up until the early/mid 1990s, the Democrats were more or less a political party of working men. So a lot of blue collar white men liked Democrats. These days the Democrats aren’t much different from Republicans on economic issues, which became very apparent after NAFTA, the pro-China trade deals, and financial deregulation in 1999. Modern Democrats tend to distinguish themselves from Republicans by drumming up hated of straight white gentile males. Not surprisingly, blue collar white men aren’t nearly as favorable towards Democrats these days.

    By the way, Democrats were mildly supportive of immigration restrictionism as recently as 1995. By the late 1990s, they had swung completely in the oppposite direction, with strong support for amnesty and H1b expansion.

    Essentially we have two major political parties in America.

    One party publicly disdains straight while gentile males and is a tool of oligarchs. The other party is indifferent to straight white gentile males, but is even more a tool of oligarchs.

    Another major change has been in the whole Israel/Jewish issue. There was a time when you could issue mild critique of the Israelis. These days, anything less than 100% support of ethnoracialist Israeli Likud is considered “anti semitism.”

    America in 2015 is a country in which the Confederate flag is “shameful”, but Jenner’s self-mutilation is “beautiful.” Back in 1992, nobody would’ve saw that coming.

    Truly a bizarre nation.

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    Another major change has been in the whole Israel/Jewish issue. There was a time when you could issue mild critique of the Israelis. These days, anything less than 100% support of ethnoracialist Israeli Likud is considered “anti semitism.”
     
    There is one place where you can attack Israel just fine, on the left wing fringe.

    Conservative Americans, however, overwhelmingly identify with and support Israel, which has stood by America its whole history as our closest ally outside the Anglosphere, and is a conservative democracy full of the good people chosen by God to bear his commandments and bear his Son, and is surrounded by the same type of hostile barbarian that:

    sacked Greece and pillaged Athens and Constantinople
    raided Europe for millions of kidnapped slaves
    brutally occupied the Balkans for centuries
    genocided three Christian peoples in the 20th century (Anatolian Greeks, Armenians, and Chaldeans)
    is now genociding more Christians this century in Iraq and Syria
    attacked our great city of New York and the Pentagon on 9/11, killing 3,000, but intending to kill 20 times the number
    , @Harry Baldwin
    Democrats were mildly supportive of immigration restrictionism as recently as 1995. By the late 1990s, they had swung completely in the opposite direction, with strong support for amnesty and H1b expansion.

    Except there was this anti-amnesty editorial in the New York Times, "Hasty Call for Amnesty," published on February 22, 2000. Of course, that was well prior to their partnering up with Carlos Slim.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2000/02/22/opinion/hasty-call-for-amnesty.html

    , @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Agreed with everything except the first part. The Democratic Party stopped being the party of the white working man since the time of George McGovern in the 1970's. That's when they turned to fringe issues ER I mean things that appeal to the right sort of class. Issues such as the Environment, Feminism, Gay Rights, Abortion Rights, you know, the issues that "really" and truly matter to the right sort of folks.

    How exactly do those issues appeal, make a daily impact on, much less directly resonate with white working class voters? They don't.

    Nope. Democrats stopped caring for the working man since the early 70's. Clinton/Gore being from the South made it appear that they had their backs but Clinton signed NAFTA, right?

    If you want a candidate who truly was for the white working man at the time, you'd have to give thumbs up to Ross Perot.

    Funny thing. Perot was allowed into the '92 debates and actually got 19% of the vote. Imagine if he weren't perceived as so nutty on TV, perhaps he would have received about 33% of the popular vote along with some electoral votes.

    Donald Trump could be following in this populist vein, if he's truly serious about running, that is.

  11. @countenance
    That's what happens when your political coalition is built on the temple of hating white gentile cishet men and their white wives.

    It’s rooted in envy. There isn’t much else that unites the Democrats, the ‘implicit whiteness’ of Bernie Sanders’ support is a good example.

    It’s rather remarkable Sanders is running on class warfare, and not trying to accuse Hillary of being a closet racist. That was an undercurrent in 2008.

    If somehow Sanders becomes the D nominee, and Jeb is the R nominee, I will vote for the ‘first socialist President’ before the ‘first Mexican’.

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    • Replies: @Anon
    .......'The first Jewish socialist President' before the 'first Mexican'
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    I wouldn't trust Sanders if I were you. I've been a diehard conservative for all my life. I've consistently voted Republican until recently, when I finally realized that most of the current stoopid party bozos are as much my enemy as any dimocrat loon. I'm unlikely ever to vote again unless the Revolution comes and I get a chance to vote with my gun.
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    @Maj. Kong
    It's rooted in envy. There isn't much else that unites the Democrats, the 'implicit whiteness' of Bernie Sanders' support is a good example.

    It's rather remarkable Sanders is running on class warfare, and not trying to accuse Hillary of being a closet racist. That was an undercurrent in 2008.

    If somehow Sanders becomes the D nominee, and Jeb is the R nominee, I will vote for the 'first socialist President' before the 'first Mexican'.

    …….’The first Jewish socialist President’ before the ‘first Mexican’

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    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
    Chuck Schumer he ain't, at least when it comes to Wall St.
  13. @Nicobar
    Looking at the recent news in the high desert area.. The Feds have determined the citys of Lancaster and Palmdale as well as their contracted police (L.A. County Sheriff) are a bunch of racists for enforcing secition 8 rules and laws. Neat trick, dump your non desirables in the desert , then show how not racist you are by going after their new neighbors. Talk about insult to injury.

    When you have hardline anti-white bigots in the DoJ, just about anything a white person does will be construed as racist. Even voting in the Antelope is considered racist.

    And if they aren’t after you, you can count on the ACLU and ADL to stick a knife in us.

    I know I saw how the DoJ went after Mayor Parris of Lancaster over Section 8 housing. Face it nobody likes Section 8 people, they’re mostly criminal scum. I lived next to two families and they were troublesome trash. They were a goldmine to the guy renting the home, but sheer hell for everyone else.

    Then there are the Group homes, Walden homes and half-way houses are on par bad with Section8. Big money makers but they trash the neighborhoods.

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  14. Bill Maher talks PC.

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    • Replies: @Ronald
    Here's a great example of why I think Bill Mahr may be a psychopath...

    In the video, he comes to the rescue of his longtime friend, Jerry Seinfeld, by highlighting an Amy Shumer joke about hispanic men, and their overrepresentation in this country in matters regarding rape:

    "I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual."

    So Bill says that the joke isn't about hispanics. The real intent of the joke was highlighting the fact that men–most men–are aggressive with women. MOST men tend to be a little rapey, and many women like that anyway, so lighten up!

    But that's not what Amy was going for, since she chose "hispanic" rather than "white," or "asian." If she didn't delineate by race, and just said "guys," presumably the joke would be about masturbating. I believe had she used "asian," it wouldn't have garnered the same level of laughs, since asian men in america are not overrepresented in matters of rape. One might say she lacked the balls to say "black," but that's another topic.

