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This has been the week of the weasels—unpleasant little rodents. cowardly when cornered but viciously vindictive when they think they have the advantage. Most recent victims: Nobel Laureate James Watson and immigration patriot Congressman Steve King (R.-IA). Plus, of course, truth, justice and the American Way.

  • First Weasel Atrocity: Cold Spring Harbor Lab stripping James Watson of his few remaining privileges and honorary positions. I learn, for example, that the lab will no longer provide a limousine if Dr Watson needs to go into New York City.

Background: Two weeks ago I reported on the new PBS documentary Decoding Watson in the American Masters series. It aired on January 2nd. You can now watch it on the internet.

James Watson—with whom, I should say, I have some slight personal acquaintance—is the world-famous, Nobel-prize-sharing geneticist who in 1953 co-discovered the structure of DNA. He went on to run Cold Spring Harbor lab near where I live on Long Island. After forty years of that. the lab sidelined him in 2007 for remarks he made about Africa and about blacks in general:

All our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours whereas all the testing says not really…There’s a natural desire that all human beings should be equal [but] people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.

Fury at DNA pioneer’s theory: Africans are less intelligent than Westerners, By Cahal Milmo, Independent, October 17, 2007

In this new PBS documentary Watson doubled down:

There’s a difference on the average between blacks and whites on IQ tests. I would say the difference is, it’s genetic.

Enter the weasels. Leading the weasel pack was science reporter Amy Harmon at the New York Times.[ James Watson Won’t Stop Talking About Race, January 1, 2019] Ms. Harmon had no difficulty bringing forth properly credentialed weasels to support her accusations of thoughtcrime against Watson: NIH Director Francis Collins [Email him] joined in with quite a blatant lie, as I noted in my piece two weeks ago.

Scientists like Collins, in prestigious and well-financed positions, learned the appropriate lesson from what happened to Watson in 2007. If you’ll excuse my mixing up the animal metaphors and slightly modifying a Chinese idiom: “Kill a chicken to scare the weasels.”

Watson was the chicken; the weasels, like Francis Collins, are duly scared.

Similarly scared are the weasels who run Cold Spring Harbor Lab. The lab’s CEO and head weasel Bruce Stillman [Email him] and his deputy weasel Marilyn Simons, chair-weasel of the board of trustees, squealed that Watson’s opinions were “unsubstantiated and reckless …reprehensible, unsupported by science … The Laboratory condemns the misuse of science to justify prejudice.”[CSHL Press Release, January 11, 2019]

I’m not totally without sympathy for the Cold Spring Harbor suits here. It’s all too easy to imagine the dreary hours they have to spend writing funding requests and negotiating with dimwitted government bureaucrats to keep their researches going. Offenses against government ideology must make that work harder.

None the less, there is or there should be a purity and clarity to scientific endeavor that occasionally needs to be preserved by standing courageously out in front of a howling mob and defending it, even if it means being dragged off to the stake for burning.

That’s a lot to ask of average human beings, and perhaps most of us would fail the test. History does bring forth martyrs, though. Bruce Stillman is a credentialed scientist, a biochemist by training. He surely knows that James Watson’s observations are reasonable.

The black-white IQ gap is one of the most stable and best-supported facts in the human sciences. Its causes aren’t definitively known, but that they arise from the laws of population genetics is a perfectly plausible hypothesis.

That’s what scientists do, bring forth plausible hypotheses for other scientists to test. Sometimes rigorous testing disproves the hypothesis, which is then discarded.

This has not yet happened with Watson’s hypothesis because we don’t understand enough of the underlying genetics. It’s an open hypothesis—but a plausible one on circumstantial grounds.

This is science. Bruce Stillman, as a scientist, should understand it. If he doesn’t, he’s not fit to be head of a laboratory.

And just look at the shameful, shoddy, disgraceful spectacle here. James Watson is coming up to his 91st birthday. He’s been in hospital following an automobile accident. And here are these administrative bureaucrats and hack journalists gleefully kicking him while he’s down.

A research project for some zoologist or neuroscientist: Are weasels capable of feeling shame?

I think I know the answer. At any rate, on the strength of this week’s events, I can put forward a strong hypothesis.

Second Weasel Atrocity: Republican leaders in the House of Representatives just removed congressman Steve King from his posts on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Agricultural Committee. [Steve King Removed From Committee Assignments Over White Supremacy Remark, by Trip Gabriel, Jonathan Martin and Nicholas Fandos, NYT, January 14, 2019] This followed a meeting Steve King had with GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy.

