The Unz Review - Mobile
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 TeasersiSteve Blog
WaPo: Blue-Eyed Peninsular-American Explains Diversity to You Nativist Numbskulls
🔊 Listen RSS
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information



=>

Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • BShow CommentNext New CommentNext New Reply
Search Text Case Sensitive  Exact Words  Include Comments
List of Bookmarks

Despicable Me

In colonial Latin America, the peninsulares, those born in the Iberian Peninsula, were the highest racial rank, above even the all-white criollos born in the New World, much less the mestizos, mulattos, zambos, etc., not to mention the indios and negros. Jose Andres, a Peninsular-American tycoon, has now taken time out from his busy schedule to instruct us in the Washington Post about the evils of American racism and how “temporary” must mean “forever” when it comes to the Temporary Protected Status of his low-paid kitchen mestizos.

Commenter Citizen of a Silly Country writes:

OT: As always with urban liberals, immigration is all about their ability to enjoy restaurants.

DC chef Jose Andres – Spanish, of course, not some Metizo (something he manages to point about to prove that (other) whites are racists) makes the restaurant version of the “crops rotting in the fields” argument.

Immigrants, including Salvadorans and other Central Americans, make up more than half of the staff at my restaurants, and we simply could not run our businesses without them.

Instead of “illegal aliens” or “undocumented workers,” he should call them his “minions.”

Simply couldn’t, I tell you. What? Restaurants in New Hampshire and Minnesota operate without illegal immigrants. That just can’t be.

With national unemployment at 4 percent, there aren’t enough U.S.-born workers to take their places — or cover the employment needs of a growing economy.

Restaurants will rot in the field, I tell ya. What’s that you say? Increase the pay of my employees. Are you insane. Don’t you understand economics? Well, my personal economics.

I came to the United States from Spain in 1991 with an E-2 visa and big ambitions. I wanted to introduce America to the food of my heritage while at the same time reimagining it. I wanted to become a chef and start my own restaurant.

Hmm. There’s a lot “I”s in the paragraph. Also, how long will “our” heritage last if we never stop immigration.

Despite the many hardships of being a new immigrant, life was relatively easy for me — in no small part because of my fair skin and blue eyes. America isn’t the only place where this happens; it is a human sickness. We have a hard time welcoming those who are different from us.

Thanks for giving me so many opportunities, your racist pigs!

Let’s also create a revolving-door visa, allowing people from Mexico, El Salvador and other countries to work for a few months and then return home, bringing their earnings back with them. Revolving-door visas would help the U.S. economy continue to grow and help grow the economies of our allies, too.

Revolving-door visas probably wouldn’t hurt your business much either. You could continue to pay third-world wages and force them to do whatever you want because you control their visa. Nice. Also, I’m sure none of those guys would just skip out after the visa runs out and become illegals.

So let me say this here: Walls will not make America safer or greater.

Yeah, whoever heard of a wall making anyone safer. That’s why Andres’ restaurants don’t have walls, nor does his house. He also doesn’t believe in locks.

 
Hide 90 CommentsLeave a Comment
Commenters to Ignore...to FollowEndorsed Only
Trim Comments?
    []
  1. “DC chef Jose Andres – Spanish, of course, not some Metizo (something he manages to point about to prove that (other) whites are racists) makes the restaurant version of the “crops rotting in the fields” argument.

    Immigrants, including Salvadorans and other Central Americans, make up more than half of the staff at my restaurants, and we simply could not run our businesses without them.”

    Sounds like the same reasoning that plantation owners used when trying to defend that peculiar institution on which their business model depended.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Forbes
    And also why the introduction of wage labor (as opposed to farming one's own land or small business owner) was considered no different than slavery.
    , @nebulafox
    It is exactly the same model. Which is no accident.

    The entire political worldview of someone like Jeb Bush can be aptly summed up as giving upper-middle class and upper-class Americans the same ridiculous levels of freedom, luxury, and lack of obligation that their Latin American counterparts get. In other words, neo-feudalism. Eliminating the vestiges of a mass affluent middle class, that hallmark of any stable post-Enlightenment society, is a feature, not a bug.
    , @nebulafox
    Oh, yeah: doesn't Lindsey Graham strike anybody as the epitome of the new advocate for a plantation economy? Straight out of neo-Confederate nightmares. He even has the same pseudo-religious attitude toward the Job Creators-with the allowance of small business competition, of course, eliciting something akin to how a medieval Byzantine emperor viewed heresy.

    In saner times, he'd be attacked rather than feted by liberals, as much as Wilsonian foreign policy fantasists whining about human rights would be drummed out of the conservative party.

    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc.
    AgreeDisagreeLOLTroll
    These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Troll, or LOL with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used once per hour.
    Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
    More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  2. Forbes says:
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    "DC chef Jose Andres – Spanish, of course, not some Metizo (something he manages to point about to prove that (other) whites are racists) makes the restaurant version of the “crops rotting in the fields” argument.

    Immigrants, including Salvadorans and other Central Americans, make up more than half of the staff at my restaurants, and we simply could not run our businesses without them."
     

    Sounds like the same reasoning that plantation owners used when trying to defend that peculiar institution on which their business model depended.

    And also why the introduction of wage labor (as opposed to farming one’s own land or small business owner) was considered no different than slavery.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  3. nebulafox says:
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    "DC chef Jose Andres – Spanish, of course, not some Metizo (something he manages to point about to prove that (other) whites are racists) makes the restaurant version of the “crops rotting in the fields” argument.

    Immigrants, including Salvadorans and other Central Americans, make up more than half of the staff at my restaurants, and we simply could not run our businesses without them."
     

    Sounds like the same reasoning that plantation owners used when trying to defend that peculiar institution on which their business model depended.

    It is exactly the same model. Which is no accident.

    The entire political worldview of someone like Jeb Bush can be aptly summed up as giving upper-middle class and upper-class Americans the same ridiculous levels of freedom, luxury, and lack of obligation that their Latin American counterparts get. In other words, neo-feudalism. Eliminating the vestiges of a mass affluent middle class, that hallmark of any stable post-Enlightenment society, is a feature, not a bug.

    Read More
    • Replies: @nebulafox
    The scary thing is: our whole political elite agrees on this. Hillary Clinton might advocate giving the serfs a few more goodies, but the kernel of the vision remains the same.

    Mass immigration-flooding the labor market-is a pretty crucial ingredient in this. Note that even in the 1970s and 1980s, after 1965, mass emigration didn't occur in near the same tidal wave. Emigration quality was also by and large controlled, with high-level skills being prioritized above low-skilled and chain migrants. Without the Soviet Union around, though, combined with a change in generation among our elite, things got a little crazy in the Beltway. And they've gotten increasingly crazy for the past quarter century.

    (Not just here-foreign policy is another good example of ideological hubris. The shadow of the USSR, the fear of Communism, kept a check on our elite, political, economic, and media, really.)

    , @Mr. Anon

    In other words, neo-feudalism.
     
    Neo-feudalism pretty well describes the entire agenda of globalist capital.
    , @Eagle Eye

    Eliminating the vestiges of a mass affluent middle class, that hallmark of any stable post-Enlightenment society, is a feature, not a bug.
     
    Exactly. Middle-class types just don't know their place, and might even agitate for better conditions for the servants and concubinas of the new aristocracy.
    , @ben tillman

    The entire political worldview of someone like Jeb Bush can be aptly summed up as giving upper-middle class and upper-class Americans the same ridiculous levels of freedom, luxury, and lack of obligation that their Latin American counterparts get.
     
    Except for the discordant fact that the political system they perpetuate favors the children of their servants over the children of "upper-middle class and upper-class Americans". Your analysis is incomplete.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  4. nebulafox says:
    @nebulafox
    It is exactly the same model. Which is no accident.

    The entire political worldview of someone like Jeb Bush can be aptly summed up as giving upper-middle class and upper-class Americans the same ridiculous levels of freedom, luxury, and lack of obligation that their Latin American counterparts get. In other words, neo-feudalism. Eliminating the vestiges of a mass affluent middle class, that hallmark of any stable post-Enlightenment society, is a feature, not a bug.

    The scary thing is: our whole political elite agrees on this. Hillary Clinton might advocate giving the serfs a few more goodies, but the kernel of the vision remains the same.

    Mass immigration-flooding the labor market-is a pretty crucial ingredient in this. Note that even in the 1970s and 1980s, after 1965, mass emigration didn’t occur in near the same tidal wave. Emigration quality was also by and large controlled, with high-level skills being prioritized above low-skilled and chain migrants. Without the Soviet Union around, though, combined with a change in generation among our elite, things got a little crazy in the Beltway. And they’ve gotten increasingly crazy for the past quarter century.

    (Not just here-foreign policy is another good example of ideological hubris. The shadow of the USSR, the fear of Communism, kept a check on our elite, political, economic, and media, really.)

    Read More
    • Agree: ic1000, Travis, Lucas McCrudy
    • Replies: @Lucas McCrudy
    The Immigration Act of 1990 created the Diversity and HB1 visas and nearly doubled immigration levels (signed into law by the godfather of Cuckservatism George HW Bush!), a development which certainly played a role in the 2015 rise of Trump some quarter century later.

    And I think you're onto something there about how prior to circa 1990 the threat of Soviet Communism forced our elites to behave and think in a more sober and responsible fashion. In contrast to now, even most of our non-leftist elites are willing to play along with the dictates of PC/cultural Marxism (whose rise seemed to parallel the fall of Communism) because they don't view it as an immediate existential threat to their livelihoods- plus in the short term they (or their donors) get cheap labor/ more potential consumers.

    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    You all may think that his arguments verge on the nonsensical when viewed from a vantage of facts and logic, but as someone who spends most of his time in the Washington DC area may I please share with you that easily 90% of the people here (including virtually all of the ruling class) hang on every word published by the Washington Post–and when they don’t, it’s only because they’re reading the NYT or listening to NPR.

    It’s not just that they outnumber us greatly–which they do–but that they outnumber us even more among policymakers and the election of a new figurehead (even if he were a lot more rational and effective than the one we did elect) can’t do much to change that. It would take a sea change in public opinion and a long march of our own through the institutions, which takes many years if not decades.