    What amazes me is he gives the evidence, he posts her joke verbatim, then reinterprets it incorrectly–his hispanic guests appeared to be laughing at him–and goes on as if he just solved a problem of joke interpretation for his viewers successfully, and nobody on the panel specifically calls him on it.

    It seems to me that one important element of the psychopath is that people around him often complain of the psychopath conjuring up a "reality distortion field." That is, skewing reality, via passion, power, or personal intimidation to make things seem like something they're not.

    Bill does this a hell of a lot.

    I don't think his politics matter. I think he has a major problem that has never been addressed, and should be. As it is, if someone is a pundit on television who is also a psychopath, if he/she has ratings, who's to stop him/her?

    It's easier to cut down a Brian Williams or Dan Rather, since they're pundits under the pretension of being news readers, they'll eventually make a massive mistake owing to their affliction, but in the arena of punditry, it's a LOT harder to get them off the stage.

    I think that's why Brian Williams was tossed into the Pundit Pit of MSNBC. He can talk a lot more clumsily without the blowback. Next stop for him is AM radio. Maybe.

    But Bill... what to do about him and his afflicted ilk?
  15. @JohnnyWalker123
    Bill Maher talks PC.

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

    Here’s a great example of why I think Bill Mahr may be a psychopath…

    In the video, he comes to the rescue of his longtime friend, Jerry Seinfeld, by highlighting an Amy Shumer joke about hispanic men, and their overrepresentation in this country in matters regarding rape:

    “I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual.”

    So Bill says that the joke isn’t about hispanics. The real intent of the joke was highlighting the fact that men–most men–are aggressive with women. MOST men tend to be a little rapey, and many women like that anyway, so lighten up!

    But that’s not what Amy was going for, since she chose “hispanic” rather than “white,” or “asian.” If she didn’t delineate by race, and just said “guys,” presumably the joke would be about masturbating. I believe had she used “asian,” it wouldn’t have garnered the same level of laughs, since asian men in america are not overrepresented in matters of rape. One might say she lacked the balls to say “black,” but that’s another topic.

    What amazes me is he gives the evidence, he posts her joke verbatim, then reinterprets it incorrectly–his hispanic guests appeared to be laughing at him–and goes on as if he just solved a problem of joke interpretation for his viewers successfully, and nobody on the panel specifically calls him on it.

    It seems to me that one important element of the psychopath is that people around him often complain of the psychopath conjuring up a “reality distortion field.” That is, skewing reality, via passion, power, or personal intimidation to make things seem like something they’re not.

    Bill does this a hell of a lot.

    I don’t think his politics matter. I think he has a major problem that has never been addressed, and should be. As it is, if someone is a pundit on television who is also a psychopath, if he/she has ratings, who’s to stop him/her?

    It’s easier to cut down a Brian Williams or Dan Rather, since they’re pundits under the pretension of being news readers, they’ll eventually make a massive mistake owing to their affliction, but in the arena of punditry, it’s a LOT harder to get them off the stage.

    I think that’s why Brian Williams was tossed into the Pundit Pit of MSNBC. He can talk a lot more clumsily without the blowback. Next stop for him is AM radio. Maybe.

    But Bill… what to do about him and his afflicted ilk?

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    • Replies: @SFG
    Lying? That's *all* of them.

    Bill Maher's one of the few public figures to support men's rights, and anything he does against the PC police is fine by me.
    , @Charlesz Martel
    Exactly what happened to Howard Beale (Peter Finch) in Paddy Chayefsky's Network. The only way to shut him up was to kill him.
  16. @JohnnyWalker123
    Republicans have only become slightly more pro-Confederate flag in that time.
    The real change is in Democrats, who've become substantially more anti-Confederate flag.

    Republican support was 75 % in 1992 and 78% in 2015.
    Democrat support was 61% in 1992 and 32% in 2015.

    It's amazing that Republicans and Democrats were so close together in 1992. It's even more amazing that there was time, not long ago, when the large majority of Democrats supported the Confederate flag.

    Perhaps it's not surprising. Up until the early/mid 1990s, the Democrats were more or less a political party of working men. So a lot of blue collar white men liked Democrats. These days the Democrats aren't much different from Republicans on economic issues, which became very apparent after NAFTA, the pro-China trade deals, and financial deregulation in 1999. Modern Democrats tend to distinguish themselves from Republicans by drumming up hated of straight white gentile males. Not surprisingly, blue collar white men aren't nearly as favorable towards Democrats these days.

    By the way, Democrats were mildly supportive of immigration restrictionism as recently as 1995. By the late 1990s, they had swung completely in the oppposite direction, with strong support for amnesty and H1b expansion.

    Essentially we have two major political parties in America.

    One party publicly disdains straight while gentile males and is a tool of oligarchs. The other party is indifferent to straight white gentile males, but is even more a tool of oligarchs.

    Another major change has been in the whole Israel/Jewish issue. There was a time when you could issue mild critique of the Israelis. These days, anything less than 100% support of ethnoracialist Israeli Likud is considered "anti semitism."

    America in 2015 is a country in which the Confederate flag is "shameful", but Jenner's self-mutilation is "beautiful." Back in 1992, nobody would've saw that coming.

    Truly a bizarre nation.

    Another major change has been in the whole Israel/Jewish issue. There was a time when you could issue mild critique of the Israelis. These days, anything less than 100% support of ethnoracialist Israeli Likud is considered “anti semitism.”

    There is one place where you can attack Israel just fine, on the left wing fringe.

    Conservative Americans, however, overwhelmingly identify with and support Israel, which has stood by America its whole history as our closest ally outside the Anglosphere, and is a conservative democracy full of the good people chosen by God to bear his commandments and bear his Son, and is surrounded by the same type of hostile barbarian that:

    sacked Greece and pillaged Athens and Constantinople
    raided Europe for millions of kidnapped slaves
    brutally occupied the Balkans for centuries
    genocided three Christian peoples in the 20th century (Anatolian Greeks, Armenians, and Chaldeans)
    is now genociding more Christians this century in Iraq and Syria
    attacked our great city of New York and the Pentagon on 9/11, killing 3,000, but intending to kill 20 times the number

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    • Replies: @SFG
    Sure, but their neocon buddies also dragged us into the Iraq War, which wasted huge amounts of money and got a few thousand of our soldiers killed, and supporting them has turned pretty much the entire Muslim world against us.

    I don't like Islam, but US interests are no longer served by supporting Israel.
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
    Why don't you link to a few sites showing what a loyal US ally Israel has been? You might start with these:

    http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/191 on the USS Liberty attack

    or

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/03/31/jonathan-pollard-why-israel-wants-him-free-why-the-u-s-doesnt-and-what-might-happen-next

    on Jonathan Pollard (although this article leaves out a lot of the more loathsome aspects of the case)

    You might suggest that your readers followup with internet searches on topics like "Israel spies in US"

  17. Here’s another Los Angeles tale, as told by Sandra Day O’Connor:


    On parole from a 9-year prison term, petitioner Gary Ewing walked into the pro shop of the EI Segundo Golf Course in Los Angeles County on March 12, 2000. He walked out with three golf clubs, priced at $399 apiece, concealed in his pants leg. A shop employee, whose suspicions were aroused when he observed Ewing limp out of the pro shop, telephoned the police. The police apprehended Ewing in the parking lot.