In the Senate, at the same time, GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Rep. King to “find another line of work,” while Mitt Romney told King he should resign his seat.

This all followed a single remark Steve King allegedly made in a January 10th interview with the New York Times:

White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization how did that language become offensive?[Before Trump, Steve King Set the Agenda for the Wall and Anti-Immigrant Politics, By Trip Gabriel, NYT, January 10, 2019]

Steve King insists that the last six words (“how did that language become offensive?”) applied only to the previous two, “Western civilization.” The way the New York Timespunctuated it, though, it looked as if they covered “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” as well.

Incredibly, and significantly, it appears that no recording exists.

So here we are in the ideological equivalent of angels dancing on the heads of pins; or at any rate, the ideological equivalent of the old schoolyard quip about helping your Uncle Jack off a horse.

I have no patience with this kind of thing myself, but it’s been enough to get Romney, McCarthy, and the other schoolmarms of the congressional GOP clutching their pearls and reaching for the smelling salts.

The NYT, flushed with its success at getting Rep. King stripped of his committee assignments and likely still fired up from its mugging of James Watson, piled on with: A Timeline of Steve King’s Racist Remarks and Divisive Actions. [by Trip Gabriel, January 15, 2019]

ORDER IT NOW

This is a fascinating piece—a complete charge sheet of Steve King’s thoughtcrimes. You could put it in a time capsule and bury it so archeologists of the future could acquaint themselves with the intellectual pathologies of our age … although you might save those archeologists some mental labor by translating it into Chinese first.

Some items from the charge sheet at random, with my comments interwoven.

  • Charge: In 2005 King introduced into Congress the English Language Unity Act, a bill to make English the official language of the United States.

Comment: Say what? Excuse my ignorance; I though English is the country’s de facto official language. Wasn’t the Constitution written in English? Aren’t congressional debates conducted in English? Isn’t the State of the Union address delivered in English?

And when immigration romantics—you know, the Ellis Island crowd who love to tell us how their great-grandfather landed with five dollars in his pocket and labored to become American—when those people are waxing sentimental, isn’t one component of their waxing the bit about how great-grandpa struggled to master the English language?

  • Charge: In 2011, concerning the Obamacare mandate to cover contraception, King said: “Preventing babies being born is not medicine. That’s not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birthrate get down below the replacement rate, we’re a dying civilization.”

Comment: Well, duh. Even setting aside the “dying civilization” bit, public funding of healthcare should not include items like contraception, which just manage the lifestyles of healthy people. The government may as well cover the cost of our toothpaste.

  • Charge: (as of January 18, it’s been surreptitiously altered for reasons you’ll be hearing more about) In 2012, “on a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference with Peter Brimelow, a white nationalist, Mr. King referred to multiculturalism as ‘a tool for the Left to subdivide a culture and civilization into our own little ethnic enclaves and pit us against each other.’”

Comment: Which is exactly what multiculturalism is. What else is it? VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow’s name there is (now) tagged by the NYT with a hyperlink to can you guess? Yes! the Southern Poverty Law Center mail-order racket.

  • Charge: In 2016 King met in Austria with leaders of the Freedom Party, which was, quote from the Times, “founded in the 1950s by former Nazis.”

Comment: A good proportion of Austrian adults in the 1950s had been members of the Nazi Party or one of its youth organizations. Should they all have been excluded from participation in politics? Wasn’t our own Democratic Party the party of segregation in the 1950s, with a garnishing of Communist spies and fellow travelers?

  • Charge: In 2017 and again in 2018, Steve King praised Jean Raspail’s 1973 novel The Camp of the Saints, which portrays a future Europe psychologically helpless against non-European invaders.

Comment: From a strictly literary point of view I can’t praise the novel, which I have never been able to finish. But concerning the psychological self-disarmament of Europeans against Third World invaders, Raspail was spot-on. Look at any day’s news stories from Europe.

  • Charge: As well as being pally with Austria’s Freedom Party, Steve King has publicly expressed support for Marine Le Pen of France, Geert Wilders of Holland, Viktor Orbán of Hungary, and other European nationalists.

Comment: Austria’s Freedom Party polled third in the most recent election, with 26 percent of the vote. They are a member of the coalition government currently running Austria. Le Pen’s party in France is polling ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s, 21 percent to 19. Geert Wilders’ party holds 20 seats of the 150 in the Dutch lower house, nine of the 75 seats in the upper house. Viktor Orbán‘s party is actually in charge of Hungary.