    People here use the phrase ‘bien pensants’ and it fits well. Because over and above the foregoing is the fact that our viewpoint has long since been written out of ‘polite society’ and simply cannot and will not get a fair hearing.

    Read More
    • Agree: NickG
    • Replies: @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta
    Very true.

    Nothing makes me groan more than the bien pensants' transparent hypocrisy of painting themselves as righteous defenders of science while their entire ideology is based on faith, emotion and prejudice.
    , @fnn

    ...even if he were a lot more rational and effective than the one we did elect
     
    They hate Stephen Miller just as much.
    , @Luke Lea
    "even if he were a lot more rational and effective than the one we did elect . . ."

    May you eat your words in three years time! Trump's unique qualities may turn out to be just what the occasion requires: Able to jump over tall buildings with a single bound, bulletproof, super-human stamina and fight, cunning, patience — yes patience! it takes time to bring a deal together, let alone dozens — and no shame. A real ubermensch!

    , @rogue-one
    >a long march of our own through the institutions, which takes many years if not decades.

    If it takes a few decades then we have already lost. Tens of millions of Democrat voters in next few decades would make America effectively a single party government.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  6. Daniel H says:

    >> in no small part because of my fair skin and blue eyes. America isn’t the only place where this happens; it is a human sickness. We have a hard time welcoming those who are different from us.

    Ha, ha. Tell that to albinos in Africa, who are hunted for bush meat. There white skin doesn’t do much to protect them.

    >> Let’s also create a revolving-door visa, allowing people from Mexico, El Salvador and other countries to work for a few months and then return home,

    Similar to how Temporary Protected Status creeped into permanency, I fear that the revolving door will get stuck in the permanently open position.

    >>Yeah, whoever heard of a wall making anyone safer. That’s why Andres’ restaurants don’t have walls, nor does his house.

    First thing I noticed, as a youngster traveling in Central/South America was that the open street plan of American cities and suburbs – where one could approach the front door and knock on the door or ring a bell – did not exist. Every townhouse was surrounded by a high concrete wall with broken glass shards embedded in mortar along the top of the wall. Sure, walls don’t work.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Moses

    First thing I noticed, as a youngster traveling in Central/South America was that the open street plan of American cities and suburbs – where one could approach the front door and knock on the door or ring a bell – did not exist. Every townhouse was surrounded by a high concrete wall with broken glass shards embedded in mortar along the top of the wall. Sure, walls don’t work

     

    Same in Asia. American-style suburbs with houses and no walls are unthinkable. No sidewalks either. These are low-trust societies.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  7. ic1000 says:

    > “Despite the many hardships of being a new immigrant, life was relatively easy for me — in no small part because of my fair skin and blue eyes.”

    Senor Andres will be distraught to learn at this late date that he could have solved his blue-eyed unearned privilege problem for only $19.99 plus shipping (plus the cost of contact lens cleaning solution, of course).

    > Yeah, whoever heard of a wall making anyone safer. That’s why Andres’ restaurants don’t have walls, nor does his house. He also doesn’t believe in locks.

    Or decorative 8-foot fences. Or gated communities. With rent-a-cops. Or SuperZIPs. Does he believe in schools without MS-13 members for his kids, I wonder.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  8. It is about the restaurants but also about Rosa the maid. Rich libs (and conservatives) spend lots of time worrying about who will mop the floors and polish the brass railings. More time than those in lower stratas can even imagine. But with robotic vacuum cleaners catching on and the likely introduction of robotic floor moppers, perhaps this might signal the end of Rosa’s indispensability.

    Read More
    • Replies: @ben tillman

    It is about the restaurants but also about Rosa the maid.
     
    Yeah, what's the deal? Why are so many maids named Rosa/Rosie?
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  9. nebulafox says:
    @Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    "DC chef Jose Andres – Spanish, of course, not some Metizo (something he manages to point about to prove that (other) whites are racists) makes the restaurant version of the “crops rotting in the fields” argument.

    Immigrants, including Salvadorans and other Central Americans, make up more than half of the staff at my restaurants, and we simply could not run our businesses without them."
     

    Sounds like the same reasoning that plantation owners used when trying to defend that peculiar institution on which their business model depended.

    Oh, yeah: doesn’t Lindsey Graham strike anybody as the epitome of the new advocate for a plantation economy? Straight out of neo-Confederate nightmares. He even has the same pseudo-religious attitude toward the Job Creators-with the allowance of small business competition, of course, eliciting something akin to how a medieval Byzantine emperor viewed heresy.

    In saner times, he’d be attacked rather than feted by liberals, as much as Wilsonian foreign policy fantasists whining about human rights would be drummed out of the conservative party.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Clyde

    Oh, yeah: doesn’t Lindsey Graham strike anybody as the epitome of the new advocate for a plantation economy? Straight out of neo-Confederate nightmares.
     
    Linda Graham is taking over the John McCain's slot as the rational Republican DC loves. The maverick & backstabber DC loves. Backstabbing Republicans and Republican policies was John McCain's forte. Ooopps, he is still alive I think.
    , @Twodees Partain
    "drummed out of the conservative party."

    There's no such thing in the US, as far as I can determine.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  10. I might just be daft, but isn’t there a tension between the open borders arguments that labor should be free and that immigrants grow the economy? In Brian Caplan’s paradise, wouldn’t we be unable to take advantage of a wage differential with the developing world?

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  11. George says:

    revolving-door visa

    I doubt it would work. It seems like anyone could work jobs like dish washer or table busser but the reality is you want people who have experience doing it, but not so much they can leave or demand to be promoted. Speak some English, but not so much they can leave or demand to be promoted. And have a long term track record of reliability, but not so much they can leave or demand to be promoted.

    Urban areas need illegals for all sorts of cheap labor, not just restaurant labor. It is also not just urban. At this point meat packing is dominated by foreign labor.

    I also could not help notice the large number of Asians involved in Medical care. Sure most were born in the USA, but if their parents did not come here to be restaurant workers, who would be the new doctors ect.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  12. Despite the many hardships of being a new immigrant, life was relatively easy for me — in no small part because of my fair skin and blue eyes.

    Yes. This explains why all the Salvadorsns who work in his restaurants work in his restaurants, not theirs. No doubt they all come here with big ambitiobs to share a reimagined version of their gustatory traditions. If only they all had blue eyes…

    …after all, every American thinks of this as a blue-eyed country and assumes everyone else is a foreigner.

    (…this is one of the ironies of life: foreigners, like the Japanese for example, insist America is for the world, but they also harbor an image of America as a white country.)

    America isn’t the only place where this happens; it is a human sickness. We have a hard time welcoming those who are different from us.

    Yes. That’s why Europeans and East Asians have such a hard time making a go of it when they move to other countries.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  13. I hope chef Andres gets over his “white sickness.” Oh, and I hope his blue eyes fall out too.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  14. Immigrants, including Salvadorans and other Central Americans, make up more than half of the staff at my restaurants, and we simply could not run our businesses without them.

    I travel with some regularity to Washington, and can confirm that Latin American immigrants make up a significant percentage of restaurant and hotel staffs there. Fifty years ago, when I first went to Washington as a youngster, almost all of these positions were held by American negroes.

    When I go to Washington I generally stay at one of three clubs there at which I have reciprocal privileges through my club at home. They are quieter and somewhat less expensive than most of the commercial hotels. The staffs at two of my reciprocal clubs are similar to those of public accommodations, but at one of them, the old custom of employing black club servants persists, at least at the front desk and in the catering department. I have found them professional and pleasant to deal with, and they seem to take pride in their jobs.

    What explains this? I suspect the main reason is that a black manager has the authority to hire staff at that club, and is favoring his own people, with tacit approval of the club officers. However, a significant difference between a club and a restaurant or commercial hotel is that there is ordinarily no tipping at clubs. Club employees typically get an annual bonus, but it is not equivalent to 15 or 20 percent of a waiter’s tabs, and not $5 per bag handled by a doorman or bellboy. Thus, clubs have to pay higher wages in order to retain their staffs. Higher wages make a difference.

    The big reason I suspect that black service staff aren’t seen as much at commercial establishments as they used to be is that, as American citizens, they have expectations of higher pay. Welfare sets the effective wage floor for American citizens. It’s not the wage per se that is important, but rather the difference between the wage offered and what one could get on welfare without having to do any work whatsoever. There is little incentive to work for a marginal increase of (say) ten or twenty cents an hour after taxes. Secondly, American citizens can complain to the Department of Labor if an employer doesn’t observe wages-and-hours laws. The employer has to withhold taxes and supply W2s to the employee. All these difficulties are obviated by employing illegal immigrants, who can be given cash from the till with no taxes withheld, and who cannot complain about being required to work overtime without proper compensation.

    Of course this restauranteur likes immigrant labor. Why wouldn’t he? The question ought to be whether what is good for José Andres is good for the citizens of the United States.

    Read More
    • Replies: @anon

    I travel with some regularity to Washington, and can confirm that Latin American immigrants make up a significant percentage of restaurant and hotel staffs there. Fifty years ago, when I first went to Washington as a youngster, almost all of these positions were held by American negroes.
     
    As a DC native, I am always shocked at the racial makeup at restuarants/hotels when I travel around the country. Even though I travel a fair bit, it still surprises me to have a non-Hispanic working the register at a restaurant or hotel in, say, upstate New York, because it's so uncommon around here (Chik-fil-A is the only exception). The whitest crew at a Chipotle that I ever saw was in southern AZ less than 10 miles from the border...
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  15. @nebulafox
    The scary thing is: our whole political elite agrees on this. Hillary Clinton might advocate giving the serfs a few more goodies, but the kernel of the vision remains the same.

    Mass immigration-flooding the labor market-is a pretty crucial ingredient in this. Note that even in the 1970s and 1980s, after 1965, mass emigration didn't occur in near the same tidal wave. Emigration quality was also by and large controlled, with high-level skills being prioritized above low-skilled and chain migrants. Without the Soviet Union around, though, combined with a change in generation among our elite, things got a little crazy in the Beltway. And they've gotten increasingly crazy for the past quarter century.

    (Not just here-foreign policy is another good example of ideological hubris. The shadow of the USSR, the fear of Communism, kept a check on our elite, political, economic, and media, really.)