    Ewing is no stranger to the criminal justice system.

    In 1984, at the age of 22, he pleaded guilty to theft. The court sentenced him to six months in jail (suspended), three years’ probation, and a $300 fine.

    In 1988, he was convicted of felony grand theft auto and sentenced to one year in jail and three years’ probation. After Ewing completed probation, however, the sentencing court reduced the crime to a misdemeanor, permitted Ewing to withdraw his guilty plea, and dismissed the case.

    In 1990, he was convicted of petty theft with a prior and sentenced to 60 days in the county jail and three years’ probation.

    In 1992, Ewing was convicted of battery and sentenced to 30 days in the county jail and two years’ summary probation. One month later, he was convicted of theft and sentenced to 10 days in the county jail and 12 months’ probation.

    In January 1993, Ewing was convicted of burglary and sentenced to 60 days in the county jail and one year’s summary probation.

    In February 1993, he was convicted of possessing drug paraphernalia and sentenced to six months in the county jail and three years’ probation.

    In July 1993, he was convicted of appropriating lost property and sentenced to 10 days in the county jail and two years’ summary probation.

    In September 1993, he was convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm and trespassing and sentenced to 30 days in the county jail and one year’s probation.

    In October and November 1993, Ewing committed three burglaries and one robbery at a Long Beach, California, apartment complex over a 5-week period. He awakened one of his victims, asleep on her living room sofa, as he tried to disconnect her video cassette recorder from the television in that room. When she screamed, Ewing ran out the front door.

    On another occasion, Ewing accosted a victim in the mailroom of the apartment complex. Ewing claimed to have a gun and ordered the victim to hand over his wallet. When the victim resisted, Ewing produced a knife and forced the victim back to the apartment itself. While Ewing rifled through the bedroom, the victim fled the apartment screaming for help. Ewing absconded with the victim’s money and credit cards.

    On December 9,1993, Ewing was arrested on the premises of the apartment complex for trespassing and lying to a police officer. The knife used in the robbery and a glass cocaine pipe were later found in the back seat of the patrol car used to transport Ewing to the police station. A jury convicted Ewing of first-degree robbery and three counts of residential burglary. Sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison, Ewing was paroled in 1999.

    Only 10 months later, Ewing stole the golf clubs at issue in this case. He was charged with, and ultimately convicted of, one count of felony grand theft of personal property in excess of $400. See Cal. Penal Code Ann. § 484

    As required by the three strikes law, the prosecutor formally alleged, and the trial court later found, that Ewing had been convicted previously of four serious or violent felonies for the three burglaries and the robbery in the Long Beach apartment complex.

    At the sentencing hearing, Ewing asked the court to reduce the conviction for grand theft, a “wobbler” under California law, to a misdemeanor so as to avoid a three strikes sentence. Ewing also asked the trial court to exercise its discretion to dismiss the allegations of some or all of his prior serious or violent felony convictions, again for purposes of avoiding a three strikes sentence. Before sentencing Ewing, the trial court took note of his entire criminal history, including the fact that he was on parole when he committed his latest offense. The court also heard arguments from defense counsel and a plea from Ewing himself.

    In the end, the trial judge determined that the grand theft should remain a felony. The court also ruled that the four prior strikes for the three burglaries and the robbery in Long Beach should stand. As a newly convicted felon with two or more “serious” or “violent” felony convictions in his past, Ewing was sentenced under the three strikes law to 25 years to life.

    The California Court of Appeal affirmed in an unpublished opinion. Relying on our decision in Rummel v. Estelle, the court rejected Ewing’s claim that his sentence was grossly disproportionate under the Eighth Amendment. Enhanced sentences under recidivist statutes like the three strikes law, the court reasoned, serve the “legitimate goal” of deterring and incapacitating repeat offenders. The Supreme Court of California denied Ewing’s petition for review, and we granted certiorari. We now affirm.

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    • Replies: @ScarletNumber

    A shop employee, whose suspicions were aroused when he observed Ewing limp out of the pro shop, telephoned the police. The police apprehended Ewing in the parking lot.
     
    That seems like a unbelievably quick response.
  18. @Lot

    Another major change has been in the whole Israel/Jewish issue. There was a time when you could issue mild critique of the Israelis. These days, anything less than 100% support of ethnoracialist Israeli Likud is considered “anti semitism.”
     
    There is one place where you can attack Israel just fine, on the left wing fringe.

    Conservative Americans, however, overwhelmingly identify with and support Israel, which has stood by America its whole history as our closest ally outside the Anglosphere, and is a conservative democracy full of the good people chosen by God to bear his commandments and bear his Son, and is surrounded by the same type of hostile barbarian that:

    sacked Greece and pillaged Athens and Constantinople
    raided Europe for millions of kidnapped slaves
    brutally occupied the Balkans for centuries
    genocided three Christian peoples in the 20th century (Anatolian Greeks, Armenians, and Chaldeans)
    is now genociding more Christians this century in Iraq and Syria
    attacked our great city of New York and the Pentagon on 9/11, killing 3,000, but intending to kill 20 times the number

    Sure, but their neocon buddies also dragged us into the Iraq War, which wasted huge amounts of money and got a few thousand of our soldiers killed, and supporting them has turned pretty much the entire Muslim world against us.

    I don’t like Islam, but US interests are no longer served by supporting Israel.

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  19. @Ronald
    Here's a great example of why I think Bill Mahr may be a psychopath...

    In the video, he comes to the rescue of his longtime friend, Jerry Seinfeld, by highlighting an Amy Shumer joke about hispanic men, and their overrepresentation in this country in matters regarding rape:

    "I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual."

    So Bill says that the joke isn't about hispanics. The real intent of the joke was highlighting the fact that men–most men–are aggressive with women. MOST men tend to be a little rapey, and many women like that anyway, so lighten up!

    But that's not what Amy was going for, since she chose "hispanic" rather than "white," or "asian." If she didn't delineate by race, and just said "guys," presumably the joke would be about masturbating. I believe had she used "asian," it wouldn't have garnered the same level of laughs, since asian men in america are not overrepresented in matters of rape. One might say she lacked the balls to say "black," but that's another topic.

    What amazes me is he gives the evidence, he posts her joke verbatim, then reinterprets it incorrectly–his hispanic guests appeared to be laughing at him–and goes on as if he just solved a problem of joke interpretation for his viewers successfully, and nobody on the panel specifically calls him on it.

    It seems to me that one important element of the psychopath is that people around him often complain of the psychopath conjuring up a "reality distortion field." That is, skewing reality, via passion, power, or personal intimidation to make things seem like something they're not.

    Bill does this a hell of a lot.

    I don't think his politics matter. I think he has a major problem that has never been addressed, and should be. As it is, if someone is a pundit on television who is also a psychopath, if he/she has ratings, who's to stop him/her?