My point: These aren’t lunatic-fringe factions. They are solid, well-established parties with firm bases of support. They are not led by weasels, either, as our own wretched GOP is. Geert Wilders has had numerous fatwas issued against him by Moslem clerics; he lives under 24-hour police protection.

Well, you can read the full charge sheet for yourselves. It’s picayune stuff—nothing an honest patriot would be impressed by.

That time-servers like Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy and skulking cowards like Mitt Romney should be trying to destroy a congressman’s career at the urging of Leftist front organizations like the Anti-Defamation league and the SPLC tells you everything you need to know about the congressional GOP.

Yes, the Washington D.C. swamp of bureaucrats and lobbyists needs draining. While we’re talking political hygiene, though, there’s also a separate nest of weasels that needs cleaning out down there: the congressional Republican Party.

To say nothing of the New York Times and the Cold Spring Harbor Lab bureaucrats.

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by VDARE.com com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

For years he’s been podcasting at Radio Derb, now available at VDARE.com for no charge. His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Asterion says:

    They’re not rodents, they’re mustelids!

    • Agree: MEH 0910
    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  2. “All our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours whereas all the testing says not really…There’s a natural desire that all human beings should be equal [but] people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.”

    First, “all” of our social policies are not based on intelligence.

    Second, there is no natural desire to see all people as equal. As social convention demonstrates, we treat people differently for different reasons, even people of the same color.

    People, who have to deal with black employees . . . . excuse me but our treatment of people is the result of internal mechanisms. If in fact, I see black people in a unique light, chances are i am going to attend to the differences to tamp down any cognitive difference. In fact, interpersonal researchers will tell you we tend to gravitate to people who look like us and tend to reflect that dynamic. That is not either genetic, but social environmental training, learned even by way of very subtle cues of social construction. Color is biological, but there is no evidence that the subjective construct of “equality” is derived by way of nature/genetics.

    Those types of analytical frames are unsupportable , regardless of one’s work in uncovering the DNA model. All this dismantling of honors for other work is unfortunate and deeply unfair. One’s intelligence is no barrier to faulty reasoning or being flat out incorrect on some perspectives.

    • Troll: MBlanc46
  3. Anonymous[274] • Disclaimer says:

    Just one thing wrong, John, weasels belong to the Carnivora the same order as dogs and cats, the Rodentia – mice, rats and the kind – being a different order.

    Ferret fanciers – they exist – claim that their pets are loving, obedient and house trained. Also, as every farmer knows, the weasel is the ‘natural enemy’ of the chicken.

    • Replies: @animalogic
  4. David says:

    Weasels aren’t rodents.

  5. Watson was Derbed.

    James Watson—with whom, I should say, I have some slight personal acquaintance…

    Wow! Seriously, that’s cool, and you and he now share the same honor. Thank you for being true to the truth. It has cost you dearly. We groundlings salute you.

    If you get the chance, through your acquaintance, let Dr. Watson know that there are approximately a gazillion of us out here who honor, respect, and agree with him.

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  6. swamped says:

    “That time-servers like Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy and skulking cowards like Mitt Romney should be trying to destroy a congressman’s career at the urging of Leftist front organizations like the Anti-Defamation league”…doesn’t quite tell you everything you need to know about the congressional GOP, or about Rep.King. Granted, the “full charge sheet” as presented here is “picayune stuff” but some other of Mr. King’s notions are not. Not so long ago, Rep.King conceived a proposed H.R.Resolution rejecting the ‘two state solution’ as the basis of U.S. policy in the M.E.
    (https://steveking.house.gov/sites/steveking.house.gov/files/KINGIA_032_xml.pdf)

    Tellingly, the “swamp of bureaucrats and lobbyists”, to say nothing of the “separate nest of weasels” in the congressional Republican Party; let alone ADL or the NYT or that skulking coward & AIPAC dupe Mitt Romney, or other assorted weasels, didn’t whale on Mr.King for that. You won’t find a mention of ‘Judea and Samaria’ on the charge sheet. In fact, the premises advocated in Rep. King’s proposed resolution have effectively become the basis of the Kushner Administation’s M.E. policy. As any honest patriot knows, if anything in the Washington D.C swamp needs urgent draining, it’s the bipartisan nest of weasels sucking at the teats of the Israel Lobby.

  7. John

    WEEK OF THE FAGGOT CUCKS…

    Congressman Peter King from Seaford Long Island is an example of one of these malodorous creatures…….

    The Republican Party is infested with local Republican Party Clubhouse Party Grifters such as Peter King…..