    The Immigration Act of 1990 created the Diversity and HB1 visas and nearly doubled immigration levels (signed into law by the godfather of Cuckservatism George HW Bush!), a development which certainly played a role in the 2015 rise of Trump some quarter century later.

    And I think you’re onto something there about how prior to circa 1990 the threat of Soviet Communism forced our elites to behave and think in a more sober and responsible fashion. In contrast to now, even most of our non-leftist elites are willing to play along with the dictates of PC/cultural Marxism (whose rise seemed to parallel the fall of Communism) because they don’t view it as an immediate existential threat to their livelihoods- plus in the short term they (or their donors) get cheap labor/ more potential consumers.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  16. Whitest team in the NFL is going to the Super Bowl yet again. Congrats to Grandpa Tom and Danny Amendola.

    In the first half Gramps erred by making plays mostly with African teammates, who would either drop perfect passes or run for small change, but in the second half Gramps stuck almost exclusively with his white brothers, particularly Amendola, and won bigly.

    #itreallyisOK

    Read More
    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
    I'm trying to keep my own streak alive. So far this year I have yet to watch so much as one single second of NFL programming and I plan on going the distance. Thankfully, having the Brady Bunch back in the Superbowl does make it quite a bit easier to ignore.
    , @Anonymous
    Yep, I'll be watching again this year.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  17. istevefan says:

    With national unemployment at 4 percent, there aren’t enough U.S.-born workers to take their places — or cover the employment needs of a growing economy.

    I recall when national unemployment was several points higher people like this were still calling for immigrants to work these jobs. Maybe this might be their tack. Admit that the economy is booming and employment is rising. And then demand we need more labor or it will jeopardize this boom.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  18. @Anonymous
    You all may think that his arguments verge on the nonsensical when viewed from a vantage of facts and logic, but as someone who spends most of his time in the Washington DC area may I please share with you that easily 90% of the people here (including virtually all of the ruling class) hang on every word published by the Washington Post--and when they don't, it's only because they're reading the NYT or listening to NPR.

    It's not just that they outnumber us greatly--which they do--but that they outnumber us even more among policymakers and the election of a new figurehead (even if he were a lot more rational and effective than the one we did elect) can't do much to change that. It would take a sea change in public opinion and a long march of our own through the institutions, which takes many years if not decades.

    People here use the phrase 'bien pensants' and it fits well. Because over and above the foregoing is the fact that our viewpoint has long since been written out of 'polite society' and simply cannot and will not get a fair hearing.

    Very true.

    Nothing makes me groan more than the bien pensants’ transparent hypocrisy of painting themselves as righteous defenders of science while their entire ideology is based on faith, emotion and prejudice.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  19. @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    Whitest team in the NFL is going to the Super Bowl yet again. Congrats to Grandpa Tom and Danny Amendola.

    In the first half Gramps erred by making plays mostly with African teammates, who would either drop perfect passes or run for small change, but in the second half Gramps stuck almost exclusively with his white brothers, particularly Amendola, and won bigly.

    #itreallyisOK

    I’m trying to keep my own streak alive. So far this year I have yet to watch so much as one single second of NFL programming and I plan on going the distance. Thankfully, having the Brady Bunch back in the Superbowl does make it quite a bit easier to ignore.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  20. BB753 says:

    Translation: I made it big in America but I still need my illegal Salvadoran dishwashers to cut corners. What a sanctimonious POS!

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  21. anon • Disclaimer says:

    much like i don’t bother locking my doors because of our large and noisy dogs, we really wouldn’t need a wall if ICE actually did its job…

    Read More
    • Replies: @Joe Schmoe

    much like i don’t bother locking my doors because of our large and noisy dogs, we really wouldn’t need a wall if ICE actually did its job…
     

    I know, right.

    Go ahead, come in and meet Greaser the Pit Bull and Adonis the German Shepherd.

    Dogs would be on the fool so fast before he could get a shot off. And if he tried to shoot the dog that was on him, he'd likely shoot himself. A real own goal.

    Officer, I was watching the game when I heard the door open. The dogs jumped him, and he shot himself in a panic. Crazy, huh?

    All that before I had a chance to set my beer down.

    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  22. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Crawfurdmuir

    Immigrants, including Salvadorans and other Central Americans, make up more than half of the staff at my restaurants, and we simply could not run our businesses without them.
     
    I travel with some regularity to Washington, and can confirm that Latin American immigrants make up a significant percentage of restaurant and hotel staffs there. Fifty years ago, when I first went to Washington as a youngster, almost all of these positions were held by American negroes.

    When I go to Washington I generally stay at one of three clubs there at which I have reciprocal privileges through my club at home. They are quieter and somewhat less expensive than most of the commercial hotels. The staffs at two of my reciprocal clubs are similar to those of public accommodations, but at one of them, the old custom of employing black club servants persists, at least at the front desk and in the catering department. I have found them professional and pleasant to deal with, and they seem to take pride in their jobs.

    What explains this? I suspect the main reason is that a black manager has the authority to hire staff at that club, and is favoring his own people, with tacit approval of the club officers. However, a significant difference between a club and a restaurant or commercial hotel is that there is ordinarily no tipping at clubs. Club employees typically get an annual bonus, but it is not equivalent to 15 or 20 percent of a waiter's tabs, and not $5 per bag handled by a doorman or bellboy. Thus, clubs have to pay higher wages in order to retain their staffs. Higher wages make a difference.

    The big reason I suspect that black service staff aren't seen as much at commercial establishments as they used to be is that, as American citizens, they have expectations of higher pay. Welfare sets the effective wage floor for American citizens. It's not the wage per se that is important, but rather the difference between the wage offered and what one could get on welfare without having to do any work whatsoever. There is little incentive to work for a marginal increase of (say) ten or twenty cents an hour after taxes. Secondly, American citizens can complain to the Department of Labor if an employer doesn't observe wages-and-hours laws. The employer has to withhold taxes and supply W2s to the employee. All these difficulties are obviated by employing illegal immigrants, who can be given cash from the till with no taxes withheld, and who cannot complain about being required to work overtime without proper compensation.

    Of course this restauranteur likes immigrant labor. Why wouldn't he? The question ought to be whether what is good for José Andres is good for the citizens of the United States.

    I travel with some regularity to Washington, and can confirm that Latin American immigrants make up a significant percentage of restaurant and hotel staffs there. Fifty years ago, when I first went to Washington as a youngster, almost all of these positions were held by American negroes.

    As a DC native, I am always shocked at the racial makeup at restuarants/hotels when I travel around the country. Even though I travel a fair bit, it still surprises me to have a non-Hispanic working the register at a restaurant or hotel in, say, upstate New York, because it’s so uncommon around here (Chik-fil-A is the only exception). The whitest crew at a Chipotle that I ever saw was in southern AZ less than 10 miles from the border…

    Read More
    • Replies: @Barnard
    I don't know if it is still the case, but it was common 10-15 years ago to see Eastern Europeans brought into resort areas to fill restaurant and hotel jobs. I think they still get some local workers including high school and college students, but a lot of them still use immigrant labor.
    , @Dan Hayes
    anon:

    Most NYC restaurants are staffed by Hispanics. The notable exception being our fair city's Greek-run diners. There the Greeks or Greek-Americans are the staffing majority and always its cashiers.
    , @John Galt
    Can't agree with this more. Just traveled to East Tenn and was amazed by the white maids/hotel staff (who were incredibly friendly). I really don't think I've seen a non hispanic maid in office building in DC.
    , @Seth Largo
    I've commented on this phenomenon before, but it's worth reiterating.

    Growing up in L.A., none of the jobs my father had done as a high school kid (car wash, newspaper delivery, fast food) were open to me. All those jobs were filled by adult Hispanic immigrants. I was lucky enough to know people who handed me my first jobs in retail and food, without which it is very difficult to begin growing a work history.

    I moved recently to a small Midwestern college town. Behind every register is a white kid. White kids even dry my car when I get it washed. And because unemployment here is under 2%, they get paid nearly ten dollars an hour to do this first-job work. It is still a surreal thing to see, from my perspective.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  23. fnn says:
    @Anonymous
    You all may think that his arguments verge on the nonsensical when viewed from a vantage of facts and logic, but as someone who spends most of his time in the Washington DC area may I please share with you that easily 90% of the people here (including virtually all of the ruling class) hang on every word published by the Washington Post--and when they don't, it's only because they're reading the NYT or listening to NPR.

    It's not just that they outnumber us greatly--which they do--but that they outnumber us even more among policymakers and the election of a new figurehead (even if he were a lot more rational and effective than the one we did elect) can't do much to change that. It would take a sea change in public opinion and a long march of our own through the institutions, which takes many years if not decades.

    People here use the phrase 'bien pensants' and it fits well. Because over and above the foregoing is the fact that our viewpoint has long since been written out of 'polite society' and simply cannot and will not get a fair hearing.

    …even if he were a lot more rational and effective than the one we did elect

    They hate Stephen Miller just as much.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  24. I know Jose Andres, personally, although he wouldn’t remember me. Let me say this: if the Justice Department asked me to name one extremely high-profile business figure to nail on numerous immigration violations in his business empire, to give him hard time behind bars and financially ruin him, pour encourager les autres, but whose prosecution I could assure them would not get any backlash because of what would come out about his public and private life, I would take them a few blocks up the street from the DOJ building to one of Andres’ flagship restaurants when he’s there, and have this charlatan marched off in cuffs.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  25. ic1000 says:

    Outside the iSteve bubble, Peninsular-American is too hard to grasp.

    Like Aztec Warrior-Princess Xochitl’s father, attorney Gilberto Hinojosa, Jose Andres is a Conquistador-American.

    Let Jose be the one to explain that, no, he’s actually an oppressed Peninsulare.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  26. Rod1963 says:

    This POS is nothing more than a Roman style slave master who in the imperial would be running a large latifunda for Rome.

    Complexion and eye color are irrelevant.

    Screw him and his evil ilk. Yeah they are evil, since they seek to destroy a social/cultural/economic system that has enriched the lives of hundreds of millions of ordinary people just so they can fill their gullet with a few more shekels.