    It's easier to cut down a Brian Williams or Dan Rather, since they're pundits under the pretension of being news readers, they'll eventually make a massive mistake owing to their affliction, but in the arena of punditry, it's a LOT harder to get them off the stage.

    I think that's why Brian Williams was tossed into the Pundit Pit of MSNBC. He can talk a lot more clumsily without the blowback. Next stop for him is AM radio. Maybe.

    But Bill... what to do about him and his afflicted ilk?

    Lying? That’s *all* of them.

    Bill Maher’s one of the few public figures to support men’s rights, and anything he does against the PC police is fine by me.

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  20. @JohnnyWalker123
    Republicans have only become slightly more pro-Confederate flag in that time.
    The real change is in Democrats, who've become substantially more anti-Confederate flag.

    Republican support was 75 % in 1992 and 78% in 2015.
    Democrat support was 61% in 1992 and 32% in 2015.

    It's amazing that Republicans and Democrats were so close together in 1992. It's even more amazing that there was time, not long ago, when the large majority of Democrats supported the Confederate flag.

    Perhaps it's not surprising. Up until the early/mid 1990s, the Democrats were more or less a political party of working men. So a lot of blue collar white men liked Democrats. These days the Democrats aren't much different from Republicans on economic issues, which became very apparent after NAFTA, the pro-China trade deals, and financial deregulation in 1999. Modern Democrats tend to distinguish themselves from Republicans by drumming up hated of straight white gentile males. Not surprisingly, blue collar white men aren't nearly as favorable towards Democrats these days.

    By the way, Democrats were mildly supportive of immigration restrictionism as recently as 1995. By the late 1990s, they had swung completely in the oppposite direction, with strong support for amnesty and H1b expansion.

    Essentially we have two major political parties in America.

    One party publicly disdains straight while gentile males and is a tool of oligarchs. The other party is indifferent to straight white gentile males, but is even more a tool of oligarchs.

    Another major change has been in the whole Israel/Jewish issue. There was a time when you could issue mild critique of the Israelis. These days, anything less than 100% support of ethnoracialist Israeli Likud is considered "anti semitism."

    America in 2015 is a country in which the Confederate flag is "shameful", but Jenner's self-mutilation is "beautiful." Back in 1992, nobody would've saw that coming.

    Truly a bizarre nation.

    Democrats were mildly supportive of immigration restrictionism as recently as 1995. By the late 1990s, they had swung completely in the opposite direction, with strong support for amnesty and H1b expansion.

    Except there was this anti-amnesty editorial in the New York Times, “Hasty Call for Amnesty,” published on February 22, 2000. Of course, that was well prior to their partnering up with Carlos Slim.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2000/02/22/opinion/hasty-call-for-amnesty.html

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    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    The New York Times was lagging on the immigration issue. Democrats pushed for a major H1b expansion in the late 1990s and Gore was pro-amnesty in 1999. It's remarkable how quickly the Democrats transitioned from a pro-labor party in the early 90s to an oligarch party by roughly 98/99.

    If you want to know when democracy was usurped in this country, the 94-08 period stands out. At this point, calling America a democracy is just a joke.

    "If you want a vision of the future, imagine an oligarch stamping on a human face - forever."
  21. @Maj. Kong
    It's rooted in envy. There isn't much else that unites the Democrats, the 'implicit whiteness' of Bernie Sanders' support is a good example.

    It's rather remarkable Sanders is running on class warfare, and not trying to accuse Hillary of being a closet racist. That was an undercurrent in 2008.

    If somehow Sanders becomes the D nominee, and Jeb is the R nominee, I will vote for the 'first socialist President' before the 'first Mexican'.

    I wouldn’t trust Sanders if I were you. I’ve been a diehard conservative for all my life. I’ve consistently voted Republican until recently, when I finally realized that most of the current stoopid party bozos are as much my enemy as any dimocrat loon. I’m unlikely ever to vote again unless the Revolution comes and I get a chance to vote with my gun.

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  22. @Lot

    Another major change has been in the whole Israel/Jewish issue. There was a time when you could issue mild critique of the Israelis. These days, anything less than 100% support of ethnoracialist Israeli Likud is considered “anti semitism.”
     
    There is one place where you can attack Israel just fine, on the left wing fringe.

    Conservative Americans, however, overwhelmingly identify with and support Israel, which has stood by America its whole history as our closest ally outside the Anglosphere, and is a conservative democracy full of the good people chosen by God to bear his commandments and bear his Son, and is surrounded by the same type of hostile barbarian that:

    sacked Greece and pillaged Athens and Constantinople
    raided Europe for millions of kidnapped slaves
    brutally occupied the Balkans for centuries
    genocided three Christian peoples in the 20th century (Anatolian Greeks, Armenians, and Chaldeans)
    is now genociding more Christians this century in Iraq and Syria
    attacked our great city of New York and the Pentagon on 9/11, killing 3,000, but intending to kill 20 times the number

    Why don’t you link to a few sites showing what a loyal US ally Israel has been? You might start with these:

    http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/191 on the USS Liberty attack

    or

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/03/31/jonathan-pollard-why-israel-wants-him-free-why-the-u-s-doesnt-and-what-might-happen-next

    on Jonathan Pollard (although this article leaves out a lot of the more loathsome aspects of the case)

    You might suggest that your readers followup with internet searches on topics like “Israel spies in US”

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    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    The interests of the American people are twofold in this region:
    Consistent secure access to energy.
    A denial of territory to, and a suppression of, radical groups who might use "terrorist" attacks against the US.


    They are best met by having strong, stable secular governments in the middle east.

    The interests of Israel lie in having failed states with various rival militia and terrorist groups constantly at war.

    Why did the US spend trillions of dollars turning what we had into what we have?
  23. @JohnnyWalker123
    Republicans have only become slightly more pro-Confederate flag in that time.
    The real change is in Democrats, who've become substantially more anti-Confederate flag.

    Republican support was 75 % in 1992 and 78% in 2015.
    Democrat support was 61% in 1992 and 32% in 2015.

    It's amazing that Republicans and Democrats were so close together in 1992. It's even more amazing that there was time, not long ago, when the large majority of Democrats supported the Confederate flag.

    Perhaps it's not surprising. Up until the early/mid 1990s, the Democrats were more or less a political party of working men. So a lot of blue collar white men liked Democrats. These days the Democrats aren't much different from Republicans on economic issues, which became very apparent after NAFTA, the pro-China trade deals, and financial deregulation in 1999. Modern Democrats tend to distinguish themselves from Republicans by drumming up hated of straight white gentile males. Not surprisingly, blue collar white men aren't nearly as favorable towards Democrats these days.

    By the way, Democrats were mildly supportive of immigration restrictionism as recently as 1995. By the late 1990s, they had swung completely in the oppposite direction, with strong support for amnesty and H1b expansion.

    Essentially we have two major political parties in America.

    One party publicly disdains straight while gentile males and is a tool of oligarchs. The other party is indifferent to straight white gentile males, but is even more a tool of oligarchs.

    Another major change has been in the whole Israel/Jewish issue. There was a time when you could issue mild critique of the Israelis. These days, anything less than 100% support of ethnoracialist Israeli Likud is considered "anti semitism."