    Novelist Thomas Pynchon’s …..Oyster Bay…….father was part of the Town of Oyster Bay-Nassau County Republican Party Clubhouse…..Pynchon Sr. had legal problems that forced him to turn against the historically very corrupt Nassau County Republican Party Machine…..I’ll google the exact quote fr0m Pynchon Sr. about the Nassau County Republican Party Machine…..

    Congressman Peter King from Seaford Long Island……his voice sounds like a can of beans negotiating its way down through his intestines……

    • Replies: @Prester John
  8. Great post there. There’s not much to disagree with but this one thing near the end. How in the world could you not like Le Camp des Saints*? I didn’t think you know French well enough, so I assume you wrote the same English translation that I did.

    To put it as a real reviewer would, the book was gripping and engaging. The translator, one Norman Shapiro, deserves a lot of credit too, as this was not an action novel. He did an excellent job of conveying the feelings and attitudes of the French people, who, just like real-life Westerners today, didn’t have the moral courage to stop the deluge.

    The Camp of the Saints is a truly prophetic book. I recommend it highly and wish Mr. Derbyshire would finish it. Were you not in suspense, or did you quit reading out of disgust for the way you knew the ending would turn out for France?

    .

    * See Peak Stupidity’s >review of a review and comparison to the “caravans”.

    • Agree: Hail
  9. Renoman says:

    Glad I don’t live in America, what a sad state it is in. Stating the truth should never be punished.

  10. TheOldOne says:

    King shills for Israhell; ’nuff said; let him die.

  11. JimS says:

    …and on the contrary, what glorious crowns of martyrdom then were won –what raving fury was displayed by the persecutors, and patience on the part of the suffering saints.

  12. @Buzz Mohawk

    LOL!!! Watson was Derbed? Derb is a cowardly rodent. He’s afraid of Jews.

    If Derb ever met Watson, and Watson found out Derb has a Chinese wife and family, Watson would think Derb was an evolutionary defect. He would wonder why Derb ruined his genetic history by procreating with a Mongoloid. He would wonder what caused Derb to psychologically disarm himself when he married the second world Chinese woman.

    Derb needs to start explaining why the Chinese are not as smart as the Japanese. This would be more interesting and more in his wheelhouse.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  13. Hail says: • Website

    If Mr. Derbyshire does not like Camp of the Saints (a product of the 1970s), perhaps he could write an updated version for the 2020s. Does his considerable writing skill spill over into allegorical fiction and quasi-futurist fiction?

    To make it less depressing, the first half could be straight narrative, then two or three alternate endings (good, medium, and bad):

    The moment of decision has come. If you believe Western Man will finally fight, turn to page 120. If you think ___, turn to page 150. if you think ___, turn to page 180.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  14. @Achmed E. Newman

    Ahh crap (about 1/2 day later!). I meant “you read the same English translation that I did.”

  15. @attilathehen

    The Chinese are probably just as smart as the Japanese, but they are not nearly as organized. Oftentimes, the word “slob” is bandied about … by some people.

    I really think you should lay off Mr. Derbyshire on this point. Yellow fever is nothing to sneeze at, lady. Maybe he listened to a little too much Rod Stewart in his youth:

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  16. @Hail

    Haha! And, on the electronic version, “… insert your credit card for the $4.99 charge to find out what happened to Western Society.” Or, not.

  17. Biff says:

    Preventing babies being born is not medicine.

    It most certainly is.

    public funding of healthcare should not include items like contraception,

    Completely disagree. Not only should it be paid for, but it also should be delivered to certain neighborhoods.

  18. @Achmed E. Newman

    Achie Newmie, you are another one ravaged by yellow fever. If I recall correctly, you are also Jewish. Jews have high intermarriage rates with Asians, so you have a foo dog in this fight.

    Derby’s yellow fever is AIDs for the West. If he moves to Asia, then I will no longer criticize him. He has written that Asians are smarter than whites. They are not. Jews are not the smartest tribe ever and contributed nothing to the development of Western civilization.

    Yellow fever nothing to sneeze at? Like I care about the yellow fever he willingly contracted. I bring up his Chinese family in case other commentators don’t know about this. Several have thanked me for this. When I first started reading Derby’s articles, I thought he was involved with some kind of a Western woman. When I found out about his Chinese wife and family, I made it a point to always research the wife, husband and family of any “white” nationalists.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  19. Watson is nothing but a fine example that IQ is oft wasted when not tempered by EQ. You can’t engage in proper debate in an environment that will not allow it and is armed to the hilt to stop it. Let’s hope his martyrdom is not wasted.