    Lets be clear there is a economic class here in the West who openly wants unlimited immigration so they can profit from it. They do not care one iota that it will destroy the West. They are our true enemy, they are the source of the disease that afflicts the West and civilization.

    In a sane society, they’d be labeled as enemies of humanity and dealt with accordingly.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  27. My favorite Chicago Chinatown man story:

    “COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Chinatown man was held without bail Wednesday after a stabbing that killed one man and wounded two.

    About 7:30 p.m. Monday, Gonzalez got into an argument with a 44-year-old roommate, who believed Gonzalez was acting belligerently, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said during a bond hearing Wednesday.

    Gonzalez punched the 44-year-old multiple times, prosecutors said, until several roommates soon broke up the fight.

    The men continued to argue, Santini said. That’s when Gonzalez brandished a 10-inch blade and began to stab the 44-year-old man in his head multiple times, Santini said.

    The victim tried to fight off Gonzalez with a trash can, prosecutors said, as multiple roommates tried to intervene in the fight.

    At that point, Gonzalez stabbed Zenan “Sonny” Hernandez multiple times in his head, body and hand, Santini said. Both victims armed themselves with knives and began to stab Gonzalez as he continued to swing and stab at them, according to prosecutors.

    During the altercation, a 24-year-old man was stabbed in his groin, Santini said.

    The victims were eventually able to flee the apartment, at which point Gonzalez stabbed Hernandez in his back, prosecutors said. Hernandez collapsed outside and was later pronounced dead.

    Gonzalez, who is from Mexico, has no prior criminal history, prosecutors said. He is charged with murder and aggravated battery using a deadly weapon.

    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20161123/chinatown/no-bail-for-man-charged-fatal-chinatown-stabbing

    Read More
    • Replies: @Hibernian
    Chinatown is very close to Hispanic/Yuppie Pilsen and Hispanic/Italian/Irish/Polish Bridgeport.
    , @Anonymous
    What the F is your problem? They have a colorful culture and like to be demonstrative. If a white man did this no one would bat an eyelash. TD isn't here today so I thought I'd pick up some slack.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  28. Barnard says:
    @anon

    I travel with some regularity to Washington, and can confirm that Latin American immigrants make up a significant percentage of restaurant and hotel staffs there. Fifty years ago, when I first went to Washington as a youngster, almost all of these positions were held by American negroes.
     
    As a DC native, I am always shocked at the racial makeup at restuarants/hotels when I travel around the country. Even though I travel a fair bit, it still surprises me to have a non-Hispanic working the register at a restaurant or hotel in, say, upstate New York, because it's so uncommon around here (Chik-fil-A is the only exception). The whitest crew at a Chipotle that I ever saw was in southern AZ less than 10 miles from the border...

    I don’t know if it is still the case, but it was common 10-15 years ago to see Eastern Europeans brought into resort areas to fill restaurant and hotel jobs. I think they still get some local workers including high school and college students, but a lot of them still use immigrant labor.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
    I have heard that Trump properties have done and still do that. It appears to be a stunning example of hypocrisy that the two sons should have fixed by now, far worse than the Made in China swag.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/haiti-work-visas-removal-impact-trump-businesses-article-1.3764137


    Eastern Europeans are often brought over on the J visa, which has the added benefit of being exempt from FICA tax.

    http://www.seasonalstaff.org/Tax-Benefits-For-Employers-Hiring-J1-Foreign-Staff.html
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  29. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Simply couldn’t, I tell you. What? Restaurants in New Hampshire and Minnesota operate without illegal immigrants. That just can’t be.

    Actually, he’s not completely wrong. A lot of restaurants would indeed go out of business without mass immigration. That’s not a bad thing unless you want the economy to maximize the number of restaurants or something. Our current immigration policies effectively subsidize restaurateurs. Without this de facto subsidy, a lot of restaurants would cease to be profitable and viable concerns, and restaurateurs and investors would have to find something else to do and invest in. This of course also applies to other industries like agribusiness.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Neuday
    Oh Noes! People might have to learn how to prepare food! Women might need to develop basic kitchen skills! Money might thereby be saved to pay down debt. Unthinkable horror!
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  30. Clyde says:
    @nebulafox
    Oh, yeah: doesn't Lindsey Graham strike anybody as the epitome of the new advocate for a plantation economy? Straight out of neo-Confederate nightmares. He even has the same pseudo-religious attitude toward the Job Creators-with the allowance of small business competition, of course, eliciting something akin to how a medieval Byzantine emperor viewed heresy.

    In saner times, he'd be attacked rather than feted by liberals, as much as Wilsonian foreign policy fantasists whining about human rights would be drummed out of the conservative party.

    Oh, yeah: doesn’t Lindsey Graham strike anybody as the epitome of the new advocate for a plantation economy? Straight out of neo-Confederate nightmares.

    Linda Graham is taking over the John McCain’s slot as the rational Republican DC loves. The maverick & backstabber DC loves. Backstabbing Republicans and Republican policies was John McCain’s forte. Ooopps, he is still alive I think.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Backstabbing Republicans and Republican policies was John McCain’s forte. Ooopps, he is still alive I think.
     
    Unfortunately.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  31. TheBoom says:

    Fascinating country where wealthy peoples’ right to cheap, docile labor is considered the greatest civil rights issue of our day and one that divides the country into the woke (pro docile, cheap labor) and Nazis (haters of cheap, docile labor).

    There must have been a section of MLK’ s I Have Got A Dream speech where he shared his dream that one day business owners would be able to hire cheap Latin labor instead of blacks.

    Read More
    • Agree: ic1000
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  32. Dan Hayes says:
    @anon

    I travel with some regularity to Washington, and can confirm that Latin American immigrants make up a significant percentage of restaurant and hotel staffs there. Fifty years ago, when I first went to Washington as a youngster, almost all of these positions were held by American negroes.
     
    As a DC native, I am always shocked at the racial makeup at restuarants/hotels when I travel around the country. Even though I travel a fair bit, it still surprises me to have a non-Hispanic working the register at a restaurant or hotel in, say, upstate New York, because it's so uncommon around here (Chik-fil-A is the only exception). The whitest crew at a Chipotle that I ever saw was in southern AZ less than 10 miles from the border...

    anon:

    Most NYC restaurants are staffed by Hispanics. The notable exception being our fair city’s Greek-run diners. There the Greeks or Greek-Americans are the staffing majority and always its cashiers.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  33. John Galt says:
    @anon

    I travel with some regularity to Washington, and can confirm that Latin American immigrants make up a significant percentage of restaurant and hotel staffs there. Fifty years ago, when I first went to Washington as a youngster, almost all of these positions were held by American negroes.
     
    As a DC native, I am always shocked at the racial makeup at restuarants/hotels when I travel around the country. Even though I travel a fair bit, it still surprises me to have a non-Hispanic working the register at a restaurant or hotel in, say, upstate New York, because it's so uncommon around here (Chik-fil-A is the only exception). The whitest crew at a Chipotle that I ever saw was in southern AZ less than 10 miles from the border...

    Can’t agree with this more. Just traveled to East Tenn and was amazed by the white maids/hotel staff (who were incredibly friendly). I really don’t think I’ve seen a non hispanic maid in office building in DC.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  34. Mr. Anon says:

    I came to the United States from Spain in 1991 with an E-2 visa and big ambitions. I wanted to introduce America to the food of my heritage while at the same time reimagining it. I wanted to become a chef and start my own restaurant.

    I don’t want his food or his heritage. I’d rather eat chipped beef and mushroom soup on toast, and keep my own country.

    Read More
    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  35. Mr. Anon says:
    @nebulafox
    It is exactly the same model. Which is no accident.

    The entire political worldview of someone like Jeb Bush can be aptly summed up as giving upper-middle class and upper-class Americans the same ridiculous levels of freedom, luxury, and lack of obligation that their Latin American counterparts get. In other words, neo-feudalism. Eliminating the vestiges of a mass affluent middle class, that hallmark of any stable post-Enlightenment society, is a feature, not a bug.

    In other words, neo-feudalism.

    Neo-feudalism pretty well describes the entire agenda of globalist capital.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Wilkey
    Neo-feudalism pretty well describes the entire agenda of globalist capital.

    Yep. I've been using the term neofudalism for years. It has to catch on, though it should.

    Cheap, servile labor for the insanely rich is one aspect of feudalism.

    Another is insulating the rich and powerful from any legal consequences. See: the complete failure of the Obama Administration to send the perpetrators of mortgage fraud to prison.

    Yet another is passing down control to your descendants ad infinitum, hence the push to eliminate taxes on the rich, especially inheritance taxes.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  36. A particular interest of mine is bullshit statistics. It seems that whenever a number of interest appears in an activist article I can never track down the source. This is often because such articles and blogs just crib from each other so the links go in circles.

    In this particular article it says, “people like Manuel have built lives in the United States, buying homes (nearly a third have mortgages).” Really? And who are people like Manual?

    In this case I tracked it back to the Journal on Migration and Human Security. The authors were from the Center for Migration Studies. The link to the JMHS came from the CMS, so already there is funny business going on; perhaps the CMS publishes the JMHS and then uses it as a phony authority.

    At any rate, where does the mortgage figure come from? “TPS (temporary protected status) recipients from [El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti] …: 61,000 of these households (about 30 percent) have mortgages.”

    How did they figure that out? Surveys on a statistically valid random sample of TPS holders? An appendix on data estimation gives no clue on this. They got data from the government on TPS people, but does the government collect mortgage information? That would be weird. At any rate, the point of including mortgage estimates seems to be that kicking out these people (or driving them underground) would put mortgages in jeopardy and trigger some kind of financial collapse.

    I just find it hard to believe that lenders, post recession, are giving mortgages to non-citizens with temporary status, in such numbers. Maybe they can’t “discriminate” on this basis under federal law? But even then, do one third of legal Americans have mortgages these days? I bet if I tracked down the ultimate source it will end up some sort of informal Twitter survey or something.

    Read More
    • Replies: @res
    I wonder if they count each individual in multi-person (working, perhaps not even family) households as having a mortgage even if the paperwork is only under one individual's name.