    America in 2015 is a country in which the Confederate flag is "shameful", but Jenner's self-mutilation is "beautiful." Back in 1992, nobody would've saw that coming.

    Truly a bizarre nation.

    Agreed with everything except the first part. The Democratic Party stopped being the party of the white working man since the time of George McGovern in the 1970′s. That’s when they turned to fringe issues ER I mean things that appeal to the right sort of class. Issues such as the Environment, Feminism, Gay Rights, Abortion Rights, you know, the issues that “really” and truly matter to the right sort of folks.

    How exactly do those issues appeal, make a daily impact on, much less directly resonate with white working class voters? They don’t.

    Nope. Democrats stopped caring for the working man since the early 70′s. Clinton/Gore being from the South made it appear that they had their backs but Clinton signed NAFTA, right?

    If you want a candidate who truly was for the white working man at the time, you’d have to give thumbs up to Ross Perot.

    Funny thing. Perot was allowed into the ’92 debates and actually got 19% of the vote. Imagine if he weren’t perceived as so nutty on TV, perhaps he would have received about 33% of the popular vote along with some electoral votes.

    Donald Trump could be following in this populist vein, if he’s truly serious about running, that is.

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    • Replies: @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "Funny thing. Perot was allowed into the ’92 debates and actually got 19% of the vote. Imagine if he weren’t perceived as so nutty on TV, perhaps he would have received about 33% of the popular vote along with some electoral votes."

    Perot was leading, with numbers usually around 45 percent, not only nationally, but in a lot of key states (California, Texas, Florida, and I think New York too, but its been a while), until the day after the Democratic National Convention. On that day, he announced that by nominating the Clinton/Gore ticket, the Democrats had "revitalized" themselves, and so it was no longer necessary for him to run, and thus he formally dropped out. He got back into the race around Labor Day, but was, quite understandably, never really taken as seriously as he had been in the late spring & early summer.

    Its not clear he would have won, had he not dropped out in July (and endorsed Bill Clinton), but he certainly could have done so.
    , @JohnnyWalker123

    Agreed with everything except the first part. The Democratic Party stopped being the party of the white working man since the time of George McGovern in the 1970′s. That’s when they turned to fringe issues ER I mean things that appeal to the right sort of class. Issues such as the Environment, Feminism, Gay Rights, Abortion Rights, you know, the issues that “really” and truly matter to the right sort of folks.

    How exactly do those issues appeal, make a daily impact on, much less directly resonate with white working class voters? They don’t.
     
    Even in the early 90s, there was a strong labor element in the Democratic party, which made sure the interests of working class whites were represented. It wasn't as strong as it was back in the late 70s, but it some clout. That was one reason why there were so many pro-Confederate Democrats in the 92 survey. Since then, as Democrats have become hostile to the interests of working class whites, blue collar white men have fled the party.

    NAFTA passed with Clinton's support in 93/94. H1b immigration was opened up in 98 by Clinton. Financial deregulation in 99 with Clinton's support. Those type of positions wouldn't have been possible in the 80s, much less the 70s. Labor has had its influence curtailed significantly since from 94 through today.

    Working class white men are in retreat. From their right, they take fire for being "overpaid." From the left, they take fire for being "over privileged."

    If you want a candidate who truly was for the white working man at the time, you’d have to give thumbs up to Ross Perot.

    Funny thing. Perot was allowed into the ’92 debates and actually got 19% of the vote. Imagine if he weren’t perceived as so nutty on TV, perhaps he would have received about 33% of the popular vote along with some electoral votes.
     
    Perot was an excellent candidate. In a 93 debate, Perot and VP Gore debated on NAFTA. If only we had listened to Perot........

    The man was completely correct that NAFTA would deindustrialize America and lead to massive illegal immigration.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkgx1C_S6ls

    Donald Trump could be following in this populist vein, if he’s truly serious about running, that is.
     
    I agree. Anti-trade, anti-immigration. In the mold of Perot. Trump has made the right noises on both issues, so hopefully he'll keep it up.
  24. @Anon
    .......'The first Jewish socialist President' before the 'first Mexican'

    Chuck Schumer he ain’t, at least when it comes to Wall St.

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  25. @Jefferson
    If the American government succeeds in 100 percent racially integrating all of America's Blacks into neighborhoods with a large White population through Section 8 housing and it still does nothing to close the educational and financial gap between Blacks and Whites, will the Social Justice Warriors still blame the continuing existence of this gap on White racism? They are going to have invent another reason to blame White people because the Blacks are segregated into high crime neighborhoods excuse would no longer fly. If living in a nice predominantly White suburb can not turn Section 8 Blacks into Model Minorities like the Han Chinese, Koreans, and the Japanese, than nothing can.

    “If the American government succeeds in 100 percent racially integrating all of America’s Blacks into neighborhoods with a large White population through Section 8 housing and it still does nothing to close the educational and financial gap between Blacks and Whites, will the Social Justice Warriors still blame the continuing existence of this gap on White racism?”

    YES

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  26. @Lot
    Here's another Los Angeles tale, as told by Sandra Day O'Connor:

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    On parole from a 9-year prison term, petitioner Gary Ewing walked into the pro shop of the EI Segundo Golf Course in Los Angeles County on March 12, 2000. He walked out with three golf clubs, priced at $399 apiece, concealed in his pants leg. A shop employee, whose suspicions were aroused when he observed Ewing limp out of the pro shop, telephoned the police. The police apprehended Ewing in the parking lot.

    Ewing is no stranger to the criminal justice system.

    In 1984, at the age of 22, he pleaded guilty to theft. The court sentenced him to six months in jail (suspended), three years' probation, and a $300 fine.

    In 1988, he was convicted of felony grand theft auto and sentenced to one year in jail and three years' probation. After Ewing completed probation, however, the sentencing court reduced the crime to a misdemeanor, permitted Ewing to withdraw his guilty plea, and dismissed the case.

    In 1990, he was convicted of petty theft with a prior and sentenced to 60 days in the county jail and three years' probation.

    In 1992, Ewing was convicted of battery and sentenced to 30 days in the county jail and two years' summary probation. One month later, he was convicted of theft and sentenced to 10 days in the county jail and 12 months' probation.

    In January 1993, Ewing was convicted of burglary and sentenced to 60 days in the county jail and one year's summary probation.

    In February 1993, he was convicted of possessing drug paraphernalia and sentenced to six months in the county jail and three years' probation.

    In July 1993, he was convicted of appropriating lost property and sentenced to 10 days in the county jail and two years' summary probation.

    In September 1993, he was convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm and trespassing and sentenced to 30 days in the county jail and one year's probation.

    In October and November 1993, Ewing committed three burglaries and one robbery at a Long Beach, California, apartment complex over a 5-week period. He awakened one of his victims, asleep on her living room sofa, as he tried to disconnect her video cassette recorder from the television in that room. When she screamed, Ewing ran out the front door.