  20. I absolutely love it when someone expresses my own opinions so marvelously! Now, if I could only begin to understand the Riemann hypothesis.

  21. @Achmed E. Newman

    I’d say Derbyshire was right: the novel’s characterizations are grossly overdone, the author is too obviously on the side of the violent patriots, and there is really no suspense or doubt about the ending. BUT it is a marvelous foretelling of the present-day plight of Europe.

  22. @Anonymous

    “Weasels” is a good word. “Piss-ants” also works well.

  23. Bliss says:

    Dumb Derbyshire wrote:

    The black-white IQ gap is one of the most stable and best-supported facts in the human sciences.

    1. How the hell can an IQ gap be stable when IQ itself is not?

    2. There are bigger IQ gaps between white ethnicities. The IQ gap between Lebanese and Italians for example is greater than the IQ gap between black and white Americans.

    3. Black Americans have higher IQ than all the white nations of MENA.

    You are peddling pseudoscience not science you stupid shyster….

    • Replies: @Rich
    , @Expletive Deleted
  24. Rich says:
    @Bliss

    The average black American IQ stats I’ve seen say they’re at 85. I’m not sure there are any White nations left in North Africa or the Middle East, unless you’re referring to Israel proper which has a 57.1% European population according to the stats I’m looking at. There may be some European descendants left in other MENA nations, but they would still be a minority and probably help to lift the average IQ of their respective nations.

    • Replies: @Bliss
  25. John

    Off topic:

    The late great 3 manifold Topologist John Stallings…”How not to prove the Poncaire Conjecture”….was a University of Arkansas English Major-for three years….year 4 a Math Major…..off to Princeton……A Topologist with a Deep South accent….

  26. MEH 0910 says:

    A couple of members of the mustelid family, the wolverine and the honey badger, are noted for their aggressiveness in standing up to larger carnivores.

    • Replies: @Rosamond Vincy
  27. Bliss says:
    @Rich

    I’m not sure there are any White nations left in North Africa or the Middle East

    All the nations of the Middle East and North Africa are classified as “White Caucasians” by the US Census Bureau. What race do you think the Lebanese are?

    The IQ of these MENA nations ranges from the high 70s to the low 80s. Which is lower than the IQ of African-Americans.

  28. @Bliss

    Census Bureau, huh? What do the geneticists say?

    • Replies: @Bliss
  29. Truth says:

    James Watson is coming up to his 91st birthday. He’s been in hospital following an automobile accident. And here are these administrative bureaucrats and hack journalists gleefully kicking him while he’s down.

    LMAO!

    His ass knows he’s black now. Next up the police are going to beat the shit out of him!

  30. Anonymous[724] • Disclaimer says:

    “Cold Spring Harbor Lab” wasn’t that previously Sanger’s eugenics lab?

  31. Romney should just have himself castrated. He’s never going to use his balls anyway.

  32. @attilathehen

    “Jews are not the smartest tribe ever and contributed nothing to the development of Western civilization.”

    What about Joey Ramone? What about the Beastie Boys?!!

  33. @MEH 0910

    Honey badgers are psycho. I say this with admiration.

  34. Rich says:
    @Bliss

    Must be the magic dirt in America that turns them all into geniuses, right? Some bureaucrat calls you White and your IQ goes up 35 points. Amazing stuff. Got to be some hoodoo going on there, am I right?

  35. Bliss says:
    @Oleaginous Outrager

    Census Bureau, huh? What do the geneticists say?

    The geneticists say James Watson, Nobel Laureate, is black. Like so many other prominent “whites”.

    Are you saying Lebanese are blacks too?

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
  36. @Asterion

    They’re not rodents, they’re mustelids!

    Both of those groups are mammals and warm blooded.

    Political leadership in the US is clearly split between mollusks, reptiles, worms, and insects.

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  37. @War for Blair Mountain

    Senator Al D’Amato a/k/a “Senator Pothole” was also a product of the Nassau County Republican machine–which, as such, was indistinguishable from their Democrat counterparts in the big cities. Somebody told me once that if you wanted to work for the county you were required to register as a Republican.

  38. @Bliss

    lol wut

    all the white nations of MENA.

    and all the mongolid nations of .. er .. Australia, I suppose.
    Might as well claim they’re all penguins.

  39. @Bliss

    All the nations of the Middle East and North Africa are classified as “White Caucasians” by the US Census Bureau.

    Well then they’re plain retarded.
    Toodle-pip!

  40. @Bliss

    OFFS. I forgot you were the smallest anatid.
    “Blacks can never be White”.
    And vicey-versy, you feathery troll.

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