    If the intent is to game things one way to generate a statistic for TPS mortgages would be to correlate individual addresses with homes having a mortgage.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  37. guest says:

    “Restaurants in… Minnesota operate without illegal immigrants”

    I doubt it. But they could.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  38. @anon

    I travel with some regularity to Washington, and can confirm that Latin American immigrants make up a significant percentage of restaurant and hotel staffs there. Fifty years ago, when I first went to Washington as a youngster, almost all of these positions were held by American negroes.
     
    As a DC native, I am always shocked at the racial makeup at restuarants/hotels when I travel around the country. Even though I travel a fair bit, it still surprises me to have a non-Hispanic working the register at a restaurant or hotel in, say, upstate New York, because it's so uncommon around here (Chik-fil-A is the only exception). The whitest crew at a Chipotle that I ever saw was in southern AZ less than 10 miles from the border...

    I’ve commented on this phenomenon before, but it’s worth reiterating.

    Growing up in L.A., none of the jobs my father had done as a high school kid (car wash, newspaper delivery, fast food) were open to me. All those jobs were filled by adult Hispanic immigrants. I was lucky enough to know people who handed me my first jobs in retail and food, without which it is very difficult to begin growing a work history.

    I moved recently to a small Midwestern college town. Behind every register is a white kid. White kids even dry my car when I get it washed. And because unemployment here is under 2%, they get paid nearly ten dollars an hour to do this first-job work. It is still a surreal thing to see, from my perspective.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    When I started as a clerk on the Santa Fe RR I was the only one in my new hire class who 1) had ever had any job before or 2) did not have family on the railroad. And I'm one of the few not still on the railroad, foolish me.
    , @Wilkey
    I moved recently to a small Midwestern college town. Behind every register is a white kid. White kids even dry my car when I get it washed. And because unemployment here is under 2%, they get paid nearly ten dollars an hour to do this first-job work. It is still a surreal thing to see, from my perspective.

    Even if the price of labor goes up a bit, the cost of paying teenagers and college-aged adults to do these jobs is lower. Their healthcare is often already covered by their parents. For the adult immigrants the healthcare (if they have any) is often covered by the taxpayer. About a decade ago my office was around the corner from a "community health center" - a charity clinic run by the local hospital behemoth. The clientele was probably over 90% Hispanic.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  39. Hibernian says:
    @Joe Stalin
    My favorite Chicago Chinatown man story:

    "COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Chinatown man was held without bail Wednesday after a stabbing that killed one man and wounded two.

    About 7:30 p.m. Monday, Gonzalez got into an argument with a 44-year-old roommate, who believed Gonzalez was acting belligerently, Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Santini said during a bond hearing Wednesday.

    Gonzalez punched the 44-year-old multiple times, prosecutors said, until several roommates soon broke up the fight.

    The men continued to argue, Santini said. That's when Gonzalez brandished a 10-inch blade and began to stab the 44-year-old man in his head multiple times, Santini said.

    The victim tried to fight off Gonzalez with a trash can, prosecutors said, as multiple roommates tried to intervene in the fight.

    At that point, Gonzalez stabbed Zenan "Sonny" Hernandez multiple times in his head, body and hand, Santini said. Both victims armed themselves with knives and began to stab Gonzalez as he continued to swing and stab at them, according to prosecutors.

    During the altercation, a 24-year-old man was stabbed in his groin, Santini said.

    The victims were eventually able to flee the apartment, at which point Gonzalez stabbed Hernandez in his back, prosecutors said. Hernandez collapsed outside and was later pronounced dead.

    Gonzalez, who is from Mexico, has no prior criminal history, prosecutors said. He is charged with murder and aggravated battery using a deadly weapon.

    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20161123/chinatown/no-bail-for-man-charged-fatal-chinatown-stabbing

    Chinatown is very close to Hispanic/Yuppie Pilsen and Hispanic/Italian/Irish/Polish Bridgeport.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    The apartment the individuals actually lived WAS in Chinatown.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  40. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Historically, Britain and Spain have been at odds. These are the two European countries that created the largest global empires, and have the two European languages that are the most spoken Worldwide. Many upper crust Latin Americans, who are of more-or-less pure Castilian, Asturian or Navarrense ancestry, resent the U.S, which they see as a continuation of Britain on the other side of the Atlantic. The fact that the U.S itself went to war with Spain doesen’t help. The fact that America did that when Spain was at the weakest point in it’ s history strikes them as opportunistic and particularly loathsome.

    400 years latter, the new King of Spain tries to bury the hatchet between the two countries in British Parliament. But these old grudges are hard to die: https://youtu.be/4ZuSgthcT1s On an unrelated note, The King’s wife is incredibly beautiful. Truly a fairy tale princess.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Flip
    His English is really good. He is a descendant of Queen Victoria both on his father's and mother's sides.

    Do you think we can give him back Puerto Rico?
    , @Anonymous
    In order to make amends, we must, simply must, give them back Puerto Rico.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Many upper crust Latin Americans, who are of more-or-less pure Castilian, Asturian or Navarrense ancestry, resent the U.S, which they see as a continuation of Britain on the other side of the Atlantic.
     
    Likewise, the mostly friendly relations between Brazilians and Americans are a continuation of the "oldest alliance", that of Portugal and England. Port wine and bossa nova are pretty good examples of collaboration, if you ask me.

    Portugal's "Illustrious Generation" had an English mother.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  41. John Wayne’s first wife Josephine Saenz was born in Panama to parents from Spain. Wayne’s son Patrick recently received an award from Spain for being Spanish-Americans in Hollywood type of thing. In other words Josephine was high caste.

    By the way the Patriots did it again and will be playing in the Super Bowl. And even though Amandola is not a Spanish surname, (but is a Latino surname) he certainly played like a peninsular top of the heap today.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  42. @nebulafox
    Oh, yeah: doesn't Lindsey Graham strike anybody as the epitome of the new advocate for a plantation economy? Straight out of neo-Confederate nightmares. He even has the same pseudo-religious attitude toward the Job Creators-with the allowance of small business competition, of course, eliciting something akin to how a medieval Byzantine emperor viewed heresy.

    In saner times, he'd be attacked rather than feted by liberals, as much as Wilsonian foreign policy fantasists whining about human rights would be drummed out of the conservative party.

    “drummed out of the conservative party.”

    There’s no such thing in the US, as far as I can determine.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  43. Moses says:
    @Daniel H
    >> in no small part because of my fair skin and blue eyes. America isn’t the only place where this happens; it is a human sickness. We have a hard time welcoming those who are different from us.

    Ha, ha. Tell that to albinos in Africa, who are hunted for bush meat. There white skin doesn't do much to protect them.

    >> Let’s also create a revolving-door visa, allowing people from Mexico, El Salvador and other countries to work for a few months and then return home,

    Similar to how Temporary Protected Status creeped into permanency, I fear that the revolving door will get stuck in the permanently open position.

    >>Yeah, whoever heard of a wall making anyone safer. That’s why Andres’ restaurants don’t have walls, nor does his house.

    First thing I noticed, as a youngster traveling in Central/South America was that the open street plan of American cities and suburbs - where one could approach the front door and knock on the door or ring a bell - did not exist. Every townhouse was surrounded by a high concrete wall with broken glass shards embedded in mortar along the top of the wall. Sure, walls don't work.

    First thing I noticed, as a youngster traveling in Central/South America was that the open street plan of American cities and suburbs – where one could approach the front door and knock on the door or ring a bell – did not exist. Every townhouse was surrounded by a high concrete wall with broken glass shards embedded in mortar along the top of the wall. Sure, walls don’t work

    Same in Asia. American-style suburbs with houses and no walls are unthinkable. No sidewalks either. These are low-trust societies.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  44. Maj. Kong says:
    @Barnard
    I don't know if it is still the case, but it was common 10-15 years ago to see Eastern Europeans brought into resort areas to fill restaurant and hotel jobs. I think they still get some local workers including high school and college students, but a lot of them still use immigrant labor.

    I have heard that Trump properties have done and still do that. It appears to be a stunning example of hypocrisy that the two sons should have fixed by now, far worse than the Made in China swag.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/haiti-work-visas-removal-impact-trump-businesses-article-1.3764137

    Eastern Europeans are often brought over on the J visa, which has the added benefit of being exempt from FICA tax.

    http://www.seasonalstaff.org/Tax-Benefits-For-Employers-Hiring-J1-Foreign-Staff.html

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  45. llloyd says: • Website

    Revolving door immigration is the worst of all worlds for everyone except for the immigrant employers. For them it is the best. This was applied in Auckland with Polynesian labour in the 1970s. Massive problems of drunkenness and violent crime, overstayers and racial hostility.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  46. @Hibernian
    Chinatown is very close to Hispanic/Yuppie Pilsen and Hispanic/Italian/Irish/Polish Bridgeport.

    The apartment the individuals actually lived WAS in Chinatown.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Chinatown. One of many kinds of enclaves every single kind of person in the country is permitted to have, with one exception.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  47. Neuday says:
    @Anonymous

    Simply couldn’t, I tell you. What? Restaurants in New Hampshire and Minnesota operate without illegal immigrants. That just can’t be.
     
    Actually, he's not completely wrong. A lot of restaurants would indeed go out of business without mass immigration. That's not a bad thing unless you want the economy to maximize the number of restaurants or something. Our current immigration policies effectively subsidize restaurateurs. Without this de facto subsidy, a lot of restaurants would cease to be profitable and viable concerns, and restaurateurs and investors would have to find something else to do and invest in. This of course also applies to other industries like agribusiness.

    Oh Noes! People might have to learn how to prepare food! Women might need to develop basic kitchen skills! Money might thereby be saved to pay down debt. Unthinkable horror!

    Read More
    • Replies: @bomag

    People might have to learn how to prepare food!
     
    Plus, home cooked meals tend to be healthier.

    Can't have that; must degrade our health in order to employ immigrants, as usual.
    , @res
    Sarcasm aside, that would reduce GDP. Hence the horror from the bien pensants.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  48. Luke Lea says:
    @Anonymous
    You all may think that his arguments verge on the nonsensical when viewed from a vantage of facts and logic, but as someone who spends most of his time in the Washington DC area may I please share with you that easily 90% of the people here (including virtually all of the ruling class) hang on every word published by the Washington Post--and when they don't, it's only because they're reading the NYT or listening to NPR.