    On another occasion, Ewing accosted a victim in the mailroom of the apartment complex. Ewing claimed to have a gun and ordered the victim to hand over his wallet. When the victim resisted, Ewing produced a knife and forced the victim back to the apartment itself. While Ewing rifled through the bedroom, the victim fled the apartment screaming for help. Ewing absconded with the victim's money and credit cards.

    On December 9,1993, Ewing was arrested on the premises of the apartment complex for trespassing and lying to a police officer. The knife used in the robbery and a glass cocaine pipe were later found in the back seat of the patrol car used to transport Ewing to the police station. A jury convicted Ewing of first-degree robbery and three counts of residential burglary. Sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison, Ewing was paroled in 1999.

    Only 10 months later, Ewing stole the golf clubs at issue in this case. He was charged with, and ultimately convicted of, one count of felony grand theft of personal property in excess of $400. See Cal. Penal Code Ann. § 484

    As required by the three strikes law, the prosecutor formally alleged, and the trial court later found, that Ewing had been convicted previously of four serious or violent felonies for the three burglaries and the robbery in the Long Beach apartment complex.

    At the sentencing hearing, Ewing asked the court to reduce the conviction for grand theft, a "wobbler" under California law, to a misdemeanor so as to avoid a three strikes sentence. Ewing also asked the trial court to exercise its discretion to dismiss the allegations of some or all of his prior serious or violent felony convictions, again for purposes of avoiding a three strikes sentence. Before sentencing Ewing, the trial court took note of his entire criminal history, including the fact that he was on parole when he committed his latest offense. The court also heard arguments from defense counsel and a plea from Ewing himself.

    In the end, the trial judge determined that the grand theft should remain a felony. The court also ruled that the four prior strikes for the three burglaries and the robbery in Long Beach should stand. As a newly convicted felon with two or more "serious" or "violent" felony convictions in his past, Ewing was sentenced under the three strikes law to 25 years to life.

    The California Court of Appeal affirmed in an unpublished opinion. Relying on our decision in Rummel v. Estelle, the court rejected Ewing's claim that his sentence was grossly disproportionate under the Eighth Amendment. Enhanced sentences under recidivist statutes like the three strikes law, the court reasoned, serve the "legitimate goal" of deterring and incapacitating repeat offenders. The Supreme Court of California denied Ewing's petition for review, and we granted certiorari. We now affirm.

    A shop employee, whose suspicions were aroused when he observed Ewing limp out of the pro shop, telephoned the police. The police apprehended Ewing in the parking lot.

    That seems like a unbelievably quick response.

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    @Lot
    A shop employee, whose suspicions were aroused when he observed Ewing limp out of the pro shop, telephoned the police. The police apprehended Ewing in the parking lot.

    That seems like a unbelievably quick response.
     

    My experience is that limpers don't cover much ground quickly. They can beat shufflers, but not by much.
    , @Lot
    El Segundo has excellent police since it has a huge tax base of defense and aerospace companies, Mattel, hotels and cargo shipping companies for LAX, and upper middle class residential areas.
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    @ScarletNumber

    A shop employee, whose suspicions were aroused when he observed Ewing limp out of the pro shop, telephoned the police. The police apprehended Ewing in the parking lot.
     
    That seems like a unbelievably quick response.


    A shop employee, whose suspicions were aroused when he observed Ewing limp out of the pro shop, telephoned the police. The police apprehended Ewing in the parking lot.

    That seems like a unbelievably quick response.

    My experience is that limpers don’t cover much ground quickly. They can beat shufflers, but not by much.

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  28. @ScarletNumber

    A shop employee, whose suspicions were aroused when he observed Ewing limp out of the pro shop, telephoned the police. The police apprehended Ewing in the parking lot.
     
    That seems like a unbelievably quick response.

    El Segundo has excellent police since it has a huge tax base of defense and aerospace companies, Mattel, hotels and cargo shipping companies for LAX, and upper middle class residential areas.

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    • Replies: @Kauai
    El Segundo's tax base has Chevron Oil Company as the initial taxpayer. The city name means The Second, or The Second One, depending on respondents. Visualize gigantic refineries.
  29. @Jus' Sayin'...
    Why don't you link to a few sites showing what a loyal US ally Israel has been? You might start with these:

    http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/191 on the USS Liberty attack

    or

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/03/31/jonathan-pollard-why-israel-wants-him-free-why-the-u-s-doesnt-and-what-might-happen-next

    on Jonathan Pollard (although this article leaves out a lot of the more loathsome aspects of the case)

    You might suggest that your readers followup with internet searches on topics like "Israel spies in US"

    The interests of the American people are twofold in this region:
    Consistent secure access to energy.
    A denial of territory to, and a suppression of, radical groups who might use “terrorist” attacks against the US.

    They are best met by having strong, stable secular governments in the middle east.

    The interests of Israel lie in having failed states with various rival militia and terrorist groups constantly at war.

    Why did the US spend trillions of dollars turning what we had into what we have?

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    @Jefferson
    If the American government succeeds in 100 percent racially integrating all of America's Blacks into neighborhoods with a large White population through Section 8 housing and it still does nothing to close the educational and financial gap between Blacks and Whites, will the Social Justice Warriors still blame the continuing existence of this gap on White racism? They are going to have invent another reason to blame White people because the Blacks are segregated into high crime neighborhoods excuse would no longer fly. If living in a nice predominantly White suburb can not turn Section 8 Blacks into Model Minorities like the Han Chinese, Koreans, and the Japanese, than nothing can.

    If they succeed it will eventually close the gap because eventually there won’t be any white people left.

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  31. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Agreed with everything except the first part. The Democratic Party stopped being the party of the white working man since the time of George McGovern in the 1970's. That's when they turned to fringe issues ER I mean things that appeal to the right sort of class. Issues such as the Environment, Feminism, Gay Rights, Abortion Rights, you know, the issues that "really" and truly matter to the right sort of folks.

    How exactly do those issues appeal, make a daily impact on, much less directly resonate with white working class voters? They don't.

    Nope. Democrats stopped caring for the working man since the early 70's. Clinton/Gore being from the South made it appear that they had their backs but Clinton signed NAFTA, right?

    If you want a candidate who truly was for the white working man at the time, you'd have to give thumbs up to Ross Perot.

    Funny thing. Perot was allowed into the '92 debates and actually got 19% of the vote. Imagine if he weren't perceived as so nutty on TV, perhaps he would have received about 33% of the popular vote along with some electoral votes.

    Donald Trump could be following in this populist vein, if he's truly serious about running, that is.

    “Funny thing. Perot was allowed into the ’92 debates and actually got 19% of the vote. Imagine if he weren’t perceived as so nutty on TV, perhaps he would have received about 33% of the popular vote along with some electoral votes.”

    Perot was leading, with numbers usually around 45 percent, not only nationally, but in a lot of key states (California, Texas, Florida, and I think New York too, but its been a while), until the day after the Democratic National Convention. On that day, he announced that by nominating the Clinton/Gore ticket, the Democrats had “revitalized” themselves, and so it was no longer necessary for him to run, and thus he formally dropped out. He got back into the race around Labor Day, but was, quite understandably, never really taken as seriously as he had been in the late spring & early summer.