    It's not just that they outnumber us greatly--which they do--but that they outnumber us even more among policymakers and the election of a new figurehead (even if he were a lot more rational and effective than the one we did elect) can't do much to change that. It would take a sea change in public opinion and a long march of our own through the institutions, which takes many years if not decades.

    People here use the phrase 'bien pensants' and it fits well. Because over and above the foregoing is the fact that our viewpoint has long since been written out of 'polite society' and simply cannot and will not get a fair hearing.

    “even if he were a lot more rational and effective than the one we did elect . . .”

    May you eat your words in three years time! Trump’s unique qualities may turn out to be just what the occasion requires: Able to jump over tall buildings with a single bound, bulletproof, super-human stamina and fight, cunning, patience — yes patience! it takes time to bring a deal together, let alone dozens — and no shame. A real ubermensch!

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  49. Flip says:
    @Anonymous
    Historically, Britain and Spain have been at odds. These are the two European countries that created the largest global empires, and have the two European languages that are the most spoken Worldwide. Many upper crust Latin Americans, who are of more-or-less pure Castilian, Asturian or Navarrense ancestry, resent the U.S, which they see as a continuation of Britain on the other side of the Atlantic. The fact that the U.S itself went to war with Spain doesen't help. The fact that America did that when Spain was at the weakest point in it' s history strikes them as opportunistic and particularly loathsome.

    400 years latter, the new King of Spain tries to bury the hatchet between the two countries in British Parliament. But these old grudges are hard to die: https://youtu.be/4ZuSgthcT1s On an unrelated note, The King's wife is incredibly beautiful. Truly a fairy tale princess.

    His English is really good. He is a descendant of Queen Victoria both on his father’s and mother’s sides.

    Do you think we can give him back Puerto Rico?

    Read More
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Odd that they're not agitating for the return of their former possessions. Heck, we gave everything back to the Japanese, who irritated us a bit more (and a bit more recently) than the Spaniards ever did.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  50. @anon
    much like i don't bother locking my doors because of our large and noisy dogs, we really wouldn't need a wall if ICE actually did its job...

    much like i don’t bother locking my doors because of our large and noisy dogs, we really wouldn’t need a wall if ICE actually did its job…

    I know, right.

    Go ahead, come in and meet Greaser the Pit Bull and Adonis the German Shepherd.

    Dogs would be on the fool so fast before he could get a shot off. And if he tried to shoot the dog that was on him, he’d likely shoot himself. A real own goal.

    Officer, I was watching the game when I heard the door open. The dogs jumped him, and he shot himself in a panic. Crazy, huh?

    All that before I had a chance to set my beer down.

    Read More
    • LOL: ben tillman
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  51. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Clyde

    Oh, yeah: doesn’t Lindsey Graham strike anybody as the epitome of the new advocate for a plantation economy? Straight out of neo-Confederate nightmares.
     
    Linda Graham is taking over the John McCain's slot as the rational Republican DC loves. The maverick & backstabber DC loves. Backstabbing Republicans and Republican policies was John McCain's forte. Ooopps, he is still alive I think.

    Backstabbing Republicans and Republican policies was John McCain’s forte. Ooopps, he is still alive I think.

    Unfortunately.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    McCain is disabled with a brain tumor, and they're carting him in to vote whenever possible. Trump has a perfect bill of mental (and physical) health, and needs removing from office.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  52. Eagle Eye says:
    @nebulafox
    It is exactly the same model. Which is no accident.

    The entire political worldview of someone like Jeb Bush can be aptly summed up as giving upper-middle class and upper-class Americans the same ridiculous levels of freedom, luxury, and lack of obligation that their Latin American counterparts get. In other words, neo-feudalism. Eliminating the vestiges of a mass affluent middle class, that hallmark of any stable post-Enlightenment society, is a feature, not a bug.

    Eliminating the vestiges of a mass affluent middle class, that hallmark of any stable post-Enlightenment society, is a feature, not a bug.

    Exactly. Middle-class types just don’t know their place, and might even agitate for better conditions for the servants and concubinas of the new aristocracy.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  53. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    Historically, Britain and Spain have been at odds. These are the two European countries that created the largest global empires, and have the two European languages that are the most spoken Worldwide. Many upper crust Latin Americans, who are of more-or-less pure Castilian, Asturian or Navarrense ancestry, resent the U.S, which they see as a continuation of Britain on the other side of the Atlantic. The fact that the U.S itself went to war with Spain doesen't help. The fact that America did that when Spain was at the weakest point in it' s history strikes them as opportunistic and particularly loathsome.

    400 years latter, the new King of Spain tries to bury the hatchet between the two countries in British Parliament. But these old grudges are hard to die: https://youtu.be/4ZuSgthcT1s On an unrelated note, The King's wife is incredibly beautiful. Truly a fairy tale princess.

    In order to make amends, we must, simply must, give them back Puerto Rico.

    Read More
    • Agree: Corn
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  54. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Seth Largo
    I've commented on this phenomenon before, but it's worth reiterating.

    Growing up in L.A., none of the jobs my father had done as a high school kid (car wash, newspaper delivery, fast food) were open to me. All those jobs were filled by adult Hispanic immigrants. I was lucky enough to know people who handed me my first jobs in retail and food, without which it is very difficult to begin growing a work history.

    I moved recently to a small Midwestern college town. Behind every register is a white kid. White kids even dry my car when I get it washed. And because unemployment here is under 2%, they get paid nearly ten dollars an hour to do this first-job work. It is still a surreal thing to see, from my perspective.

    When I started as a clerk on the Santa Fe RR I was the only one in my new hire class who 1) had ever had any job before or 2) did not have family on the railroad. And I’m one of the few not still on the railroad, foolish me.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  55. eah says:

    Read More
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    He'd better have a good sunscreen.
    , @eah
    A new meme is born.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUHncUpVQAEnNDr.jpg
    , @Anonymous
    Should I ask why Conan is wearing a yarmulke in his avatar pic?

    No, I shouldn't, should I.

    ______________________________________________

    Hey Conan! You like Haiti so much, r u gonna stay there?

    Didn't think so.

    , @Pericles
    But where are the inhabitants?
    , @J.Ross
    Celebrities: they won't shake your hand, but they will bathe in Haitian water.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  56. I visit Canada on the regular, and for some strange reason, Canada is chockfull of restaurants and yet it has virtually no Mexicans or Central Americans. A Deep, Deep, Dark Secret of Canada is that despite sharing a continent with Mexico, there are virtually no Mexicans allowed in. How is this possible?

    In fact, Idaho, which in the minds of cosmopolitan liberals is a bastion of Neo-Nazi compounds, has more Mexicans than the entire nation of Canada! Really makes you think. Almost as if it is possible for a country to have a regulated immigration policy if it actually wants to have one or something.

    I have been to many a restaurant in our wonderful neighbor to the North and have seen many a road crew on the Trans-Canada Highway (shockingly, America has better roads) and somehow Canada functions without Latinos.

    Another irony is that because Canada is so influenced by the United States, Mexican food is very popular, and yet they have Mexican restaurants without millions of Mexicans.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  57. Peninsular appears close enough to something else to risk charges of sexual harassment.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  58. @eah
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUGm9HBX4AE-I9u.jpg

    He’d better have a good sunscreen.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  59. @Anonymous
    Historically, Britain and Spain have been at odds. These are the two European countries that created the largest global empires, and have the two European languages that are the most spoken Worldwide. Many upper crust Latin Americans, who are of more-or-less pure Castilian, Asturian or Navarrense ancestry, resent the U.S, which they see as a continuation of Britain on the other side of the Atlantic. The fact that the U.S itself went to war with Spain doesen't help. The fact that America did that when Spain was at the weakest point in it' s history strikes them as opportunistic and particularly loathsome.

    400 years latter, the new King of Spain tries to bury the hatchet between the two countries in British Parliament. But these old grudges are hard to die: https://youtu.be/4ZuSgthcT1s On an unrelated note, The King's wife is incredibly beautiful. Truly a fairy tale princess.

    Many upper crust Latin Americans, who are of more-or-less pure Castilian, Asturian or Navarrense ancestry, resent the U.S, which they see as a continuation of Britain on the other side of the Atlantic.

    Likewise, the mostly friendly relations between Brazilians and Americans are a continuation of the “oldest alliance”, that of Portugal and England. Port wine and bossa nova are pretty good examples of collaboration, if you ask me.

    Portugal’s “Illustrious Generation” had an English mother.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  60. map says:

    What this Iberian Conquistador advocates is a simple, self-serving, thinly-disguised form of human trafficking.

    This is all that is.

    I suppose plantation owners once complained about cotton rotting in the fields, too.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    The Civil War: A Not-So-Distant Mirror

    While slave labor was obviously cheap, it's not nearly as cheap as partisans would have you believe. Slaveholders had to feed, clothe, and house each and every slave as well as attend to their health and welfare, else they wouldn't be productive. Northern factory owners had to do none of these things, the value of which in aggregate often exceeded workers' pay. (If you doubt that calculation, merely review the work of Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine.) Moreover, Northern industrial interests campaigned loudly and effectively in favor of increased immigration, helping to drive down wages even further. Does any of this sound familiar??

    , @Crawfurdmuir

    I suppose plantation owners once complained about cotton rotting in the fields, too.
     
    Indeed, dependence upon stoop labor was the main reason why the cotton-producing South clung so furiously to slavery. Northern agriculture, which concentrated on small grains, was never as well suited to the use of slave labor, and moreover had been transformed by the advent of the mechanical reaper during the 1830s and '40s. Slavery was abolished gradually throughout the North, not because of moralistic fervor, but rather because it wasn't needed.

    Cotton today is harvested mechanically. The development of equipment to do this began in the 1930s:

    "John Daniel Rust invented the first practical spindle cotton picker in the late 1930s. The Rust cotton picker threatened to wipe out the old plantation system and throw millions of people out of work, creating a social revolution. Eli Whitney’s cotton gin had created the Cotton South, but the Rust picker threatened to destroy it. In 1949, Rust moved to Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), where the Ben Pearson Company produced cotton pickers using the Rust patents..."

    http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=2272

    The claim of those farmers that still depend on cheap labor that crops will rot in the fields in its absence simply reflects their unwillingness to invest capital in the development of mechanical harvesting methods.

    Among the consequences of the Rust cotton picker must be counted the exodus of Southern blacks to cities like Detroit, Gary, Camden, etc., with results evident to all. If mechanical harvesting methods can be developed for fruits and vegetables, we must assure that the subsequent exodus of mestizos will go in the direction of Mexico and points south, rather than into the havens of welfare dependency afforded by our large cities.

    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  61. J.Ross says: • Website

    >everyone in WDC deciding policy is on board with extermination and slavery
    Sometimes alcohol clarifies new reading material better than caffeine.
    >Foolish earthlings! Who will save you now?
    The fair-haired prisoner!
    (“This [Soros] is a psycho!”)
    >There is absolutely no point in fighting back!
    Then we have nothing to lose!

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  62. Wilkey says:
    @Mr. Anon

    In other words, neo-feudalism.
     
    Neo-feudalism pretty well describes the entire agenda of globalist capital.

    Neo-feudalism pretty well describes the entire agenda of globalist capital.

    Yep. I’ve been using the term neofudalism for years. It has to catch on, though it should.

    Cheap, servile labor for the insanely rich is one aspect of feudalism.

    Another is insulating the rich and powerful from any legal consequences. See: the complete failure of the Obama Administration to send the perpetrators of mortgage fraud to prison.

    Yet another is passing down control to your descendants ad infinitum, hence the push to eliminate taxes on the rich, especially inheritance taxes.

    Read More
    • Replies: @J.Ross
    I think their model is Renaissance Venice, with fake meritocracy demonstrated in great commercial success or in pleasing those who achieve great commercial success, and with dimly understood science justifying everything amid gruesome cultic rituals. Venice had a sort of equivalent to our mass media, public speakers who would describe "news" and give stirring speeches about what ought to be done, always completely "on message" with the vision of the plutocrats.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  63. Wilkey says:
    @Seth Largo
    I've commented on this phenomenon before, but it's worth reiterating.

    Growing up in L.A., none of the jobs my father had done as a high school kid (car wash, newspaper delivery, fast food) were open to me. All those jobs were filled by adult Hispanic immigrants. I was lucky enough to know people who handed me my first jobs in retail and food, without which it is very difficult to begin growing a work history.

    I moved recently to a small Midwestern college town. Behind every register is a white kid. White kids even dry my car when I get it washed. And because unemployment here is under 2%, they get paid nearly ten dollars an hour to do this first-job work. It is still a surreal thing to see, from my perspective.

    I moved recently to a small Midwestern college town. Behind every register is a white kid. White kids even dry my car when I get it washed. And because unemployment here is under 2%, they get paid nearly ten dollars an hour to do this first-job work. It is still a surreal thing to see, from my perspective.

    Even if the price of labor goes up a bit, the cost of paying teenagers and college-aged adults to do these jobs is lower. Their healthcare is often already covered by their parents. For the adult immigrants the healthcare (if they have any) is often covered by the taxpayer. About a decade ago my office was around the corner from a “community health center” – a charity clinic run by the local hospital behemoth. The clientele was probably over 90% Hispanic.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  64. eah says:
    @eah
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUGm9HBX4AE-I9u.jpg

    A new meme is born.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    Haiti is a beautiful shithole. Love it!
    , @Pericles
    Lol!
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  65. Anemone says:

    The guy is a moron. I’ve seen him on Spanish TV years ago, and I don’t think there is any malice or hypocrisy to increase his profits. He really believes that shit.

    On the other hand the meme of “being fair skinned opens you more doors” is certainly a real and curious phenomena, at least in South Africa. Chinese are making a killing selling illegal bleaching products that blacks are buying in order to – according to them – increase their chances of getting a job, getting in clubs, dating more and increase) their perceived social status, among other things, in spite of also increasing their risk of getting melanomas and other nasty things.

    And the question is, do South African blacks prefer mulattoes over pitch black applicants? could that have to do with intelligence or iq? Difficult to believe South African blacks are that racist.

    Here is the perfect video to smash the next SJW claiming only Whites are racist.

    Read More
    • Replies: @eah
    And the question is, do South African blacks prefer mulattoes over pitch black applicants?

    So 'black rule' was a mistake in unexpected ways.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_otfwl2zc6Qc/TCeiDnAwwCI/AAAAAAAAN0A/13w8dYd0nMQ/s1600/medschoolnew.JPG
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  66. eah says:
    @Anemone
    The guy is a moron. I've seen him on Spanish TV years ago, and I don't think there is any malice or hypocrisy to increase his profits. He really believes that shit.

    On the other hand the meme of "being fair skinned opens you more doors" is certainly a real and curious phenomena, at least in South Africa. Chinese are making a killing selling illegal bleaching products that blacks are buying in order to - according to them - increase their chances of getting a job, getting in clubs, dating more and increase) their perceived social status, among other things, in spite of also increasing their risk of getting melanomas and other nasty things.

    And the question is, do South African blacks prefer mulattoes over pitch black applicants? could that have to do with intelligence or iq? Difficult to believe South African blacks are that racist.

    Here is the perfect video to smash the next SJW claiming only Whites are racist.

    https://youtu.be/bWHCwXZpH6E

    And the question is, do South African blacks prefer mulattoes over pitch black applicants?

    So ‘black rule’ was a mistake in unexpected ways.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  67. @eah
    A new meme is born.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUHncUpVQAEnNDr.jpg

    Haiti is a beautiful shithole. Love it!

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  68. rogue-one says:
    @Anonymous
    You all may think that his arguments verge on the nonsensical when viewed from a vantage of facts and logic, but as someone who spends most of his time in the Washington DC area may I please share with you that easily 90% of the people here (including virtually all of the ruling class) hang on every word published by the Washington Post--and when they don't, it's only because they're reading the NYT or listening to NPR.

    It's not just that they outnumber us greatly--which they do--but that they outnumber us even more among policymakers and the election of a new figurehead (even if he were a lot more rational and effective than the one we did elect) can't do much to change that. It would take a sea change in public opinion and a long march of our own through the institutions, which takes many years if not decades.

    People here use the phrase 'bien pensants' and it fits well. Because over and above the foregoing is the fact that our viewpoint has long since been written out of 'polite society' and simply cannot and will not get a fair hearing.

    >a long march of our own through the institutions, which takes many years if not decades.

    If it takes a few decades then we have already lost. Tens of millions of Democrat voters in next few decades would make America effectively a single party government.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    We lost when we passed Hart-Celler, and didn't reverse it when there was still time.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  69. “With national unemployment at 4 percent, there aren’t enough U.S.-born workers to take their places ….”

    Maybe we can find a few locals among the 100 million people who are qualified for the labour force but who are not counted as being in it for the purposes of calculating the unemployment rate.

    The current US labour force participation rate has been hanging 62.5% to 62.9% for the past couple of years, rates that had last been seen in the late ’70s. The fact that it has held on while unemployment has “fallen” while wages remain stagnant and the population keeps increasing, largely due to immigration, suggests some people might be coming off the sidelines, but one could envision more coming off the sidelines if they weren’t being undercut by slave immigrant labour.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    You know, 100 million is a lot of people. Too many Deplorables among them, though, so they're not getting on the radar any time soon.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  70. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    Whitest team in the NFL is going to the Super Bowl yet again. Congrats to Grandpa Tom and Danny Amendola.

    In the first half Gramps erred by making plays mostly with African teammates, who would either drop perfect passes or run for small change, but in the second half Gramps stuck almost exclusively with his white brothers, particularly Amendola, and won bigly.

    #itreallyisOK

    Yep, I’ll be watching again this year.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  71. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Joe Stalin
    My favorite Chicago Chinatown man story:

    "COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Chinatown man was held without bail Wednesday after a stabbing that killed one man and wounded two.

    About 7:30 p.m. Monday, Gonzalez got into an argument with a 44-year-old roommate, who believed Gonzalez was acting belligerently, Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Santini said during a bond hearing Wednesday.

    Gonzalez punched the 44-year-old multiple times, prosecutors said, until several roommates soon broke up the fight.

    The men continued to argue, Santini said. That's when Gonzalez brandished a 10-inch blade and began to stab the 44-year-old man in his head multiple times, Santini said.

    The victim tried to fight off Gonzalez with a trash can, prosecutors said, as multiple roommates tried to intervene in the fight.

    At that point, Gonzalez stabbed Zenan "Sonny" Hernandez multiple times in his head, body and hand, Santini said. Both victims armed themselves with knives and began to stab Gonzalez as he continued to swing and stab at them, according to prosecutors.

    During the altercation, a 24-year-old man was stabbed in his groin, Santini said.

    The victims were eventually able to flee the apartment, at which point Gonzalez stabbed Hernandez in his back, prosecutors said. Hernandez collapsed outside and was later pronounced dead.

    Gonzalez, who is from Mexico, has no prior criminal history, prosecutors said. He is charged with murder and aggravated battery using a deadly weapon.

    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20161123/chinatown/no-bail-for-man-charged-fatal-chinatown-stabbing

    What the F is your problem? They have a colorful culture and like to be demonstrative. If a white man did this no one would bat an eyelash. TD isn’t here today so I thought I’d pick up some slack.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  72. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Joe Stalin
    The apartment the individuals actually lived WAS in Chinatown.

    Chinatown. One of many kinds of enclaves every single kind of person in the country is permitted to have, with one exception.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  73. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Flip
    His English is really good. He is a descendant of Queen Victoria both on his father's and mother's sides.

    Do you think we can give him back Puerto Rico?

    Odd that they’re not agitating for the return of their former possessions. Heck, we gave everything back to the Japanese, who irritated us a bit more (and a bit more recently) than the Spaniards ever did.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  74. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Backstabbing Republicans and Republican policies was John McCain’s forte. Ooopps, he is still alive I think.
     
    Unfortunately.

    McCain is disabled with a brain tumor, and they’re carting him in to vote whenever possible. Trump has a perfect bill of mental (and physical) health, and needs removing from office.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  75. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @eah
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUGm9HBX4AE-I9u.jpg

    Should I ask why Conan is wearing a yarmulke in his avatar pic?

    No, I shouldn’t, should I.