    Its not clear he would have won, had he not dropped out in July (and endorsed Bill Clinton), but he certainly could have done so.

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  32. @Harry Baldwin
    Democrats were mildly supportive of immigration restrictionism as recently as 1995. By the late 1990s, they had swung completely in the opposite direction, with strong support for amnesty and H1b expansion.

    Except there was this anti-amnesty editorial in the New York Times, "Hasty Call for Amnesty," published on February 22, 2000. Of course, that was well prior to their partnering up with Carlos Slim.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2000/02/22/opinion/hasty-call-for-amnesty.html

    The New York Times was lagging on the immigration issue. Democrats pushed for a major H1b expansion in the late 1990s and Gore was pro-amnesty in 1999. It’s remarkable how quickly the Democrats transitioned from a pro-labor party in the early 90s to an oligarch party by roughly 98/99.

    If you want to know when democracy was usurped in this country, the 94-08 period stands out. At this point, calling America a democracy is just a joke.

    “If you want a vision of the future, imagine an oligarch stamping on a human face – forever.”

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  33. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Agreed with everything except the first part. The Democratic Party stopped being the party of the white working man since the time of George McGovern in the 1970's. That's when they turned to fringe issues ER I mean things that appeal to the right sort of class. Issues such as the Environment, Feminism, Gay Rights, Abortion Rights, you know, the issues that "really" and truly matter to the right sort of folks.

    How exactly do those issues appeal, make a daily impact on, much less directly resonate with white working class voters? They don't.

    Nope. Democrats stopped caring for the working man since the early 70's. Clinton/Gore being from the South made it appear that they had their backs but Clinton signed NAFTA, right?

    If you want a candidate who truly was for the white working man at the time, you'd have to give thumbs up to Ross Perot.

    Funny thing. Perot was allowed into the '92 debates and actually got 19% of the vote. Imagine if he weren't perceived as so nutty on TV, perhaps he would have received about 33% of the popular vote along with some electoral votes.

    Donald Trump could be following in this populist vein, if he's truly serious about running, that is.

    Agreed with everything except the first part. The Democratic Party stopped being the party of the white working man since the time of George McGovern in the 1970′s. That’s when they turned to fringe issues ER I mean things that appeal to the right sort of class. Issues such as the Environment, Feminism, Gay Rights, Abortion Rights, you know, the issues that “really” and truly matter to the right sort of folks.

    How exactly do those issues appeal, make a daily impact on, much less directly resonate with white working class voters? They don’t.

    Even in the early 90s, there was a strong labor element in the Democratic party, which made sure the interests of working class whites were represented. It wasn’t as strong as it was back in the late 70s, but it some clout. That was one reason why there were so many pro-Confederate Democrats in the 92 survey. Since then, as Democrats have become hostile to the interests of working class whites, blue collar white men have fled the party.

    NAFTA passed with Clinton’s support in 93/94. H1b immigration was opened up in 98 by Clinton. Financial deregulation in 99 with Clinton’s support. Those type of positions wouldn’t have been possible in the 80s, much less the 70s. Labor has had its influence curtailed significantly since from 94 through today.

    Working class white men are in retreat. From their right, they take fire for being “overpaid.” From the left, they take fire for being “over privileged.”

    If you want a candidate who truly was for the white working man at the time, you’d have to give thumbs up to Ross Perot.

    Funny thing. Perot was allowed into the ’92 debates and actually got 19% of the vote. Imagine if he weren’t perceived as so nutty on TV, perhaps he would have received about 33% of the popular vote along with some electoral votes.

    Perot was an excellent candidate. In a 93 debate, Perot and VP Gore debated on NAFTA. If only we had listened to Perot……..

    The man was completely correct that NAFTA would deindustrialize America and lead to massive illegal immigration.

    Donald Trump could be following in this populist vein, if he’s truly serious about running, that is.

    I agree. Anti-trade, anti-immigration. In the mold of Perot. Trump has made the right noises on both issues, so hopefully he’ll keep it up.

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    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    Gore trotted out that old garbage about Smoot-Hawley causing the Great Depression and Perot didn't do a good job countering the lie even though he admitted later that they expected Gore to make that claim. The US economy in the 1920s was only about 6% export related so raising already high tariffs (income tax was extremely low then) was really insignificant.

    The real problem was that everybody was tapped out like today. When the banks went bust and the companies were losing money or bankrupt and firing people money stopped circulating.
  34. @JohnnyWalker123

    Agreed with everything except the first part. The Democratic Party stopped being the party of the white working man since the time of George McGovern in the 1970′s. That’s when they turned to fringe issues ER I mean things that appeal to the right sort of class. Issues such as the Environment, Feminism, Gay Rights, Abortion Rights, you know, the issues that “really” and truly matter to the right sort of folks.

    How exactly do those issues appeal, make a daily impact on, much less directly resonate with white working class voters? They don’t.
     
    Even in the early 90s, there was a strong labor element in the Democratic party, which made sure the interests of working class whites were represented. It wasn't as strong as it was back in the late 70s, but it some clout. That was one reason why there were so many pro-Confederate Democrats in the 92 survey. Since then, as Democrats have become hostile to the interests of working class whites, blue collar white men have fled the party.

    NAFTA passed with Clinton's support in 93/94. H1b immigration was opened up in 98 by Clinton. Financial deregulation in 99 with Clinton's support. Those type of positions wouldn't have been possible in the 80s, much less the 70s. Labor has had its influence curtailed significantly since from 94 through today.

    Working class white men are in retreat. From their right, they take fire for being "overpaid." From the left, they take fire for being "over privileged."

    If you want a candidate who truly was for the white working man at the time, you’d have to give thumbs up to Ross Perot.

    Funny thing. Perot was allowed into the ’92 debates and actually got 19% of the vote. Imagine if he weren’t perceived as so nutty on TV, perhaps he would have received about 33% of the popular vote along with some electoral votes.
     
    Perot was an excellent candidate. In a 93 debate, Perot and VP Gore debated on NAFTA. If only we had listened to Perot........

    The man was completely correct that NAFTA would deindustrialize America and lead to massive illegal immigration.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkgx1C_S6ls

    Donald Trump could be following in this populist vein, if he’s truly serious about running, that is.
     
    I agree. Anti-trade, anti-immigration. In the mold of Perot. Trump has made the right noises on both issues, so hopefully he'll keep it up.

    Gore trotted out that old garbage about Smoot-Hawley causing the Great Depression and Perot didn’t do a good job countering the lie even though he admitted later that they expected Gore to make that claim. The US economy in the 1920s was only about 6% export related so raising already high tariffs (income tax was extremely low then) was really insignificant.

    The real problem was that everybody was tapped out like today. When the banks went bust and the companies were losing money or bankrupt and firing people money stopped circulating.

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    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    I agree that the Smoot-Hawley tariff is unfairly maligned, without people understand the facts.

    America has a history of economic protectionism going back centuries. Economic protectionism has always been good for workers and domestic industry. Of course oligarchs never liked it, but protectionism and immigration restrictionism are both necessary for high wages and prosperous workers.