    ______________________________________________

    Hey Conan! You like Haiti so much, r u gonna stay there?

    Didn’t think so.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  76. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @map
    What this Iberian Conquistador advocates is a simple, self-serving, thinly-disguised form of human trafficking.

    This is all that is.

    I suppose plantation owners once complained about cotton rotting in the fields, too.

    The Civil War: A Not-So-Distant Mirror

    While slave labor was obviously cheap, it’s not nearly as cheap as partisans would have you believe. Slaveholders had to feed, clothe, and house each and every slave as well as attend to their health and welfare, else they wouldn’t be productive. Northern factory owners had to do none of these things, the value of which in aggregate often exceeded workers’ pay. (If you doubt that calculation, merely review the work of Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine.) Moreover, Northern industrial interests campaigned loudly and effectively in favor of increased immigration, helping to drive down wages even further. Does any of this sound familiar??

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  77. Pericles says:
    @eah
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUGm9HBX4AE-I9u.jpg

    But where are the inhabitants?

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  78. Pericles says:
    @eah
    A new meme is born.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUHncUpVQAEnNDr.jpg

    Lol!

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  79. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @rogue-one
    >a long march of our own through the institutions, which takes many years if not decades.

    If it takes a few decades then we have already lost. Tens of millions of Democrat voters in next few decades would make America effectively a single party government.

    We lost when we passed Hart-Celler, and didn’t reverse it when there was still time.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  80. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @The Alarmist

    "With national unemployment at 4 percent, there aren’t enough U.S.-born workers to take their places ...."
     
    Maybe we can find a few locals among the 100 million people who are qualified for the labour force but who are not counted as being in it for the purposes of calculating the unemployment rate.

    The current US labour force participation rate has been hanging 62.5% to 62.9% for the past couple of years, rates that had last been seen in the late '70s. The fact that it has held on while unemployment has "fallen" while wages remain stagnant and the population keeps increasing, largely due to immigration, suggests some people might be coming off the sidelines, but one could envision more coming off the sidelines if they weren't being undercut by slave immigrant labour.

    You know, 100 million is a lot of people. Too many Deplorables among them, though, so they’re not getting on the radar any time soon.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  81. bomag says:
    @Neuday
    Oh Noes! People might have to learn how to prepare food! Women might need to develop basic kitchen skills! Money might thereby be saved to pay down debt. Unthinkable horror!

    People might have to learn how to prepare food!

    Plus, home cooked meals tend to be healthier.

    Can’t have that; must degrade our health in order to employ immigrants, as usual.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  82. res says:
    @Stephen Marle IV
    A particular interest of mine is bullshit statistics. It seems that whenever a number of interest appears in an activist article I can never track down the source. This is often because such articles and blogs just crib from each other so the links go in circles.

    In this particular article it says, "people like Manuel have built lives in the United States, buying homes (nearly a third have mortgages)." Really? And who are people like Manual?

    In this case I tracked it back to the Journal on Migration and Human Security. The authors were from the Center for Migration Studies. The link to the JMHS came from the CMS, so already there is funny business going on; perhaps the CMS publishes the JMHS and then uses it as a phony authority.

    At any rate, where does the mortgage figure come from? "TPS (temporary protected status) recipients from [El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti] ...: 61,000 of these households (about 30 percent) have mortgages."

    How did they figure that out? Surveys on a statistically valid random sample of TPS holders? An appendix on data estimation gives no clue on this. They got data from the government on TPS people, but does the government collect mortgage information? That would be weird. At any rate, the point of including mortgage estimates seems to be that kicking out these people (or driving them underground) would put mortgages in jeopardy and trigger some kind of financial collapse.

    I just find it hard to believe that lenders, post recession, are giving mortgages to non-citizens with temporary status, in such numbers. Maybe they can't "discriminate" on this basis under federal law? But even then, do one third of legal Americans have mortgages these days? I bet if I tracked down the ultimate source it will end up some sort of informal Twitter survey or something.

    I wonder if they count each individual in multi-person (working, perhaps not even family) households as having a mortgage even if the paperwork is only under one individual’s name.

    If the intent is to game things one way to generate a statistic for TPS mortgages would be to correlate individual addresses with homes having a mortgage.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  83. res says:
    @Neuday
    Oh Noes! People might have to learn how to prepare food! Women might need to develop basic kitchen skills! Money might thereby be saved to pay down debt. Unthinkable horror!

    Sarcasm aside, that would reduce GDP. Hence the horror from the bien pensants.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  84. @map
    What this Iberian Conquistador advocates is a simple, self-serving, thinly-disguised form of human trafficking.

    This is all that is.

    I suppose plantation owners once complained about cotton rotting in the fields, too.

    I suppose plantation owners once complained about cotton rotting in the fields, too.

    Indeed, dependence upon stoop labor was the main reason why the cotton-producing South clung so furiously to slavery. Northern agriculture, which concentrated on small grains, was never as well suited to the use of slave labor, and moreover had been transformed by the advent of the mechanical reaper during the 1830s and ’40s. Slavery was abolished gradually throughout the North, not because of moralistic fervor, but rather because it wasn’t needed.

    Cotton today is harvested mechanically. The development of equipment to do this began in the 1930s:

    “John Daniel Rust invented the first practical spindle cotton picker in the late 1930s. The Rust cotton picker threatened to wipe out the old plantation system and throw millions of people out of work, creating a social revolution. Eli Whitney’s cotton gin had created the Cotton South, but the Rust picker threatened to destroy it. In 1949, Rust moved to Pine Bluff (Jefferson County), where the Ben Pearson Company produced cotton pickers using the Rust patents…”

    http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=2272

    The claim of those farmers that still depend on cheap labor that crops will rot in the fields in its absence simply reflects their unwillingness to invest capital in the development of mechanical harvesting methods.

    Among the consequences of the Rust cotton picker must be counted the exodus of Southern blacks to cities like Detroit, Gary, Camden, etc., with results evident to all. If mechanical harvesting methods can be developed for fruits and vegetables, we must assure that the subsequent exodus of mestizos will go in the direction of Mexico and points south, rather than into the havens of welfare dependency afforded by our large cities.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  85. @nebulafox
    It is exactly the same model. Which is no accident.

    The entire political worldview of someone like Jeb Bush can be aptly summed up as giving upper-middle class and upper-class Americans the same ridiculous levels of freedom, luxury, and lack of obligation that their Latin American counterparts get. In other words, neo-feudalism. Eliminating the vestiges of a mass affluent middle class, that hallmark of any stable post-Enlightenment society, is a feature, not a bug.

    The entire political worldview of someone like Jeb Bush can be aptly summed up as giving upper-middle class and upper-class Americans the same ridiculous levels of freedom, luxury, and lack of obligation that their Latin American counterparts get.

    Except for the discordant fact that the political system they perpetuate favors the children of their servants over the children of “upper-middle class and upper-class Americans”. Your analysis is incomplete.

    Read More
    • Replies: @J.Ross
    So in other words burglary doesn't happen because every burglar foresees himself getting caught. These are the geniuses who took for granted that the single most hated figure in American politics in my lifetime would sweep, they think the Iraq war was a success and they want more, and their password was "password." There's nothing facile about calling them dumb.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  86. @Bragadocious
    It is about the restaurants but also about Rosa the maid. Rich libs (and conservatives) spend lots of time worrying about who will mop the floors and polish the brass railings. More time than those in lower stratas can even imagine. But with robotic vacuum cleaners catching on and the likely introduction of robotic floor moppers, perhaps this might signal the end of Rosa's indispensability.

    It is about the restaurants but also about Rosa the maid.

    Yeah, what’s the deal? Why are so many maids named Rosa/Rosie?

    Read More
    • Replies: @Autochthon
    I blame The Jetsons' disproportionately great influence on mestizoids naming babies.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  87. J.Ross says: • Website
    @ben tillman

    The entire political worldview of someone like Jeb Bush can be aptly summed up as giving upper-middle class and upper-class Americans the same ridiculous levels of freedom, luxury, and lack of obligation that their Latin American counterparts get.
     
    Except for the discordant fact that the political system they perpetuate favors the children of their servants over the children of "upper-middle class and upper-class Americans". Your analysis is incomplete.

    So in other words burglary doesn’t happen because every burglar foresees himself getting caught. These are the geniuses who took for granted that the single most hated figure in American politics in my lifetime would sweep, they think the Iraq war was a success and they want more, and their password was “password.” There’s nothing facile about calling them dumb.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  88. @ben tillman

    It is about the restaurants but also about Rosa the maid.
     
    Yeah, what's the deal? Why are so many maids named Rosa/Rosie?

    I blame The Jetsons‘ disproportionately great influence on mestizoids naming babies.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  89. J.Ross says: • Website
    @eah
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUGm9HBX4AE-I9u.jpg

    Celebrities: they won’t shake your hand, but they will bathe in Haitian water.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  90. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Wilkey
    Neo-feudalism pretty well describes the entire agenda of globalist capital.

    Yep. I've been using the term neofudalism for years. It has to catch on, though it should.

    Cheap, servile labor for the insanely rich is one aspect of feudalism.

    Another is insulating the rich and powerful from any legal consequences. See: the complete failure of the Obama Administration to send the perpetrators of mortgage fraud to prison.

    Yet another is passing down control to your descendants ad infinitum, hence the push to eliminate taxes on the rich, especially inheritance taxes.

    I think their model is Renaissance Venice, with fake meritocracy demonstrated in great commercial success or in pleasing those who achieve great commercial success, and with dimly understood science justifying everything amid gruesome cultic rituals. Venice had a sort of equivalent to our mass media, public speakers who would describe “news” and give stirring speeches about what ought to be done, always completely “on message” with the vision of the plutocrats.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
Current Commenter says:

Leave a Reply - Comments are moderated by iSteve, at whim.


 Remember My InformationWhy?
 Email Replies to my Comment
Submitted comments become the property of The Unz Review and may be republished elsewhere at the sole discretion of the latter
Subscribe to This Comment Thread via RSS Subscribe to All Steve Sailer Comments via RSS
PastClassics
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
The evidence is clear — but often ignored
The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
The major media overlooked Communist spies and Madoff’s fraud. What are they missing today?
What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?