    See the "American System" by Henry Clay.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wm7c9NJMWQ
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    In that debate, Gore comes across as dishonest and slimy too.

    What a shame that Perot never became president.
    , @anon

    The real problem was that everybody was tapped out like today. When the banks went bust and the companies were losing money or bankrupt and firing people money stopped circulating.
     
    It's so simple but our "elite" are so blinded by short-term greed they can't see it.

    If people have no money they can't spend it.
  35. @Lot
    El Segundo has excellent police since it has a huge tax base of defense and aerospace companies, Mattel, hotels and cargo shipping companies for LAX, and upper middle class residential areas.

    El Segundo’s tax base has Chevron Oil Company as the initial taxpayer. The city name means The Second, or The Second One, depending on respondents. Visualize gigantic refineries.

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  36. @Ronald
    Here's a great example of why I think Bill Mahr may be a psychopath...

    In the video, he comes to the rescue of his longtime friend, Jerry Seinfeld, by highlighting an Amy Shumer joke about hispanic men, and their overrepresentation in this country in matters regarding rape:

    "I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual."

    So Bill says that the joke isn't about hispanics. The real intent of the joke was highlighting the fact that men–most men–are aggressive with women. MOST men tend to be a little rapey, and many women like that anyway, so lighten up!

    But that's not what Amy was going for, since she chose "hispanic" rather than "white," or "asian." If she didn't delineate by race, and just said "guys," presumably the joke would be about masturbating. I believe had she used "asian," it wouldn't have garnered the same level of laughs, since asian men in america are not overrepresented in matters of rape. One might say she lacked the balls to say "black," but that's another topic.

    What amazes me is he gives the evidence, he posts her joke verbatim, then reinterprets it incorrectly–his hispanic guests appeared to be laughing at him–and goes on as if he just solved a problem of joke interpretation for his viewers successfully, and nobody on the panel specifically calls him on it.

    It seems to me that one important element of the psychopath is that people around him often complain of the psychopath conjuring up a "reality distortion field." That is, skewing reality, via passion, power, or personal intimidation to make things seem like something they're not.

    Bill does this a hell of a lot.

    I don't think his politics matter. I think he has a major problem that has never been addressed, and should be. As it is, if someone is a pundit on television who is also a psychopath, if he/she has ratings, who's to stop him/her?

    It's easier to cut down a Brian Williams or Dan Rather, since they're pundits under the pretension of being news readers, they'll eventually make a massive mistake owing to their affliction, but in the arena of punditry, it's a LOT harder to get them off the stage.

    I think that's why Brian Williams was tossed into the Pundit Pit of MSNBC. He can talk a lot more clumsily without the blowback. Next stop for him is AM radio. Maybe.

    But Bill... what to do about him and his afflicted ilk?

    Exactly what happened to Howard Beale (Peter Finch) in Paddy Chayefsky’s Network. The only way to shut him up was to kill him.

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  37. Nice story. I’m sure there is a version of it now being written in China!

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  38. @MarkinLA
    Gore trotted out that old garbage about Smoot-Hawley causing the Great Depression and Perot didn't do a good job countering the lie even though he admitted later that they expected Gore to make that claim. The US economy in the 1920s was only about 6% export related so raising already high tariffs (income tax was extremely low then) was really insignificant.

    The real problem was that everybody was tapped out like today. When the banks went bust and the companies were losing money or bankrupt and firing people money stopped circulating.

    I agree that the Smoot-Hawley tariff is unfairly maligned, without people understand the facts.

    America has a history of economic protectionism going back centuries. Economic protectionism has always been good for workers and domestic industry. Of course oligarchs never liked it, but protectionism and immigration restrictionism are both necessary for high wages and prosperous workers.

    See the “American System” by Henry Clay.

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  39. @MarkinLA
    Gore trotted out that old garbage about Smoot-Hawley causing the Great Depression and Perot didn't do a good job countering the lie even though he admitted later that they expected Gore to make that claim. The US economy in the 1920s was only about 6% export related so raising already high tariffs (income tax was extremely low then) was really insignificant.

    The real problem was that everybody was tapped out like today. When the banks went bust and the companies were losing money or bankrupt and firing people money stopped circulating.

    In that debate, Gore comes across as dishonest and slimy too.

    What a shame that Perot never became president.

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    @MarkinLA
    Gore trotted out that old garbage about Smoot-Hawley causing the Great Depression and Perot didn't do a good job countering the lie even though he admitted later that they expected Gore to make that claim. The US economy in the 1920s was only about 6% export related so raising already high tariffs (income tax was extremely low then) was really insignificant.

    The real problem was that everybody was tapped out like today. When the banks went bust and the companies were losing money or bankrupt and firing people money stopped circulating.

    The real problem was that everybody was tapped out like today. When the banks went bust and the companies were losing money or bankrupt and firing people money stopped circulating.

    It’s so simple but our “elite” are so blinded by short-term greed they can’t see it.

    If people have no money they can’t spend it.

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  41. Brilliant composition. And the same suede shoe artists are running the country now.

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    The downfall of small towns and rural America is truly tragic.

    Murray’s Coming Apart is a book with important theme though I aint read it.

    Because small towns and rural areas are socially conservative, they lagged behind cities but have tended to win in the long run.

    Cities embrace trends whereas towns stick with tradition. Trends are more fun and flashy, but they tend not to last long. In contrast, core tradition has a long run because they tend to keep with the essentials of life and values.

    Much more has happened in cities than in small towns and countrysides in the past 100 yrs, but most big trends faded away. I mean what did punk music, disco, the swing, the charleston, and etc. really amount to? What came of the feminist 70s with Germaine Greer? What came of this-ism or that-ism? or all those ugly night clubs in the 1980s? In the end, they all faded away and were forgotten. They amounted to a lot of buzz, but most were nothing but buzz.

    In the end, what really matters if life, family, core values, faith, heritage, and community. And that’s what the towns and countryside stood for. So, even though they lagged behind cities in fashion and trends, they won in the long run because, all said and done, life is really about values and faith and continuity and heritage.

    Bedford Falls wins over urbanized Pottersville.

    Despite all our conceits, the essential things of life today aren’t much different from 100 yrs ago. Life, values, family, community, heritage, and etc.

    Towns lag cities in trends but stick with the core values that outlast and outlive urban trends. So, towns win in the end.

    Until now.

    With globalism’s assault on small town economy, with electronic media’s corruption of every corner of society, with spread of decadent youth culture into every community, with spread of meth and other drugs, with Section 8 entry of Negroes, and etc, small towns and country side no longer serve as ant-like counterbalance to the grasshopper cities. They’ve just become a down-and-out social outer circles rippling to every foul trend that comes out of Hollywood and Las Vegas.

    Even as Libs controlled the national mind by the control of cities, Cons had the social heart by control of towns and countryside. This is what Buchanan meant by conservatives of the heart. But even the heart of small town has become clogged with pollution and rot.

    Without such a counter-force against the city, there is only the power of the city, and that means the Jewish-homo infiltration and manipulation of everything.

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